Remand fostering offers young people who are remanded by the Courts with a remand foster carer while they await court proceedings.
Remand fostering offers young people who have been remanded by the courts an alternative to being placed in custody. Instead, these young people can be placed with a remand foster carer while they await their court proceedings.
All children under the age of 18 charged with an offence are deemed as vulnerable. That’s why remand fostering is so important as it provides a real alternative to custodial care. Being placed in custody can be a damaging experience to a young person’s development, as it’s thought to increase risks of reoffending in the future. As a remand foster carer, you have the opportunity to offer a sanctuary to young people in need, creating a more supportive, nurturing environment than they’d experience in custody, and hopefully discourage them from reoffending in the future.
Typically, remand fostering placements come with very short notice, meaning that you need to be flexible and available for remand foster children to stay into your home. If the young person you’re fostering is on remand, your role will be to escort them to and from court when they are required to attend, as well as providing a secure and stable environment for them to stay in during their time on remand.
However, in some cases, remand fostering can be planned – when a young person leaves custody, they may need to be reintroduced into the community gradually. By placing them with a remand foster family, this can act as a transitional step. It’s helpful for the remand foster carers to already know the young person when they are in custody by visiting them while they’re there, as this will allow a relationship to develop beforehand.
It’s important to understand that this type of foster care can be challenging, meaning, as a foster carer, you will need to have excellent communication skills, patience and be able to offer unwavering support. This environment is designed to offer stability and security for a young person in remand care.
If you think you’re someone who can turn around the lives of vulnerable young people in need of support at a difficult time in their lives, we want to hear from you. Here at Capstone, we welcome all interest for a remand fostering role. However, many of the people who work in remand fostering are accustomed to supporting young people to change their lives, such as members of the police force, sports coaches, youth workers, social workers, probation officers, support workers and prison officers.
As a remand foster carer with Capstone, you can expect an unparalleled level of support and training. Our expert team are on hand 24 hours a day, meaning you’ll be in safe hands with us. We’re here to guide you through every step of your fostering journey. Get in touch with us today for more information on remand foster care.
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