‘The mind-set is refreshing; the value base is all about the children’
(Ofsted report 2016)
Involves caring for a child or young person on a temporary or short term basis. This could be anything from a few weeks up to two years. Short term care may be required because there are emergency proceedings, because the child is near the age of 18, because a parent becomes ill or for a number of different reasons.
This involves caring for a child until they reach the age of 18 and are able to move into independent living. This type of placement is usually used when a Local Authority have a Care Order for a child and want them to have a permanent place to live.
This involves looking after a child whilst their main carer is unable to due to illness or holiday. This will normally be for a few days up to a couple of weeks.
This is a specialist placement involving a carer looking after a parent (normally a mother) and their child at a time when they need additional advice and support. This might involve the carer giving parenting advice and possibly contributing to an assessment of the young person’s parenting abilities.
This is a specialized type of fostering to help young people who are in the criminal justice system and as an alternative to being placed in a young offenders institution.
These placements are designed to help young people make the transition from residential living such as in a children’s home to a family environment.
In these circumstances there has usually been little time to undertake any introductions or planning and usually take place within 24 hours of request for a foster Family. We run a 24 hour service so are able to place a child anytime day or night.
Wherever possible we try to ensure that sibling relationships are maintained.