Welcome to Safehouses

Safehouses is a well established Independent Fostering Agency operating across East Anglia and Essex.

The agency was established in 1997 by an ex foster carer who wanted to provide a better service for children who were fostered.  So, Safehouses was set up in order to provide a quality, needs-led service to looked-after children and young people, at the same time providing round the clock support for foster carers.

It sought to provide safe and loving foster homes for children to live, to  promote educational achievement, and to help young people make the difficult journey into independence.

The agency has continued to operate in accordance with these goals over the years and has proved to be very successful in helping the children and young reach their potential.

Safehouses is an approved contractor for Local Authorities, including London Care Councils. Our last Ofsted report saw us retain our ‘Outstanding’ Status, an achievement of which we are proud.

In January 2014 we merged with another fostering agency and became part of the Next Step Group.

Our Mission

To Provide and uphold the highest standards of support and care to children and young people placed with Safehouses foster carers.

To Promote partnerships & co-operation between all those concerned with the well being & education of children fostered with Safehouses.

To Prepare and support young people through any transitions including those into independence and beyond.

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Do you think living here has helped you in anyway? Jessica said “It has changed my personality, it made me a nicer person I’m not so rude anymore” Tina said “Made me more confident and stronger”

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Do you like where you are living now? Billy replied “It is a family environment where all is welcome” and John replied “Nice big house, mummy makes the best shepherds pie”