Could you be a short breaks carer?
We provide short breaks to families needing some support in their caring role. These are regular, routine, and planned breaks. This is a vital service which helps to prevent families from reaching breaking point. The focus is on keeping families together and short breaks can often be a key support in preventing a child from coming into care.
Our short breaks service offers crucial support to children and their families who find themselves in a variety of difficult circumstances. This might be grandparents who have become full time kinship carers for their grandchildren, parents who care for children with additional needs and might need a break or parents with young children, who have few supports. There are a range of reasons why families might need a bit of extra support. Both the child and their family benefit greatly from the service.
Short Breaks carers provide a minimum of one weekend a month caring for a child. The children are carefully matched with the carer who will look after the same child or children on a regular basis. Carers and children have the opportunity to build strong - and often lifelong - relationships. Unlike fulltime fostering, applications are welcome from people who wish to continue with their main employment. Like full time fostering, you need to have a spare bedroom available and the enthusiasm, skills and qualities necessary to care for a child and work closely and supportively with families.
Short Breaks carers undergo the same assessment and training process as foster carers and are registered under the same regulations.
For more information please contact the family placement team or download a copy of our Short Breaks information pack.