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The Foster Care Co-operative

Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Children's Services

Business Activities:Foster carer recruitment, training, support

Business Location:England, Wales, Scotland (HQ Malvern)

Chief Executive:Ian Brazier

Turnover:£2m+

Employees:50+

Legal structure:Industrial and Provident Society

Website:www.fostercarecooperative.co.uk

The Foster Care Co-operative (FCC) is an ethically based UK wide organisation striving to increase the total number of foster homes by recruiting and training new foster carers.

It puts the needs of children first and provides a child care service of quality that is delivered with integrity. All of its carers are assured of continuing qualified, professional support and good remuneration as they are an integral part of the co-operative.

The carers provide nurturing homes to give the children the stability that will help them to realise their full potential. They live in rural and city areas and come from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. What they all have in common is a commitment to the children. The stability of the placements with FCC is 6.5 times higher than the national average. It is currently 2 years, 2 months and 22 days. Many families have achieved more than double this time.

The organisation supports carers in a variety of ways, including:

  • Professional Social Worker support provided 24/7
  • Regular local support groups
  • Regular professional training
  • Web Based guidance and administrative support
  • Education Support Officers available
  • Health Advice
  • Transition from Care Support
  • Home Health and Safety Assessment
  • Regular Payment in Advance
  • Expenses paid to enable you to attend training
  • 14 nights Respite Care
  • Eligibility for limited support from The Foster Care Co-operative Charity Trust
  • Membership of Fostering Network

The co-operative, whose head office is in Malvern, Worcestershire, has grown steadily with offices now in Cardiff, Bristol, Glasgow and London, and contracts with 59 local authorities.

Registered with Co-operatives UK, it has more than 50 employee members across the UK and 120 carers looking after around 160 children in London, the West Midlands, Bristol and the South West, Staffordshire, Yorkshire, the East Midlands and throughout Wales and Scotland.

E3M Member

The Foster Care Co-operative

Name:Ian Brazier

Title :Executive Director

Ian is an ex army officer (34 years service all over the world and latterly Commanding Officer at Northwood HQ), a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute with a Strategic Planning and Development Diploma from the Manchester Business School. He has wide ranging experience in both military and family welfare issues and joined FCC in 2009.