Remand fostering offers young people who are remanded by the Courts with a remand foster carer while they await court proceedings.
Remand fostering is a type of fostering placement which provides young people who are remanded by the courts the opportunity to live with a remand foster carer. This is instead of living in custodial care, and the duration of this fostering placement is whilst the young person awaits court proceedings.
Providing an alternative to living in custodial care, remand fostering is important because it provides an opportunity to children under the age of 18 charged with an offence to be nurtured in a secure, safe environment. Being placed in a custody environment can be a very damaging experience to a young person’s development, and is likely to increase their risk of reoffending in the future.
That’s why, as a remand foster carer, your role is so important – as you will be able to offer a sanctuary to young people in need.
As a remand foster carer, it’s important that you are flexible – as often, placements may come at very short notice. However, it should be noted that, in other cases, remand fostering can be planned – a young person who is leaving custody may require the opportunity to be reintegrated into the community gradually, and a foster family can act as this transitional step.
Your role as a remand foster carer will be to escort the young person on remand to and from court hearings when they are required, and providing a secure, safe environment for them to develop and feel safe in during their time on remand. This type of fostering placement can be challenging – so it’s important that you possess certain skills to become a remand foster carer, including patience, excellent communication skills and being able to offer unwavering support.
Interested in changing the lives of young people in a rewarding career? Become a remand foster carer now with Excel Fostering. We welcome all interest around the remand fostering role – however, it’s important to note that many of the people who work in remand fostering are already accustomed with supporting young people – such as sports coaches, members of the police force, social workers and more.
For more information on what remand fostering is, and whether it’s the right choice for you, get in touch with our helpful team now. Alternatively, discover what other types of fostering placements are available.
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