Specialist Fostering

Compass Fostering offers a range of specialist fostering services.

specialist fostering

Once approved, there will be the opportunity to train to be able to provide any of the following specialist fostering types. The process for each of these is slightly different, but we offer full training and support. Further information will be available on the ‘Skills to Foster’ course during assessment.

Therapeutic Fostering

Increasingly, research in the field of neuroscience is now showing how relationships can impact a child’s development. Healing relationships are needed to help the child to recover and to heal. Foster carers who are trained and supported to provide this type of relationship have a unique opportunity to facilitate the healing process.

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

There is a real shortage of fostering families who can offer unaccompanied asylum seeking children a safe refuge from other countries who have often been affected by traumatic experiences. Many unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the UK have travelled for miles to escape horrific incidents in their homelands. A child may require support such as coming to terms with family loss or adapting to cultural changes; but ultimately these are children or young teenagers that need a secure and safe place and to understand they are not alone.

Compass Fostering already have a number of foster carers that provide a safe home and as a foster carer for Compass will help you access resources to assist you in caring for children seeking asylum. In the multi-cultural society we live in today there are opportunities for foster carers to provide links to their wider community such as trips to the mosque and churches of all denominations. Some young people will have little or no command of the English language and we will help seek links with specialist agencies. It is important to respect their cultural believes and religion but ultimately shelter, protection and love is what they will need.

Read one of our carer’s experiences and advice for fostering UASC.

Parent & Child Fostering

This type of placement is provided to a mother and/or father and their child(ren) where foster carers can provide support and guidance to the parent(s) and help them develop parenting skills.

Compass Fostering acknowledges the complexity and diversity of such placements and recognises the importance of recruiting skilled and experienced foster carers. It is important that carers are able to provide a fully supervised environment where parents can develop the skills necessary to be a positive influence in their child’s life. Parent and Child work requires very close supervision and good basic child care knowledge. Foster carers provide comprehensive recordings that contribute towards the parenting assessment and court proceedings. Existing carers who wish to undertake this work will need to complete specific training to help them develop their knowledge, skills and confidence.

Carers opting to foster in this way would not normally be able to undertake any other paid work as supervision levels are often much higher with such placements and carers need to attend greater numbers of meetings.

You can see videos from some of our parent a child carers, as well as a young woman currently living with our carers, by clicking here.

Disabilities Fostering

Foster carers look after children with disabilities, including physical and learning difficulties and complex health needs. They then provide them with the support they need and also encourage them to become part of both the Compass Community and to be integrated into the wider world. Children are matched with carers who have or will be given the appropriate specialist training in order to help them meet these needs.

Step Down Fostering

The Compass Community has a number of children’s homes across the country and we need carers to take children who are assessed as ready to leave these homes and participate in family life. This can be a difficult transition after a period living in a group setting even if a young person wants this. Staff across the organisation will support carers and children in this planned process.