Remand fostering occurs when young people are ‘remanded’ by a court into the care of the local authority and placed with specially trained foster carers, as an alternative to custody, while they await trial or sentencing.

As a remand foster carer, you will normally be working with young people aged between 10 – 16, helping them to look at the causes of their offending behaviour, learn new ways of responding to stressful situations and managing their anger, and find new motivation and interests to replace those that led to them getting into criminal situations.

Being a remand foster carer is demanding and you will need to work closely with the local youth justice system.  It is also important to have experience working with adolescents – either in your own family or in a professional capacity – and to be prepared to manage challenging behaviour.