Can Foster Children Share a Bedroom?
Every child over the age of three requires their own bedroom and are not allowed to share with any person or child in placement including birth children.
On occasion, siblings up to the age of ten may be able to share a bedroom, however, this is decided by the Local Authority after closely considering the sibling relationship and whether sharing a room will be comforting for and in the best interest of the children.
How Can I Make My Spare Room Suitable for a Foster Child?
When beginning to decorate a room that is to be used for a fostering placement, the room should first be cleaned thoroughly in preparation for fresh paint, wallpaper, and if needed, new carpet/flooring, curtains or blinds.
A light, neutral colour such as cream would be an ideal paint choice as it will blend with a variety of different styles and decor and can easily be painted over in the future.
Once the child or young person has arrived in placement, you should ask the child what colours and décor they would like in their room, this may include images of favourite films, tv shows or sports teams.
Swiis Foster Care provides all new foster carers with a Welcome Support Payment of £1,000 to make sure you have everything you need to start your first placement. Our Welcome Support Payment could be used to help decorate the spare bedroom or to purchase new furniture.
Will the Fostering Agency Need to Approve the Bedroom?
Yes, as part of the fostering assessment process, the bedroom will need to be checked by the fostering agency to make sure it meets the minimum requirements.
UK Government Fostering Guidelines
Children (over three years old) and young people in foster care need their own space within your home in order to feel comfortable and safe.
The minimum spare bedroom requirement is to ensure the foster child’s safety and well-being and is outlined by the UK government. You can view the UK government’s guidelines on fostering here.
Do You Still Have Questions about Fostering?
Swiis Foster Care has over 20 years of experience and is the UK’s largest family-owned fostering agency.
If you have questions about fostering or are ready to start your journey to becoming a foster carer, please contact our friendly team via the contact form below.