Respite carers provide short periods of care for fostered children, giving them the opportunity to meet new people, develop a sense of community and for the main carers to have a break from their demanding work. Many specialist foster carers choose to provide respite care to begin with, gradually working up to long-term placements once they feel confident enough to do so.
Children cared for on a respite basis will require specialist personal care to support a range of needs, including physical disabilities, medical care, learning difficulties and autism. Respite could be as short as an overnight stay, but is more commonly a regular arrangement with particular children. Respite care is always dependent on your own availability. Ongoing learning and development opportunities organised by Credo Care will ensure you have all the necessary training and skills to care for the children matched with you. You will receive bespoke training to match these specific needs.
Ideally you will previous experience caring for children or adults with disabilities, but we consider every enquiry. You must have a spare bedroom and the desire to provide outstanding care to children with additional needs. Respite care can be an ideal starting point before moving on to long-term fostering, as you will receive training and exprience with some of the fantastic children you could be caring for in the future.
Nicola decided to become a Respite Carer after having her own child with special needs. She has regularly supported a number of children in her area, and has a great relationship with each and every one.
"Doing respite is fantastic for both me and my children, as we get to care for a number of different children fostered in my area. Each one brings with them different needs, qualties and personalities."
"As a respite carer, I find it brings a lot of satisfaction. I have been a mother to a special needs child, so I understand the importance and positive impacts that it can have for both the child and their families. I see it as a little holiday for the children; we pack in lots of fun, make lots of memories and every child becomes a part of our family. I feel privileged to be able to care for these wonderful, inspiring children amd to give them a stable, safe and fun break from home. We can never wait for them to come back!"
Credo Respite Carers are paid a daily allowance for each child. You will then be entitled to tax relief on income from fostering and will be eligible for National Insurance credits, which count towards your State Pension.
Depending on the needs of the child being supported, respite care can take place in either your home or the foster carer's home. prior to a placement, an introductory period is arranged where you might spend a day with the child, or look after them for one night.
You will be assigned a dedicated Supervising Social Worker who will be your first point of call for support, training requests or just for a friendly chat. A team of office staff and on-call support is available 24/7. Respite carers are also kept up to date on our core training program, making sure the skills are there to make every placement successful. Regular support groups will give you the opportunity to meet and chat with other carers.