Midlands Foster Care

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“This is a fantastic company to work for. Lots of support, superb training. Always someone on the end of the phone if needed.”

In the heart of the Midlands

Swiis Foster Care Midlands was set up in 2002 and is largely managed by qualified social workers with a wealth of experience in social care. The professional input is led by the Registered Manager who manages a team of Supervising Social Workers, a Health Advisor, an Education Advisor, Children’s Resource Workers and an experienced Foster Care Administration team.

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Swiis Foster Care is a part of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme which plays a vital part in raising the aspirations and transforming the lives of our young people.

Who works in the Midlands?

Management Team

Laurie Long Midlands Registered Manager

Laurie Long
Registered Manager

Laurie qualified as a social worker in 1995. Prior to joining Swiis, Laurie spent 12 years working in the voluntary sector; within NSPCC as Quality and Performance Manager and as Operational Director for Action for Children, responsible for fostering services in the south of England. Laurie has also been a foster carer.

Birmingham Foster Care Deputy Manager Adrian Vaughan

Adrian Vaughan
Deputy Manager

Adrian joins us with masses of experience managing foster care services and residential services, along with experience in LA social work. Adrian’s passion is developing team practice and culture to support foster carers to achieve great outcomes for children.

Birmingham Fostering Team Manager Will Mallon

Will Mallon
Team Manager

Will qualified as a Social Worker in 2007 and has over 10 years’ experience of working within both Local Authority and Independent Fostering Services.

Birmingham Team Manager Donnarissa Douglas

Donnarissa Douglas
Team Manager

Donna Douglas is a Team Manager with Swiis, having been a qualified social worker for over 8 years.

Supervising Social Workers

These are the people that offer help and support to our foster carers, meeting periodically to discuss problems, successes and everything in between.

Birmingham Fostering Supervising Social Worker Bahya Rahisi

Bahya Rahisi

Birmingham Foster Care Admin Assistant Zoe Jones

Zoe Chance

Birmingham Supervising Social Worker Megan Hayward

Megan Hayward

Supervising Social Worker Chloe Clayton

Chloe Clayton

Birmingham Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Denise Brown

Denise Brown

Birmingham Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Victoria Deen

Victoria Deen

Birmingham Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Melanie Hill

Melanie Hill

Birmingham Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Stefani Gjevori

Stefani Gjevori

Placement Workers

These are the people that offer emotional and practical support to young people, ensuring the safeguarding and smooth running of placement.

Edgbaston Foster Care Placement Worker Georgia Jones

Georgia Jones

Birmingham Foster Care Placement Worker Emma Spreckley

Emma Spreckley

Administrators

Administrators at Swiis not only look after the day-to-day requirements of the office, organize foster carer reviews and panel administration, but also act as the first point of contact to our carers and are an integral part of the team in ensuring all our carers are fully supported and very much a part of the Swiis family from the word go.

Oldbury Foster Care Administrator Sophie Cooper

Sophie Cooper

Birmingham Foster Care Admin Assistant Zoe Jones

Zoe Jones

Commercial Team

The Swiis Foster Care Edgbaston team is supported by the Central Commercial team who are responsible for Marketing, Training and BM support, Recruitment of Foster Carers and matching and placement of our children and young people.

Behaviour Management

Swiis believe that supporting our foster carers well is essential to ensure the stability of the children and young people you care for and our social workers do an incredible job in providing that support to all carers.

Research and experience have however shown that children who experience trauma and separation in early childhood can have a turbulent and challenging adolescence and this may be a possible reason a placement can, at times, become unstable.

Swiis believe that our foster carers on occasion require additional support in understanding and learning techniques which would further assist in the management of difficult or challenging behaviours and have introduced an additional programme of support which our carers will be able to access directly. The programme has been specifically designed to offer support and guidance to carers who experience behaviours from the child or young person in placement which they are finding difficult to manage.

The team consist of specialist training personnel who are responsible for delivering the Challenging Behaviour training as part of the mandatory foster carer training programme (or for new carers, this is undertaken as Day 4 of the preparation training), both cover MAPA based Challenging Behaviour as part of the course content.

Foster carers can access The Behaviour Management Team directly to request support for individual carers who are experiencing problems with behavioural issues in placement. Calls from carers requesting support are managed via a dedicated admin team who will schedule a call back between the carers and a member of the BM team as a matter of urgency.

Swiis trainer Jordon Murdoch

Jordon Murdoch

Swiis trainer Jackie White

Jackie White

Placement Team

Our placement team ensure that each child or young person is closely match to the best carer.

Foster Care Senior Placement Officer Nirali Patel

Nirali Patel

Placements Officer Daisy Goudie

Daisy Goudie

Placement Administrator Florence Whelon

Florence Whelon

Placement Administrator Federica Foti

Federica Foti

Placement Administrator Stacey Slipper

Stacey Slipper

Recruitment Team

Operations Manager Ashley Holcombe

Ashley Holcombe

Recruitment Team Leader Sarah Kitson

Sarah Kitson

Emily Saunders Senior Foster Care Recruitment Coordinator

Emily Saunders

Recruitment Coordinator Rhiannon Watts

Rhiannon Watts

Recruitment Coordinator George Smith

George Smith

Support Group 

We currently have five Local Carer Groups based in Birmingham, Stourbridge, Walsall, Staffordshire and Telford/Shrewsbury, giving our new foster carers plenty of opportunity for finding a group close to their home.

These groups are for foster carers to get together and support each other, whether this is just to talk about their experiences of fostering or share transport or childcare for meetings and training. The lead person in each of our Local Carer Groups is called a “buddy” and they are the main contact for the group.

Training locations

Birmingham
We offer foster carer training in our main office in Edgbaston in the West Midlands which is a short walk from Five Ways train station. The venue offers good access to Motorways and the City Centre and has adjacent parking and wifi.

Telford
We also provide a Telford training facility in the heart of Telford, approximately 1 mile from the train station, within easy access for anyone living in the Shropshire/Wolverhampton area. This location is adjacent to the shopping centre and offers lots of parking in the area.

Areas Covered Include:

Dudley | Coventry | Birmingham | Walsall | Wolverhampton | Sandwell | Warwickshire | Stoke on Trent | Shropshire | Solihull | Staffordshire | Worcester

The office also covers cases in Oxfordshire and Camden, and we have carers located in the Bromsgrove and Leicestershire areas.

Birmingham Midlands Foster Care
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Office Information

ADDRESS

24 Highfield Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 3DP

WHO WORKS HERE

Registered Managers
Social Workers
Placement Support Workers
Education Advisors
Administration Team

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