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Do You Need Qualifications To Be A Foster Carer?

“I’d love to become a foster carer, but I don’t think I have the right qualifications or level of experience to apply.”

You’ll be surprised how often we get asked about specific foster care requirements, with many people believing they have to gain certain carer qualifications before they can apply.

Unfortunately, this belief about gaining certain qualifications or experience is one of the main reasons why some people can be put off from becoming foster carers, even before they have enquired.

We understand that all children and young people who require foster care are different, so therefore we always aim to attract people from different backgrounds and cultures. It doesn’t even matter what background or profession you come from, anyone can make a fantastic foster carer.

In short, you don’t require any formal carer qualifications or previous experience to start your fostering journey with us. We instead base our assessments on whether you have the right level of enthusiasm, resilience and willingness to help make a positive difference to the upbringing of a child or young person in care – Yes, people like you and your family.

In addition to the right qualities, we’ll also ensure that the environment you’re kindly willing to provide is suitable and adequate to meet a young person’s needs. Children are at the heart of everything we do here at Perpetual, so we must always ensure that they’re being looked after in happy, healthy and secure places.

Do I need to be a parent already?

Our foster carers are the ones who make the biggest contribution to the life of a child or young person, but that doesn’t mean you have to gain decades of experience looking after children, or be a parent already before you can apply.

Whatever your experience, we look for in all our potential carers they do have is a willingness and a determination to make a difference, and this is something that.

Once you decide to take your steps into the world of fostering, we’ll be here to support, advise and train you to the highest possible levels. Our social workers are always available for our foster carers 24/7, so they’ll never be a time when you’ll be left without support or guidance.

If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer, or perhaps you’d like to ask one of our experienced social workers about any other foster care requirements, then make sure you get in touch with us today, we’ll be more than happy to help.

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