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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 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.
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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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A teacher, a nurse, a mum, a friend – by Debbie Douglas
Debbie Douglas is a foster carer and the Westminster Government’s fostering ambassador. Here she talks about the multiple roles a foster carer takes on – and how proud she is to say that she is a foster carer.
“Fostering is not for all people and definitely not for the faint hearted! But for me I can honestly not think of anything else in my life I’d rather be than a foster mum.
Fostering has helped us as a family
Sean has been fostering with his wife, Marette, for many years in Northern Ireland. Marette has always worked in a childcare environment and from early in their marriage they had agreed that fostering was something they wanted to get involved in. In this blog Sean discusses their fostering experiences.
“Not everyone has good family support and we thought we would offer help where we could.
Fostering becoming a Forces favourite
Fostering is rapidly becoming a favourite new career for those leaving the Forces or Police. More and more Foster Carers are coming to Fostering as a second career from the military and Police as they have many of the skills that a successful Foster Carer needs, including resilience and team-work. While many realise that Fostering needs compassion, understanding and nurturing; the sense of security that can be instilled through routine, respect and boundary setting can not be underestimated.
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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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.