What is supporting lodgings?
It’s about more than providing a place to live.
You’ll help a young person age 16 to 18 become more confident in themselves and socially by providing a safe and nurturing home. Some young people will have experienced early trauma and will need help with finding better ways to manage their behavior and supported lodging carers will be a significant source of support for them.
For a young person who is an unaccompanied asylum seeking child they will have experienced a range of difficulties resulting in them seeking a safe place to live, that may have involved them fleeing their home land, often having to leave their family members and experiencing a significant journey travelling across several countries in whatever modes of transport they could find.
Who can provide supported lodgings?
You can be working, unemployed or retired, single, married or living with a partner. What matters is you can care for a young people and work as part of a team. You may be an experienced Foster Carer, who wishes to return to employment outside of the home, and prefers working with teenagers, but still wish to continue to support young people leaving care.
Supported Lodgings Carers offer less intensive support in order to promote young people’s independence skills to prepare them for moving on to their own accommodation at 18 years of age.
Who are the young people who need supported lodgings?
We match young people to you and what you have to offer.
Young people may need a place to live because:
- there are behaviour problems, drug or alcohol use, family breakdown in their home
- they were previously in foster care
- they have learning disabilities or mental health problems
- they’re unaccompanied asylum seekers aged 16 or 17.
We also need to place pregnant teenagers who will remain in the placement with their baby after it is born. We'll give you special training if you're interested in this role.
Once experienced as a supported lodging carer you may wish to explore a new scheme that we are developing to offer some more complex young people under a ‘Specialist Supported Lodging Scheme.
There will be a bespoke training programme and support for these placements for young people with higher needs levels for example; mental health or behavioural difficulties.
A further new service that supported lodging carers can explore is the PACE Bed Scheme, which a supported lodging carer can be considered for to provide accommodation to young people needing overnight accommodation, before appearing in court the next day, or after the weekend.
How much will I earn providing supported lodgings?
The young person buys their own food out of an allowance of £57.90 each week.
The payments will vary depending on the needs of the young person. Our payment week runs from Thursday to Wednesday for payment the following Friday so they are paid in arrears directly into your bank account.
Why would I choose to provide supported lodgings, rather than fostering?
Providing supported lodgings can suit some people better than fostering – it depends on what you want. Providing a home for a teenager can give you many of the same rewards as fostering, such as knowing you’re making a difference, but also allows you to continue with your work and other activities, because the young people are more independent.
What happens when I want to go on holiday?
Of course, sometimes you’ll need a break.
We'll work with the young person’s social worker to organise a short-term placement while you’re on holiday.
If you want to take the young person on holiday, talk to the young person’s social worker about this.
You could also arrange for a friend or relative to come and stay with the young person while you’re away. They’ll need to be over 18 and have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Do you have a question about housing a young person that isn't answered here? Try our Supported lodgings FAQ.
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"Having a young person move into your household after your own children have left gives you a lift and keeps you on your toes." - Terry