Yorkshire foster care

Meet the Swiis Team

“Amazing! You guys do a super job, the support we have had has been brilliant! Thanks to the Yorkshire team.” Emma, Swiis Foster Carer, Yorkshire.

In the heart of Yorkshire

The Yorkshire service was initially part of the North West service which was founded in October 2005 and was housed in Old Trafford, Manchester. The Yorkshire service became a stand-alone in October 2010 and it is based in West Leeds and Sheffield with large training rooms, free parking and meeting rooms. The offices are located in a business park in Wortley, Leeds and The Parkway, Sheffield both serviced well by public transport.

Who works in Yorkshire

Leeds Foster Care Registered Manager Claire Hudson

Claire Hobson

Registered Manager

Claire has been a qualified Social Worker since 2007 and started her career at a Local Authority, working in various children and families teams. She specialised in child protection and gained significant experience in safeguarding. During this time, she developed a desire to work in the fostering sector with looked after children. Creating good outcomes for children and young people was her motivation for taking a leadership role at Swiis. Her goal is to provide children and young people placed with Swiis a safe and nurturing home where they are accepted and have people around them who are creative, dynamic and aspire for them to succeed. Claire 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 Yorkshire.

Sheffield Foster Care Deputy Manager Amanda Stringer

Amanda Stringer

Deputy Manager

Amanda has been a qualified Social Worker since 2005. Amanda worked for Rotherham LA in the Children’s Disability Team, supporting families & their siblings. Amanda has worked in Child Protection, Child in Need, Fostering & Adoption throughout her time at Rotherham. Her decision to join Swiis Foster Care was based on research and knowledge of the support & services they offered to their carers & young people. Fostering is a hard but very rewarding career and the key to success is from having positive working relationships, excellent support & services that carers and young people can access. Since joining Swiis Amanda has experienced the positives that Swiis services have been able to offer and seen the successful progress & outcomes children & young people have made. Amanda is passionate about the work she does and enjoys supporting & guiding foster carers in their fostering journey.

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.

Rotherham Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Sarah Arblaster

Sarah Arblaster

Wakefield Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Roz Hudson

Roz Hudson

Michelle Evers

Sheffield Fostering Supervising Social Worker Vanessa Ring

Vanessa Ring

Laura James

Placement Support Officers

Placement support officers plan and organise Swiis activities, 1-1 and group sessions with children and young people; these are important to help them gain new positive experiences, help promote and develop their self-esteem, confidence, independence and support in placement stability.

Leeds Foster Care Placement Support Officer Alison-Strodder-Murphy

Alison Strodder-Murphy

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.

Barnsley Foster Care Education Advisor Melissa Wilson

Melissa Wilson


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.

Bradford Fostering Administratior Debra Broadbent

Debra Broadbent

Bradford Foster Care Administrator Zoe Cawthorne

Zoe Cawthorne

Support Group 

We hold monthly carer support groups at our Leeds & Sheffield Office. Carers are welcome to attend both groups and we arrange guest speakers from backgrounds of the Police, Education, Drug Awareness Teams and Fostering Networks to come and talk with carers and staff about key topics current in the media to help support our understanding and work with the children and young people we care for.

We offer a “buddy” system, whereby pre-approved and experienced foster carers meet informally to offer support and mentoring.

We also have dedicated groups for our carers’ own children who are given the opportunity if they choose, to share experiences as ‘children who foster’ and are recognised for the real difference they make in their fostering families. These groups are being established in Leeds and Sheffield & are run by our Placement Support Workers & Social Workers.

Children’s achievements are recognised through “well done” cards and certificates, as well as special mentions in the Yorkshire Swiis newsletter.

Sheffield Leeds Foster Care Swiis

Training locations

The training at Leeds is held at our main office in Wortley and offers free parking.

The training at Sheffield is held at our office in The Parkway, Sheffield and offers free parking.

Local initiatives
We have strong ties within the community, with direct links to local safeguarding boards and other agencies, such as the Child Sexual Exploitation service, Blast Project, that Swiis carers and staff join up with in order to utilise free, local and up-to-date training.

Areas Covered Include:

Leeds | Kirklees | Calderdale | Bradford | Wakefield | Doncaster | Rotherham | Barnsley | Sheffield

Ofsted Good Provider Leeds Foster Care
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Office Information


Unit 5,
Pavilion Business Park,
Royds Hall Rd,
LS12 6AJ


Suite 11 & 12,
The Quadrant,
99 Parkway Ave,
S9 4WG


Registered Managers
Social Workers
Placement Support Workers
Administration Team

Events in Yorkshire

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