North Yorkshire County Council is currently recruiting community family foster carers and supported lodging hosts as part of its ‘No Wrong Door’ initiative – a ground-breaking programme to improve radically the life chances of some of the county’s most vulnerable and challenging young people.
Carers are required in both the Harrogate and Scarborough areas for new community hubs and will be part of a professional team supporting the young people.
The Council is looking for people with direct experience of working with or fostering young people with complex and challenging behaviour, or troubled backgrounds.
Applicants for the foster carer position should be available on a full-time basis and have the physical space needed to accommodate a young person in their home.
High needs supported lodging hosts should have a spare room in their home available for the sole use of a young person. This role is not as hands-on as fostering, so suits people who may be working full or part-time. Hosts are not offering a permanent home, but a stepping stone – somewhere for a young person to stay until they’re ready to live on their own.
If there is no young person in placement, carers would be expected to undertake some work in their area hub where they would participate in a range of activities designed to build relationships with the young people living there.
As part of the wider ‘No Wrong Door’ hub team, carers will be able to access excellent training and on-going support. But more importantly, they will also have the chance to make a real difference to the life of a teenager.
“This is a wonderful initiative that will make a real difference to young people’s lives” said Cllr Janet Sanderson, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for the Children and Young People’s Service. “We are looking for foster carers who will work as part of a wider professional team supporting young people and who can take part in training and become involved in the hub’s activities. This is an excellent opportunity for carers looking for a special challenge.”
More information on these positions is available at www.northyorks.gov.uk/nowrongdoor