Why Choose Ethelbert Fostering?

Most fostering agencies and local authorities are continually recruiting foster carers and each agency offers different packages of training, support and reward.


Below are some useful points that will help you to understand what we can offer and whether or not we would be the right agency for you.


If any of your questions remain unanswered, please contact us for further information.

Family owned without capital investors to satisfy

  • No pressure to cut costs and increase profits

  • Enables us to provide the best possible service to the children in our care, whilst supporting and rewarding our foster carers appropriately for the remarkable work they do.

We are one of the largest, independent children’s services providers in the UK

  • Fostering Services

  • Residential Care

  • Schools & Education

  • Therapy & Assessment Services

We have contractual partnerships with more than 60 local authorities

  • We have been selected to provide services to consortiums and regional frameworks nationwide who entrust us with the care of some of the most vulnerable children in their communities

  • High level of referrals received on a daily basis

We have professional recognition from internationally recognised agencies

  • Quality Management Standards - ISO 9001

  • City & Guilds

  • Oxford Cambridge & RSA (OCR)


Friendly, professional support from experienced, dedicated supervising social workers

  • Support from fully qualified social workers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • Supervising Social workers specifically selected for their knowledge of foster care, their supportive and non-judgemental attitudes and their ability to develop foster carers to be the best they can possibly be

  • Family caseloads limited to ensure sufficient time and energy can be devoted to each and every foster carer

  • Regular, constructive and developmental, 2-way supervision

Specialist Support

  • The ECS team of professionals include specialists in the fields of:

    • Children’s Social Care

    • Safeguarding and Child Protection

    • Health and Welfare

    • Therapeutic intervention

    • Specialist Education

    • Behaviour management

  • Inter-agency advice, guidance and support to foster carers across all services

  • Practical and clinical support during times of need

  • Bespoke support and training packages provided to foster carers caring for children with complex needs

Peer Support and Networking

  • Regular, local support group meeting to share experiences

  • Organised social events for foster carers and their families

  • Support to partners and birth children as required

In-house specialist education services

  • Two registered schools (primary and secondary) and three satellite, specialist education and vocational training centres

  • No delays in finding school placements

  • No unnecessary gaps in education

  • Prevents pressure on local schools and education services

  • Specialist education professionals available to foster carers for advice, support and guidance at all times

In-house health and therapy services

  • Health & therapy professionals available to foster carers for advice, support and guidance at all times

  • Assessments undertaken in-house thereby avoiding lengthy referral processes and waiting lists

  • Minimises pressure on local health services

  • Therapy centre

  • Therapeutic services available to children as soon as they need them

  • Therapeutic support to foster carers when necessary and required

First class training

  • Dedicated Training Centre accredited by City & Guilds and Investors in People

  • Training provided at levels appropriate for all skill and experience levels

  • Opportunities to undertake specialist training for career development

  • All training delivered by ECS or external trainers who are specialist in their field

Career Development and Opportunities

  • Opportunities to develop specialist skills and be rewarded for providing support and training to other foster carers

  • Opportunities to undertake sessional support work to children living with other foster carers

  • Opportunities to specialise in specific areas of foster care, e.g. parent and child placements, learning difficulties, challenging behaviour etc.

  • Opportunities to provide regular paid respite care to other children cared for by the agency

Financial reward

  • A minimum of £491.19 per week, per child placed in your care (sibling placements may differ)

  • Enhanced payments for caring for children with complex needs

  • Paid annual respite

  • Financial support for taking children in your care on holiday – yes, you’re even paid to go on holiday!

  • Up to 4 week's retainer payment per year when you are between placements (after qualifying placement period)

  • Vehicle and fuel expenses when travelling with children outside of the local area

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Ethelbert Children's Services -
Residential Children's Homes, Fostering and.Specialist Education
17 Leigh Road, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 5EU
Tel: 01843 823762
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