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I would advice you check what each local authority call their respite carers. In some areas "short breaks" is the term used for a service for disabled children and young people. Therefore although when caring for young people on a respite basis you may want to call it something different (a sleepover for example) professionals know the term respite and when enquiring about becoming a respite carer it is probably best to use that term as not to confuse the process and end up in a team you may not have intended on.
Short breaks (respite) carers are a hugely valuable resource for existing foster families. You will still need to be flexible and complete all the necessary training as a full-time foster carer, and you should be prepared to transport the young person to or from their full-time foster carers.
The only advice to mention that you might not hear from your preferred agency/local authority - is to try not to use the term respite. I work with children in care and a young person recently googled this term after being told "his foster carers needed respite". He was extremely upset after reading the definition - google it yourself and you'll see why. Short breaks is a much better term to use.
Good luck on your journey : )
We have started the application process to become respite foster carers
Does anyone have any experience of this? Any tips or advice for us novices would be greatly appreciated