When you become a foster carer, you become much more important in a child’s life than our agencies.
That’s as it should be, but we are here to help support both you and the young person – and we are proud that our work makes a major difference. 90% of children have a long-term placement, typically lasting for at least two years.
Our agency has been operating as a fostering agency for 5 years and as a residential facility for another 10 years. We currently have a school, residential facility, fostering team and a therapeutic team. All meet regularly to co-ordinate and provide an integrated approach to the young person in care.
Own team of therapists provides individual and group therapy to all foster children. Each young person is assigned to a therapist who makes an initial assessment of the young person before creating a personalised therapeutic intervention plan.
This is reviewed every 3 months by the team around the child (which includes you as foster carer). However, each young person is reviewed by the Safeguarding Forum at least once per month to ensure interventions are relevant to their behaviour.
Comprehensive assessment is at the heart of the service we provide – and it shapes the style, content and duration of every child’s treatment.
According to individual need, we use cognitive/behavioural, psychodynamic and systemic approaches to help young people. This is supported by creative approaches such as play and drama therapy, along with group therapy that helps young people develop by experiencing sharing, positive role modelling and challenges within their peer group.
Treatment also takes place within the community through a fostering support worker who helps young people experience the challenges of social interaction, offering on the spot guidance.
Additionally all the young people are offered opportunity to participate in our outdoor programme of activities including night walks, bike rides, orienteering, etc which help to develop communication skills, self-confidence, self-esteem building, and problem solving skills.