Stepdown respite carers offer young people aged 12 to 21 years short breaks in the carer’s own home in order to support the young person and their family or present placement.
Most of our children and young people are in, or have been, in care. They are aged between 12 and 21 years old and need a short break from where they presently live. They would benefit from an enjoyable family experience; having the opportunity to make positive relationships; going on family outings and using local community resources like any other child or young person.
The respite carer will support the young person in a range of recreational activities and social skills development. They can also assist with specific agreed tasks.
Placements can be arranged on a one off or on a regular basis, normally from at least one night a month.
Have a chat with one of our workers they will talk to you about what different carers do and if you are interested one of them will visit you.
All of our Carers go through a preparation and assessment procedure and once they have been approved they receive ongoing support and training from Stepdown.
Respite carers are responsible looking after young people when they need a short break from where they presently live. They are responsible for the care and development of the young person placed with them and will provide a safe, secure and stable environment. They will be supported to provide high quality care by Stepdown.
Respite Carers come from a variety of backgrounds. They can be married or single, working or retired, childless or have children still living at home. We need a variety of carers in order to meet young people’s individual needs.
All young people in respite care have different needs but they are likely to have faced some difficulties and need a caring home. Stepdown will work closely with you and the young person to make sure that you are carefully ‘matched’ with each other. So we will know from you what type of young person you would be happy to help support.
You don’t need any formal qualifications and we will provide you with any training you need. Applicants attend training/preparations groups which ensure that you have an understanding of issues needed to care for young people.
You do need an interest in the welfare of young people and an understanding of young people in care.
You will receive a generous allowance for each child or young person placed with you.