Statement of Purpose - Fostering November 2008 by cantexplainthis


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                STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
                    NEW ROUTES FOSTERING
Father Hudson's Society
Father Hudson's Society is the Social Care Agency of the Catholic
Archdiocese of Birmingham which includes Staffordshire, Stoke-on-
Trent, Birmingham, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and

Father Hudson's Society provides a variety of services including
Fostering and Adoption Services, community projects, residential and day
care for elderly people and people with dementia. The Society is more
than a 100 years old.

New Routes Fostering Scheme
New Routes is a small voluntary fostering project which was set up in
1992. The project provides a fostering service for young people aged 6 -
18 years old. The project is based at Father Hudson's Society's Head
office in Coleshill, Warwickshire and recruits Foster Carers within a 25-
mile radius of the office and Birmingham City Centre. The scheme is
willing to consider carers outside of this catchment area providing they
are prepared to travel to Coleshill for training and support groups.

The project generates an income and is supported by Father Hudson's
Society. As a small Fostering Scheme carers and social workers work
closely together to provide high quality, family care to young people.

We offer a range of placements - short-term, or permanent, single
placements or sibling placements and respite placements in some

Where the plan is permanent care and the short-term placement has
been successful a permanent placement with the young persons current
carers is negotiable. This will involve additional preparation and an
updated assessment as permanent carers for a specific young person.

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New Routes Fostering Project is registered with Ofsted (formerly known
as Commission for Social Care Inspection) on 22nd April 2002.

The address for the local office is:
North Regional Centre
3rd Floor, National Business Unit
St Anne’s Square
M2 7LA
Tel No: 08456 404040 Fax no: 08456 404049

Ofsted inspected New Routes Project in February 2008. The outcome of
the inspection was extremely positive. A full copy of the Inspection
report can be found on the Ofsted website

Values of the Society
We believe that we should offer a high quality service to people
regardless of race, colour, religion, language, culture, social conditions,
disability, gender or age.

We believe in the values and protection of all human life, the dignity of
each person and have respect for their rights, views and values.

We believe that we should seek to empower all whom we serve to reach
their full potential and will work in collaboration with them and others
towards achieving this end.

We believe that people should be able to exercise genuine choice in the
services they need appropriate to their religious and cultural

We believe that our employees should be well informed of the Aims and
Objectives of the Society and should be provided with suitable
opportunity for development of skills and responsibilities in keeping with
those Aims and Objectives.

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Aims of the Project
1.   To offer high quality family care experiences to young people whilst
     long-term plans are being developed.
2.   To recruit and retain a wide range of carers who can offer a variety
     of placements.
3.   To offer appropriate placements in consideration of the young
     person's race, culture, religion, gender and disability to enable
     individual needs to be met.

Objectives of the Project
1.     To work in partnership with young people, families and local
       authorities to promote good childcare practices.
2.     To recruit, assess, train and support a team of professional carers.
3.     To offer a high quality professional service to all our service users.
4.     To work with young people and local authorities to provide a range
       of placements that match the identified needs of the young person
       living away from home on a short to medium term basis.
5.     To work with currently placed young people and local authorities to
       explore the opportunity of permanent placements within the
       current placement.

Standards of Care
•      Young people's welfare is of paramount importance in the provision
       of foster care by this Agency. All staff and carers aim to
       provide/facilitate the young person’s right to appropriate services
       and assist/advocate on young person’s behalf in achieving this.

•      Full adherence to child protection procedures, in partnership with
       young persons/birth families, foster families and Local Authority.
•      All carers will work to the New Routes Code of Conduct for Foster
•      To embrace the good practice guidance provided by Fostering
       Network in their publication UK National Standards for Foster
•      To work within Fostering Networks safe caring principles.

•      To incorporate the National Minimum Standards for Fostering
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•      New Routes Project believes strongly in the importance of working
       in an anti-discriminatory way. Our work with young people and
       families recognises that we need to be aware of and respect
       individual differences, e.g. whether people are black, white, female,
       male, lesbian gay or heterosexual, disabled or non-disabled, or have
       religious beliefs.

                 Services and Facilities Provided by
                   New Routes Fostering Scheme

Services Provided to Foster Carers
•      Preparation, assessment and induction training (including the New
       Training Support and Development standards for foster carers)
•      An allocated social worker (1 worker to a maximum of 10 carers).
•      Minimum monthly support supervision visits/regular telephone
•      Monthly support groups.
•      In house and external training.
•      NVQ training.
•      Out of hours telephone contact.
•      Membership of Fostering Network.
•      Opportunity to be involved in the on-going development of the
•      Annual loyalty bonus.
•      Provision of essential equipment at commencement of placement.
•      14 days paid respite per year. (21 days if 2 or more children/young
       people in placement).
•      Social events for carers and young people.
•      Carer mentors.
•      Volunteer Foster Carer Support Worker.

