South Region foster care

Meet the Swiis Team

“Having been a foster carer with Swiis for 9 years, I cannot recommend them highly enough.” John, Swiis Foster Carer

In the heart of Bristol

Our Swiis Foster Care Bristol service was set up in December 2013 and covers a vast area across the whole of the South East and South West of the UK. Since opening the branch, we have been awarded a top-tier level in the Southwest. Our Swiis Foster Care team in the south is dedicated to delivering an exceptional service with children at the centre of everything they do to ensure positive outcomes for Children and Young People Looked After.

Who works in Bristol

Bristol Foster Care Registered Manager Joy Watterson

Joy Watterson

Registered Manager

Prior to joining Swiis, Joy worked primarily in child protection teams for ten years, as a Social Worker and Manager. This gave her extensive experience of child protection, the impact of abuse and trauma, and working within care proceedings in court. Joy has experience of training Social Workers in complex child protection decision making.
As the Registered Manager, Joy’s role is to manage the Social Work team, who support foster carers and the children in their placements. She has responsibility for safeguarding and ensuring regulatory compliance, as well as overseeing the foster carer assessment process and acting as Panel Advisor. Joy enjoys that this role gives her the ability to see the positive impact that foster carers and the multi-agency team can have on the lives of the children/young people that they care for.

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.

Bristol Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Emma Sergeant

Emma Sergeant

Cornwall Fostering Supervising Social Worker Rhian Eakins

Rhian Eakins

Terry Goodwin

Devon Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Ed Lock

Ed Lock

Cardiff Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Amol Khamkar

Amol Khamkar

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.

Gareth Thomas


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.

Gloucestershire Foster Care Administrator Beata Olah-Wood

Beata Olah-Wood

Support Group 

We currently have four local carer groups based in London, Southampton, Devon and Bristol, giving our new foster carers plenty of options for finding a supportive group close to their home.

These groups are for foster carers to get together, share their own experiences with each other and offer support. Support may be an understanding ear, arranging to share transport or helping with childcare. The lead person in each of our local carer groups is called a “buddy” and they are the main contact for the group. Our foster carers really appreciate this service and often make good friends here.

Training locations

Located in the Queens Square area of Bristol City centre on Prince Street, the new South region fully accessible office is purpose built to meet the needs of our foster carers with large meeting rooms and ample parking.  Prince Street is easily accessed by public transport.

Situated just outside Exeter with easy access to the M5, the training facility is at a former Georgian Manor.

The training facility for Dorset is at Allendale House which is a Georgian building owned by the East Dorset Heritage Trust. It’s located in a small attractive market town in the heart of Dorset. Easy to get to for those travelling from Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole and Salisbury areas.

Areas Covered Include:

The South region covers a vast area across the whole of the South East and South West of the UK:

These include:
Somerset | Cornwall | Devon | Bristol | South Gloucestershire | Gloucestershire | Dorset | Wiltshire | Hampshire | Cardiff | London | Kent

Bristol South Region Foster Care Swiis
Ofsted Good Provider Bristol Foster Care
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Office Information


4th Floor
Prince House
Prince Street
Bristol, BS1 4PS


Registered Managers
Social Workers
Placement Support Workers
Administration Team

Events in Bristol

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