A recruitment campaign has been launched for the new Intensive Fostering Service that will provide family-based placements in Jersey. This is a direct alternative to placing children in residential children’s homes, and some children and young people off-Island.
This is part of the development plans by the Children, Young People, Education and Skills department to enhance the fostering service in a way that enables children who need intensive, specialist and close-proximity care to live in a family environment.
Foster carers will receive £40,000 per annum as they will be unable to undertake any other employment for the duration of this role. The Intensive Fostering Service will reduce the need to place some children in residential care in Jersey and off-Island, which can cost more than £200,000 per year for each child, and therefore significantly reduces the spend in this area.
“This new initiative is a significant milestone for the Children’s Service in Jersey. Our current foster carers do a fantastic job providing children and young people a loving and stable home environment. It has been recognised that the current provision does not offer placements to the full range of children’s needs such as those who may have the most complex or challenging needs or who are teenagers or siblings. This has meant that children from Jersey have had to leave the Island to access an appropriate placement which can meet their needs and support their care plans.” Senator Mézec said.
The Intensive Fostering Service is for:
Becoming an intensive foster carer includes financial benefits, high-quality training and support, so you can really make a difference.
For more information, visit gov.je/fosteringandadoption