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Types of care


Children are placed in task-centred foster care for a number of reasons. We may need to place a child with you whilst we carry out assessments and draw up a longer term plan for the child’s future. If it is possible, we aim to return the child to his or her own family but sometimes this just can’t be done. In some cases, children need to be looked after for up to two years. It is important that you help them to maintain links with their family during this time.

Long term

Sometimes children aren’t able to go back and live with their own families. So, we look at placing them in long term foster care, (i.e. forever family). It’s a big responsibility, but also a fabulous chance to offer a stable, safe and supportive environment where a child will feel loved and cared for.

Families together

This provides short breaks for children with a disability. It’s important for families of disabled children to have an occasional break, whether for a day, a weekend or during the school holidays. This is a planned process and usually you’ll care for a disabled child for regular, short periods. The families work closely together and usually becomes good friends.

Support Care

Our task centred and long term carers often need a break. This is where support carers can step in. Care can also be used for short breaks for families who are in crisis.

Fostering Plus

Fostering Plus has been developed to provide accommodation and a comprehensive family based placement for young people aged 11-17

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Supported lodgings

Our Supported Lodgings Service helps young people who cannot live with their families, but are not ready to live on their own.

By moving into supported lodgings they have the opportunity to gain the skills they need in a safe and caring environment.

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Empower and Protect

The South Yorkshire Empower and Protect scheme is an innovation programme run across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield to help young people aged 13 to 17 who are at risk of, or subject to, child sexual exploitation (CSE).

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