FREE FOSTERING GUIDE
WELCOME TO SAFEHOUSES FOSTERING?
We are a family-run independent fostering agency that provides a specialist fostering service to our Local Authorities. We find and train the highest calibre of foster carers and (along with our sister companies Ryancare for North & East London and Next Step for Croydon, the rest of London, Thames Valley and Kent) we carefully match them with children across Cambridgeshire, Essex and Norfolk.
Finding the best foster carer(s) and home(s) for our looked after children is at the heart of everything that we do.
We want to give our young people stability and a more positive future and it is our dedicated foster carers that make the difference.
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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
We pride ourselves on the quality support we provide to our foster carers and the well being of the children under our care. We have our own team of highly qualiﬁed and experienced Foster Carers, Social Workers, Therapists, Trainers and support staff who work in partnership with the Local Authority to ensure that the needs of the children and our carers are met to the highest of standards.
We have a successful track record of providing high quality foster families to all our children; our foster carers are committed to providing young people with a safe, nurturing family; and we always go the extra mile to ensure that our carers receive the best training and support possible. As a result we are one of the most respected agencies in the sector and have a very strong reputation with OFSTED.
Latest OFSTED report A bit more about us
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Who can foster
Safehouses aims to provide a specific range of services to each and every child who is referred to us. Our matching process ensures that we consider all aspects of a child’s needs vigorously, so that we provide the right level of service.
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Latest news updates
Read our recent news stories and find out what is happening.
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Out of hours contact rota: How to reach us over Christmas
All our offices will be closing at 3pm on Tuesday 24th December 2019 and will re-open at 9am on Thursday 2nd January 2020. During this time, should you need us you will need to refer to the following rota and NOT the usual out of hours phone number.
Foster Carers and children to bust myths about Fostering
Under an exciting new project, the Next Step Fostering Group are working with a young film maker , who happens to have grown up in a Fostering family, to bring together Foster Carers and former looked after children to talk about their own experiences of Fostering and tell their stories.
‘Bedroom Tax’ exemption for Foster Carers
The Fostering Network has recently announced that the Government has reconsidered proposals which would have penalised Foster Carers who claim housing benefit.
These are just a few of the successes and positive outcomes that we are proud of. The names of the young people have been changed to ensure their anonymity.
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David, Thomas & Mia
David (6), Thomas (4) and Mia (3) entered foster care nearly 2 ½ years ago and earlier this year were placed with Wendy, a foster carer with considerable experience fostering sibling groups and children with particular health and behavioural needs. “When the children first arrived with me they were very wary of adults and new environments.
It is possible to change a life – a story from Safehouses records:
Aimee – never thought of herself as having a problem, not until Social Services became involved in her life. She was used to looking after her young brothers, going to the chip shop every night for £1 worth of chips to feed them all, and not going to school because Mum said she had to stay at home to look after her brothers while she went out.