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What Types of Placement Are There?

Long term

Some children are placed in foster care on a long term basis. This can be from a young age until they are old enough to leave care at the age of 18. Sometimes this may lead to them remaining with their foster carers in a Staying Put arrangement which can also be supported with a financial package until the age of 21.

Short term

Short term placements provide a temporary home for a child or young person. This could be until they return to their birth family or leave care or move on to long term fostering or adoption.


Children can be taken out of their family home in an emergency. Sometimes little is known about the child/situation, but foster care is provided to look after the young person.


Therapeutic placements can be long term or short term. Carers have more training and a more comprehensive tool set to deal with more challenging behaviours.

Parent and child

Parents (mother/father/both) can be placed in a foster home together with their baby/child/children. The needs vary but specially trained foster carers look after the parent(s) and child and ensure safety while the parent(s) are assessed by an independent assessor usually from the local authority or appointed by the Court.

Parent and child assessment

This is similar to Parent and Child Arrangements but the foster carer and supporting social worker are expertly trained to carry out the assessment of the parent(s) for the Court.


Remand is an alternative to police custody. It is a specialised type of fostering and it aims to get young people out of a police environment where they are given the space to think differently.

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