Every child and young person placed by Capstone Vision is different and each has a background of trauma or unmet needs that means they require caring adults to focus on them and their hurt and to help them realise they are special. The Capstone Vision team of staff and carers continuously strive to achieve this whatever the nature of the placement.
We offer short-term and permanent placements, respite and assessment placements, and while we would prefer to manage a child’s transition to one of our carers in a planned and relaxed way, we also recognise that the reality is that we often need to respond to a crisis. We will do our best to work with a child’s social worker to tailor what we can offer to fit the particular needs of the child.
If the child or young person is unable for whatever reason to return to live with birth parents or other family member, then Capstone Vision carers will provide a loving and nurturing environment for that young person until the age of 16 or beyond. Moreover, Capstone Vision staff will work with the carer to facilitate the young person's transition to independence
Research has shown that children usually do better in placement and are more resilient, with fewer disruptions, if they are placed with their siblings. The two largest sibling groups that Capstone Vision has cared for were a sibling group of 10 and a sibling group of 8.
Parent and child placements
In recent years we have received an increasing number of parent-and-infant referrals and have accumulated a level of expertise in the observation techniques and recording that are required to meet the needs of both the local authority and the courts. More importantly, carers have become skilled in offering unobtrusive and tactful support to vulnerable parents and even more vulnerable babies, combining diplomatic interventions with robust child protection procedures.
Capstone Vision has carers representing over twenty countries and our Placement Team pride themselves on their capacity to place any child from an ethnic minority in a culturally appropriate family. The vital links we have formed with ethnic minorities in the community ensure that children in our care have enhanced opportunities for integration in the community of their birth.
Capstone Vision has a number of carers who are able to provide a singleton placement for any child or young person who, for whatever reason, may not be placed in a family where there are other children living. These carers are skilled at providing unobtrusive supervision for a child who might otherwise be at risk of offending or of placing themselves in high-risk situations.
Recommended where a child or young person has suffered chronic abuse or neglect, and/or has been diagnosed with a significant attachment disorder. Capstone Vision will arrange for skilled therapists to work with our social workers and carers to provide a therapeutic fostering package to help the child or young person recover from trauma.
Capstone Vision has a number of carers who are especially suitable for working with young offenders. Some of our carers are social work trained and some work with young offenders in their current employment. Many of these carers are able to utilise their skills in what can be a difficult but also rewarding type of fostering.
Children with special needs
The term disability covers a broad spectrum and we have a number of carers that are able to care for children with varying levels of disability. Where necessary we offer additional support to these carers in conjunction with the overall care plan devised by the local authority.
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