HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE ACHIEVE STABILITY
Our programmes work closely with young people and foster families to help achieve stability and dependability, usually via a 'Step Down Programme' designed to ease the transition from care.
weeks of foster care delivered
foster or adoption placements over 52 weeks
short-term value to Government
KEY BENEFITS OF THIS APPROACH
The switch to outcomes-based contracting has enabled a much more collaborative, flexible approach to problem-solving. This has facilitated a number of significant delivery innovations, including:
Investing in retainer payments to retain high-skilled foster carers - thus improving the matching process and making the introductory period more flexible
Using care-experienced mentors to bring out the voice of the child
Building additional capacity within the social work system, to ensure that social workers can play an active role in the process
Progress meetings that bring professionals together to find shared solutions and create a joint action plan
IN FOCUS: HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE MOVE INTO FOSTER CARE
Foster Care Support, which is delivered by Core Assets, is a 'Step-Down' programme that helps young people to move from residential care to specialist foster care.
The Programme involves a carefully planned matching process and high levels of ongoing support, including fortnightly progress meetings and planned respite care. The goal is to achieve placement stability for the young person after 52 weeks, as part of a longer-term vision to empower them to secure a safer and happier future.
"I think the advantage there’s been with it being a Step Down placement, is that there was a real thought and consideration into the carers, and it wasn’t necessarily, let’s just take a placement, because we need to take a placement. These are foster carers that know they’re going to be dealing with a young person that’s got potential difficulties, but are willing to accept that and work with that."
- Children's social worker
young people successfully graduated from the programme
weeks of foster care have been provided