Professional bedtime storytellers, expert packed lunch makers, dedicated homework helpers…

Life changers.

More and more children are in need of foster care and it is essential that we help find these children and young people a safe, stable and caring home. Every 15 seconds a child comes into care, and with the need for foster carers rising we’re looking for both new and experienced foster carers to join our Safehouses family.

Our dedcated office in Denshaw, just outside Oldham is driven by a team of like-minded people who are passionate about the well-being and future of our children and young people. We provide foster care services in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and East Lancashire, covering a wide catchment area, including Oldham, Rochdale, Manchester, Tameside, Huddersfield, Salford, Wigan, Halifax, Trafford, Bacup, and everywhere in between.

If you feel you can provide a safe, stable home to a child, then get in touch with us today. We’d love to hear from you.

Why foster with us?

We recognise the valuable role foster carers play in helping children and young people who need it most. It is a challenging profession full of highs and lows, but it’s those tender moments that make it all worth it. We pride ourselves on our heavily relationship-based approach and meet each week to discuss any issues, addressing everything as a team.

If you need us, we’re only a phone call away. You can rely on our 24-hours support, 7 days a week. We have a small, tightly woven team always on hand meaning you’ll always reach someone you know and who understands your situation.

Rated by Ofsted as outstanding in all areas
Every foster carer is provided with their own supervising social worker and support worker
Our foster carers are also provided with two teachers and a therapist
We are truly passionate about offering the very best service to our carers and children

Who can foster with Safehouses?

We consider all applications to foster. Whether you’re an experienced foster carer or new to fostering, we’d love to hear from you. If you are over 21, have a spare room and can provide a safe and stable home for a child or young person, we need you.

The matching process is crucial and getting it right first time means there’s less chance of a placement breaking down. We’re also an Ofsted Outstanding provider, rated outstanding in all areas.

Fill in our online form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, email us directly [email protected] or phone 0345 266 7683 for an informal chat.

Our process

Every foster carer is provided with their own supervising social worker and support worker.

Your supervising social worker is a fully qualified member of staff who manages the formal side of things, liaising with authorities, identify training needs and development areas for foster carer families, making sure carers have the appropriate training suitable to the care for any child that lives with them.

Your support worker is the cement between the bricks; they’re the ones helping you day-to-day, influencing and retaining positive relationships. It is your support worker who will visit you once a month (or more if required), provide recreational and educational support, organise participation groups for foster children and birth children, and much more.

Our foster carers are also provided with two teachers and a therapist.

The teachers are there to liaise with schools, attend PEP meetings, collate school reports and stats, support children who are out of school, and even provide tuition for children approaching exams, providing educational activity and resources.

There is a psychotherapist who is part of the team and integral to ensuring placements are supported. They are there to provide therapeutic support to our foster carers and deliver specialist training around therapeutic support, enabling you in turn to provide therapeutic support to foster children, if required.

It is this support network and holistic approach to fostering that allows us and our foster carers to function as a team around the child.

Meet the team

Wayne is our service manager. He is the friendly face and listening ear whose personal experience as a foster carer led him to help others become foster carers. He understands how rewarding a career in fostering can be and is truly passionate about offering the very best service to our carers and children. As a relationship-focussed, independent agency, we are consciously not hierarchal. That means Wayne is also here to lend a hand. He supports our staff, who support our carers, who support our children. We work a secure base model that values the individual – and that’s our motto.

Contact us today about becoming a foster carer with Safehouses.

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