Foster Care for Local Authorities

Relevant foster care information for Local Authorities

We are a not-for-profit co-operative and registered with Co-operatives UK. We are a private company limited by guarantee incorporated in 1999.

Pricing

Our fees are highly competitive, age related and discounted for long term placement. We retain no profit and the money received is typically spent as follows:

  • 52% on foster carer fees
  • 24% on staffing
  • 24% on training, insurances, premises, travel and all other costs

Registration

We are registered with Ofsted in England and CIW in Wales. Inspection reports can be viewed on these websites: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted and www.careinspectorate.wales/about-us.

We have one Registered Manager in England and one Appointed Manager in Wales, along with qualified and experienced social work teams.

As stated in FCC’s most recent Ofsted Report:

“Children are well matched to their foster families. Children make good progress. The assessments of foster carers are thorough and analytical. Foster carers are well supported and prepared to care for children. The fostering panel provides a good level of independent challenge and scrutiny. Foster carers, staff and managers work well with other professionals to provide good all-round support to children. The agency provides an excellent overview of children’s academic outcomes and progress. Children are supported by the agency to remain in their foster families on a ‘staying put’ arrangement when they reach adulthood.”

Some feedback from our foster carers and care leavers:

“We were impressed with the ethos of the company: surplus income going straight back into the care of the children.”

“Ongoing training and support provided by FCC is always welcomed and appreciated for continued professional development.  This provides reassurance, confidence in our abilities and experiences and reinforces our passion for fostering.”

“They gave me the best of everything. They repaired the damage. They gave me love, stability and above all believed in me.”

“Thank you FCC for helping me find myself”

We have active groups of carers in:

The West Midlands, Bristol and the South West, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and throughout Wales. However, we are always growing into new areas of the UK.

Insurances

We are fully insured against the following risks:

  • Public Liability £10,000,000
  • Employers’ Liability £10,000,000
  • Professional Indemnity £5,000,000
  • All Risks/Malicious Damage for Carers £100,000

Preferred provider status

We have ‘preferred provider status’ with a number of local authorities. Referees can be provided on request.

Joint planning

We are an outward facing agency, committed to partnership and collaborative working and are always interested to plan with local authorities to meet the needs of children. We plan our recruitment campaigns to support the requirement for new carers on a needs-led basis, rather than to undermine the services already provided by local authorities.

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