Foster Carer Roles

There is a type of fostering to suit you. You can choose from short term, long term, holiday and emergency caring, Short Breaks and permanent fostering.

Nottingham City Council need motivated, passionate and understanding foster carers who are willing to care for children and young people who come from different home life experiences, backgrounds and cultures.

We are looking for individuals who feel they are dedicated and committed to making a significant positive contribution to a child or young person's life by providing a caring, loving and happy stable home environment for them.

Types of Foster Carers

Short Term

Some children require 'short term' care in a family setting until their own parents are able to care for them again, or until plans are made for the child's future.


Family situations are complex and many of our children are in court proceedings.  We need foster families to care for children while clear plans are made. These type of placement are called 'Bridging' and can be up to 18 months.


We also need foster carers who can offer weekend stays and holidays for our children and young people in care. This gives the children in their care a holiday and a chance to have a different experience and meet new people whilst our full time foster carers get a break or just time to spend with their own family. These stays can be taken at any point during the year but schools holidays are usually our busiest times.


Some children need a foster home at all times of the day or night, with no planning or preparation.  In cases when placements can't be planned ahead, we need foster carers who can offer a home for a short period until alternative plans can be made.

Short Breaks for Disabled Children

We have foster carers who offer regular, planned, ongoing support to children and young people who have a disability, including weekends and school holidays. We are currently recruiting Contract Carers and Link Workers to support the Short Breaks Team.

Click here for more information on Short Breaks for disabled children. 


Some children cannot return to their birth families, but retain strong links with them. For these, we seek foster carers who can offer them permanency through to adulthood. These children are usually over 8 years of age.

Foster carers are home-based and need to be able to provide the child or young person a bedroom of their own and be confident in the following skills:

  • Good in a crisis
  • Skilled and creative in managing difficult behaviour
  • Effective at communicating with other people
  • Flexible and resilient in coping with different circumstances
  • Sensitive and capable in supporting the children or young people to move on from your family

Foster Carers, whilst approved, trained and supported by Nottingham City Council are not employed by the Local Authority and are classified as self employed.


Our monthly Information Evenings are a great way to find out more about the process, speak to experienced members of the team and meet some of our most dedicated and passionate foster carers and adoptive parents, who will share their stories with you. Find out when the next meeting is taking place by when the next meeting is taking place or call us on 0115 876 3335 for an informal discussion.

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