The Caldecott Fostering Service provides a variety of placements to children and young people. Their needs are given priority attention to offer them the best place to live in. Listed below are the different types of placements that we provide.
Short term foster carers provide a temporary place to stay until the child can return home to their own family, move into a longer-term fostering placement or an adoptive family is found. This can last for a few weeks.
When a child or young person cannot return home, decisions have to be made to find a permanent family for the child. These placements will usually last until the young person leaves care at 18 years of age. Often they remain as part of the carer’s family even when they have moved into independence.
These placements are for children and young people who need intensive input not only from the carers but from other professionals. The idea of these placement is to help the young person develop pro-social learning skills to help them change/modify there behaviours which are causing them to get into trouble or bringing them to the attention of other agencies etc. These placements will last until the young person’s behaviours are modified or the placement changes into permanent placement or they are moved to other placements.
Respite involves children living with their own family or foster carers, but having short stays with another foster family to give their family/main carers a break. At Caldecott Fostering Service, this usually involves looking after a child or young person who is placed with our foster carers for a weekend or one to two weeks.
This type of placement is provided to a mother and/or father and their child/ren where foster carers can provide support and guidance to the parent(s) and help them develop parenting skills.
The Fostering Service is able to provide a supervised contact service at Caldecott House, or off site if agreed with the local authority. The aim of this service is to make supervised contact less stressful particularly for the children and young people and to ensure that parents are made to feel welcome.