Types of Placement
Our fostering service provides individual psychometric tests for all our children at point of placement with subsequent reassessment every 3 months. This enables us to assess each child/young person’s progress and development. Carers have monthly consultations delivered by our clinical team.
Short Term / Respite
Short term / Respite placements can last from one night up to a few years. Short term means that the placement is not a permanent match for a child, but it could lead on to becoming one following a permanent matching process.
A long term placement means that the child or children are matched with a foster carer for a permanent arrangement. This means that a child will stay with their foster carer until they become independant as a young adult.
Many of the children who come into foster care are placed on an emergency basis. This means that a child can be discussed earlier in the day, and by the end of the day be moving into the foster carers home.
Enhanced placements are for children who need a higher level of care. This may be due to challenging behaviours, but also in terms of children with significant health needs. Due to the extra care these children need the placements are categorised as enhanced placements and carers are paid at a higher rate to reflect this extra commitment needed.
Parent and Child Placement
Parent and child placement are for one or both parents and their children. This is a placement where parents may need extra support, supervision or assessment. Extra support is provided by the agency to the carers undertaking these types of placements.