Council launches recruitment drive

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Sheffield City Council is launching its biggest ever foster care recruitment drive - with the promise of £30,000 a year to the right applicants.

“There is a shortage of foster carers nationwide and Sheffield is no different,” said Liz Spaven, Sheffield City Council’s Fostering Manager.

“We have a dedicated team of more than 230 foster carers in Sheffield, but with 600 plus looked after children we urgently need more, especially for children over 10 years old who need a longer term home and family and for brothers and sisters who would benefit from staying together.”

Extra funding means Sheffield can offer pay rates tied to foster carers’ skills and experience. Some will earn more than £30,000 a year.

“Allowances are tied into skills, which means that with training and support, fostering with Sheffield now offers a genuine career path,” added Ms Spaven. “Many foster carers will be earning an average of £20,000 plus, depending on their skills and experience of working with children.”

The ininiative also makes improved support services available for carers, including training, support groups and transport.

Coun Colin Ross, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “Sad though it is, there are hundreds of children who desperately need help so that they can have a roof over their heads and the potential to grow up in a happy, loving home – something which they may not ever have had.

I hope most people can take these things for granted but sadly not all children are as lucky. That is why we would urge people to come forward and become foster carers. You could make the difference.”

For information on how to foster, visit: www.sheffieldfostering.com or call (0114) 273 5075 or at www.facebook.com/sheffieldfostering.