Our guide to emergency care

There are many different types of fostering available, including long-term and short-term foster care, all of which support children and young people across our district.


If you're in the dark about emergency care and what's involved, this is your one-stop shop to find out everything about this type of foster care.


What is emergency foster care?

There are many different types of fostering available, including long-term and short-term foster care, all of which support children and young people across our district.

Emergency foster carers look after children and young people on a short-term basis, often with little notice. As an emergency foster carer, you will be prepared to take a child or young person into your home at any given time. This type of care is an unplanned move and is in place to provide a safe, stable and secure environment for a child until further plans are made.


How long will a child stay in my home?

Emergency foster carers look after children on a temporary basis, while the local authority assesses the child’s future needs. This could range from a night, but usually would last up to a few days.

Emma has been fostering for six years and has been providing different types of care including emergency care.


"She stayed with us for a few days before she went to live by herself, after that came and stayed for weekends and visited for Sunday lunch as she settled in."

-Emma, foster carer


Even a short stay in a positive environment can really make a difference.

Do I have the skills and experience?

All our foster carers come from different walks of life with various life experiences - if you would like to foster, you probably can!

There are frequent opportunities to develop your personal skills as a Fostering Rotherham carer. In addition to mandatory training, you will receive access to courses for further development, giving you the right tools to become the best foster carer you can be.


If you have a background in childcare, these courses can enhance and complement your existing qualities and skills.

You can find out more information about fostering as a career here.


Start your fostering journey with us

If you'd like to start fostering in Rotherham, a great first step is to speak with our experienced support team. Book a call back at a time that suits you. All our call backs are confidential.