Children and young people need to be cared for away from home for very varied and complex reasons; Some need to be away for a small number of hours or days while some need a permanent alternative where they can live until they are legally and developmentally ready to move on.
As an Orchard carer, you will be given comprehensive training and support from day one, together with an ongoing package of help, training and advice (including input from our foster care support team, and 24 hour a day on call support from an experienced member of staff). This ‘package’ will be tailored to suit your needs throughout.
Within Orchard Care we would like to offer homes to a wide range of children and young people. Young people may be any age from 0 to 17.
- Need to be fostered with their siblings - families can be split up just because the foster homes available don't have enough bedrooms
- Need preparation for independent living - when they turn 18 they will usually need to look after themselves
- Need help, support and guidance regarding their transition into adulthood
- Present challenging behaviour
- Require palliative/nursing care in relation to their complex medical needs
- Have a short life expectancy
- Have a physical disability
- Have a learning disability or special educational needs
- Be autistic
- Come from an ethnic minority background
To find out more about Orchard Care and fostering with ourselves, please contact us for an information pack.
Tel: 0191 378 4444
Visit/Post: Orchard Care, 12 City West Business Park, St John's Road, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8ER
If you would like some more technical reading about the structure of Orchard Care, visit our Quality Assurance page and view our Statement of Purpose and Ofsted report.
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