Social services Fostering

Help young people in an emergency

Become an emergency foster carer

Emergency foster carers usually look after children under 18 for up to two weeks. We use this time to plan what happens next – whether the children can go back to their family or need to move to a longer-term foster family. 

We are recruiting new emergency foster carers in Manchester now.

The children you will care for

These are often the children that have had the most difficult experiences. As a result, they can:

  • find it hard to trust people
  • be nervous about building new relationships
  • be struggling at school 
  • suffer from low self-esteem.

The carers we need

We’re looking for patient, caring and resilient people; ideally those with experience of dealing with children who have emotional challenges. This experience might include working in childcare, schools or residential homes. 

The most important thing is wanting to make a difference to a child’s life when they are at their most vulnerable, and be able to deal with the difficulties these children face.

Emergency carers receive:

  • payment of up to £580 a week depending on the age of the child 
  • a dedicated social worker to help support you one-to-one
  • round-the-clock on-call support from our social work team.

Check if you can foster

If you want to become a foster carer or find out more:

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