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Use your existing skills to help children in Rotherham live happy and fulfilled lives.

Round the clock support, 14 days annual leave plus an amazing local community.

Are you frustrated with the ever expanding demands of teaching? Teach life skills to children outside of the classroom with Fostering Rotherham. Every day, teachers and childcare professionals make a huge and lasting impression on the lives of the children in their care.

 

As a foster carer, you can use your existing skills and knowledge to make a direct impact on the lives of children in the Rotherham area.

 

We want you to foster because…

  • You have looked after children before! 

  • You understand children and have been working with them a long time

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    You have already worked with a wide range of children with differing needs and understand that children have good days and bad days

    You can see and support potential in children so they can thrive 

  • You have the opportunity to step in and make a real impact on a specific child’s life

  • You share the same values as our team - we all entered our roles to improve the lives of children and teach them about the world we live in 

  • You already know about the social care system, the importance of a committed team around a child and safeguarding  

Nearly 40% of foster carers combine work and fostering, so you could boost your earnings by even working full or part-time. 

Why You Should Foster

  1. You can make a real difference outside of the classroom

  2. You can focus your attention and care in a way that will help a child thrive - and receive the same salary!

  3. You can work 1:1 with a child and give them the care and attention they need, without splitting your attention across a full classroom

  4. The never ending list of paperwork and planning is gone!

  5. By fostering in your own home, you will have more time for family life - no more commuting and spending hours marking after pupils have gone home 

  6. Explore career development in a different way with our training programmes

Make the Career Change Children in Rotherham Need

“When you see the child you look after achieve and develop, it is heart-warming and lovely.”

- Kerry, Foster Carer

As a foster carer with Fostering Rotherham you will have:​

More chance to make a difference to the life of a specific child

Share your passion for improving the lives of young people 24/7 - the foster carer role means you have more opportunities to make positive change outside an educational setting

Ongoing continued professional development (CPD)

Alongside your induction training, our carers also take part in regular training opportunities including first aid; Black Lives Matter, safer care and equality and diversity. There is also a wide range of therapeutic training alongside consultations with our very own therapeutic social workers/therapists.

Opportunity to combine your career with fostering

Nearly 40% of foster carers combine work and fostering, so you can continue making a difference to the lives of young people in different settings.

Extensive payment rewards

To recognise your skills, you will start as a higher paid foster carer, which with generous tax breaks means that your yearly salary will be the equivalent of £21,050.40*

Get a better work-life balance with support at every turn - 95% of teachers worry about the impact of their workload on their wellbeing

Local Support

From the first enquiry, through to assessment, approval and beyond, our dedicated team will be there to support you every step of the way on your pathway to fostering.

 

Our vast experienced team have worked in social work for a total of 211 years and work as a combined team, so even difficult questions are often answered quickly and confidently by your Social Worker.

 

If you feel you need advice or you’re struggling, your Social Worker is there to help.

Regular contact through the application process and beyond

Regular contact through the application process and beyond

On average, your fostering application process will take up to 4 months, though this is dependent on many factors and can be shorter. The process takes this time to ensure the very best possible outcome for you, your family and the children in care. You will receive a dedicated Social Worker to make the process as smooth as possible. 

Large and friendly fostering community

Alongside our incredible social work team, all 122 of our fostering families are here to support you. You will be invited to regular recognition events and join Rotherham’s Foster Carer Association, who meet regularly for days out and to share advice.


When you foster for Fostering Rotherham, you are helping to reinvest time and resources into helping more local children in care and continuously improving the community we love.
 
Book a call back with our team at a time that suits you.  

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