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Kid’s Stuff Safehouses Fostering


At Safehouses Fostering, our friendly and experienced team offer our fostering families an outstanding level of support. We would like to introduce you to some key members of the Safehouses Fostering family to offer an insight into their role. You can also visit our website to read more staff and foster carer profiles at www.safehousesfostering.org.uk.


Louise King – Director


Louise began her career as a local authority social worker, specialising in fostering, in London and the South East. After recognising a need for high quality foster placements, Louise established Safehouses Fostering, which has now been running for 20 years.


Louise quickly gained a reputation for the work she undertook, in developing links with other professional bodies to raise the standards required within emerging independent fostering services. Her extensive experience in fostering has created an agency that consistently achieves the highest accolade from Ofsted inspectors. She believes firmly that securing the highest quality staff and foster carers is paramount to the ongoing success of the agency.


Louise remains to be directly involved in the day to day running of Safehouses Fostering, as the Panel Decision Maker.


Tony Turner – Operations Manager Tony has worked for Safehouses since 2013. Prior to working for Safehouses, Tony worked for a larger independent fostering agency. Tony feels that the uniqueness of Safehouses is that it values its foster carers and offers a bespoke family focussed package of support to fostering families. As Operations Manager, Tony oversees the recruitment of new foster carers, supports the organisation of foster carer training, and deals with placement queries from local authority commissioning managers. Tony has worked in social care in varies settings for 24 years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team.


Sue Barratt - Team Administrator


Sue is our team administrator and has worked for Safehouses since 2003. Sue is responsible for managing the front desk and telephone, panel administration, the coordination of foster carer training, and health and safety. Sue has a fantastic


relationship with the children and young people, as she has always been heavily involved in the organisation of events and activities, and is one of our longest standing members of the team.


‘I have loved every minute working for Safehouses Fostering. I experience something different every day!’


Carole Hemingway – Supervising Social Worker Carole is a Supervising Social Worker and has worked for Safehouses since 2004. Carole’s qualifications include DIPSW DIP Counselling and BETEC in Social Work Management. Carole is a highly experienced worker; prior to current post she has worked as a social work assistant, a social worker within a residential setting, child protection social worker and has managed a child protection team. Carole is a highly thought of member of the social work team. She brings her expansive professional experience to the role, which makes the fostering families she works with feel supported and championed.


If you are interested in joining the Safehouses Fostering family as a foster carer, please contact us on 01457829111 or visit our website for further information.


We have a coffee morning every Friday, 10.00am until 12.00pm. This is a good opportunity to meet the team and have a discussion regarding any fostering queries you may. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have and look forward to meeting with you. The Safehouses Team.


Fostering children and young people with Safehouses


Contact


Paula Aicken 07747 065143 Paul Gibson 07817 915686 www.aroundsaddleworth.co.uk


around SADDLEWORTH 47


Meet the team


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