Keys has been established since 1994 and is focused on providing a ‘continuity of care’ for children and young people, initially with our residential children’s homes and now through our fostering service established in 2011. Through our experience, knowledge base, and understanding of the complexities related to looked after children, we have shaped our service to give a highly responsive, flexible and integrated approach through:
- Recruiting foster carers who have proved themselves to be resilient and child focused
- Recruiting experienced, qualified and knowledgeable support staff to be available to our foster carers
- Continuing to be outcomes focused and delivering positive change for the lives of our young people
- Developing and delivering our support and care packages flexibly, speedily and in a consistent professional manner
- Investing in a training and development programmes that ensure skills and knowledge are continually developed.
Support for our foster carers is central to what we do. We provide a small team of professionals to work closely with and support all our foster carers who look after children and young people. This will include clinical / therapeutic support, educational support, extensive training and professional development, and access to support from our residential service.
Type of care
Keys offer a range of family placements tailored to meet the individual needs and circumstances faced by our children and young people:
- Medium to Long term
Integrated services working together
In order to effectively assist a young person to move on to a longer-term family placement, a period of assessment and short term intervention may be required for some young people. An initial short-term placement (up to 6 months) at our residential crisis and assessment home can be utilised to create a period of safety and stability, whilst reducing any risky behaviours. Thoughtful transitions to an appropriate family placement can then be supported by consistent relationships established with skilled and experienced carers.
A typical fostering placement at Keys will involve:
- Foster care Matching
- Comprehensive Assessment
- Placement, outcome and review reports
- Education at Keys Specialist School where appropriate, and ongoing support and outcomes monitoring
- Regular Social Worker contact and input to support and sustain placement
- Support for contact, participation, and social activities.
Keys foster care provides, above everything else, a safe, nurturing and loving environment for young people to live and feel part of a family.
Our young people
We work in partnership with local authorities throughout England and Wales, to provide the highest quality fostering placements for children and young people aged 0 to 18.
As an organisation, Keys acknowledges that the range of difficulties and needs a child / young person might have are multi-faceted and, as such, require a multi-disciplinary approach in the planning of meeting individual needs and creating opportunities for change and development.
The young people we care for have often had:
- A breakdown of family relationships
- A history of sexual, physical abuse and neglect
- A number of placement breakdowns including substitute ‘family’ placements, residential schools, and children’s homes
- Difficulties in attending and achieving in mainstream and / or special schools
- A history of absconding and attachment issues
- Challenging behaviour.
The locations of our foster placements
- Telford and Wrekin
Measurable outcomes and value for money
We understand that our customers expect to achieve positive outcomes for young people, and our central aim is for all of our services to deliver real value and measurable outcomes which will improve young people’s lives for the long-term.
Interested in becoming a Foster Carer?
Qualifications are not required but if you have parenting experience or experience of working with children and young people you could become a foster carer with Keys.