Emergency Duty Service Fostering

Could you support child in time of crisis?

Emergency Fostering is a new fostering scheme that provides emergency fostering families for babies and children at a time of crisis.

We are looking for individuals or couples who have experience of working with or looking after vulnerable young people as you will be caring for any child aged 0-18 years at a time of crisis.

Carers can also be asked to support babies who need a safe adult to support them whilst they are in hospital.


Emergency fostering takes place out of normal working hours and lasts for up to 3 working days. During this time work will be undertaken with the child’s family to support them and to ensure that the child can be kept safe when they leave your care and return home.

As an Emergency Foster Carer you will need to be available 24/7 Monday to Sunday whilst on rota to care for any baby or child in need, so this type of fostering is not recommended if you have younger children in your household.

You need to be committed to working on a 2 week on 1 week off rota, there is scope to do this on a part time basis if this fits better with your lifestyle.

We are looking for people who have experience of working with or looking after vulnerable children. You also need to attend training and support groups to support you in your role.


You will have access to 24 hr support and will receive a comprehensive package of training from the Fostering and Emergency Duty service.

Emergency Foster Carers will attend monthly support groups and receive regular support visits from their social worker.


Following approval you will receive a weekly availability fee of £545.62 per week.


If you have any questions about the scheme you request an information pack or you can call us on 0800 169 2061 to talk to a member of the team.