In the heart of the North East
The North East foster care office was opened in 2017 to enable the joining of the previous two North East fostering (Newcastle and Darlington) services. We established the North-East services in 2000 and we are proud of the record of stability of our placements and the achievements of our children and young people for this region. Our priority remains that of providing our carers with the support, training and guidance they need to foster with confidence. Bringing the two services together has further provided the opportunity to share the skills of our social work staff and our carers, offering the children and young people we support, our carers and our Local Authority partners the opportunity for even greater placement opportunities. Our Durham office boasts a central location and we continue to provide local venues in Newcastle and Darlington to aid local carer support groups and training.
Who works in the North East
Supervising Social Workers
These are the people that offer help and support to our foster carers, meeting periodically to discuss problems, successes and everything in between.
These are the people that offer emotional and practical support to young people, ensuring the safeguarding and smooth running of placement.
Health and Education Advisors
The Education workers role is to promote achievement and attainment, continuity of learning and stability in educational placement for children in permanent foster placements. The Health Advisors at Swiis are responsible for monitoring the health needs of children and young people placed with our foster carers. They also liaise with health professionals to ensure all information is available and provides training to carers regarding child health and development.
Administrators at Swiis not only look after the day-to-day requirements of the office, organize foster carer reviews and panel administration, but also act as the first point of contact to our carers and are an integral part of the team in ensuring all our carers are fully supported and very much a part of the Swiis family from the word go.
Our foster carers and staff attend a support group every month. The support group is a two-way process, with staff providing a welcome to new carers and then sharing information and updates. The carers have an opportunity to talk to each other and share ideas and strategies to manage challenging situations.
Young people who have left Swiis Foster Care are encouraged to stay in touch with us and some go on to help with ‘Moving Forward’ workshops, sharing their experiences with young people about the reality of moving on and living independently.
We can adapt to locations and accessibility where necessary for our clients/customers.
Our Durham foster care office lies between Newcastle and Darlington and has great transport links to surrounding areas. The building is a modern light building with friendly staff and free parking.
The Newcastle training facility is at the Kingston Park Stadium. These facilities have won three prestigious accolades at the Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards. Our Newcastle training facility has ample free parking, state of the art function rooms and is situated within easy reach of the A1, Newcastle International Airport and the Tyne & Wear Metro.
The Darlington training facility is at Lingfield Point. This historic building was originally built as the Patons and Baldwins wool factory, constructed in the 1940s when two entrepreneurs created a flagship manufacturing base for their world-famous knitting yarn company. This training facility boasts good rail and road access and free parking.
Areas Covered Include:
Northumberland | Berwick | Alnwick | Morpeth | Ashington | Blyth | Cramlington | Hexham | Prudhoe | Gateshead | North Tyneside | North Shields | Whitely Bay | Newcastle upon Tyne | Tyne & Wear | Gosforth | Throckley | South Tyneside | South Shields | Jarrow | Sunderland | Washington | County Durham | Teesside | Middlesbrough | Stockton | Redcar & Cleveland | Barnard Castle | Billingham | Ingelby Barwick | Hartlepool | Durham | Spennymoor | Darlington | Richmond | Thirsk | Scarbrough | Harrogate | Whitby
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Mandale Business Park
WHO WORKS HERE
Placement Support Workers
Health & Education Advisors