Emergency Fostering

Provide foster care in an emergency, with little advance notice.

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What are Emergency Foster Care Placements?

Emergency foster care is needed when a child or young person needs a safe and secure home at short notice.

The child or young person could find themselves needing a home unexpectedly due to a number of reasons such as a parent having to suddenly go into hospital, the sudden death of a parent or guardian, domestic abuse in the home, a severe accident such as a fire or a safeguarding issue.

Emergency placements can be required at any time of day or night, including weekends. Due to the emergency situation, there is usually little prior warning before the placement or time for formal introductions.

How Long Does a Child Stay in an Emergency Placement?

How Long Does a Child Stay in an Emergency Placement?

Emergency fostering is a temporary placement and is usually short-term. A child or young person is usually placed with an emergency foster carer for as little as one night and up to a few weeks.

After the placement, the child may return home to their birth family if it is deemed as a safe and secure environment, or placed with a longer-term foster family.

Fostering Pay and Support

Emergency placements require foster carers to be able to provide a safe home to a child or young person at any time of day. To ensure that all our foster carers have the support they need with their placement, social workers are available 24/7 and they also act as the liaison between the foster carer and the Local Authority.

With all new foster carers, Swiis provides a four-day ‘Toolkit for Training’ during the assessment process. This is to give every foster carer the opportunity to learn more about fostering and develop the skills required to foster.

After becoming an approved foster carer, Swiis provides access to a wide range of training with our dedicated training team. In addition to 24/7 social work support, foster carers also have access to educational, health and resource worker support.

Swiis pays emergency foster care placements up to £520 per week (for one non-enhanced placement), which is equivalent to £27,040 per year. This amount is completely tax-free due to Qualifying Care Relief.

Fostering Pay and Support
What Does an Emergency Foster Carer Do?

What Does an Emergency Foster Carer Do?

As an emergency foster carer, your role will be to provide a safe home to a child or young person. Children and young people who come into emergency foster care can often feel confused or shaken up due to the disruption to their lives. Making them feel welcome and calm can have a positive impact at a stressful time in their lives.

If the child or young person is with you for a longer period of time, you may need to ensure that they continue to go to school and attend meetings with their family members or birth parents.

Could I Become a Foster Carer?

In order to start the process of becoming a foster carer, you will need to ensure that you have a spare room within your home, are medically fit to work, are over the age of 21 and have either British Citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Swiis foster carers come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures including those who are single, LGBTQ+, currently employed or not employed, parent or non-parents, those who own or rent their home and people over the age of 65.

To discuss if you would be eligible to foster, please get in touch with our friendly team by calling 0333 577 1234 or filling out our enquiry form.

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Why Should I Foster with Swiis Foster Care?

Swiis Foster Care is the UK’s largest, family-owned, independent fostering agency with Ofsted Rated ‘Outstanding’ for our North West, Yorkshire, and Midlands & South services, with a ‘Good’ rating in the North East. Our sister company Swiis Foster Care Scotland covers Scotland with offices in Dundee, Dunfermline and Glasgow.

Swiis recognises the amazing and important role foster carers play in the lives of the children they care for by ensuring they feel safe, listened to and receive the appropriate support when they need it most. We pay one of the highest fostering allowances in the UK and have a dedicated team of social workers, health, education, placement support workers and behaviour management specialists available to our foster carers as required.

Other Types of Fostering

Emergency placements are often a type of short-term fostering placements, however, depending on the situation, they can become long-term placements.

Other types of fostering placements include parent and child, disability care, siblings and short break/respite.

Start Your Fostering Journey

With thousands of children coming into foster care in the UK everyday, we urgently need foster carers more than ever.

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Do you know anyone who would be a fantastic foster carer who has the skills and compassion to support a child or young person in need of a loving home?

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