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To find out more about becoming a specialist foster carer, including how much you could earn, download our information brochure.
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    About our foster carers
    About our foster carers

    Within Wiltshire Council’s Home Away from Home fostering scheme,
    we provide specialised services which includes:

    Home Away from Home
    Specialist foster carers

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    This will include children and young people living with complex medical needs and/or disabilities and those who are likely to have experienced a high level of trauma.

    Parent and Child
    foster carers

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    Provide a home for a parent(s) and child, and either assist or complete an assessment of their parenting capacity.

    Short-Term Emergency
    Provision Scheme
    (STEPS) foster carers

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    Be available to care for children and young people for at least one 14 day period each month, until a suitable short-term foster home is found for them.

    There are lots of qualities that make an excellent specialist foster carer (see our
    information brochure for further details), but our top three musts for becoming
    one of our specialist foster carers are:

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    You must be over 21 and
    available to be a full time
    specialist foster carer.
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    You must have experience of
    direct work with children and
    young people who have
    experienced trauma or live
    with complex medical needs
    or disabilities.
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    You must have at least one
    spare bedroom available.
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    You'll also get
    Child's Birthday
    Festival Allowance
    Holiday Allowance
    You'll also get

    As a foster carer, you’ll also need to register as self-employed. There are generous tax allowances for foster carers,
    which means you won’t have to pay much tax on these earnings.

    “Fostering is a great experience because you get to make a huge impact on someone’s life and it’s also very rewarding for you as foster carer and for the children you take on board to help them become the best they can be.”
    Charlie, Care experienced young person
    Benefits of fostering with Wiltshire Council Benefits of fostering with Wiltshire Council
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    Support
    All our specialist foster carers are allocated a Supervising Social Worker and we provide a duty social worker every day until midnight, including weekends and Bank Holidays. There’s also a waking emergency duty service between midnight and 8.30AM.
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    Child Support (TAC)
    As a specialist foster carer, you will have priority access to our placement therapists, support workers and have a higher level of support and supervision from a range of professionals working as part of the TAC.
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    Buddy scheme
    We also operate a buddying scheme in Wiltshire, linking you with an experienced foster carer for any advice or support you might need along the way.
    Taking the next step
    Taking the next step
    Not sure what’s involved in becoming a specialist foster carer? Here’s our step by step guide to the recruitment process.
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    To find out more about becoming a specialist foster carer, including how much you could earn, download our information brochure.
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