Since 1988, Next Step has been committed to providing the best possible outcomes for children in care through its various services.

In 1995, Next Step responded to the need for more families to care for children and the fostering service was developed. Next Step has been providing high quality fostering services ever since, making positive, nurturing foster placements with professional foster families. By providing our foster carers with professional support, monitoring and training that is creative, comprehensive, regular and personalised, Next Step aims to provide a complete fostering service, tuned to both the needs of young people and their foster families.

Next Step is a child centred agency and we promote those individuals who have a child’s interest firmly at heart to be foster carers. We ask that our carers have the insight and skills to develop their foster care to meet the required standards of professional excellence.

Next Step recognises that many of the children we look after will not be able to live within their birth families for much of their childhood and therefore we strive to involve parents as much as is possible and where appropriate, to ensure bonds can be maintained.

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The Purpose

To give young people in care the stable and nurturing childhood they deserve so they may grow into confident, positive members of society.

The Business

Recruiting, training and supporting professional foster carers who are committed to providing young people with positive, nurturing family homes and positive childhood experiences.

The Values

Working with honesty, respect, understanding, integrity, dedication and compassion, all children should be treated as individuals and supported to achieve their full potential.