Why children's workforce professionals should consider fostering

Every day, teachers, early years teams and other children's workforce professionals make a lasting impression on the lives of the children in their care.


Whether you are currently working with young people, or have experience in this area from previous employment, we believe your skills and knowledge could make a huge difference to the lives of looked after children in the Rotherham area.


How your skills can help looked after children in Rotherham

As a children's workforce professional, your values are likely to match the values of Fostering Rotherham and our wider fostering community, who work together to support young people so they can thrive.


You may also have previous knowledge around safeguarding and the various teams who work together to improve the lives of Rotherham's children.


You can learn more about how your skills can enhance your fostering career here.


Begin your fostering career as a Skills Level 2 carer

Foster carers with previous relevant experience can begin their fostering journey as a Skills Level 2 carer, with an increased fostering fee in recognition of your skills.


Alongside tax benefits for foster carers, you may find that the role of a foster carer pays the same (or better) than your current career.


There are also several part-time fostering options, if you choose to combine your career with fostering. A classroom assistant can earn up to £23,790 per year (annual equivalent) by combining fostering with a school based role*.


*This is based on national average salaries, which were last calculated in March 2022. More information is available on our education financial support guide.

Hear from Nick, one of our foster carers

One of our brilliant foster carers in Rotherham, Nick, became a foster carer after leaving his role as a family mental health practitioner.


After developing his career for eight years, Nick knew that it was now time to begin to foster a child on his own, giving them the support they need and he could offer.


When asked about the application process to become a foster carer, Nick said he felt that the application process was simple and easy going and that he felt supported at every stage by the social worker team.


Learn more about fostering in Rotherham

If you have any questions about fostering in Rotherham, book a call back with a member of our experienced team at a time that suits you. All our call backs are confidential.