Local authorities

We aim to provide local authorities with an exceptional service

Inspiring futures with local authorities

We firmly believe that better lives, better opportunities and better outcomes can be achieved for looked after children and young people by working in genuine partnership with Local Authorities across the UK, collectively focusing on the following priorities:

7 types of placements available

We provide a full range of short-term, long-term or respite foster placements for children and young people aged from 0-21 years.

Our carers benefit from comprehensive training both pre and post approval and our thorough, competence based assessment process helps to ensure the best possible matches.

Placement types with Swiis:

  • Short-term / task centred placements, working towards specific goals. These may include assessment placements, bridging and preparation for adoption, permanency or placements which meet other specific care plan objectives.
  • Planned longer-term placements for individual children or young people and sibling groups. Carers are available who are able to make a longer-term commitment and offer stability for young people until they are in a position to become independent.
  • Sibling placements are also available as we recognise the importance of keeping families together. We have carers who can provide the right space, skills and energy to meet the demands of these placements.
  • Parent and child placements are provided with carers who have experience and a particular interest in helping young people to develop their parenting skills and can offer assessment and monitoring as required.
  • Placements for children with disabilities are offered on a full time or respite basis. Our team identifies carers with the skills and experience to meet this particular need and we also provide additional training where necessary.
  • Short break and respite placements are available to support children’s current placements, providing respite for birth families or a ‘home base’ for children attending residential schools.
  • Unplanned, short notice or emergency placements may also be available, including the possibility of placements for asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors or other specialist placements.We know that each placement brings its own unique opportunities and we take great care to develop structured programmes to support children, young people and their carers each step of the way.
96.5% placement stability over 6 years
PLACEMENT STABILITY OVER 6 YEARS
86%
OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO STAY PUT WITH THEIR FOSTER CARERS WHEN THEY TURN 18

Meet our Placement Team

Our placement team ensure that each child or young person is closely match to the best carer.

Foster Care Placement Team Leader Jay Kaur Local Authorities

Jay Kaur

Placement Team Leader

Having worked in foster care since 2004, I’m pleased to have made hundreds of successful placements and head up the placement team at Swiis.

Foster Care Senior Placement Officer Hannah Myers

Hannah Myers

Senior Placements Officer

As well as placing children with the ideal family, I help foster carers understand the fostering journey and provide continuous support throughout the placement.

Foster Care Senior Placements Officer Nirali Patel

Nirali Patel

Senior Placements Officer

I’ve worked with children for 12 years in care and education, then worked in fostering for the past 3 years.

Foster Care Placements Administrator Rebecca Hill

Rebecca Hill

Placements Administrator

Coming from the NHS, I’ve got a wealth of experience in keeping the placement team on track.

Foster Care Business Manager Alison Janovicz

Alison Janovicz

Business Manager

I have worked for Swiis since 2000. I oversee all the placement activity for the Swiis service in Birmingham and am passionate about my role.

Quality Assurance and Governance

As a nationally reputed provider, Swiis Foster Care strives continually to improve the outcomes delivered to the children and young people in our care. We invest significantly in staff training, carer training and software management tools to help us measure the quality of the outcomes we achieve.

QUALITY ASSURANCE
COMPLIMENTS AND COMPLAINTS

Meet our Social Work Team

National Director of Foster Care and Responsible Individual Keith Stopher

Keith Stopher

National Director of Foster Care and Responsible Individual

Fostering Agency Decision Maker Sheena Mitchell

Sheena Mitchell

Agency Decision Maker

Foster Care Head of Quality Assurance Anneke Wright

Anneke Wright

Head of Quality Assurance

Fostering Operations Manager Sharon McArthur

Sharon McArthur

Fostering Operations Manager

Director of Social Work Vicci Jones

Vicci Jones

Director of Social Work

Don’t just take our word for it

“Excellent communication, Swiis always respond promptly to every request and go beyond to accommodate us wherever possible. They have some of the best carers we’ve ever worked with”

FOSTERING AND ADOPTION PLACEMENT OFFICER • LA IN NORTH ENGLAND

“A good social work service that understands children”

COMMISSIONER • LA NORTH ENGLAND

Offices across the UK

Swiis has offices across the UK which provide support to our carers, children, and young people 24/7.

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