Bury urgently needs foster carers for teenagers
- Bury Council has launched an appeal seeking to recruit foster carers who can offer a safe, nurturing and stable home to teenagers who may have previously experienced severe neglect or traum
Bury Fostering Team is looking for carers for young people over the age of 13 who need support in increasing social skills, self maintenance skills and educational competence.
Bury Council launched the plea for carers who have the knowledge, understanding, skills and resilience to support young teenagers unconditionally until they can either return home in the future or are ready to live independently.
However, anyone thinking about fostering these teens must have experience in caring for young people and an understanding of child development. Due to the intensive support required at least one of the carers is required to be available on a full time basis.
Councillor Sharon Briggs, cabinet member for children and families, said: “As with caring for teenagers under any other circumstance, fostering a teenager comes with challenges and mood swings, but it is a very rewarding career.”
She added: “Teenagers need reliable, patient and trustworthy carers who can listen, help them to make sense of their worries and guide them away from bad behaviours and lifestyle choices. Foster parents are the positive role models that these teenagers need to prepare for independent living and realising their ambitions in the future.”
Foster carers looking after a teenager will receive £1,499 per month plus allowances, regular contact from the lead social worker, access to support groups and ongoing training and development.