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Who we are

We have a team of highly qualified, professional and motivated staff headed up by our amazing group of directors. Find out more about why they do what they do.

Peter Battle

Peter Battle

CEO

Welcome to the Carer Area, a resource we hope you will find useful. Here you’ll find information to help you through your journey as a foster carer, as well as training updates and stories from your region.

Thank you for your passion and commitment to foster care – you are making a genuine difference to children and young people’s lives.

I’ve worked in the social care sector for many years and my passion lies in providing fulfilment to some of the most vulnerable people in society. We have a fantastic, experienced, passionate team who always ensure the child or young person is at the centre of all we do. We are very lucky to benefit from the most comprehensive therapeutic offering for children, young people and carers (MATTS), low caseloads, excellent Children’s Champions, market leading bespoke training and a culture of openness, honesty and integrity.

The most satisfying part of my role is knowing that you and all our staff continually go that extra mile to help children overcome challenges and become confident young adults ready to take on the world.

Thank you once again and I very much hope to see you soon.

Jacci Kirkland

Jacci Kirkland

Director of Quality Assurance & Service Improvement

I qualified as a social worker in 2000 and since then my passion has always been in foster care.

My role is to ensure the service we offer our foster carers and children, helps them build the brightest of futures. I remain humbled by the amazing standards of care our foster carers offer children and young people.

The impact that a secure base and a professional team supporting a child can achieve demonstrates the positive impact that good quality care can offer. More recently, the launch of our therapeutic service has enabled us to support our carers as they help some of the most traumatised children.

In my spare time, I have applied the theory of natural horsemanship into my passion for supporting horses with difficulties and have had much success with rehabilitating horses deemed dangerous or damaged.

Annette Fairhurst

Annette Fairhurst

MATTS Clinical Director

As an Art Psychotherapist my journey working within the fostering sector began in 2009. Since then, my passion for working alongside children and fostering families has only grown. I feel privileged to support children and young people who have experienced trauma and adverse experiences.  I am humbled by the resilience our foster carers show in helping children develop a sense of belonging and safety. It is an honour to be able to support them alongside our social work teams and Clinicians to create longer term stability for children and young people.

My role is to ensure that our MATTS (Multi-disciplinary Assessment Treatment & Therapy Service) continues to provide  adaptive, responsive and flexible therapeutic input across all the regions in the Capstone Foster Care Group, with the children and fostering families at the centre of it all.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, playing out in training, triathlons and fell running.

Steve Blackwood

Steve Blackwood

Area Director - South

It is now over 34 years that I have worked within the childcare sector both with the local authority and the independent sector and especially in the fostering arena.  I have been fortunate to work across the UK in Scotland(where I lived for nearly two years), Wales and Southern Ireland as well as working and living  in America and Canada which were great experiences and allowed me to share some of the work and initiatives in the UK within these start up operations. It seems a very long time ago since I qualified as a social worker in 1994. I have always had a passion to enable young people to achieve their potential whatever that maybe and this is still something I feel very strongly about after all these years.

I have now worked for Capstone for over 4 years having started as the Regional Director for the South East in 2018 and two years ago becoming the Area Director for the South Hub which includes Capstone South West, Capstone South East and FosterCare UK. I am extremely proud to have a fantastic group of foster carers and staff that work tirelessly to ensure that the children and young people placed with us have a positive experience and are able to live fulfilling lives, while ensuring we have fun along the way. I have never failed to be amazed by the fantastic work that our foster carers do across the whole company.

Our aim is to provide a high level, quality service and our teams work in partnership with all those involved in the lives of the children to enable the best possible outcome for them.

Outside of work, I am a volunteer for a charitable organisation that also helps children and young people aspire to achieve,  I enjoy leisure activities when I get chance, travelling and spending time with my family.

Thinking of fostering?

If you’ve got any questions or would like to find out more about fostering with Capstone, fill out the form below.
An experienced fostering advisor from your local area will then be in touch.

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Ways to
GET IN TOUCH

Start the conversation today. Our team of friendly advisors are on hand to answer any foster care questions you may have. We can offer you honest and practical advice that can help you decide if becoming a foster carer is the right path for you. 


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