Enhanced Foster Care believes in going above and beyond – for its children and young people, for its foster carers and for Local Authorities.
The agency describes itself as “incredibly committed and child-centred”, pointing out that its team has around 90 years’ experience between them in supporting children and young people.
If they feel a child is not getting what they need, they advocate strongly on their behalf and don’t shy away from having difficult conversations.
Support and training
The agency provides comprehensive training tailored to individual carer needs. Supervising social workers are in regular contact and attend all keymeetings. There is a clinical team to assist foster carers, whenever necessary, and a dedicated out of hours service providing around the clock advice and support. Because of the agency’s small size, the team knows its foster carers well and can step in to provide practical hands-on support if it is needed. The agency takes a pragmatic approach and always endeavours to do whatever is necessary to resolve issues.
Foster carer forum
It has a foster carer forum which offers peer-to-peer support and regular events and activities. This encourages a feeling of togetherness and facilitates the sharing of knowledge and insights in a supportive and empathetic environment. All foster carers are also part of the Fostering Network which offers independent advice, information and support.
Ethical and transparent
Enhanced Foster Care respects and values difference and embraces diversity. It believes in looking after people – children, foster carers and staff – and works hard to provide a service that is ethical and transparent. It balances the need to offer value for money against a desire to deliver the best possible outcomes. In surveys, foster carers say they feel supported and listened to and they appreciate the back-up provided by Supervising Social Worker and other members of the team.
Enhanced Foster Care is proud of its placement stability. It works closely as a team to support foster carers in providing a safe, stable base for children so they can grow into confident adults and make their own way inthe world. It is excited about joining the National Fostering Group as it will enable it to build on its existing service and offer a wider range of benefits to young people and foster carers.
“We are known for being a family-orientated agency with a personal touch and, even though we are now part of a bigger organisation, these remain our core values. It is about providing high levels of support for foster carers, outstanding outcomes for children and young people, and exceptional value for money for Local Authorities. We’ve worked hard to become the first choice independent fostering agency for foster carers and Local Authorities and to help children overcome adverse experiences and improve their life chances.”
Registered Manager, Paul Woakes