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Statement of Purpose

Our focus is always on the child or young person in our care, and we aim to provide all of them with safe, loving and affirming homes for children and young people.

We want to give a high quality of family life for our fostering families, which we achieve by providing regular support to our foster carers, effectively managing trauma, building confidence and providing life skills so when children leave our care, they can be secure, happy and self-supporting members of society.

It is a priority for us, that every one of our placements works, so we encourage our carers to say no when they feel it is not right for them or their family. We want to equip our carers with skills to meet the fostering task presented to them so they can be respected as co-professionals.

Through careful matching of the individual needs of children to our foster carers and by providing creative support, we look forward to celebrating all the achievements our young people make.

For those interested in viewing our full  Statement of Purpose:

Statement of Purpose 2024

 


Ofsted

We were proud to receive a “good” rating from Ofsted in 2019

“Children and young people benefit from positive experiences while living with their foster families. A good number of fostering households have remained with the agency for many years; this statistic mirrors a good proportion of settled children and young people, with a low number of unplanned moves.”

To read the full Ofsted report: Ofsted Report October 2019


Our Children’s Guides 

When a young person first goes into care, it is one of the most uncertain, confusing and upsetting times in a child’s life. However we do our best to help them settle into their new fostering families with introductions before they move in where possible, our foster families promote a warm, welcoming environment and we try to answer all of their questions.

Here are the guides we provide to the children that come into our care to try and help them understand why they are in care and what that entails.

Under 5's Childrens Guide Link to Guide

Age 5 - 12 Children's Guide  Link to Guide

12+ Children’s Guides: childrens guide 12 plus

 

 

Complaints

The Homefinding and Fostering agency complaints procedure aims to deal with complaints received in a prompt manner.  The registered manager is responsible for monitoring complaints and their outcomes.

All children and adults have a right to expect a quality and professional service.  If they do not feel that they have received, they have a right to complaint and that have complaint listened to.

You can read our complaint policy here

Complaints 2023

And our safeguarding policy here

Safeguarding Policy updated December 2023

 

Anyone who wishes to raise concerns about our agency, or our service, including our foster carers, or if you are a child or young person living with one of our foster carers, you can do so in the following ways.

 

Gill Fewins, Registered manager

67 College Road

ME15 6SX

01622 765646

gill.fewins@homefindingandfostering.co.uk

 

OFSTED
piccadilly Gate 

Manchester

M1 2WS

03001231231

enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk


Children and Young People may also make a complaint to the Children's Commissioner.  They can do this by going to the appropriate webiste;

www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk

Client Testimonials

“They are always there for me even if I don’t know it and love me unconditionally”

Foster Child, Maidstone, 2021

"It is the best place in the world and nothing could make me leave”

Foster Child, Maidstone, 2021

“My supervisory home visits have always gone well, she is very supportive and gives me good advice, she is always ready to listen. I could not have asked for a better service.”

Foster carer, Gillingham, 2021

“My supervising social worker is always on hand and ready to listen and help. She arranges help when needed and will arrange someone to help me when needed also this includes respite and someone to take the girls out to help give me a break as a sole carer”

Foster carer, Gillingham, 2021

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