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asphaleia fostering Celebrates a GOOD Ofsted Grade

Monday, July 30th, 2018

asphaleia is delighted with the outcome of a recent Ofsted fostering inspection, in which we were judged to be GOOD.

asphaleia’s fostering team was inspected on 4th June 2018, and we are thrilled with the result! The Inspector reported that asphaleia’s ”Children make good progress from their starting points in long-term placements.” and that they are ”placed with committed carers who accept them into their wider families. They are particularly well supported and guided to overcome their often-complex personal and social difficulties”.

We are really proud of our dedicated and passionate team who work extremely hard to support our devoted foster carers to motivate our children to achieve their potential. We are delighted Ofsted recognised this, reporting that managers and staff have a strong commitment to the work and have a clear understanding of the needs of the children. A strength of the agency is that children have access to learning delivered by other projects within the organisation. Children have attended workshops based on staying safe and appropriate use of social media. One-to-one support is available to children at risk of child sexual exploitation or currently experiencing exploitation.

Foster carers work carefully with children, helping them to understand and reflect on their family history and cultural background and support them in maintaining their individual faiths. A young person said, ‘I felt at home from the moment I came here. The foster carers understand me, they speak my language, help me to keep my faith and cook food I enjoy. That means all is very good.’

We couldn’t be more pleased with this fantastic news and we can’t wait to recruit more foster carers so they can help young people to gain qualifications and achieve their potential. Since being awarded Good we have been really busy with a recruitment drive to increase our team of foster carers. We welcome new foster carers all year round, so contact us on 01903 823546 if you or any one you know would like to enquire about being a foster carer and we will arrange a time to visit you and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

What Can I Expect Once I am a Foster Carer?

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

When you join asphaleia, you join a team of people highly motivated to work with children and young people. You are included in staff events, training and participate in our successful Personal Development programme.

Whether you join us as an experienced foster carer or are considering fostering for the first time, we provide the environment to help you grow as a unique individual and professional carer. We offer support tailored to your unique fostering situation that will facilitate your success.

We will provide you with training to ensure that you have the knowledge base needed to carry out the fostering task. Training will include safe caring practices, behaviour management, first aid etc, so that you know what is expected of you. In addition, you will have a Supervising Social Worker who is responsible for assessing and addressing your ongoing needs as a carer. You will also have regular supervision sessions.

If you want to make an enquiry, please call us on 01903 522966.

        

How Do I Become a Foster Carer?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Once you have decided to be an asphaleia foster carer and made the call to us we will arrange to visit you. Your assessment process can take up to six months. Our supervising social worker will tell you more about the assessment process at your home visit, as it can look different for each new carer.

Don’t forget, you can contact the office at anytime on 01903 522966. 

We know there is a lot of information to consider when deciding whether you would like to become a foster carer. We want to make the process as smooth for you and your family as possible.

A home visit is an informal meeting between our supervising social worker and you in your home. They last up to one hour and are booked at a time suitable to you, whether it be during the day or in the evening. Home visits provide us with an opportunity to get to know each other better, without the formal setting of an office. We will ask you questions such as why are you interested in fostering, what age group you would prefer to foster, how do your own children feel about your fostering etc. You can also ask us any questions that you have.

It is the ideal time for us to discuss with you whether application is right for you or other steps you can take to help you consider the commitment fully. Any member of your household who will be applying to be a carer (husband, child over age of 21, other relative etc) must be present at this meeting.

Whilst it is an informal meeting, your home visit is an opportunity for us to assess you. If we do not feel you are ready to proceed with an application at this point, we will tell you following this visit.

After your home visit, if you feel you would like to apply to join our agency, you will be able to do so. We will be unable to accept your application until you have had this initial home visit.

    

Who Can Be a Foster Carer?

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The requirements for becoming a foster carer are quite simple. At asphaleia, we are looking for energetic people with a passion for children and young people, as well as an interest in learning and developing their skills, being flexible, patient and an ongoing commitment to training is essential. If you think you fit what we are looking for, you could be joining our team very soon!

To be a foster carer you must:

  • Be over 21
  • Have a spare room

You can foster if:

  • You are single
  • You work
  • You rent your home
  • You have one or more spare bedrooms
  • You are in a same-sex relationship
  • You are retired
  • You have no experience of working with children
  • You have your own family
  • You are divorced
  • You would prefer to only foster babies
  • You do not have any qualifications

Please call us on 01903 522966 to find out more about being a foster carer.

    

Foster Carers Fortnight – Who Needs Foster Care?

