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Use your skills to help young people in Rotherham settle in a home environment.

A full team of social workers, training in therapeutic models and additional £200 a week

Some young people have previously lived or currently live in a residential care home. Many of these young people would thrive in a fostering family environment. We have incredible foster carers who offer just that to these children and young people. They are known as Stepdown carers.

Stepdown is all about providing stability to a young person who might have experienced a lot of changes in their life. 


As a Stepdown foster carer, you offer:

  • Support to a young person's education

  • A warm and caring environment

  • Daily activities to support emotional and psychological wellbeing using a therapeutic model

  • Close communication with a network of professionals (including social workers, medical and therapeutic teams)

  • Time for a chat and a cuppa together at the end of the day

A lot of Stepdown overlaps with long term fostering requirements, so it's easily learned by an experienced and enthusiastic carer.

How do I know Stepdown is for me?

​You might have experience of caring for and working with children, or have fostered before. Those skills can really help older children who have experienced some difficulties. We're always looking for experienced people to foster for our Stepdown programme.

You may come from a background working with:

  • Older children in a school or a pupil referral unit

  • Children and young people who experience mental health, emotional or behavioural difficulties such that they need specific care on a continuous basis

  • Children and young people during and after a challenging time in their lives, whether in a medical or residential setting

These young people have likely experienced a number of moves from one home to another, and they need stability and therapeutic care. You could recognise this, and offer the help needed.

We offer up to £790.30 a week for Stepdown carers.

How we support our Stepdown carers

Being a Stepdown foster carer is a full time role. It is also incredibly rewarding with the right support around you.

Stepdown care means there's an increase in the demands on your time and skills as a foster carer. We offer additional support both in terms of our team members and our financial package. 


We can offer up to £790.30 a week for Stepdown care (based on a Skills Level 4 carer looking after a 16+ young person). This equates to £3,161.20 a month.

How this works

Stepdown carers can benefit from a complex payment of £200 a week. This is in addition to your carer fee, which will be paid at Skills Level 4 (£360). With your carer fee, children's allowance and complex payment you could receive anywhere between £716 and £790.30 a week. The only variation here would be around the child’s allowance so the skills level and complex care pay would be static at £560 per week.

Interested in caring for children with long-term health conditions?

Children with complex needs may have a long-term health condition or severe disability. Some children may have particular emotional needs that need extra care and support. We always recommend therapeutic support for complex care. 

We appreciate that when caring for a child with very complex needs and/or disabilities, you will need an additional level of support. Our complex carers dedicate an incredible amount of time to helping these young people. To aid you, we offer your Skills Level carer fee and the child’s weekly allowance (which depends on their age), as well as a complex payment of £100 a week. 

Provide stability a Rotherham young person needs
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