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fostering in your area
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In order to meet the individual needs of children across Scotland we have developed a range of foster care placements.
These are designed for children and young people demonstrating challenging behavior. This service provides intensively supported placements which have input from our multidisciplinary teams, including education workers and therapists.
These are designed for children and young people who need a permanent foster family to care for them and continue to support them into adulthood. The Permanence Team is multidisciplinary and includes education workers and therapists.
These are designed for children and young people who have less complex needs but require caring well-trained foster carers.
These are designed for children and young people who have difficult backgrounds and therefore can have complex needs. We are offering robust, well supported placements where carers can access support and advice from our specialist education and therapeutic services.
SQA Assessment Centre
In March 2011, Swiis became approved as a SQA Assessment Centre. This meant that our Learning and Development Team could deliver the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ), Health and Social Care level 3, Children and Young People Award to our foster carers. We feel that this award provides our foster carers with an excellent opportunity to gain a qualification which evidences the knowledge and skills they continue to develop throughout their experiences in their fostering role.
Swiis now has a full time SVQ Assessor who provides those foster carers undertaking their award with individual support, which may be face to face or by phone or email. We also provide ‘drop-ins’ at each of the local teams on a monthly basis. Our foster carers who have started or completed their award consistently state how much more confident they have become and how the experience has benefited them as carers.