In the heart of the North West
The North-West Service was founded in October 2000 and was initially based in Manchester city centre before relocating to Old Trafford Manchester in September 2009. The office is located just two miles from Manchester centre and is serviced well by public transport. The site also has ample free parking for staff and visitors.
Swiis opened an additional office in Lancashire in 2010 which is home to our Lancashire-based foster care support workers. The office is within the attractive St Mary’s Chambers building and is a stone’s throw from Whitaker Park in Rawtenstall.
Who works in the North West
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.
We hold support groups for carers on a bi-monthly basis, including two ‘Forward Together’ groups. Our ‘Forward Together’ groups give looked after young people aged 13+ a chance to share their experiences of fostering and to join in with activities focussing on developing self-esteem and independence.
We also have a COFC (Children of Foster Carers) group which meets regularly throughout the year. This activity-based group offers support to the children of foster carers, giving them the chance to interact with peers who are also part of fostering families and to address issues for children and young people with regards to fostering. The group is open to all children of foster carers aged 7+.
Every year we host a fun day for all our carers, children and young people, including a variety of activities and games, as well as a BBQ. We also have an annual Christmas party, open to all carers, children and young people. These events give our carers, their families and the Swiis staff a chance to interact and socialise with each other, as well as sharing their fostering experiences.
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.
Areas Covered Include:
Blackpool | Bolton | Blackpool | Bury | Cheshire East | Cheshire West and Chester | Halton | Knowsley | Liverpool | Manchester | Oldham | Rochdale | Salford | Sefton | Stockport | Tameside | Trafford | Warrington | Wirral | Wigan
We can adapt to locations and accessibility where necessary for our clients/customers.
15 Warwick Rd
WHO WORKS HERE
Placement Support Workers