North East Lincolnshire Council


Choose fostering today

Children bring a lot of love, hope and light to our world. You can bring a lifetime of change to a child. Fostering is a hugely rewarding role.
Like all of us, children need to feel safe and supported to thrive and be happy.

Most new carers start as short term carers of younger children who require less developed knowledge and skill. Find out about all the different types of care under Purpose and aims of foster care.

We can offer you an experienced Link Worker dedicated to your needs as a carer, an extensive selection of training courses as well as a wider network of support and other benefits. Please speak to us to find out more.

Upcoming fostering events

The upcoming events are in the Tesco’s Community Room, Hewitts Circus, Cleethorpes, DN35 9QR on:

The community room is on the ground floor at the back of the store.

Do you have the time and space to make a difference to a child’s life?

We are looking for more foster carers to care for children of all ages, this might be for a short period to offer support to the child and family or alternatively it can be longer term placement.

Fostering today is more like a career it demands a great deal of effort and commitment. Our foster carers must be available to meet the needs of the children placed with them, which can be a tough challenge as many children have complex histories and may be hurt, sad and angry. Foster carers also need to attend training to equip them with the skills they need as well as attend meetings, appointments, reviews and respond to emergencies if they arise.

In becoming a foster carer for the local authority, you can be sure of a warm welcome and of knowing that you are helping your own community by making a real difference to the lives of local young people. Ofsted recognised that ‘Young peoples carers are very well prepared to care for them because they receive excellent training, support and guidance form the fostering and partner health services’

If you think you are the type of person who would like to consider this rewarding role then we want to hear from you.

Tesco’s Community Room, Hewitts Circus Retail Park, Hewitts Ave, Cleethorpes, DN35 9QR on the following dates:

Tuesday 4 February 2020, 5pm to 7pm
Tuesday 3 March 2020, 1pm to 3pm
Tuesday 7 April 2020, 5pm to 7pm
Tuesday 5 May 2020, 1pm to 3pm
Tuesday 2 June 2020, 5pm to 7pm
Tuesday 7 July 2020, 1pm to 3pm
Tuesday 4 August 2020, 5pm to 7pm
Tuesday 1 September 2020, 1pm to 3pm
Tuesday 6 October 2020, 5pm to7 pm
Tuesday 3 November 2020, 1pm to 3pm
Tuesday 1 December 2020, 5pm to 7pm

Could you provide a well needed break for families bringing up children with disabilities?

Do you have a few days spare each month to make a rewarding difference to a child?

Could you offer a child a chance for new experiences?

Then you could be a short break foster carer!

Short break foster carers care are carers who provide care to  children with disabilities while their usual foster carers take some time off. It is not a full time role, usually a child will stay once or twice a month on a regular basis.

Specialist Support and Training

Our short break foster carers all undertake the Foster Carer Training Package for Foster Carers and are able to access all the supports available to other foster carers.

In addition specialist training is available to help carers understand the needs of any child they may look after, as well as having a Short Break Linkworker who will work closely with each carer to ensure that good matches are made and that placements are successful.


If you think you would like to become a short break foster carer and make a difference to the lives of children across the borough or would just like more information then please get in touch with our experienced fostering team.

View the documents below for more information about short break fostering:

Family and friends carers are relatives, friends and other people with a prior relationship with somebody else’s child, who are caring for him or her full time. One of the common concerns expressed by family and friends carers is that they are not given clear information about the different legal options, the types of support available to them, details of any financial support available and the kind of social work involvement that will be necessary.

A copy of North East Lincolnshire Council’s detailed guidance for practitioners about family and friends care is available on request.

There may be times when it will be necessary to seek your own legal advice about the best option for you and the child’s situation.

For more information view the leaflet on family and friends care  (PDF).

Support for Family and Friends Carers

North East Lincolnshire Fostering Service recognise that becoming a temporarily approved foster carer for a relative’s child can be a daunting and at times isolating situation to be in. The Fostering Service have two dedicated workers to support family and friends with advice, practical support and opportunities for training to assist in developing an understanding of your child’s/ children’s situation and their behaviours,.

We run regular training sessions specifically for family and friends carers on attachment, safeguarding and what is required in the role of a foster carer. We hold a bi monthly support and development sessions specifically for family and friends carers. This group meets for two hours and is an opportunity to meet people in a similar situation to yourselves as well as having short training/ information sessions on subjects such as paediatric first aid, life story work, managing contact and so on.

A full range of Fostering training and eLearning packages are available to all family carers alongside Local Authority foster carers.
For more information ask your link worker or contact the Fostering Service.

