Placement choice

Placements are carefully considered in the following ways:

Assessment

Decisions about children and young people should be grounded in evidence-based knowledge. Qualified staff must provide multi disciplinary assessments as part of the Local Authority Care Plan.

Short term

Task centred placements offering children and young people short-term care whilst the Local Authority makes plans for the child’s future.

Emergency and unplanned placements

In instances where a child or young person needs a fostering placement for a few nights or longer, depending on the circumstances, placements can be arranged at short notice and we offer a 24 hour emergency service to support these requests.

Bridging

This forms part of a long-term plan for the child, who is being prepared for adoption or long-term permanent fostering.

Long-term and permanent

Applies when adoption is not an option and the foster carer cares for a child or young person up to and into independence. We are able to offer permanent care with some carers who welcome this commitment.

Sibling groups

We ensure that sibling relationships are maintained, whether this is best served by them living together or perhaps in neighbouring foster homes.

Parent and child

This type of placement is for parents who need support and guidance in caring for their own child or young person. We support our foster parents in providing a flexible programme to encourage, support and provide parents with the skills to care for the child or young person and themselves in the community. A service specification is supplied and agreed with the placing authority.

Respite

Placements are provided to give parents a break, or offer additional support if they do not have their own support network. Our foster carers are highly responsive and skilled in dealing with respite arrangements whether they are on an emergency or planned basis for one weekend per month or every weekend of the year and all school holidays.

Placements for children with a disability

Several foster carers are developing specific expertise in caring for a child or young person with a disability and/or require specialist medical care. These carers welcome the challenge of providing this specialist resource.

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Young People

FosterCare UK recognises the specific needs of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Young People and has developed expertise that works within the regulatory framework. Foster carers are trained and supervised to support young people adjusting to life in the UK.

Residential Transition Placements

Residential transition placements are designed to give children and young people who are currently living in residential care the chance to live as part of a family with the continued support. Foster Carers are assessed and chosen for residential transfer based on their high level of experience, intensive childcare knowledge and their own resilience in dealing with the challenging situations that may arise.

Team Around the Child (TAC)

In 2008 FosterCare UK pioneered the TAC approach to fostering. The essence of TAC is to create a therapeutic environment for looked after children and young people in a family setting that enables their carers to become agents of change.

FosterCare UK's holistic approach and wrap around support services – including supervision, training and advice – are delivered to the foster carer to ensure that each child has the very best chance of stability and success. Our TAC approach enables the provision of family based support and care to children who have been identified as ‘difficult to place’, children who may have a range of complex and challenging needs; who may have experienced numerous placement disruptions and breakdowns or significant periods in residential or secure care.