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Council earns Fostering Friendly Employer status

We are delighted to announce that North Ayrshire Council has been recognised as a Fostering Friendly Employer.

The Council has updated its Special Leave Scheme to give greater flexibility to staff for exploring fostering opportunities.

Employees who are foster carers (or who are exploring becoming foster carers), as well as kinship carers, can now benefit from the time off detailed below:

  • Assessment and initial training prior to approval as a foster carer – maximum three days
  • Attendance at panel for approval – maximum one day
  • Child review meetings, annual foster carer review meeting and training – up to five days

If you have any questions about the Fostering Friendly scheme, email the Families for Children team.

Fostering Friendly Employer

We are currently seeking foster carers, with a range of options available including Short Break Care (watch the video to hear about Laura’s journey), Supported Care, Interim Fostering and longer-term support for young people. If you’d like some more information, please email the team at or call 01294 310300 (option 4 then option 1). You can also find out more on our website.

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