Skills and abilities required

Many of the children / young people who need to live with foster carers have been through traumatic experiences. As a result they may feel lonely, afraid or confused which may result in challenging behaviour.

As a foster carer you will need to:

  • Be able to provide a good standard of care to other people’s children to promote their health, education and leisure interests
  • Be able to listen and communicate with children / young people in a way that is appropriate for their age and understanding
  • Be willing to learn new skills
  • Be able to help the child / young person keep in contact with their family, friends and local community activities as appropriate
  • Be able to put boundaries in place in order to manage behaviour in an effective and positive way to enable children / young people to grow up to be responsible and well balanced adults
  • Have energy and motivation to remain committed to a child / young person through more challenging times
  • Ability to work with and understand the role of all the professionals involved in the child / young person’s life.

Some questions that you should ask yourself:

  • Do you have patience, understanding and a sense of humour?
  • Are you warm and nurturing?
  • Are you non judgemental and anti discriminatory in your outlook?
  • Are you a resilient person and able to cope with the extremes of emotions you will experience and the response they will demand of you?
  • Are you a good listener?
  • Can you communicate openly and honestly?
  • Can you be flexible but also capable of setting clear boundaries?
  • Can you express views both verbally and in written form?
  • Would you welcome guidance and support?