Children may need somewhere to stay immediately, for a night or even a few weeks. The call for emergency foster care can happen anytime.

Ready to become a foster carer?

Book in for a short conversation with our friendly team about the process of becoming a foster carer.

This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have about fostering and how it might work for you and your family!

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

1 night to 4 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 Carer Support

    Our carers have access to support at any time of the day or night for advice, support and direction in stressful situations.

  • Financial support

    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 Life Without Barriers team.

Read more about support for our carers

Could you help in an emergency?

Contact us today and we'll get you started, together we can provide support to children and young people when they need it most.