FREE FOSTERING GUIDE
WHO ARE NEXT STEP FOSTERING?
We are a family-run independent fostering agency that provides a specialist fostering service to our Local Authorities. We find and train the highest calibre of foster carers and (along with our sister companies Ryancare for North London and Safehouses for Cambridgeshire, Essex and Norfolk) we carefully match them with children across for Croydon, East London, Thames Valley and Kent .
Finding the best foster carer(s) and home(s) for our looked after children is at the heart of everything that we do. We want to give our young people stability and a more positive future and it is our dedicated foster carers that make the difference.
Can anyone foster? What benefits will I receive?
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
We pride ourselves on the quality support we provide to our foster carers and the well being of the children under our care. We have our own team of highly qualiﬁed and experienced Foster Carers, Social Workers, Therapists, Trainers and support staff who work in partnership with the Local Authority to ensure that the needs of the children and our carers are met to the highest of standards.
We have a successful track record of providing high quality foster families to all our children; our foster carers are committed to providing young people with a safe, nurturing family; and we always go the extra mile to ensure that our carers receive the best training and support possible. As a result we are one of the most respected agencies in the sector and have a very strong reputation with OFSTED.
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Walking Eye2Eye for Moorfields
This weekend sees one of our Managers, Clare Aston of the Thames Valley office, stride out on a 14 mile charity walk – from Moorfields Eye Hospital through London and finally to the London Eye – to help raise money to aid invaluable research into helping prevent blindness caused by Choroideremia.
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Foster carer Debbie Douglas and her TOWIE star daughter Lydia Bright spoke openly about their experiences of being a foster family on the lunchtime show. Read more >>
How to foster
Next Step aims to provide a specific range of services to each and every child who is referred to us. Our matching process ensures that we consider all aspects of a child’s needs vigorously, so that we provide the right level of service.
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For more information on Fostering or our services, please have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.
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Next Step is proud of being rated GOOD by Ofsted in 2014.
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These are just a few of the successes and positive outcomes that we are proud of. The names of the young people have been changed to ensure their anonymity.
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David, Thomas & Mia
David (6), Thomas (4) and Mia (3) entered foster care nearly 2 ½ years ago and earlier this year were placed with Wendy, a Next Step foster carer with considerable experience fostering sibling groups and children with particular health and behavioural needs. “When the children first arrived with me they were very wary of adults and new environments.
At 14, Sarah became homeless and was unable to attend school. Surviving on the streets completely eroded her self-esteem leading her to make a series of bad choices, before finding herself in foster care.