Foster Carer

Employer: Bracknell Forest Council

  • Reference: CYPL/15/3267
  • Published on: Tue 31/03/2015 09:39 AM
  • Closing on: Sat 30/05/2015 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Evenings, Weekends, Nights, Contract
  • Hours:
  • Salary: Allowances per month: From £944.56 to £1462.80 per month, depending on age of young person in placement (amounts subject to increases depending on skills)
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Various Locations in the community

Foster Carersare required for Bracknell Forest and surrounding areas (Binfield, Ascot, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Warfield, Winkfield, Wokingham, Maidenhead etc.)

Bracknell Forest Council’s fostering service is in process of recruiting prospective foster carers who are caring, nurturing and protective to look after children and young people that are unable to live with their birth families.

The Council’s fostering service provides a full range of:

  • short-term
  • long-term
  • emergency and/or respite
  • supported lodgings
  • parent and child fostering
  • short breaks for children with disabilities

We need people to take on a wide range of placements for children and young people aged from 0-18 years including teenagers, sibling groups, babies, and children with disabilities.

Bracknell’s most vulnerable children and young people need foster carers able to:

  • provide a safe, warm, welcoming home with a spare bedroom
  • keep them safe and keep siblings together
  • respect and prioritise their needs
  • make time for them and take a genuine interest in who they are
  • encourage their aspirations and help them to do well in life

Benefits of becoming a Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) Foster Carer:

  • Competitive fostering allowances paid on time
  • Experienced supervising social workers as well as placement support workers provide 24/7 practical help and support to carers (i.e. regular supervision, accompanying children and carers to appointments, taking young people out for activities or one-to-one work)
  • 24 hour support from the Family Placement and Emergency Duty services
  • Comprehensive package of pre and post approval training
  • Carefully matched placements that meet the children’s and young people’s needs
  • Access to the BFC Looked after Children’s Nurse to ensure that any health issues are identified early in the placement and appropriate support is provided
  • Access and support from the Looked After Children’s Education Services including the virtual school who work closely with children, young people and carers to understand their individual needs
  • Membership with the Fostering Network
  • You will be self employed but part of the Children’s Social Care workforce around the child

Outcomes at the end of Jan 2015:

- [100%]of Bracknell Forest Council foster carers have [an allocated Supervising Social Worker to provide support

- [90%]of the children looked after by Bracknell Forest carers [have been in a stable placement this financial year

The views of others regarding the Bracknell Forest Council fostering service:

Bracknell Forest Council Looked After Child:

‘I’m the luckiest girl in the world – my carer takes me everywhere. They’re not just my foster carers, they’re my foster mum and dad. I wouldn’t change a thing about them.’

BFC Foster Carer:

‘We have now been Foster Carers for 5 years. We feel well supported by our social worker and the Family Placement team. Fostering has its challenges and a lot of rewards. Enabling a child to be academically, emotionally, behaviourally secure or simply learn to hold a knife and fork or tie their shoe laces, is the best feeling ever.

The support and training that we have access to enable us to provide the best possible standard of care to the children in our charge. This training is delivered by variety of methods, making it available and accessible to all levels of capability.’

Ofsted, 2011

‘This is a good service with some aspects judged as ‘outstanding’. Children and young people live in healthy and safe environments. Good training opportunities are available to foster carers in areas such as safeguarding and the Training and Development Standards programmes. Staff and foster carers are well supported.’

For more details, please complete the Bracknell Forest Council Foster Care Enquiry Form via the following link:


or contact:Kim Harris, Family Placement Team Manager or Marie Sullivan, Publicity and Recruitment Officer:

Telephone 01344 352020, Email:

Very important to remember!

In order to respond to placement demand, Bracknell Forest Council is recruiting Foster Carers on an ongoing basis. However, in order to progress your application to our next available pre-approval training, we’d love to hear from you by 30thMay 2015.

Equal Opportunities

Bracknell Forest Council – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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