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Skills & Abilities

Many of the children or young people who need to live with New Routes' foster carers have been through traumatic experiences. As a result they may feel lonely, afraid or confused which may result in challenging behaviour.

As a foster carer you will need to:

  • Be able to provide a good standard of care to other people’s children to promote their health, education and leisure interests
  • Be able to listen and communicate with children or young people in a way that is appropriate for their age and understanding
  • Be willing to learn new skills and attend regular training and support groups
  • Be able to help the child or young person keep in contact with their family, friends and local community activities as appropriate
  • Be able to put boundaries in place in order to manage behaviour in an effective and positive way to enable children or young people to grow up to be responsible and well balanced adults
  • Have energy and motivation to remain committed to a child or young person through more challenging times
  • Be able to work with and understand the role of all the professionals involved in the child or young person’s life.

Some questions that you should ask yourself and family members:

  • Do you have patience, understanding and a sense of humour?
  • Are you warm and nurturing?
  • Are you non-judgemental and anti-discriminatory in your outlook?
  • Are you a resilient person and able to cope with the extremes of emotions you will experience and the response they will demand of you?
  • Are you a good listener?
  • Can you communicate openly and honestly?
  • Can you be flexible but also capable of setting clear boundaries?
  • Can you express views both verbally and in written form?
  • Would you welcome guidance and support?
  • How do your children feel about fostering and sharing their home and lives with other children?
  • How is your pets’ behaviour with children?