FosteringMatters Limited is one organisation. It is an Independent Fostering Agency, incorporated in May 2004, which has been operational in all England and all Wales since September 2004. The three directors, Geoff Mc Kay, Eileen McKay and Mike Castledine jointly own FosteringMatters. Building on over 65 years of social work, family placement work and management experience between them, the Directors believed that they could offer foster placements that produced good outcomes for children and at a fee that enabled Local Authorities to access our service and make us financially viable. FosteringMatters provides good foster care placements to children and young people throughout England and Wales.
The directors are committed to the provision of services that offer quality of care, integrity at all levels of operation and respect for all we work with, whether Looked After child or young persons, Local Authority employees, or foster carers. FosteringMatters provides a service that has care, pride and commitment as ‘core’ values.
From 2004 to present and ongoing FosteringMatters has been registered with and inspected by OFSTED in both England and Wales, as required under the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011. Our URN is SC061740. In England FosteringMatters works to the National Minimum Standards (Care Standard Act 2000).
In 2019 FosteringMatters registered with Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) under the Social Services and Wellbeing Act 2014. Regulation and Inspection of Social Care, (Wales) Act 2016.Regulated Services, Registration (Wales) Regulations 2017. Service Providers & Responsible individuals Wales 2019 & Statutory Guidance. FosteringMatters have done this to legitimise our presence in Wales as legislation has changed. This does not create for FosteringMatters separate services for England and Wales. FosteringMatters Ltd will continue as one organisation having long established capacity to run the service effectively.
FosteringMatters has signed the Foster Carers’ Charter, which seeks to unite fostering services, carers and Local Authorities around a shared understanding.
This Statement of Purpose is regularly reviewed at points of significant change or at least annually.
The office premise/facilities are in a serviced building, no other person is registered to provide any other care service from our premises. No part of the premises is used for any other purpose. The building complies with disability legislation and has access for disabled staff, service users and visitors, there is good W/C provision. It has a separate managers office, a separate interview and meeting room that can be used for contact, play and activities, or training room, or panel room. There is a separate referral’s room and a separate large team room with meeting area, a separate administrator’s room, and secure filing room with lockable cabinets. It also has a foyer, separate kitchen and ample car parking with disabled spaces. The office is always open during normal office hours.
Records are all stored within secure systems. Our IT equipment is password protected and operating system is encrypted, and our file retention policy and IT policy are GDPR compliant.