About Futures for Children


Futures For Children began with two social workers, both of whom had been foster carers and one of which had been a looked after child. They wanted to offer a better service than other independent agencies and local authorities were providing… and they did just that.

Between other agencies becoming commodities bought and sold by overseas bankers and venture capitalists, and cash-strapped local authorities rushing to the cheapest options and slashing services, it can often feel like a race to the bottom in terms of quality and care. You only have to look to distressing stories of care services for the elderly to see the dangers of putting profit before people.

But Futures for Children refuses to become a penny-pinching service. We have never been bought or sold, and our founders remain at the heart of our organisation. Among our team, you’ll meet foster carers, social workers, and parents, with one of our directors even growing up in care. It is this rich and varied lived experience that gives us our unique understanding of foster families.

And it’s a testament to our commitment to providing excellent support to staff and foster families that owners of other agencies have not looked simply for the highest bidder but instead entrusted us to continue their brilliant work. Again and again, retiring owners have placed their companies into the hands of Futures for Children, knowing that we will look after their carers and children.

We want for children what we all want for ourselves: to achieve our potential no matter where we come from or which challenges we meet along the way. 

Maybe you’re new to fostering? Maybe you’ve experienced first-hand the takeovers and cutbacks in other agencies, but if you want to become a foster carer and to work for a company that places children and carers at the forefront of their philosophy, you are welcome to get in touch 

As the original owner and founder of the company, as a parent, a foster carer and a social worker, I look forward to meeting you.

Nick Barnsby
Director


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What We Provide

Futures for Children provides fostering placements for children and young people who will have experienced trauma in their lives, either through neglect, physical injury, emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse. We acknowledge that these young people are often overwhelmed by these events and are unable to find appropriate ways of dealing with them, which will inevitably present a wide range of behaviours.

Skills and Training

If you decide to become a foster carer for us we will aim to equip you with the appropriate skills and training to work with the child in such a way that it facilitates joint growth and solutions which will eventually enable young people to return home successfully, move on to a more permanent placement, or achieve independent living; whichever is in accordance with their Care Plan.

Finding Solutions

At Futures for Children we acknowledge that, along with these more challenging behaviours, every young person will also have acquired many skills and strengths which have enabled them to survive their experiences thus far. Whilst we do not believe that it is the child’s responsibility to solve the problem, it is our aim to assist them in building on these strengths and skills to find acceptable solutions to their own particular circumstances.

Futures for Children's  Mission Statement


Futures for Children provides, through a flexible, caring and imaginative foster care service, an opportunity for all our children and young people to become valued members of tomorrow’s society.

Looked after children represent the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community. At Futures for Children it is our objective to provide support and conditions in which these most vulnerable young people can thrive and achieve a positive outcome from their time spent in foster care. There is much work to be done to redress the disadvantages these children have experienced and little time to do this before they become independent young adults. For many children a positive outcome may be a return to their parents or extended family. Maintaining contact and working with genuine respect for the child’s family is crucial for keeping these options available. Other children may succeed best in long term alternative families including permanent foster care placements.

Futures for Children can provide a wide range of foster care placements and professional support services providing specific packages of care to meet the needs of individual children and young people. These services are delivered by qualified and experienced social work staff and foster carers who are valued as full members of our professional team.

Our Support for Foster Parents


Futures for Children are committed to providing our foster carers with a support service that is accessible and effective. Foster Carers within the organisation can expect:

    • Named Supervising Social Workers – Once approved you will receive ongoing support from a named qualified and experienced Social Worker.
    • Induction Training Programme - Following your approval you will be invited to attend a 'Foundation Course' which will give you further advice and training to prepare you for your placement.
    • ​TSD Standards – Support to achieve a national qualification designed specifically for new foster carers over your first year of fostering.
    • Supervision Meetings – Supervision meetings usually take place at your home on a monthly basis, although this can be increased if needed.
    • Support Groups – These meetings provide opportunities to meet with other foster carers and share their experiences as well as hearing from Social Workers of any developments in the organisation and the wider world of fostering.
    • ​Education Consultants – Access to consultants who are available to support children and young people’s education.
    • ​Therapeutic Service – Access to our Therapeutic Service providing specific support to foster carers at times of stress.
    • Training – Each foster carer has an Individual Development Plan; your Supervising Social Worker will complete this with you and identify your specific training and development needs.
    • ​Support to Foster Carers
    • Telephone Support – Access to telephone support is available to all foster carers during working hours. This could be available through the local office or directly through mobile phone access. There is always someone at the end of the phone to offer support.
    • Out of Hours Service – A telephone advice line is available outside of working hours 365 days a year.
    • Financial Support – Regular payments exceeding the Fostering Network Payment Guidelines are made to each fostering household with a placement.
    • Respite – Foster carers will be entitled to respite in line with the child’s Care Plan.
    • Individual membership to Fostering Network – This allows foster carers access to the services provided by this recognised body.

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