Why foster with Safehouses

If you live in the Greater Manchester or Oldham area, and are considering a career as a foster carer, Safehouses Fostering can guide you every step of the way on your journey. The support, resources and training we offer go above and beyond what local authorities and many other fostering agencies are able to offer.

We’re really lucky to have an amazing headquarters, where our local team are based. Aside from the office and training rooms, we have lots of informal common areas, where carers, birth families, and cared for children can be together in a relaxed setting.

We have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted three times, and here’s a few unique things that sets Safehouses Fostering apart.

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Support in education

In addition to the supervising social workers, two teachers are part of the Safehouses team. They work with young people to help boost confidence and achievement. They liaise with and organise activities. In these days to have teaching in a foster care agency is unusual.

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Support workers

Our support workers are brilliant. The informality, fun and listening ear that they bring to the support care is much appreciated by the young people.

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Safehouses has an excellent record for stability in our foster placements. This is an essential factor in recovery from childhood trauma. We have a reputation for successful long-term placements that see our cared for children stay with their foster families until they are young adults, and often beyond this.

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Stringent about matching

We achieve stability by making the right match between young people and their carers a priority. Young people’s futures are at stake – so there’s not a “heads on beds” outlook at Safehouses.

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100% school attendance

All the young people with Safehouses are in school or college, and they maintain excellent attendance records.

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An outstanding reputation

Safehouses was awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating in our last Ofsted inspection and we’re proud of our good reputation with local authority commissioners.

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Safehouses organises activity days for both foster children and birth children during school holidays, including: pantomimes, parties, sports days, craft workshops, treasure hunts, trips out.

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We talk to each other

At Safehouses we really are a mix. Children, carers and staff talk to and learn from each other. The Carers’ Forum and discussion groups of young people are essential in influencing what we do and how we move forward.

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Could you provide a safe, loving home to a child?

Start your fostering career today, get in touch with us to find out how. We would love to hear from you.