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Placement Types


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.

Sibling Groups

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.


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.


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.


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..


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.


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. Therapeutic Support.

Pathway Care can arrange qualified therapists to work directly with foster carers, children and young people where the Local Authority consents.