What Is Remand Care?
Are you interested in short-term foster placements? If so, remand care might be ideal for you!
Our remand foster carers offer vital help and support to troubled youngsters who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. Foster placements for children on remand offer an alternative to custody and can have a really positive impact on their future. So, if you’re looking to make a real difference, remand care is definitely worth considering.
Remand care placements
For the most part, remand care placements are short-term. There could be a number of reasons why a child needs to be placed into a foster home whilst awaiting their trial date. The majority of the time, it’s to avoid placing the child into custody.
Custody can have a seriously negative impact on a young person. Not only is it not a nice place to be, it can also encourage repeat offences. However, when placed into a loving, supportive environment, children are given the chance to rethink their actions and decrease the chance they will go on to re-offend (if they did indeed offend in the first place!).
Is there a risk involved with remand care?
Many people are put off the idea of remand care because they’re worried about the trouble children may have gotten into. What you need to remember is that these vulnerable children are alleged offenders. They have not been found guilty, they are simply awaiting court proceedings.
No child who posed a serious threat would ever be placed into a family home. You would simply be helping a child in need of support at a time when they need it most. Will it be challenging? Yes, but so is any form of fostering. We offer full support and training to all of our remand carers to ensure they have the skills and knowledge required to make a difference. As well as a dedicated team to guide you through your fostering journey, we also provide 24 hour support, 7 days a week – we’re with you every step of the way.
What will be expected of me?
As a remand carer, you’ll have quite a few responsibilities. Largely, you’ll be required to provide a secure, welcoming environment and offer non-judgemental support. However, additional tasks that may be required include keeping in contact with the court and supplying progress reports if needed. You may also have to attend any court dates the child has to go to.
There’s no question that remand care is challenging. However, the benefits truly do outweigh the challenges. Being able to provide support at exactly the right time, can be extremely rewarding. You could also be helping to positively shape a child’s future.
We’re always in need of more amazing carers willing to take on these emergency placements so if you want more information on this, or any other type of foster care, please don’t hesitate to contact us.