Why Anchor Foster Care?

We are a well-established, friendly, family-run, not-for-profit independent fostering agency.

This means we do not focus on making a profit or paying shareholders dividends. Our focus is providing safety, stability and hope for the children. We know that in order to provide that we must provide carers with the same level of support as our young people. As well as this, we offer a great range of benefits and training to suit your needs.

Support

We know that in order to help you be the best foster carers, we need to give you the best support. The support we offer includes:

  • 24-hour telephone support available, 365 days per year
  • Backup from Supervising Social Worker (SSW) and Manager on call 24/7
  • 21 days paid respite (holiday) per year
  • Full and comprehensive training provided locally free of charge
  • Regular support groups
  • Regular support visits
  • We liaise with the team that surrounds the child. This includes the child's support worker and other professionals that surround the child
  • Support workers are avaliable to assist with transport and home cover when needed
  • Support workers available to take foster children out for one-to-one social, educational and developmental activities
  • 6 sessions of therapy included for all foster children to help deal with loss, separation and other trauma

Benefits

  • Well established organisation endorsed with a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating
  • We are not-for-profit. We invest everything in our carers and children
  • Small and growing, family-run and child-centred. We know all our foster carers and children well
  • We pay a generous fostering allowance of up to £736 per week, per child, (for a complex placement)
  • Self-employed status for carers with a generous tax allowance from HMRC
  • 21 days paid respite (holiday) per year
  • Fantastic Referral Scheme of up to £1000 for referring new carers to Anchor
  • Membership of The Fostering Network, including insurance cover for all foster carers
  • Membership of CoramBAAF (British Association for Adoption and Fostering), which also provides professional, legal and financial advice
  • Professional development through specialist training and support groups to prepare you for specialist placements
  • A thorough matching process which ensures you have the right foster placement for your family
  • Assistance with preparing young people for independent living
  • Social activities for carers, families and staff
  • Residential holiday breaks and half-term activities for foster and birth children
  • Holiday caravan hire at a subsidised rate on the south-east coast
  • We send cards, flowers, chocolates or gifts to all staff, carers and children celebrating birthdays, anniversaries or significant achievements
  • Welfare visits and support if you are unwell, or facing challenges or loss

Training

  • Full and comprehensive training is provided locally free of charge
  • Skills to Foster (a mandatory course) done during assessment
  • TCIF (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families) training is included as standard to help you manage trauma and difficult behaviours
  • Additional & specialist training is provided for disability and specialist placements
  • We also help to identify additional training if required to support your professional development

Good Quality Service

Here’s what OFSTED says about Anchor:

“This is a good fostering agency where children and young people experience positive outcomes and are safe and well cared for as a result of a good quality service and robust safeguarding systems.”

“One particular strength of the agency is its placement stability which compares favourably with other independent fostering agencies. For the last three years the percentage of unplanned endings was below the national average, and so far this year the figure stands at 1%.”

“One young person confirmed this by saying: ‘I trust the staff at Anchor and can talk to them about any worries."

“Since the last inspection, there has been a net growth in placements of 39% and a net growth in fostering households of 33.”

Ofsted Inspection Report 2014

Application Process

We do our assessment in two parts; stage 1 (Police and other checks and references), and stage 2 (Form F Assessment of your home and family with a qualified Social Worker). Whenever possible we do both stages concurrently, meaning that the process takes approximately 4 months. For foster carers transferring from another organisation, the assessment period can be reduced.

Process to becoming a Foster Carer

If you want to know more about Anchor, message on Facebook or give us a call on 0800 328 3119.