Our values and beliefs

We believe that:

  • positive and healthy relationships are essential to growth, development, happiness and effectiveness.

  • all members of a foster family have a right to be safe and supported.

 

We are motivated to achieve the best we can for children and young people. We think that foster parents, birth parents and workers in our agency and other agencies are important too. We care about people, because they are people. We will consider them and support them in their roles.

It’s important to us that we live our values and beliefs. If you think we aren’t, tell us.

If you share our values and beliefs we’d love you think about fostering with us. Give us a call or get in touch.

 

  • Children in care are best supported by being listened to and considered. They have the right to be involved in decisions about their care and their future. We will ensure they are involved.

  • Children in foster families can find relationships with adults difficult, and can have negative beliefs about themselves. This means they can struggle to build healthy relationships with foster parents without help. We will provide that help.

  • Children often need support at home, at school, and in the community to do well. We will help them build a good network of supportive and appropriately challenging relationships.

  • The welfare of foster children, birth families, foster parents, birth children and professionals are important. We will consider them all.

  • The team around our foster families build and maintain strong relationships which will help foster families cope under pressure.

  • Relationships change when families foster children. We will help foster families, including fostered children, plan for and deal with these changes.

  • People with parental responsibility have the right to be involved in making decisions about their children’s future. We will promote this.

  • Where children see birth parents, we will support foster parents to oversee visits between birth parents and fostered children if it’s safe to.

  • Trauma, neglect and abuse can harm children’s’ development. We will help foster parents understand how, and how to help.

  • Foster parents help children best if they understand their own thoughts and feelings and those of family members and professionals. We will recruit and train people to so this.

  • Some foster parents are experts in foster parenting. Some looked after children are experts in what works for fostered children. We will listen to, and learn from, all foster parents and looked after children associated with our agency.

  • Foster parents are often best placed to help fostered children. We will help foster parents use therapeutic skills and knowledge when parenting. This will help children and foster Parents to build better relationships. It will help children feel better and achieve more.

  • Foster parents need tools to use to manage challenging behaviours. They need to know when to use which tools, and why. We will train people to learn how to use tools and how to create their own tool box.

  • We will achieve change for children and young people through supportive and nurturing foster placements.