North East foster care

Meet the Swiis Team

“This is a fantastic company to work for. Lots of support, superb training. Always someone on the end of the phone if needed.”

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

Newcastle Fostering Registered Manager Kathryn Mooney

Kathryn Mooney

Registered Manager

Kathryn qualified as a Social Worker in 2007 and in 2010, she moved into fostering as a Supervising Social Worker, later progressing to the role of Registered Manager at an Independent Fostering Agency.
In addition to her Social Work degree, Kathryn also has qualifications in education and training. Kathryn is committed to delivering a service that provides vulnerable children and young people with safe and nurturing placements with foster carers who are passionate about what they do. Kathryn is responsible for the social work team, as well as the overall safeguarding and wellbeing of all the children and young people placed with carers in the North East.

Newcastle Foster Care Deputy Manager Alison Lawson

Alison Lawson

Deputy Manager

Alison began her social work career with the Children’s Society in the North East, working in a family group home. She then went to work for North Tyneside Council as a Residential Child Care Officer working with looked after children.
During her time as a Training and Development Consultant for an Independent Fostering Agency, she wrote and delivered training materials across a range of social work topics.
Alison has post qualifications in social work, management, mediation and youth justice. As Deputy Manager, Alison supports the Registered Manager for the North East office.

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.

Middlesbrough Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Sarah Thompson

Sarah Dornan-Thompson

Darlington Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Jo Collier

Joanne Collier

Northumberland Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Andy Himlin

Andy Himlin

Durham Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Paul McCrickard

Paul McCrickard

Sunderland Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Jane Groom

Jane Groom

Gateshead Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Jemma Green

Jemma Green

Placement Workers

These are the people that offer emotional and practical support to young people, ensuring the safeguarding and smooth running of placement.

Newcastle Foster Care Placement Worker Rachel Willis

Rachel Willis

Sunderland Foster Care Placement Worker Gillian Rowan

Gillian Rowan

Durham Fostering Placement Worker Laura Holburn

Laura Holburn

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.

Newcastle Foster Care Health Advisor Helen Preston

Helen Preston

Newcastle Foster Care Education Advisor Jonathan Ord

Jonathan Ord


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.

Darlington Foster Care Administrator Donna Fenwick

Donna Fenwick

Newcastle Foster Care Administrator Ruth Shute

Ruth Shute

Support Group 

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.

Moving Forward

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.

Training locations

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

North East Foster Care
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Office Information


Second Floor West
Severn House
Mandale Business Park


Registered Managers
Social Workers
Placement Support Workers
Health & Education Advisors
Administration Team

Events in the North East

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