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WHO ARE NEXT STEP FOSTERING?
We are an 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 Wanstead and its surrounding Boroughs; and Safehouses which covers East Anglia) we carefully match them with children across the whole of London (including the Croydon, Bromley, Bexley and Dartford/Gravesend areas) 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, OUTSTANDING reputation with OFSTED.
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From Fostering to the House of Commons
A story from the Fostering Network.
Last year, Kate Osborne was elected as MP for Jarrow in the North East of England for the first time. Prior to this, Kate was a Foster Carer. Before lockdown was announced in March, Vicki Swain, campaigns manager at The Fostering Network, went to meet her at her office in the House of Commons.
A day in the life of a Foster Carer and family under lockdown
For the first eight weeks of lockdown, 2 of our Carers, Boyd & Lynne were in lockdown at their Essex, holiday lodge. “We were with our four looked-after children, TMT, RT, KR, and TD; and our daughter, Hayley has her own caravan with our granddaughters EP and KP. We all thought it would be a safer environment for the children and we were fortunate to be able to stay. Here is just a glimpse of our ‘lockdown lives’…
Get Young Money Savvy with Martin Lewis
Young Money releases a financial guidebook to help young people to be more ‘money savvy’, with help and funding from Money Saving Expert Founder, Martin Lewis.
Aimed at students aged 15 to 16, the textbook (and free pdf) will teach them about savings, budgeting, borrowing, student loans and identity theft.
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.