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IFCS have a considerable number of foster carers able to provide short term, long term, sibling, and Mother and Baby foster placements. IFCS can also provide solo foster placements for high need children and young people, and have access to a qualified Family Therapist to advise and provide additional support for carers looking after such children.

IFCS can provide all the above foster placements 24 hours a day, having a dedicated Placements Team and strong out of office hours service which can respond to referrals with informed Matching and Risk Assessments having constant access to all necessary information.

As a highly rated Tier 1 agency, IFCS provides comprehensive support for foster carers and the children and young people they look after, as required, including:

  • Payment of generous Allowances, Retainers, Mileage costs and additional expenses for foster carers and the children and young people they look after.
  • Support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from a large and committed staff team.
  • Dedicated qualified Social Worker for every foster carer.
  • Comprehensive training and career development, including mentoring and support to achieve the QCF Health and Social Care Level 3.
  • Respite care.
  • Contact services.
  • Advice and assistance from a qualified Family Therapist.
  • Peer group support for all foster carers.
  • Provision of a computer and broadband internet access for all foster carers.
  • Membership of the Fostering Network for all foster carers.
  • Highly developed data recording, management and analyses systems, to ensure informed decisions can be made 24 hours a day, quality reports can be produced quickly and easily, and outcomes measured continually.
  • Social support for carers and activity clubs for children.
  • Educational support.

In partnership with children and young people, foster carers, and Local Authorities and other professionals, IFCS will always strive to provide high quality services with the welfare of children as the central focus and paramount consideration.

These services will also be provided in the context of the necessity to provide the best possible value for money.

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