Short term fostering and respite care

"We're an ordinary family. If we can do it, then anyone out there can".
Lalani, Kapila and Olivia, Short break carers, London

Short term fostering for kids who live at home with their parents

We provide short break care to provide a broad range of children with short stays away from their families or carers. Short breaks allow children to have new experiences and develop relationships with another family beyond their own home environment. They also allow parents and carers to recharge their batteries and spend time with the other children in the family.

Barnardo's currently requires short break carers to enable disabled children and young people to do many of the activities non-disabled children take for granted. They help them have fun, try new activities, gain independence and make friends.

There are a number of ways in which we provide this service – some breaks involve day care, others provide overnight care, some look after one child and others look after a number of children. For those carers who may not be able to consider fostering full time this is an ideal opportunity to offer weekend and holiday care and establish positive relationships with a child or young person.

What does it take to be a short break carer?

We welcome applications from all kinds of people regardless of race, religion, sexuality or marital status. The main requirements are:

  • You must be patient, reliable and have a desire to make a difference to a child’s life.
  • You must be committed to being able to provide support on a regular basis throughout the year.
  • You must be willing to take part in an assessment and training process.

What is the process for becoming a Barnardo’s short breaks carer?

To become a Barnardo’s support carer, you would be required to go through an application process which will involve police and local authority checks, references and meetings with a worker from your local service. Anyone over the age of 18 living in your home will also be required to undergo police checks.

As part of the preparation process, extensive training will be provided and after approval you will receive on-going support from your local Barnardo’s service.

Contact us for more information on short breaks.

Barnardos Children