North East Foster Care
“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 North East
Swiis Foster Care North East was originally set up in 2000 in both County Durham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In 2017 the services in both Darlington and Newcastle-upon-Tyne merged into one regional service based in Durham. Our Durham office boasts a central location just off the A1 and we continue to provide local venues in Newcastle, Durham, Darlington and Middlesbrough to aid local foster carer support groups and training.
We are proud of the record of stability of our placements and the achievements of our children and young people for this region. Our priority remains that of providing our foster carers with the support, training and guidance they need to foster with confidence.
We work with all local authorities across the Tyne Tees are, spanning from Cumbria, Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham, Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and North Yorkshire to place children with our fostering families to provide a safe, secure and stable home.
Who works in the North East?
Registered Manager (Registration Pending)
Alison has a wealth of experience gained through various social work settings. Alison began her social work career with the Children’s Society in the North East before working for Local Authorities in various roles including at management level in Youth Justice. As the Manager of the North East service, Alison is responsible for the social work team, as well as the overall safeguarding and well-being of all the children and young people placed with foster carers in the North East of England.
Jane has worked within childrens service in a variety of roles. Jane began her work in residential care settings for children with disabilities before moving into education where she worked as a qualified teacher with responsibilities for safeguarding. Jane qualified as a Registered Social
Worker in 2014 and has post qualifying experience of working in domestic abuse services within womens’ refuges and has also worked in a Local Authority Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub and in a Local Authority Independent Reviewing Team where she worked as a Designated Officer managing
allegations in relation to individuals working with children.
As the Deputy Manager Jane is responsible for supervising the social work team, as well as supporting the Registered Manager with the overall safeguarding and well-being of all the children and young people placed with foster carers in the North East.
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.
These are the people that offer emotional and practical support to young people, ensuring the safeguarding and smooth running of placement.
Health & Education Advisors
The Education workers role is to promote achievement and attainment, continuity of learning and stability in educational placement for children in permanent foster placements. The Health Advisors at Swiis are responsible for monitoring the health needs of children and young people placed with our foster carers. They also liaise with health professionals to ensure all information is available and provides training to carers regarding child health and development.
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.
The Swiis Foster Care Durham 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.
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.
The Placements Team will identify a suitable referral of a child or young person in need of a fostering placement that matches the Foster Carer's profile, the area they are based, approval range, family composition and fostering experience.
Our foster carers and staff attend a support group every month. The support group is a two-way process, with staff providing a welcome to new carers and then sharing information and updates. The carers have an opportunity to talk to each other and share ideas and strategies to manage challenging situations.
Young people who have left Swiis Foster Care are encouraged to stay in touch with us and some go on to help with ‘Moving Forward’ workshops, sharing their experiences with young people about the reality of moving on and living independently.
We can adapt to locations and accessibility where necessary for our clients/customers.
Our Durham foster care office lies between Newcastle and Darlington and has great transport links to surrounding areas. The building is a modern light building with friendly staff and free parking.
The Newcastle training facility is at the Kingston Park Stadium. These facilities have won three prestigious accolades at the Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards. Our Newcastle training facility has ample free parking, state of the art function rooms and is situated within easy reach of the A1, Newcastle International Airport and the Tyne & Wear Metro.
The Darlington training facility is at Lingfield Point. This historic building was originally built as the Patons and Baldwins wool factory, constructed in the 1940s when two entrepreneurs created a flagship manufacturing base for their world-famous knitting yarn company. This training facility boasts good rail and road access and free parking.
Areas Covered Include:
Northumberland | Berwick | Alnwick | Morpeth | Ashington | Blyth | Cramlington | Hexham | Prudhoe | Gateshead | North Tyneside | North Shields | Whitely Bay | Newcastle upon Tyne | Tyne & Wear | Gosforth | Throckley | South Tyneside | South Shields | Jarrow | Sunderland | Washington | County Durham | Teesside | Middlesbrough | Stockton | Redcar & Cleveland | Barnard Castle | Billingham | Ingelby Barwick | Hartlepool | Durham | Spennymoor | Darlington | Richmond | Thirsk | Scarbrough | Harrogate | Whitby