Offer high quality care in a family setting where the focus is on the welfare and specific needs of the individual child/young person.
Develop and maintain a child and young person centred service in which those placed are valued, supported and encouraged to achieve their full potential.
Deliver a holistic and integrated team approach inclusive of social work, education, health and support professionals.
Make a commitment to the recruitment of foster carers from a diversity of backgrounds and experience.
Achieve stability and security for children and young people through relationships with trusted adults that minimises disruption and affords protection from abuse and neglect.
Retain and support foster carers through a strategy that ensures they are professionally supervised, supported and financially rewarded, and that professional development continues.
Understand that fostering children and young people is a lifestyle choice that involves support not only to the carers, but also their family members directly and indirectly.
Develop a workforce of managers, practitioners and support staff that is appropriately qualified, trained and registered with regulatory bodies, and supported in continuous professional development.
Provide 24-hour support for foster carers and children and young people, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Make a commitment to the ongoing training and development of foster carers through a pathway to the achievement of qualifications.
Respect and promote the racial, cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds of children and young people.
Commit to the promotion of anti-discriminatory practice and the equality of opportunity.
Give consideration for the gender, sexuality, disability and history of children and young people when making placement decisions.
Create stability through security and freedom from abuse, harassment and bullying.
Provide the service in accordance and compliance with national frameworks, whilst contributing positively to the delivery of best practice.
Promote educational attainment and health needs in the achievement of positive outcomes for children and young people, including access to therapeutic services.
Deliver a partnership-based service that is fully inclusive of children and young people, their families, foster carers, local authorities and other key stakeholders.