As a Supported Lodgings carer, you will provide a room and a secure base to help a young person who is leaving care to build confidence and develop life-skills.
All young people who need Supported Lodgings have been looked-after by the local authority. They are between 16-21years old and they may be leaving residential schools, children’s homes or foster care.
Many of them find it difficult to move on to living fully independently straight away and some can find themselves homeless.
Supported Lodgings carers give vulnerable young people the opportunity to get into routines and learn independent living skills before they go on to have their own flats. Time spent in Supported Lodgings gives them the chance to find their own way without the immediate influence of other young people living around them.
The Supported lodgings scheme is based on a traditional lodging arrangement where individuals or families rent out their spare room. Some young people become part of the family, others like a bit more independence. Placements can be a short stay of only a few weeks or up to two years.
It is a very flexible way of caring where if you are in employment and you can continue to work if you want to.
Responsibilities of Supported Lodgings carers
The young person will be a lodger in the home of the carer.
The carer does not have parental responsibility for the young person.
Each young person is an individual and will need a different level of support. Before the young person comes to stay there will be a preparation period to discuss and share information.
The Supported Lodgings carer provides the young person with a variety of food to encourage them to eat a balanced diet.
The Supported Lodgings carer supports the young person to:
- Develop confidence and independent living skills e.g. budgeting, cooking and cleaning
- Attend appointments such as with a doctor and dentist
Who can be a Supported Lodgings carer?
You don’t need formal qualifications, but you’ll need:
Some experience of living or working with teenagers is useful so that carers can appreciate the difficulties that the young people encounter and can offer a sympathetic ear when things don’t always go right for them.
Qualities we are looking for include:
- a genuine interest in helping young people
- an understanding of the difficulties faced by young people
- be warm and caring
- an understanding of a young person’s capabilities and limitations
- flexibility and willingness to adapt to new situations
- an ability to recognise and review your own strengths and weaknesses
- a non-judgemental attitude
- an interest in learning and attending training.
The young person will need:
- their own room
- a clean and comfortable environment
- reasonable access to the communal areas of the house – i.e. kitchen, bathroom, living room
The Supported Lodgings coordinator will provide most of the support and will keep in regular contact with you during a young person’s placement. The frequency of the contact will vary depending on circumstances and is likely to be more at the beginning of the placement or during periods of difficulty.
The placement will be reviewed six weeks after a young person moves in and then every six months. Regular training opportunities will be available to help develop your understanding and insight.
Fife Council has a duty to make sure that carers are assessed and approved. As part of the process you will be asked to share information about yourself and your household and undertake health and police checks.
How long does it take to become a Supported Lodgings carer?
The process of application to become a Supported Lodgings carer should take approximately three months and will involve regular visits to your home. A report will then be completed and shared with you.
The final step is to be referred to the Supported Lodgings Panel where you will be approved and begin offering Supported Lodgings to young people.
Get in touch
To find out more please complete our online form and a member of the family placement team will get in touch with you.