CFS Care is a leading provider of care services for vulnerable young people across the North West of England across 3 core areas:
Whenever young people have to go into care it is a very distressing time in their life. With CFS’ support and guidance, our accommodation and foster carers offer a safe place and a loving, nurturing home. We place those in our care and our carers at the heart of everything we do. Putting People First and Changing Children’s Lives For the Better.
In our mission to support children with the highest levels of need, we know that people are our greatest asset.
By growing a valued network of skilled and capable carers, we are working to challenge the current methodology applied to foster care.
The main objective we share at CFS Foster Care is to deliver a high-quality service with safeguarding at its core. Our commitment to improving standards shines through in our unique approach and strong relationships with families, young people, local authorities and communities.
We work closely with all of these stakeholders to provide the support and training needed to fulfill our vision for a brighter approach to fostering.
We strive to develop the most resilient carers for the most challenging children. Our vision is to create a new generation of foster carers with the ability to change perceptions of fostering and bring stability to the lives of vulnerable young people.
Transparency is key to this vision. Carers should have a voice in decisions around children in their care, whilst young people should be able to express how they feel and contribute to the conversations that concern them. With CFS Foster Care, they do.
We listen to young people and ensure that our service is tailored to reflect their needs.
Fundamentally, our safeguarding focus does not stop at the child in placement, but also with the carer and all other stakeholders.
CFS Foster Care provide unrivalled training and support for those in our network, offering ongoing encouragement to nurture exemplary carers. Our comprehensive training packages prepare foster carers for the children that they will be caring for ahead of each placement, laying the foundations for success.
Our approach is driven by collaboration. We are always open to innovation in our drive to prioritise the development of our people and service. This focus on the success and well-being of all stakeholders makes our approach unique in the fostering sector.
How Are We Different?
Our team are determined to strengthen the foster community by empowering carers to take on any challenge with confidence. In doing so we aim to bring stability and happiness to the lives of all children and young people in care.
In order to equip carers with the ability to achieve positive changes in fostering, our focus is devoted to the following three factors.
We are proud of the support we give to carers and their families. To ensure that everyone in our network can provide safe care, we offer guidance throughout the application process, from the moment you enquire to acceptance – and beyond.
CFS Foster Care have in-house psychologists and therapists committed to safeguarding and developing all stakeholders. Meanwhile, our peer-to-peer network can link carers to other families within the Manchester Foster Carers Association for an additional layer of support.
We have a strategic partnership with TPC Therapy, which gives young people and their carers access to specialist and child-focused therapists (read more here).
Training is paramount to CFS Foster Care. Unlike other agencies, we train carers prior to approval, ensuring they feel qualified to take on even the most challenging placements. These children, once settled, often give the greatest reward to foster families.
Our extensive training covers attachment theory, positive relationships with young people and other critical areas of development. All of this is delivered by our therapists to any carer who applies to join our team ahead of their assessment and approval.
We value our carers and aim to make their careers future-proof. Our team are on-hand to offer 24/7 advice and guidance, while supported breaks (for up to four weeks as opposed to two) ensure carers have the flexibility to make fostering sustainable.
A smooth transition is also crucial to the long-term success of foster placements. This is why our introductory handover for more complex young people in residential or specialist placements spans a two-week period. This is unique to the industry and stems from our belief that it achieves better outcomes for all involved.