Fostering – a flexible career choice
If you wish to continue being a stay at home mum, or you have always liked the idea of working from home, there are few careers that will offer you as much flexibility as fostering.
Although every employee in the UK now has the right to request flexible working hours, it is down the discretion of your employer, who will consider your request ‘in a reasonable manner,’ as to whether you will be granted that flexibility.
With fostering, flexibility is a given. How many careers allow you to work from home full time on such a flexible basis?
Many people believe you need to be in a full time employment to be a foster carer, while others believe fostering is done voluntarily without pay. They are unaware that foster carers receive generous financial support to cover the specific needs of children in care – usually an average of £350 per child per week, exact amount dependent on age and complexity of individual case.
The reality is that fostering allows children and their careers to enjoy an excellent standard of living. Of course, as a foster carer, you do have important responsibilities, such as attending training courses and meetings, helping children to attend school and taking them to contact with their birth families, and so on, and yet the flexible lifestyle fostering affords is extremely attractive to many.
All we ask is that, if you are in a couple and you both have other employment, that you arrange your working hours so that one of you can always be available, full time. If you are single and have other work, we ask that you either work from home full time or have part time employment.
There are many myths surrounding fostering that can stop people from applying or asking for more information. Please remember, age, sexuality, race and religion are no barriers to a fulfilling career in fostering. As long as you have a spare room and are aged over 21, you can be considered.
You will receive a great deal of training before you foster your first child. This includes learning about child development, separation and loss, abuse and its impact on behaviour, communication, promoting positive behaviour, equality and diversity, first aid, health and safety, and much more.
There is no doubt about it, fostering will change your life. It will affect your entire family, and so it is something you must talk through carefully before making any decisions. As a foster family, you will be providing a home and specialist, high quality care to a vulnerable child. It is an opportunity to truly make a difference.
So, if you are a stay at home mum who is unhappy at the thought of leaving your children and going back to the office, or you simply want a flexible alternative to the usual 9-5 routine, then fostering could be the perfect career choice for you.
Please get in touch if you would like to find out more – we would love to hear from you.