Who We Are


Established in 1997, Safehouses Fostering has a proven track record of being an independent fostering agency who provide a foster care service that combines best practice with personalised support to meet individual needs.


Our wealth of experience as a foster care company is a valuable resource for both established foster carers and for those beginning their new career.


Safehouses Fostering are part of the Five Rivers Child Care Group. Five Rivers Child Care is a Social Enterprise committed to transforming the lives of children and young people through reinvesting their surplus in children’s futures. This means that Safehouses is able to retain its unique ethos, where ‘belonging’ is an essential part of our practice and the service we deliver has been recognised by Ofsted to be of outstanding quality for our Fostering Families.


Safehouses Fostering is based in Denshaw, just outside Oldham, within easy access to provide foster care services in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and East Lancashire.

Our foster carers live within a wide catchment area, including Oldham, Rochdale, Manchester, Tameside, Huddersfield, Salford, Wigan, Halifax, Trafford, Bacup and all places in between.

We run training courses from our centre, and also education and leisure activities for the young people. Training includes online and creative learning. We often make use of our garden and the beautiful countryside around for get-together activities.

What We Do

The OFSTED recognised outstanding practice and established reputation of Safehouses is founded on trust and team work. In order to change young lives and meet the needs of children, our foster carers must feel strongly supported at all times. Working in partnership with Local Authorities, schools and other involved agencies helps achieve this.

What we do, of course, is care for children and young people who need to be cared for. It’s more than just a job.