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Who Can Offer Short Term Breaks?

All sorts of people - single or married, with or without a family.  Although no qualifications are needed, short break carers are carefully selected, they work with a social worker to give a full and detailed assessment on their home life, and full training is given.


Approval Process for Short Break Carers

St Helens Council recognises that your decision to foster or offer support will be one of  the most important in your life.  We encourage you to contact us for an informal chat to help you decide.

The process to become a short break carer will entail police and local authority checks, references and meetings with a qualified social worker from your local service.  The social worker will complete an assessment with you, which looks at your background, home life and values.  This takes approximately 4-6 months.  The assessment is then presented to the fostering panel who will make a recommendation regarding approval status.


Training is also very important in preparation for this role and your training programme will be agreed with the local service.


Post Approval

Once approved, the short break carer's service will begin to match a short break carer with a child.  During this process, the short break carers work very closely with the child, birth family and social workers to ensure that eveyone is happy.  During this process, the All About Me document is completed.


What Next?

If you are interested in becoming a short break carer then please contact our contact centre at Wesley House or complete the on-line application form.