Parent and Child
This is a placement for a parent with their child (usually a very young child or baby), where we think that the parent needs some extra support to learn how to be a good parent.
These are situations where there is some worry about whether the child is safe with the parent, and the foster carer will be asked to contribute to the thinking and planning about this. These are complex placements to have and we would want carers to be either very experienced at fostering, or to have some additional specialist knowledge to help them in this task. These placements are really important for children, and they key tasks are about helping the children to settle down and develop a good and stable routine. This role attracts an enhanced fee for the foster carer due to the complex nature of the placement.
This is providing regular placements for children who live with their parents, and have some level of additional need. The child will return to the parent at the end of the short break.
Short break placements normally last for a few days only and are regularly spaced and planned through the year as part of the support package to the child’s family. The child has their short break with the same carer each time, so that a relationship is built up.