Our Unique Approach

We’re an independent agency with a family approach. Our team is dedicated to supporting children alongside the amazing individuals and families who open up their lives to care for them.

What makes us unique to any other fostering agency is that our dedicated team of professionals are highly trained, valued and committed to improving outcomes, resulting in better life chances for children who are often bewildered, frightened and feel lost.

On meeting a member of our team, you remain with them from the start of your initial enquiry, to placing a child. They then support you during any challenging times.

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Innovation

At our inception, we thought about the current issues facing fostering and social work in general and looked to provide some innovative solutions to these problems.

This innovation has led to one of our key strengths as an agency. We have introduced the concept of ‘Care Partners’ as a way of addressing some of the shortfalls that we have experienced in fostering practice. Essentially, our Care Partners carry out the traditional Supervising Social Worker duties but they are empowered by a developing stake in the business.

This symbiotic relationship creates a number of positive outcomes as follows:

  • Care Partners recruit, assess and support their own carers. Foster carers are able to develop strong and lasting working relationships with one person. This not only improves retention but it also aids in matching, placement stability and satisfaction.
  • Care Partners are limited to a small and manageable case load. Given that there is no pressure to increase workloads to reduce costs, Care Partners are enabled to provide unrivalled support to their carers.
  • Care Partners have more autonomy in the way that they look after their carers, as well as having more responsibility. This helps them to ensure that carers feel supported and placements are stable and safe.
  • We are able to attract a highly skilled and experienced work force by ensuring that Social Work Practitioners can continue doing what they do best whilst being remunerated in a way that is relative to Senior Management positions.
  • Care Partners feel supported by our Senior Management team who retain a clear responsibility for ensuring standards, quality assurance and consistency.
  • The Care Partner model offers flexibility to Supervising Social Workers which allows them to deliver better outcomes for children and young people.
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The Journey

Sharing in the journey of a child is immensely rewarding and life changing for all of us. When the innovation, patience, creativity, flexibility and belief of foster carers meet the courage, resilience, personality and determination of the individual children placed, it is incredible what can be achieved.

Our carers recognise the power of ordinary childhood experiences and the importance of seemingly small things to children and young people. A smile, encouragement, interest in their achievements, understanding when things are difficult, or perhaps just a hug when it’s most needed can make all the difference.

The Challenge

Understandably, foster care is not without its challenges, as helping a child heal from often painful histories takes time. It is our belief as an agency that it is not what we do when things are going well, but what we can offer during the difficult times that really matters.

Whilst children and young people often need a lot of support from robust and trusted carers to recover from their difficulties, foster parents also require quality support and to feel that their efforts are being delivered as part of a team.

This is where our priorities lie and we are absolutely committed to remaining more than an agency that places children. In every sense, fostering is a shared task and our carers rightly remind us of the importance and value of that wider commitment.

The children and young people we support come from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. There really is no single blueprint of a foster carer, so at Fusion Fostering we are looking to recruit, develop and work with carers from all walks of life.

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Process for Applicants