When it comes to finding foster carers, there are many different techniques and methods to use compared to recruiting for traditional roles. As specialist foster care recruiters, the process we use is a carefully thought out and tried and tested one, providing high levels of suitable candidates and allowing candidates to be sourced far and wide. So how does it work?
- The Advert
Foster care adverts need to be presented as a life changing opportunity, for both the carer and the child. Several things need to be highlighted, including the benefits that can be brought to a child’s life, as well as how adding to the family can benefit the carer. As well as this, it also needs to include the practicalities of the role, including requirements such as 24/7 availability, a spare room, experience of working with children and more. It’s important that at this stage, candidates are given enough information about what the role entails, to discourage unsuitable people from applying.
It’s much more important for a foster carer to be local than in other full time roles. Uprooting and moving children from their local area will do nothing towards helping them settle into a new home. Therefore, foster care recruitment needs to be clearly targeted at the area/region in which the carers are needed. Luckily, with online recruitment, it’s a lot easier to do localised campaigns, tagging the job ad with the relevant area and also utilising local job boards.
As with most types of recruitment, there is no guarantee that all applicants will pass the desired criteria that the advert asks for. As well as CV screening, we also get in touch with each applicant directly, asking them questions to see if their answers concur with the criteria set out by the fostering agency. This means the agency is then only in receipt of candidates that are genuine potential foster carers. While every candidate is made aware that further vetting and screening awaits, it’s a huge help to agencies to only receive candidates that have passed the first couple of hurdles.
That’s just a short insight into the process and there’s a lot more to it, but in general, recruiting for fostering carers can be made as simple as applying for a normal job role. To find out more about how an effective process can help you, get in touch with us today.