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Jobs that provide transferable skills for aspiring foster carers.

Are you considering a career in fostering but are unsure if you have the relevant skills? Although it may be an advantage, a person is not required to have worked in the childcare sector specifically to become a foster carer. There are many jobs that will provide individuals with the transferable skills and a foundation of experience and knowledge necessary to begin the fostering journey. Many professions will equip people with skills that can be used to successfully support and nurture children through difficult periods in their lives as well as the other aspects of the role including working as part of a team and keeping detailed written records. Read on to learn whether your current job role could help you realise your dream to foster a vulnerable child.

A list of jobs that offer transferable skills for fostering.

Previous experience working with children is preferential but not essential for fostering. However, if you have worked in any of the following childcare roles this may put you in good stead to becoming a foster carer:

Nursery nurse
Teaching assistant
Youth worker

Any volunteering work in a relevant setting is also going to help enhance your application. For example:

Supporting people in your local community
Supporting children in a school setting
Helping to run a play group or after school club
Assisting or running community groups or activities –Scouts/Guides/Sunday school/sports clubs etc

Here is a list of professions that offer various transferable skills for fostering –

Play therapist
Mental Health Support Worker
Social worker
School staff
Support Worker

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The characteristics of a successful foster carer.

It is important to know that although previous work experience and employment history is important, it is not the only factor taken into account when someone makes an enquiry to foster or makes an application to be assessed. We expect all of our prospective foster carers to share our passion of embracing and enhancing the lives of children. There are many characteristics and skills our team hope to see in aspiring foster carers, some of these include:

Excellent listening skills
Calm and compassionate Communication skills
Fun and good sense of humour
Physical and emotional availability

If you are a parent yourself, your experience of raising your own children will have provided you with a plethora of knowledge and skills that can be used as a foster carer. However, you do not need to be a parent to be a foster parent. All our foster carers undergo skills to foster training as well as other regular training courses throughout the duration of their fostering career. It takes a special kind of person to make a successful foster carer and our agency nurtures all of our foster carers to be the best they can be in helping to achieve good outcomes for children.

Life as a foster carer is challenging and demanding but also extremely rewarding. Fostering is a job that really makes a difference and good foster care has the ability to change a child’s life for the better. If you are wondering if you have the necessary skills or experience to foster, make an enquiry with our team and we will be delighted to answer any questions. The examples provided in this blog are not an exhaustive list. If you are looking for a career change and want to pursue your dream to foster, contact us today for a provisional chat about fostering with Focus Foster Care.


To find out more about fostering and how to become a foster carer with our independent fostering agency, please read the following pages on our website:
Types of foster care.
Who can foster?
How to become a foster carer with Focus Foster Care.
Fostering – frequently asked questions.
The benefits of fostering with Focus Foster Care.