Meeting the five outcomes
Caldecott Fostering Service works alongside local authorities to achieve positive outcomes in the areas specified in “Every Child Matters.”
- Be Healthy
- Be Safe
- Enjoy and Achieve
- Make a Positive Contribution
- Achieve Economic Wellbeing
- Foster Carers are encouraged to get themselves and the young people involved in exercise, to encourage all family members to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day and to make the young people aware of the harm caused by smoking, alcohol and drugs.
- Foster carers are encouraged to provide healthy choices for the children in placement and within their handbook there is a section on Safe Caring, Health and Safety and smoking policies which carers have to follow.
- Any young person/child with long term health conditions and disabled children will receive appropriate support from professionals and services.
- All children are registered with a GP and dentist.
- Caldecott Fostering Service has a comprehensive child protection policy and Safe Caring policy to ensure that children/young people placed are safe from harm, neglect and sexual exploitation.
- Under no circumstances will corporal punishment be used
- If children have any concerns they can contact Caldecott Fostering Service and use Children’s complaint procedure.
- Annual review assessments and health and safety inspections on foster carers’ homes are undertaken.
- Health and Safety, First Aid and child protection training is given to all Foster carers.
- During the assessment process thorough and careful checks take place to ensure that applicants are suitable.
- The foster carers have access to the agency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for support and guidance.
Enjoy and Achieve
Make a Positive Contribution
- All children (foster children and birth children) are invited to contribute to their carers Annual Review.
- Children are given a Guidebook that explains how they can get in contact with Caldecott Fostering Service if they have a problem or complaint. They are encouraged to have their say.
- We seek to model, for both carers and children, the value system that we promote through training and through our interactions with them.
Achieve Economic Wellbeing
- Children are helped to contribute to reviews.
- Children are encouraged to develop and the importance of education is emphasised- Foster carers support the children in placement by going into school.
- Working closely with the placing authority and the young person to ensure that all are working towards better educational outcomes for the young person.
- The children and young person’s guidebooks encourage pocket money to be saved. Foster Carers enable their placements to reach independence by helping them, where appropriate, to open bank accounts.
- Caldecott Fostering Service carers receive an allowance that reflects the important and skilled work they do and enables them to have a comfortable lifestyle which encourages placed children to aspire to a similar one for themselves in independence.