Fostering in the South West

We’re looking for warm, caring people who want to make a real difference. Become part of our friendly and professional team.

We are looking for people who can give children & young people a safe and stable home. Who really want to make a difference to children’s lives. Across the South West we’re looking for carers who can support children on a long and short term basis.

The children we place have experienced a lot of trauma and disruption in their lives. We will support and train you so you can feel confident in supporting children who have experienced neglect, abuse or trauma. You will be part of a community of foster carers that make a real difference to the lives of children.

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We are recruiting foster carers in the following locations:

  • Bristol
  • Gloucester
  • Somerset
  • Bath
  • Stroud
  • Wiltshire 
  • Swindon
"The regular and consistent support of our social worker was a great help to us. She was always available to assist us when needed."

Action for Children Foster Carer

Children aged between 6 – 18 years old with complex needs. Occasionally we support children between 0 - 6 years old.

We support children and young people whose families may have had long histories of involvement with social services or who have experienced a breakdown in family relationships. Often the children we place have experienced neglect, abuse or trauma. They may need support with managing their emotions and behaviours.

Sibling groups

Where possible we will try and keep brothers and sisters together as they will have already experienced enough upheaval in leaving their home. It will require the foster carers to have more bedroom space and the added energy to devote to meeting the needs of more than one child.

Disabled children and young people

We need foster carers who can provide secure and caring homes for disabled children to enable them to remain in their local community. Some of the children have experienced disruption, loss, rejection, neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse and maybe dealing with the confusion of a family breakdown.

Children who are fostered need different types of placements. Each child’s circumstance are different and there will be a number of factors which will determine which type of placement they need.

Long Term Placements

There are lots of children that need a caring home on a long term basis and therefore the placement could last many years until they become an adult and can live independently. Action for Children focus on finding foster carers who can commit to long term placements.

Short Term Placements

Sometimes children need a home on a short term basis lasting from anywhere between a few days to weeks, months or up to a year. Sometimes a child may need an emergency placement and the foster carer will look after the child on short notice for a limited amount of time.

Planned Breaks Placements

Sometimes we require new foster carers who can provide planned breaks for our full-time foster carers.  It involves providing much-needed cover during holidays, weekends, or day care around their daily lives. This gives full-time carers the chance to recharge their batteries and enables the children to have new experiences.


Team Managers

Fostering in the South West is managed by:

Joyce Masson

• Bristol
• Gloucestershire
• South Glocestershire
• Somerset
• Wiltshire
• Dorset
• Swindon
• Bath & North East Somerset

Why choose us?

  • Allowances and competitive fees – we will give you good rates of pay
  • 24-hour support line – we are always there for you
  • Thorough assessment and preparation – we don't throw you in at the deep end
  • Regular paid breaks – like any career, it can be tiring so we make sure you can rest
  • Careful matching and planning – because it is right to get the right placement for you and the child
  • A team that is both experienced and friendly – we know what we are doing
  • Children’s charity – we put people before profit
  • Always offering you training opportunities – so you can grow and develop

We’ll be with you every step of the way.

Fill in the quick form and a member of the team will be in touch - or you can join us at our fostering drop in and information sessions.

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