Could you give a child a short break?
The council is recruiting people willing to offer "short breaks" to children and young people with a range of additional support needs.
Short breaks are beneficial to a range of children including those on the autistic spectrum, children with physical or learning disabilities, communication or emotional difficulties or other complex health needs.
To avoid families reaching breaking point, access to overnight short breaks that keep families together is available.
Short breaks carers also provide an invaluable support to existing foster carers by providing breaks for children placed with them which can make all the difference in being able to manage children in foster placements over a long period of time.
Carers look after the same child or children on a regular basis and have the opportunity to build strong - and often lifelong - relationships.
Applications are welcome from single people, married couples or couples in a stable relationship as well as families with or without children.
Anyone over the age of 21 can work with the family placement team to offer crucial short breaks - all that is needed is a room in your home and the enthusiasm, skills and qualities necessary to give children and families some breathing space.
For more information please contact the family placement team or phone 0303 123 1008 and ask to speak to the duty worker.