We are looking for foster carers who live within 60 miles of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Elgin. They will be matched with
one of our Foster Care Social Workers in our Edinburgh and Aberdeen offices.
To provide a family home and care to children and young people who cannot be cared for by their birth parents.
- The key tasks for a foster carer are wide ranging — they cover the health, educational, cultural and religious
needs of the child or young person you care for.
- Also, children and young people usually have a need to
maintain contact with members of their family or other significant people and your support for this is very
- Often they will have difficult and challenging behaviour and you will be helped to find ways
of both managing these challenges and of helping them learn new ways of coping and interacting with adults and
- You will be asked to prepare reports and attend meetings; and you will need to record a
range of information about each child in placement and you will need to know how to keep this information safely
and protect the confidentiality of the children and their families.
- You are a vital member of a team and
we will offer you support and training to help you fulfil your role and to develop new skills.
- The information contained in the Placement Agreement form, and other information in relation to the child and
his or her family is shared in confidence. Families may have shared private, and at times painful, details of
their lives and it is necessary that they feel trust in you. Information must only be shared with relevant
parties. You should ensure written information is locked in a secure place.
- Decisions will be made with
your foster care social worker and the child’s social worker about what to tell your family, friends and
neighbours. Details about the child’s health and family relationships must be handled
- Information about parents cannot be shared with the child without the parent’s
- A child or a child’s parents may entrust you with information. You may have to explain that
some information is important and must be shared with the child’s social worker. In other words, you must make
it clear that you cannot hold all information in confidence.
You will be a key participant in the development of the plan for a child in your care. You are part of the Team that
will work together to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child.
The Team can include:
- You – the carer
- The child
- The child’s parents
- Other family members/friends who are
important to the child
- The child’s social worker
- Your foster care social worker and other staff
of St. Andrew’s Children’s Society
- Other professionals involved in the care and education of the child
e.g. Health Visitor, Teacher, GP, School Doctor and Psychologist.
Supervision and support
- Professional consultation and supervision to promote professional growth in your role as a foster carer will be
provided by your Foster Care Social Worker and their Manager. You will also be given access to the support of
other foster carers who understand the challenges of the fostering task.
- You will also receive free
membership to The Fostering Network.
Terms and conditions
You will receive a Foster Carer Handbook that details all your conditions of service and the expectations of you in
the foster carer role. You are considered as self-employed for HMRC purposes.
Fostering allowances and fees
Details of the rates paid are issued in April each year to all carers. Payments are made four weekly in advance
directly into bank accounts, and carers receive a statement giving details of the payment made.
Carers must ensure that St. Andrew’s Children’s Society is supplied with their full name, address and relevant bank
account details to ensure payments are made efficiently.
St. Andrew’s Children’s Society reserves the right to vary or amend the duties and responsibilities of the post
holder at any time according to the needs of the Company’s business.