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

There are many reasons why children come into care and need to live with foster carers. All children who need foster carers will have experienced disruption and separation from their families. The time a child may stay with a foster carer will vary from a few days to a couple of months. It could be as long as a year or even longer. At asphaleia we need carers who can care for:

Teenagers

Teenagers need carers who are able to listen to them and help them make sense of the world and their role within it. Patience and understanding are crucial qualities for foster carers of this age group as is the ability to lay down clear and fair boundaries. At asphaleia we work with many nationalities of teenagers.

Sibling groups

At asphaleia we believe that where possible siblings should be kept together. At times of separation from their parents or under a severe sense of loss siblings take comfort from the stability they get from each other. Taking more than one foster child into your home may seem daunting but you will receive all the support you need.

Parent and Baby

Becoming a parent can be an overwhelming task. Sometimes parents need that extra guidance and support to help keep their baby safe.

Special needs

Some children have special needs which can be physical, behavioural or educational. Children with special needs require specialist care and attention.

To find out more or to make an enquiry, please click here to visit our website.

Asphaleia Fostering News Flash!

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Good news for our foster carers! From January 2018 we have decided to open up our monthly training sessions and workshops to our foster carer’s families, adult birth children and friends and family support networks. We recognise that fostering is very much a family affair. Fostering children makes a difference to everyone in the foster home, including adult sons, daughters other wider family members and friends.

Having foster children living in your home can be a positive and rewarding experience for the whole family. Sons, daughters, families and friends have a very important role to play. and families can experience a range of emotions, both positive and negative and there will be highs and lows for everyone in the family.

To keep the home safer for everyone, some of the every day things you do as a family changes and this impacts everyone. We appreciate the input from family and friends to children and young people and we hope the invitations to regular training and workshops can help our carers and the fostered children to feel safe and also help everyone keep themselves safe.

   

Celebrate Sons and Daughters month for Fostering

Monday, October 16th, 2017

This month we are celebrating the sons and daughters of our foster carers for sons and daughters month! They play a huge role in home life for a fostered child and we are delighted to be able to celebrate their valuable contribution to the lives of vulnerable children and young people.

Let’s introduce you to one of our sons and daughters as they tell us more about offering their home to a fostered child.

What is your favourite part about being a foster sister or brother? Teaching and learning new things with them… playing with them, doing everyday things with them, laughing together or crying together sometimes.

What is the hardest part about being a foster sister or brother? Saying good bye and sometimes listening to them shouting at my parent.

What is something you’ve learned about yourself since your family started fostering? Strength & weakness? I guess I found out that I am stronger than I thought; even though it was hard to say good bye it didn’t stop me from wanting to say hi to the next child. And I guess my weakness is that I don’t always understand others problems and how they affect their lives.

Are you interested in fostering? If so, please give Kim or Tendai a call on 01903 522966.

Fostering annual summer BBQ enjoys sunshine…& showers

Friday, September 1st, 2017

On 19 August the fostering team held their annual summer BBQ on the beach in Worthing, West Sussex.

Foster carers and their families enjoyed some special time together, whilst enjoying good food, music and, most importantly, each other’s company.

Foster carer Guz sent us this feedback afterwards:

“I have just returned from our annual summer BBQ and wanted to let you know that Matt and I had a really good time today and to thank you for that.

“Even though there was a heavy shower near the beginning, somehow it was fun getting things out of the rain and watching Kim and Matt attempting to light the BBQ while it was hammering down was rather amusing and the fact that we were all in it together made even the rainy bit enjoyable.

“The food was very tasty and the BBQ was very well organised, you seemed to have covered all that one might want to eat. It is always nice to catch up with fellow carers and because it is an all day event we had lots of time to chat, loved the music as well. Anyway thank you again for a great day, look forward to our next event.”

If you would like to know more about fostering with asphaleia, please call us on 01903 522966 or check out our twitter page @aspfostering.

Are you able to make a difference to a child’s life?

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Are you able to make a difference to a child life and help teach them new things?

Would you be able to provide a home for children?

We are currently looking for kind and caring foster carers in the Surrey, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove area.

If this is something that you would like to learn more about, please call us on 01903 823546.

 

 

Fostering with asphaleia

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Why?

We care about outcomes for children and support our carers. At asphaleia we take a holistic approach to the whole family who foster. We provide 24 hour support, regular training and meetings and of course events for the whole family to attend.

Who?

Are you one of the families that could provide a caring home to a young person, that maybe has not had the best start with life. To make a difference the first step begins with building trust, because after this confidence grows and then achievements begin. You need to have is a spare room, time and patience, if this is you then come and talk to us.

How?

On 5th July 2017 between 12pm and 5pm we will be in Tesco’s Holmbush in Shoreham near the bakery. If this is not possible then please call us on 01903 823546 and ask for Tendai or Kim for more information. In 2016 it was recorded that 9,000 foster carers are needed, so if you can, come and join our fostering team.