What sets Fair Ways apart?

 “….Best Supported Carers”

Supporting Our Carers

Experienced Foster carers know that the level and quality of support is the key differentiator between Fostering Agencies, yet vital to the success of placements. Fair Ways provides the highest level of quality support to carers, to ensure they have the skills and confidence to enjoy a rewarding professional career.

Additionally you’ll receive:

  • 14 days paid holiday a year
  • A guarantee that your social worker will only look after 10 families, so will have more time for you and your foster child
  • An individual bespoke support and respite arrangement for each carer
  • Mentoring by another Foster Carer for first time carers
  • Therapeutic services to support both you and any child placed
  • Access to educational support through Fair Ways schools
  • Emergency respite solutions in the event of any crisis intervention
  • Play and activity schemes for both fostered and birth children
  • Carer support meetings to share experiences and build relationships

“Having a small team of social workers that I know, and that know me is really important to me. My social worker has a much smaller caseload than other agencies which means that they are there to give me more support when my young person is in crisis”.

Wendy, Fair Ways Foster Carer, Southampton

Use the table below to read more about unique support we offer our carers:

Fostering Support You Receive
You will have a dedicated Qualified Social Worker, who has a maximum ca­se load of just 10 Foster Carers which ensures they work closely with you and are available in times of crisis. You will have formal supervision every 4 weeks, but have weekly contact. They will visit your foster child a minimum of every four weeks and any birth children quarterly.
Sometimes young people experience crisis, which can be for a variety of reasons and their behaviour may become temporarily unmanageable in a family setting. We have respite carers, our own accommodation in the New Forrest and a Crisis Centre in Wales. We can provide an immediate response, tailored to your needs.
Children can benefit from specific 1:1 work with a consistent Support Worker, with whom they can build a relationship and work through any behavioural or emotional difficulties they may have. Fair Ways Fostering have access to over 100 skilled and experienced support workers who can offer you and your child extra support, in addition to your named social worker. Should you need a short break, the same support worker will be able to take your foster child out for an activity or 1:1 work giving you time for yourself.
Promoting education is a key Fair Ways value. We have our own Ofsted registered specialist schools for children/young people that have no education placement or are excluded. Foster children may access this facility and we closely support our carers to do this.
At Fair Ways we recognise the importance of you having a break. We actively promote respite, as this can be key to the success and longevity of your placement, giving you a chance to recharge if the going gets tough. Young people can spend time at other foster carer’s homes or 1:1 time away with an experienced Support Worker known to them.
  • Fair Ways carers meet regularly to share experiences and build supportive relationships with other carers.
  • Our Practice Skills Workshops, hosted by retired Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Alexander Burnfield, are run quarterly for all carers to share experiences and collectively learn new methods with which to manage real situations.
  • Additionally, our regular Carer-Led Workshops are an opportunity for experienced carers to pass on specific skills to their peers, or for bespoke workshops to be tailored to current needs within the group.
Fair Ways offers you professional therapeutic guidance and resources to support you through challenging issues with your foster child, and also giving the young people the opportunity for 1:1 therapy.
Fair Ways will pay for approved Foster Carers’ membership to the National Foster Care organisation The Fostering Network. They can provide support, advice and regular newsletters as well as access to independent advice and representation.

Foster Carer Career Development Plan

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