Since 1996 Pathway Care has been working in partnership with local authorities throughout the UK , during this period we have provided high quality family placements and associated services for a wide range of children and young people.
Our philosophy is that the vast majority of children and young people can be helped to overcome the difficulties they have whilst living within a placement family. We offer a wide range of foster placement based services; each of which can be tailored to the needs of the child or young person.
Pathway Care's approach to the provision of foster care services is to provide transforming care in the lives of vulnerable children by providing:
Mainstream Foster Care
Foster care placements for children and young people, some of whom are often regarded by the Local Authority as difficult to place. This also includes our Complex Needs service which offers placements with trained specialist foster carers for those children and young people experiencing one or more of a range of complex needs including: attachment difficulties; anti-social behaviour traits; learning difficulties; offensive behaviour; alcohol and drug abuse.
Safe Steps Transitional Care
This programme is designed for young people between the ages of 8 years and 16 years who have challenging behaviours and complex needs resulting in repeat placement disruption. They are therefore at risk of being placed in expensive long term residential care, or are already in long term residential care. Safe Steps is an intensive programme which facilitates and manages their transition to a stable family based environment. The Safe Steps transitional care programme typically works over a 52 week period and although highly structured it is child specific.
An intensive period of preparatory residential care with appropriate clinical input is succeeded by a heavily supported family placement which initially overlaps with the residential placement. The outcome of the Safe Steps programme is that the young person is able to avoid institutionalisation, access and maintain a living situation appropriate to their needs and enhance their life chances. For example, they are better able to make relationships, maintain a place in full time education.
Safe Steps was created in 2007 as the result of a partnership between Pathway Care and Marlowe Child and Family Services. The Safe Steps team combines the knowledge, experience and resources of these two established, successful and innovative organisations. To find out more visit www.safestepsfostercare.co.uk
Our Parenting Assessments are undertaken over a 12 week period in the home of an experienced and specially trained assessing Foster Carer who receives high levels of supervision and support. Parenting Assessment Foster Carers enjoy a close working relationship with a range of professionals and have the opportunity to develop and use new skills as part of this highly motivated and experienced team.
Children with Disabilities
Pathway Care's trained specialist foster carers are able to offer placements for those children experiencing a range of medical needs, for example: Life limiting conditions and congenital illnesses and includes our new Disability - Short Breaks specialist service which has been developed by Pathway Care in partnership with local authorities to provide short breaks for children who suffer from a range of disabilities. For example: Down's syndrome, epilepsy and severe learning difficulties.
We also 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.
This scheme is only available to young people currently living with Pathway Care foster carers in England
Our Staying Put scheme allows young people to continue living with their foster carers beyond their 18th birthday.
We strongly believe that for many young people, remaining with their foster carers helps them to make a smooth transition into adulthood. It also ensures that looked after young people receive the same support as their peers who are likely to still be living within a family environment well beyond their 18th birthday.