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Services Provided to Local Authorities/Young people
•      Planned, well-matched placements.
•      Introductions and preparation for placements.
•      High level of support.
•      Range of local placements: Short-term/Task centred

•      Respite placements within the scheme.
•      Local Authorities can commission individual pieces of work with
       young people e.g. direct work.
•      Opportunity to be involved in the on-going development of the
•      Emergency out-of-school support.
•      Placement breakdown cover, an alternative placement offered
       within the scheme for up to 14 days when available and appropriate.
•      Social events for carers and young people.

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                     The Organisational Structure of the Agency

                                   KEVIN CAFFREY

                            FAMILY PLACEMENTS MANAGER
                                   ANNA SHARKEY

         NEW ROUTES                FAMILIES             ORIGINS
         TEAM LEADER               THROUGH            TEAM LEADER
            ANNA                ADOPTION TEAM           SIOBHAN
          LANGFORD                  LEADER              CLEMONS

   SENIOR                WINSTANLEY                 SENIOR       SENIOR
          BEV BROWN
          NEW ROUTES                   KARINA

     TIM BRADFORD                 -           HEAD OF FINANCE

     NELL TAYLOR                  -           PERSONNEL MANAGER

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New Routes Staffing
Currently the fostering scheme has 7 qualified social workers (including
the manager and team leader) whose qualifications include; NVQ Level 4
management and business, MA in social work studies, BA Honours social
work studies, Certificate of qualification in social work, Diploma in Social
Work and Post Qualifying Award. Two social workers have certificates in
counselling skills. Previous employment experience has included; probation
work, guardian work, family centre work, child protection work, children
and families work, hospital social work, mental health work, adoption
work, direct work with young people, leaving care and group work.

New Routes Foster Carers
As of the 1st April 2008 New Routes Fostering Scheme have 21 foster
carer households.

Ethnic Breakdown
4 households          -     African Caribbean
16 households         -     White/UK
1 household           -     Asian

Marital Composition
13 households are married couples
8 households are single female carers

No carer is currently registered disabled.

Children/Young People Placed by New Routes Fostering

On the 1st April 2008, 24 young people are placed with New Routes
foster carers. In the last 12 months, 7 young people have left the
scheme. Three young people moved into independence. Four young people
have moved due to disruption.

In the last 12 months New Routes Fostering Scheme has not received any
formal complaints.
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The Process for Recruiting and Approving Foster Carers
The Agency recruits carers in a variety of ways – word of mouth,
advertising in the local press, buses, Yellow Pages, websites, stands in
libraries through the Catholic Church and Catholic schools and through
other churches.

Potential applicants come from all walks of life and can be married or
unmarried couples or single. The Agency accepts applications from people
of various faiths or no faith and of any ethnic origin.

When potential carers enquire, they talk to a duty social worker who will
provide information about fostering through New Routes Fostering,
record initial details about the person making the enquiry, and send an
Information Booklet. If a potential carer wishes to pursue their interest
in fostering further, a joint home visit is arranged with 2 social workers.

The purpose of the visit is to clarify information about the Scheme and
answer questions about it, gain more information about the applicants and
confirm whether or not they meet the criteria of the Agency. If the
Agency and the applicant wish to proceed, they are invited to attend
preparation training, and to submit a formal application to be assessed as
foster carers. This includes signed consent for statutory checks and
references to be undertaken. The checks will include social services
records and other Independent or Voluntary agencies as needed. Medical
consent forms & CRB application forms are also completed.

Applicants are invited to preparation groups (timing of group to fit
majority of applicants but can include evenings and Saturdays). New
Routes currently uses The Skills to Foster Training Programme designed
by The Fostering Network.

The Project aims to run 2 sets of groups in the year, usually Spring &
Autumn time. Preparation groups are co-presented by experienced
foster carers and social workers.

The BAAF (British Association for Adoption and Fostering) Carer
Assessment Form is used as the assessment format. If there are
enquiries between preparation groups a decision will be made as to
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whether the assessment can begin prior to the groups, a formal
application will be needed. Applicants are expected to attend the
preparation groups.

Applicants are encouraged to participate in the completion of the Form F,
agree to the content of Form F and sign prior to presenting to Panel.
Referees provide written references and are visited during the
assessment. They are required to confirm the content of the reference
provided. References will be required from employers if applicants are
or have recently worked in a childcare setting. Ex partners would
normally be contacted to provide a reference.

The Form F report is presented to the Fostering Panel. Father Hudsons
Fostering Panel is chaired by an Independent social worker. There are 4
independent members on panel including 2 foster carers. Foster carers
have the opportunity to attend Fostering Panel. Following approval foster
carers induction training begins. All foster carers are reviewed annually
and their reviews are presented to Panel.

Father Hudson's Society is a registered charity (Charity number

A copy of our full annual Report and Accounts is available upon request.

Status and Constitution of Father Hudson's Society
Memorandum and Articles of Association of Father Hudson's Society is
available upon request.

Updated October 2008
Presented to Children’s Sub-Committee for approval 7th November 2008

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