Fostering Teenagers Application Service.

Teenagers need more UK Foster carers!

Who can foster young people.

There are no particular people who make successful foster carers for teenagers, before fostering they have usually had experience of caring for teenagers, either through raising their own family, or through having contact in other ways, for example through their work.

Teenagers – young people

A significant number of children who need foster carers are young people (or) teenagers, both girls and boys.

Most of these children will have had difficulties at home. They come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, including unaccompanied minors, who will need support and help in adjusting to living in a new country.

As we all know, teenage years can be a difficult time, we felt no one understood us and most teenagers felt insecure. Imagine how a young person who cannot live with their family will feel. At this critical time in their lives, they need clear guidance and support, to help them to not get in to bad behaviours and lifestyles.

Teenagers need carers who are reliable, patient and trustworthy, they need to know where they stand. Foster carers need to listen, be someone to talk to and help them to make sense of their worries.

Young people need help to organise their lives, to deal with their feelings and have good times with friends and where possible, stay in touch with their family. Foster carers need to help teens learn good practical skills they’ll need in the future, especially if they move live independently, such as cooking and managing money.

Joe, a UK foster carer

“With patience, time and being a trusting role model, I can get them to think before they do, and help them keep safe and sometimes they say thanks! I think babies and young children are lovely, but I prefer working with moody teenagers than making bottles and changing nappies, that’s the way I am.”

In 2015 38% (26,140) of children in foster placements were aged between 10 and 15 years old, and 22% (15,270) were aged 16 and over were in care and 75% (52,050) of children looked after on 31st March 2015 were living with foster carers.


Young people

Ages of Rights and Responsibilities

10 years

A child can be convicted of a criminal offence if they know they were doing wrong

12 years

Buy an animal as a pet

13 years

Open a bank account

14 years

A person is fully responsible for any crime they commit and the police can take fingerprints Work part-time with the teenager’s school’s consent Go into a pub with an adult (but the teenager can’t drink alcohol) Be convicted of a crime Be convicted of rape (if a boy) and illegal sex with a girl under sixteen

16 years

Claim social security benefits in their own right Drink some alcohol with a meal in a pub (but not at the bar) Get married (with parents’ permission) Join a trade union Leave home to live independently. (Scottish law allows young people to leave home legally at sixteen years of age. In England and Wales sixteen year olds can leave home only with parental consent.) Leave school Take your driving test (if disabled) The age of consent for legal sex (including homosexual consent in England, Scotland and Wales; age of consent for homosexual sex in Northern Ireland is 17.) Work full-time

17 years

A person can drive a car and pilot an aeroplane Go into a betting shop (but not bet) Be tried before an adult court and sent to prison or fined up to £2,000

18 years

Leave home or marry without parental consent Vote Drink alcohol in a pub Own a house or land Sign contracts Apply for loans and credit cards Make a will Do jury service Donate blood or organs

21 years

A person can adopt a child Stand for election for parliament or local government.

Fostering teenagers

The UK’s largest fostering charity finds that one in four of teenagers are moved foster placements at least four times, and one in six are with their fifth foster carer.

This placement instability shows that the shortage of foster carers is making finding the best match between teenager and foster carer much more difficult. The UK needs 8,300 more carers to cope with demand in the coming years.

Fostering teens is one of the most rewarding careers out there, but being with the wrong agency can mean not having the number, type of placements, fostering allowance and financial benefits you expected.

Contact us and we will find you suitable agencies in your area with vacancies.

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