Pride’s focus is always the child and young person in our care. We aim to provide children and young people with a positive, safe and high level of support in a family environment.
Our services seek to allow children and young people to develop and grow within the five key outcomes areas of “Every Child Matters”:
1– Be Healthy
2– Stay Safe
3– Enjoy and Achieve
4– Make a Positive Contribution
5– Achieve Economic Well-being
We have summarised below our approach to each of the outcomes. We closely monitor these and look to provide feedback to our Local Authorities.
|Be Healthy||Foster carers are given support and advice on promoting a healthy lifestyleChildren and carers are encouraged to exercise and eat healthyAll children are registered with a GP and dentist and routine appointments are maintainedGuidelines are given on the harm caused by alcohol, smoking and drugsDisabled children and young people with long-term health conditions are given additional support and advice from professionals.|
|Stay Safe||Carers must adhere to a comprehensive child protection policyComplaint procedures are in place for children to report issuesFoster carers are receiving exerciseThorough checks are undertaken in the assessment process to identify any concerns regarding carers and any history of issues with childrenSafer caring policy and Risk assessments are completed|
|Enjoy and Achieve||
Foster carers are encouraged to reward children and young people for success in exams or other achievements. At Pride Fostering Service, we also make sure,
|Make a Positive Contribution||All children (foster and birth) are encouraged to provide input into foster carer reviews. Children are given a guidebook to motivate them to have a positive impact on others around them. Our handbooks for children are available online as a pdf file or a print copy can be collected from your social worker.|
|Achieve Economic Well-being||Pride Fostering Service also making sure, savings are made for children in care on a weekly basis. We also arrange for training and support groups to carers on how to manage their finances and encourage children to budget their allowances. Guidance is given to young persons as they approach independence on financial issues.|