Fostering Services

Do I Need Qualifications to Foster a Child?

You don't need any qualifications to become a foster parent with By the Bridge with Cambian. We'll provide you with the training, support and skills you need to care for a child or young person, all we ask is that you're open to learning new things.


You will find that life experience, skills and qualifications from previous roles will help a huge amount but really, it's just about being enthusiastic, flexible and committed.


You'll also have the opportunity to study for qualifications and certificates whilst you are fostering with us, meaning you can even apply for a promotion for higher pay grades too.


For more information or advice, contact us here, or call 0800 644 6230.



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Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Some basics to become a foster parent

Here are a few questions to help you discover whether fostering is right for you and what we need from our foster parents.

1. I have a spare bedroom for a foster child

2. I will be available to care for a child full time

3. I am over 25 years old

4. I have a stable, positive home to offer a child

5. I am a patient, resilient and understanding person

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Becoming a professional foster parent

We regard fostering as a profession. Therefore we'll treat you as a professional - we'll provide great pay, support and training. In return we expect our foster parents to provide a high standard of care for our children. 

I want a professional career in fostering and am happy to undertake ongoing training

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

The challenges of fostering

Fostering is life changing and rewarding work. It can also be challenging at times but our foster parents tell stories of the great satisfaction they gain with our expert support. 

I understand that some children in fostering may have challenging behaviour due to the experiences they may have had

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Working as part of a team

As a foster parent we require you to work as part of the By the Bridge team but also with social workers, teachers and health workers to help support the child.

I am able to talk and listen to young people, aswell as working part of a team to help support them