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Foster Carer (Primary)

Location: North Ayrshire
Vacancy Reference Number: 4485
Closing Date: 26 Mar 2021, 23:59

Can you make a difference to a child or young person under the age of 18? Do you have time to care and a spare room? If yes, we could have the perfect fit!

Our team in North Ayrshire has an exciting opportunity for supportive and person-centred individuals to join them as a Short Breaks Foster Carer!!

Support is provided in the family home of the Foster Carers and can vary from one overnight or a weekend to a few overnights a month. This can work flexibly around your current employment commitments as support is planned either for weekends or during the week and agreed with all parties in advance.

By becoming a member of our team, you will enable children and young people to enjoy regular short breaks. These breaks are vital and offer stability to a family by lending additional support and a break from their caring responsibilities.

Our Short Breaks Fostering team follows a careful matching process looking in a holistic way at our carerÂ’s strengths, knowledge and personalities, matching these to the needs of the person we support. This ensures the person is comfortable and is given choice about who provides their support and that the carer feels able to fully support the person who will be staying with them in their home.

Once a placement is made, our Supervising Social Worker will regularly visit carers to ensure they feel happy, confident and supported in their role. Additionally, all carers are welcome at regular carersÂ’ forum meetings to meet with other carers and exchange ideas, share knowledge and experience.

All Foster Carers go through a thorough assessment process which involves several mandatory checks, including home visits and presentation to our fostering panel. Carers will also be required to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme through Disclosure Scotland.

If you are interested and would like to find out more about becoming a Short Breaks Foster Carer please contact the team by emailing

If you'd like to find out more, please contact Marissa Speed on 01294 311 723.