Foster carer | Selby College
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Foster carer

Foster carers look after children and young people who can't be looked after in their own homes.

Potential salary


Employment by 2024


Working hours

38 to 40 variable

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • welcoming a child or young person to be part of your family
  • giving day-to-day care to meet physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs
  • setting suitable boundaries for behaviour
  • helping with schoolwork and a positive attitude to education
  • keeping young people safe from harm and abuse
  • working with other professionals
  • putting forward the views of young people in your care, even if you disagree
  • involving parents where possible
  • helping the young person move on, in a positive way, to their next setting

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

With experience, you could set up your own agency.

You can find out more about fostering through the Fostering Network.

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