For more information read A Practical Guide to Family and Friends Care (PDF).

Want to know what our foster carers have to say? Considering putting yourself in the picture?

Click on the names below to hear what our foster carers have to say:

Jane and Sally (PDF)

John and Julie (PDF)

Bethany and Teresa (PDF)

Julie (PDF)

Samantha (PDF)

You can also watch the videos below to hear about our foster carers experiences in North East Lincolnshire:

Colette (Video)

Angie (Video)

Aisha (Video)

Karen (Video)


Click on the names below to hear what our young people say about fostering in North East Lincolnshire:

Jaz’s story in care (PDF)

We aim to provide a sufficient range of high quality foster placements to meet the assessed needs of children looked after by North East Lincolnshire Council. We strive to provide safe, secure and stable homes for children, who for whatever reason are unable to live with their own family.

Foster carers will ensure that children and young people are provided with a home that not only values diversity and promotes equality, but also encourages healthy development and emotional security as foundations for a successful and rewarding life.

To provide a service that meets the needs of individual children and families there are a number of different types of fostering placements as described below:

Mainstream Care
Most newly approved foster carers will care for a child under the mainstream arrangements. These placements are usually time limited and may last from a few days to over a year and will normally be of children whose needs do not require a more developed knowledge or level of skill.

Short Stay (formerly Respite Care)
A Short Stay foster carer looks after a foster child while their regular foster carer takes their annual leave. Usually a child will stay with you between one night and two or three weeks.

As a short stay foster carer you do all the same training and have access to the same network of professional support and financial support as any other foster carer but this is a more flexible part-time role.

Long Term Care
This type of care is usually provided by experienced carers who look after a child for whom the plan is permanence through foster care. A matching process takes place, which assesses children’s needs and identifies carers’ abilities to meet those needs.

Contract Care
Contract carers look after children whose needs demand a higher level of skill, understanding and tolerance. Carers are paid a Fostering Allowance and a professional fee for each child in their care.

Contract Plus Care
This scheme as in contract care is designed to meet the needs of children who require skilled carers but who also need a placement where they can be either the only child or for accommodating larger sibling groups. It is also used for rolling respite care for children with disabilities and challenging behaviours.

Carers are paid a Fostering Allowance and a household professional fee.

Specific Placement Care
Specific Placement care is designed to cater for those children who pose a higher level of risk and/or require a high level of individually tailored management and supervision. Carers are usually highly experienced foster carers who are required to be available on a full time basis, and able to manage high risk.

Short Break Care
Short break carers look after children with disabilities for short periods on a regular basis when families need a break from their caring role.

“I love keeping families together”

“Children enjoy living in warm friendly and caring homes with families who look after and support them”

If you require any further information please contact the Fostering Service using the contact details provided.

Foster carers will ensure that children and young people are provided with a home that not only values diversity and promotes equality, but also encourages healthy development and emotional security as foundations for a successful and rewarding life.

Our Ofsted Inspector said-

‘Young people say they feel safe and well cared for’

‘Young people have developed excellent trusting relationships with their carers’

‘Young people benefit from having their individual needs met’

‘Young People are well matched with carers and their complex and diverse needs are net with support’

The Fostering Service provides placements for children of all ages from new born babies to teenagers. In order to do this, there is an experienced staff team working within the Fostering Service assessing and supporting foster carers. The Fostering Statement of Purpose gives an overview of the Fostering Service. The Statement of Purpose is attached for download.

There are a total of 104 foster homes within North East Lincolnshire which can provide children with safe and secure places to stay. Unlike many local authorities, we are able to place almost all children within local foster families and in order to continue doing this we need to encourage more people to choose to foster.

Ofsted regulates the Fostering Service and carries out inspections to assess that we are meeting The Fostering National Minimum Standards 2011 (England) and Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011. We proudly hold an outstanding judgement from our Ofsted Inspection in October 2011. As quoted from our recent Ofsted Report ‘Young people benefit from a very well organised and managed Fostering Service’

If you require any further information please contact the Fostering Service using the contact details provided.

Fostering Statement of Purpose 2016 (PDF)

For more information view our Fostering Information Sheets (PDF) and Fostering Prospectus (PDF).

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer fill out the fostering online enquiries form and a member of the fostering team will be in touch with you.

Fostering and Adoption, Civic Offices, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, DN35 8LN


Telephone: 01472 325545

Opening times: Monday to Thursday 9 am to 5 pm, Friday 9am to 4:30pm, except bank holidays