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Can I become a Supported Lodgings provider?

If you have a spare room, some time and a desire to support a young person into a brighter future, then you might be just the person we are looking for to become either a Supported Lodgings provider or a foster carer.

Single people, couples, families, home owners and renters can all be Supported Lodgings providers. It doesn’t matter what your employment status is, the only requirement is that you can dedicate the time to help a vulnerable young person.

Barnardo’s is committed to equal opportunities, and there’s no upper age limit, however you must be over 21 at the time of applying. Health problems will not usually affect your application.

All applicants are subject to a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. Applicants in Scotland need to complete an enhanced disclosure check and be registered with Protecting Vulnerable Groups.

How does Barnardo’s support providers?

Our role is to:

  • Support applicants through assessment.
  • Match vulnerable young people with the right provider.
  • Arrange an initial training programme and giving ongoing help and training (including guidance on issues such as substance misuse, mental health and child sexual exploitation, where needed).

What is the process of becoming a Supported Lodgings provider?

  • Contact your local Supported Lodgings service to register your interest and find out more.
  • Informal interviews happen at your home, with all members of your household present.
  • References and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks are carried out.
  • All prospective hosts attend mandatory training.
  • Applications are assessed by a panel.
  • Our thorough matching process ensures a suitable match.