Finding homes for children in Torbay

Torbay needs more foster carers

The average number of children in care is much higher in Torbay than most other areas in England (140 per 10 000 children under 18 compared to it’s neighbour Devon 51 per 10 000 under 18). In April 2021, Home for Good began working with Torbay Council to help find families who will welcome children through fostering. We believe that the church community is ideally placed to meet this need. We want to find foster homes from the church community in Torbay, so children and young people can find stable and loving homes close to their schools, friends and wider support networks. This is key to enable children and young people to thrive. >

The need

In 2019-20, 360 children and young people spent time in care in Torbay. Some came into care for the first time, the majority due to neglect or abuse.

Whatever their circumstances, each of these children and young people will have experienced trauma and loss, and is in need of a safe, stable and loving home.

Home for Good and Torbay Council are striving to increase the number of foster homes so children can stay close to their schools, friends, and family and won't have to travel long distances to see them, or access education.

We want to see this change – and we believe that the Church in Torbay can be part of making that happen.

Torbay Council are committed to ensuring that all of their cared for children have access to high quality, matched, local fostering placements when they need them.

Currently, Torbay particularly need people who can welcome:

  • Short term or respite carers who have the capacity to meet the varying needs of children with learning or physical disabilities and complex needs.
  • Short, medium and long term carers who have the capacity to meet the needs of adolescents, or those children and young people stepping out of residential settings into fostering family settings.
  • Short, medium and long term carers who have the capacity to care for larger sibling groups, in order that siblings can be kept together when assessment deems this to be in their best interests.
  • Short term or respite carers who have the capacity and availability to care for a variety of cared for children in emergency situations.

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