Fostering Positive Family Relationships

About the Scheme

This is a new scheme which will provide support for young people aged 12-16 years of age who are currently living at home. The aim of the scheme is for the foster carer to support the family in need and prevent family breakdown. This requires helping the parents and the child at the same time.

The foster carer is required to carry out a mentoring role offering parenting advice and support to the birth family whilst caring for the young person for regular day, evening, overnight and weekend respite stays that meet the needs of individual families.

The foster carer will also provide emergency respite care for the young person when required and there is an expectation that there will be ongoing training and development.

Who can apply?

Foster carers within this scheme need to have:

  • a spare room for the young person
  • Personal / professional experience of working with young people aged 10+
  • willingness to undertake further training as required by the scheme and be available to engage in regular supervision
  • A carer needs to be available at all times
  • Good communication skills and open to working pro-actively with the birth family in a non-judgemental manner
  • In good physical health and adept at dealing with stress
  • Able to drive and have access to a car to undertake the mentoring role and attend the various meetings
  • Carers should not have any other foster child/ren currently in placement


What do foster carers within this scheme receive?


  • A supervising social worker to support and advise you
  • Regular visits and telephone advice
  • Out of hours support
  • Ongoing training opportunities
  • Salaried fee

Click here to download the information leaflet.

For more information on this scheme contact Shauna Garvin, Senior Social Worker, South Eastern HSC Trust on 028 9041 3678
or email