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.
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.
Schools & Education
Therapy & Assessment Services
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
Quality Management Standards - ISO 9001
City & Guilds
Oxford Cambridge & RSA (OCR)
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
The ECS team of professionals include specialists in the fields of:
Children’s Social Care
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Health and Welfare
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
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
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
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
Therapeutic services available to children as soon as they need them
Therapeutic support to foster carers when necessary and required
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
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
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
Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.