For their own safety, children may need somewhere to stay immediately, for a night or even a few weeks. The call for emergency care can happen at any hour of the day or night.

Why do children need this type of care?

Sometimes, children need somewhere safe to stay at very short notice. For some, it will be the first time they come into care. Others may need somewhere to stay while other suitable care is found. Whatever the reason, children in emergency care have usually experienced trauma, abuse or grief and need to feel safe and secure at what is likely to be a stressful and very difficult time.

Emergency carers need to be able to provide care at short notice, after hours and on weekends.

Duration of care

Days or weeks.

What support do carers receive?

Our foster carers are never alone in their caring journey. It can be difficult to comprehend the experiences children bring with them, so it is important that carers feel supported and confident in their role.
  • Training
    We provide carers with a range of learning opportunities suited to their level of experience and the needs of children in their care.
  • 24/7 on-call support
    Our foster carers have access to on-call support at any time of the day or night for advice, support and direction in stressful situations.
  • Financial support
    Foster carers receive a tax-free allowance to support the needs of children placed in their care.
  • Specialist support
    Our specialist staff work with children and alongside carers where additional support is needed.
  • Carer networking
    Talking to other carers is sometimes the best form of support. Through regular carer events we create opportunities for carers to share their concerns, celebrate successes and provide feedback to the LWB team.

Are there any other types of short-term care?

Yes. And with just under 50,000 children unable to live safely at home in Australia we are always looking for foster carers to help these children feel protected, supported and safe.

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