Matching

All children and young people’s placements are closely matched to ensure their needs are met by the skills and experience of foster carers. Many of our foster carers have a wealth of experience or specialise in areas including those who have been abused, have challenging behaviours or for children who may have a specific medical requirement or require a transition from residential care.

FosterCare UK has a dedicated Referrals Coordinator, who is the first point of contact for enquiries about placement availability and liaises closely with Managers, Supervising Social Workers, foster carers and Local Authorities to ensure the best possible and appropriate match for the child or young person and foster carer. All children and young people’s needs are unique and therefore all placements are uniquely matched. Where more than one young person is due to be placed in the same family, a matching Risk Assessment form is completed by the SSW to consider the potential impact of competing needs and demands.