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Fostering

Cornerstone’s ‘Fostering & Family Placement’ service offers regular short breaks to children living at home who are experiencing periods significant stress or crisis. The service is currently commissioned in one local authority however it is also registered nationally to offer this provision.

This service differs from the traditional fostering model of support; in that it enables children to remain living within their own home, whilst being offered regular overnight breaks in the home of the foster carer. Our service works as an early intervention model working in partnership with birth families.

This type of support allows children and young people to enjoy regular short breaks in the foster carer’s family home. The children are carefully matched with carers who are best suited to their needs. The support can vary from one or two overnights, a week or longer, to planned on a regular basis: weekly, fortnightly or four weekly. In most cases the short breaks are provided on a regular planned basis with the same carer who is carefully matched to support them. Children and young people are consulted on all aspects of the planning and care as this helps to allay any of their fears and ensure that the support is tailored and appropriate for meet their individual needs.

The service aims to provide high quality care and support for children and young people within a fostering environment. They are provided with: structure, routine, consistency, opportunities, experiences and positive role models who will encourage them to grow and develop, reaching their full potential and achieving positive outcomes. All foster carers undergo a full fostering assessment and have mandatory checks including: PVG, medicals and references. The carers are formally supported and have access to a wide range of training materials to meet individual needs and to enhance their continuous professional development. Foster carers offer support in their own homes around their family and work commitments. They work in partnership with the families and communicate regularly, building positive relationships and a support network for them.

For more information please contact the ASC Team.

t: 0300 131 3333

e: enquiries@cornerstone.org.uk