If you’re looking to develop your skills and experience while at the same time supporting Central Bedfordshire’s young people, we would like to hear from you.A girl sitting

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Fostering Team is launching the PACE fostering scheme and is looking for competent, caring and resilient colleagues who can provide overnight care to young people who have found themselves in a difficult situation.

The council has a duty to provide accommodation to under-18s who have been arrested and charged in relation to a criminal offence.

As a PACE foster carer your role will be to provide overnight care to a young person before they attend court the next day. You will be required to collect the young person from the police station after office hours. The following morning you will transport them to court where they will be met by a social worker.

PACE placements are required in order to limit the amount of time children and young people are required to spend in police custody. As a PACE foster carer you will receive full training, support and you will be paid £237 for each week you are on duty.

If you are required to care for a young person during your duty week you will receive an additional allowance of £113 per week, pro rata for each night you care for a young person. Typically you will only be required to care for a young person for one night.

Sue Harrison, the council’s Director of Children’s Services, said: “Young people can find themselves in trouble with the law for many different reasons, and the immediate hours after they have been arrested and charged can be very confusing, scary and troubling.

“That’s why we’re appealing for residents to come forward as PACE foster carers who can offer overnight care to a young person before they attend court the next day.

“We understand that people could be apprehensive about coming forward, but your help is needed and we will provide you with full training and ongoing support if you do decide to become a PACE foster carer.”

If you would like to find out more, you can register your interest by calling our fostering duty worker on 0300 300 8181 or email fostering@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk