Northampton

Northamptonshire foster carers needed for youths in court

Foster carers are needed in Northamptonshire to look after young people who have been charged or convicted of an offence.

The county council said five people are needed to take on 10 to 18 year olds who have been placed in care by the courts.

Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, said foster parents are given 24-hour support and training.

"This is a specialist type of fostering care," he added.

Mr Grant said: "There are a certain number of conditions that a potential carer has to meet before they can be approved.

"This helps to ensure that the placement is as constructive as possible at a time when stability and consistency are crucial.

"A remand foster carer will be expected to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team supporting young people while they wait for their charges to be dealt with in the justice system."

The council said it needed to recruit five remand foster carers ahead of the retirement of its current carers.

A remand foster carer can earn approximately £17,000 a year pro rata and will receive a retainer of £121.50 per week when they do not have a placement, the council said.

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