Types Of Placements


Many children and young people are in need. Fair Ways Foundation see every child as unique and help them every step of the way. Fair Ways Foundation

Tailor Made Placement: If you had another type of placement in mind which is not listed, then please contact us and we can discuss the available options.


This placement type can last from an overnight stay to several months or even longer. It is likely that the child will either return to their birth family or an extended family member. Sometimes this short term placement will provide a secure, safe place until a longer term placement or adoption is arranged.

  • One night to several months
  • Not a long term solution
Often a child, for many reasons, will not be able to live with their birth family for a number of years, if at all. This type of placement will provide a safe, nurturing home for a child to grow and develop until they reach adulthood.

  • Long term or permanent placement
  • Child unlikely to return to birth parents
Sometimes a young parent needs special support and guidance to be able to cope with being a parent themselves. This type of placement is necessary not only to support the parent, but to also keep a baby/young child safe. Many young parents need hands on support as their own childhood may have been negative or traumatic.

  • Special parental support and guidance
  • Often some hands on support
These types of placements happen with very little notice, during both day/night hours. A carer will need to be prepared to take a child for a few days until longer term plans are made. Often, because of the speed in which the placement occurs, the child will be frightened/distressed and lots of reassurance will be needed.

  • Extremely short notice
  • Short term while plans are made
This type of placement offers short break care from a few hours a week to a couple of weekends a month. This gives birth families or full time foster carers the break they may need to recharge their batteries.

  • For hours, a day or weekend
  • Gives the parent of family a break to recharge
These placements are provided with considerably more support than regular family foster care, have lower limits on the number of looked after children that can be cared for in the home. Fairways Specialist Foster Care involves placement of children with foster families who have extensive experience and training in caring for children with complex emotional and behavioural difficulties. This may include violent and aggressive behaviour, sexualised behaviour, drug misuse, persistent criminal behaviour or persistent absconding. The tailored packages we are able to provide are for:

  • Young people previously placed in residential homes
  • Young people at risk of being placed in residential
  • Young people with complex disabilities
  • Young people at risk of sexual exploitation
  • Parent (with complex or challenging needs) and baby
  • Young people at risk of offending or are on remand

Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers


The South of England continues to receive an increasing number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children, who local authorities have a duty to care for.  With the ongoing civil war in Syria showing no sign of abating, these numbers are likely to continue to rise.

Fair Ways have identified a huge need for Foster Carers for children from non-English speaking cultural backgrounds.  The greatest need, being to provide homes for children from Syria, Afghanistan and increasingly Iran.

At Fair Ways we provide considerable training (including City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma to all Foster Carers free of charge) and an extensive support system with dedicated Social Workers and Therapists employed by our organisation to support all potential Foster Carers.  Normal rates of pay are £350 – £400 per week per child for the invaluable service that Foster Carers provide.

The Children Act 1989 provides the legislative framework for provision of foster care for children in the UK.  Where it is necessary for a child to be cared for temporarily or permanently away from their family, the child’s name, identity, language, cultural and religious ties should, as far as possible, be preserved.

The legislation reflects both research and practice wisdom regarding the importance of such ties, both for the development of a positive identity and also to enable children to maintain meaningful relationships with their family.  Placement with a family from the same cultural, linguistic and religious background as the child is the most effective way to ensure continuity of culture, language and religious observance is maintained.

At Fair Ways we are keen to employ suitable candidates from the regions mentioned above in order that we can begin “growing” a large department with multiple services to meet the demand that such a vulnerable and traumatised group are experiencing.

It is our intention to select both experienced and inexperienced individuals, provided they show a commitment to training, learning and development and have a warm empathetic attitude to caring for children.

Multi-Cultural Community

At Fair Ways we are proud of our growing multi-cultural community. One of our key focusses is to create a diverse organisation that not only welcomes, but celebrates people of all different cultures, faiths and abilities collectively; an organisation that breaks down barriers to social harmony and enables shared learning for employees and service users alike. We aim to be an entirely inclusive organisation that everybody within is proud of and those who hear about us want to be a part of.