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Fostering in the North

Fostering in the North

Our brilliant team in the North are performing at an ‘Outstanding’ level – recently approved by Ofsted at their highest rating for the work we have done with children and young people in care. To be rated as an outstanding fostering agency is not an achievement we take lightly, and we can only thank our incredible staff, carers and children for helping us achieve this prestigious accomplishment.

We are grateful Ofsted recognise how hard our staff work. One of the reasons the inspectors deemed us outstanding was because “Children and young people are at the heart of this service. Leaders and managers demonstrate a huge amount of passion, ambition and commitment to ensuring that children achieve the best outcomes possible and improve their life chances.”

Inspectors also praised us on “Training and development opportunities enable foster carers to develop and enhance their skills and knowledge. This enables them to provide effective support to the children they care for.”

Our children and young people also had their say “My carers are wonderful. They haven’t given up on me and they have stuck by me through thick or thin.”

If you have ever thought about becoming a foster carer, Capstone North needs you. There are many different types of fostering and many different children in care. You can make a difference in their lives.

We work with the councils and local authorities across the North of England. The local authorities remove youngsters from their birth home when they are in an unsafe and dangerous environment and determine the most advantageous arrangement that can be made.

While the local authorities have their own foster families, they need to have the local services of independent fostering agencies such as Capstone, as there are more foster placements needed than they can provide on their own.

We provide superb fostering allowances as well as professional support and training. We have educational specialists as part of our team who offer support to the young people in our care and we take great pride in the way we support and train our carers.

Many children that come into care have had a difficult experience and need a loving family to offer them the support they need at a challenging time in their lives. We usually support children over five.

We also have a lot of parent and child placements, where babies come to us with their young parent. This arrangement gives the young mother and/or father a chance to learn the skills they need to properly care for their little one. If they have never changed a nappy or been kept awake at night by a crying baby, it can be overwhelming.

We also think it’s important to keep siblings together, so if you have the space to care for more than one child, we’d like to hear from you. Studies have shown that being separated from your brothers and sisters when you are removed from your parents can be extremely upsetting for kids.


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Stepping into this new journey of love and caring brings rewarding experiences, financial benefits, and helps you develop skills that can transform the future of youngsters and teenagers from hopeless to hope-filled. It starts with you having a spare bedroom and the desire to use your ability to love in a way that really counts.

Capstone is noted for its friendly atmosphere and its range of well-educated experts in the fields that can provide the most troubled teenager, as well as younger kids, with the services that they need. We also have extensive experience in placing children with disabilities in homes where they can thrive.

We have been supporting our foster carers in the North for more than ten years and we have a very experienced team of staff and carers to help you during your career as a carer. Our team of more than forty professionals are based from offices in Greater Manchester (Heywood), Barnsley, and Bradford.

We have all the support and resources you need to be ready to provide these services in Preston too. We have access to a number of local venues that ensure we can deliver local training and advice, as well as a responsive network of social workers who are always on hand to answer your questions.

If you live in Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Bradford, Burnley, Cheshire, Doncaster, Halifax, Lancashire, Leeds, Manchester, Rochdale, Rotherham, Sheffield, South Cumbria, South Tyneside, Wakefield, or Yorkshire, there are children and young people living there too who need you.

For more information, or to enquire about joining our team, please enquire online or call 01457 829 400.

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