Once you are Approved
We are proud of the rigour of our matching process. This matches the needs of the child with your skills and getting it right provides the foundation of a successful placement. At Pathway care we have an enviable record on placement stability.
Due to our success in winning Local Authority Fostering Tenders and usually being in the first tier of approved providers, we are in the best position to be able to offer placements to our carers. With Pathway Care, your wait for your first placement is generally a very short one.
As a new carer, once approved your first placement is usually a mainstream foster placement. We recognise that the arrival of your first placement is both exciting and stressful which is why we always have your Supervising Social Worker on hand to make the introductions and quell any concerns that either you or the placement may have.
MAINSTREAM FOSTER CARE
Since inception Pathway Care has worked with children and young people whose care needs cannot be met within Local Authority in-house provision. The majority of children placed with Pathway Care fall into our mainstream category of care i.e. may have experienced separation, loss, rejection, abuse or harm.
The criteria for the commissioning of mainstream foster placements is determined by the placing Local Authority and the reason we are able to respond so effectively to most requests is due to the skills and expertise inherent in our foster carer population.
Depending on the children and young people you were approved to look after, once you gain in experience you may wish to take on alternative placement types.
Sibling placements are for brothers and sisters who are all placed together with foster carers. Pathway Care is particularly experienced in providing placements that enable sibling groups to remain together in a single household. You will generally need more than one spare bedroom in order to take a sibling group.
PARENT AND CHILD
This type of placement is for parents who need support and guidance in caring for their own child. We support our foster carers in providing a flexible programme to encourage, support and provide parents with the skills to care for the child and themselves in the community.
COMPLEX NEEDS / SOLO PLACEMENTS
Pathway Care has foster carers approved to work with children and young people who are defined by the commissioning Local Authority to have complex needs. The criteria for such a placement could include children and young people who have experienced multiple placement moves (3 or more in the last 6 months), face the imminent prospect of residential care, demonstrate persistent offending behaviour or whose presenting issues could result in significant risk to other children or young people including the foster carers own children. These placements need to be in a family without any other children in the house or dependent on the risk assessment no birth child below the age of 12. This particular placement request comes under the definition of solo placement.
UNACCOMPANIED ASYLUM SEEKING CHILDREN
Pathway Care recognises the specific needs of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and has developed expertise which works within the regulatory framework. Foster carers are trained to support young people adjusting to life in the UK. Of paramount importance is enabling positive experiences whilst respecting culture, religion and background.
Pathway Care is able to provide respite care placements to meet Local Authority needs. Our foster carers are highly responsive and skilled in dealing with respite arrangements whether they are on an emergency or planned basis.
Other Placement Options
Bridging / Short-Term
This provides support for a child who is getting ready for a more permanent change in their lives or an organised return home. Our foster carers will work with the young person to prepare them for this outcome.
Medium / Long Term Care
Many of our foster carers provide placements for children that may last for significant periods. Their care plans will have identified the desire to maintain them with their foster placements, often to independent living. Pathway Care delivers that training which provides life skills including budgeting, cooking, sexual awareness.
Such placements differ from long–term arrangements in that a clear matching agreement has been made that enables a child to be supported by their foster family through to the transition to independent living.
Pathway Care is a leader in providing added value support services for Local Authorities. The Regional Support Centres have an Outreach Support Team which is available to provide a comprehensive range of services including;
Individual outreach support to foster carers and the children and young people in placement. Assistance in transporting children to contact with their families.
Supervising contact where requested.
Engaging in direct work with children e.g., Life Story work.
Pathway Care can arrange qualified therapists to work directly with foster carers, children and young people where the Local Authority consents.