Why Choose Match Foster Care
Key Principles of the Agency
We will always work in an open, honest and transparent way with every person who comes into contact with our agency.
We will treat our foster carers as core members at the centre of the team of professionals around the children they are caring for.
We will support our foster carers in a way that achieves only the best outcomes for children and young people, striving to fundamentally improve the life chances of children and young people in our care.
We will always place the welfare of the child and young people at the absolute centre of our work.
We are committed to safeguarding children, young people, their families, our staff and foster carers. Everything we do promotes the safety and well-being of the children and young people we work with.
We will treat all children and young people as individuals and take their unique needs, wishes and feelings into account in relation to the care they are receiving.
We will listen closely to what our service users have to say about our service and feed back to them on how this has led to service development.
We will ensure that all children and adults, regardless of age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender are treated equally and fairly and are fully included in the activities promoted by the agency.
We will comply with all government legislation, regulations, national minimum standards and associated ‘good practice’ guidelines.
We will develop the agency in a structured manner and in a way that ensures that there are sufficient resources available to meet the needs of the children and young people placed in our care.
Aims & Objectives of the Agency
We aim to ensure a high quality fostering service which provides the best possible standards of care, safety and protection for children.
To recruit, assess, support and train a diverse range of foster carers who can provide safe and secure care to children and young people with wide ranging needs.
To ensure that children and young people have stability and choice in placement and to ensure that children are carefully matched with foster carers who are capable of meeting their individual needs.
To promote equal opportunities for children, foster carers and all staff.
To ensure that people who work in connection with the Agency are suitable to work with children and young people and are managed, trained and supported to ensure the best possible outcomes for children young people in placement.
To ensure that children and young people are supported in making contributions to their care plan and to the service they receive from the Agency.
To develop the skills and knowledge of foster carers who are then able to support young people in preparing for independence and to give them the necessary skills for independent living.
To ensure that appropriate records are kept in relation to individual foster carers and children and young people placed or referred to the Agency via a secure electronic database.
The agency will ensure that children are cared for in a way that results in improvement in-line with Every Child Matters Outcomes:
- Be Healthy
- Make a Positive Contribution
- Stay Safe
- Achieve Economic Well-Being
- Enjoy and Achieve
As an agency the Secure Base Model (Beek & Schofield, 2004) also underpins our work with foster carers, children and young people.
“I have lived with my foster carers for nearly 4 years. I feel like I am their own child. Being treated this way is important to my future and helps me feel like I ‘belong’ in the same way my friends do with their family”. (I aged 15)Foster Child More testimonials »