Is your employer fostering friendly?

Nearly 40% of foster carers work in other roles and foster at the same time, so it is possible to continue your career and make a difference as a carer in Rotherham.


What is a fostering friendly employer?

Many employers have policies and plans in place to support foster carers in their roles, including allowances for carers to take emergency leave and flexible working arrangements.


The Fostering Network, a leading charity who supports foster carers and looked after children across the UK, works with large and small businesses to help them navigate the possible changes they can make to improve the support they offer to foster carers.


In their own words, they say:

“Our Fostering Friendly employers scheme offers businesses of any size a chance to make a difference for foster carers and the children they care for in their local communities and improve support for their own employees at the same time”.


You can learn more about The Fostering Network’s scheme on their website.


How can I see if my employer is registered as a fostering friendly employer?

That’s easy! The Fostering Network publishes a list of all employers who are registered as fostering friendly on their website, which you can view here.


What if my employer is not listed?

If your employer is not listed, don’t worry! This doesn’t mean they don’t have support in place for foster carers and people who are going through the application process.


You can ask your employer or human resources team if they have any policies in place or guidelines they can support you with.


A company may also have informal policies that aren’t written down, which your manager may be able to advise you on.


If you are considering fostering, or if you are a current foster carer, our team can give you advice on how to speak to your employer and some of the questions you may wish to ask.


Speak to our team about becoming a foster carer 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.