Information for Local Authorities

If you are thinking of referring a child to Flourish Fostering it is important that you know the kind of service that will be provided. Feel free to contact the managing director, Mica Douglas, if you have any questions or would just like to talk through whether Flourish Fostering would be the best place for the child or young person you have in mind.

Our USP is that we are small. This is great for Local Authorities and provides a number of reasons why it will be good for the children and young people we will care for:

You don’t need to worry about a particular member of staff going on holiday because our team is small enough for everyone to be working together and the whole team will hold knowledge of the child.

Decisions can be made more speedily because everybody is based within a small radius and the referrals team will know all the foster parents.

We will have a portal where you can access the files of your children anytime you want to and see the progress that they are making

Information for Local Authorities

If you are thinking of referring a child to Flourish Fostering it is important that you know the kind of service that will be provided. Feel free to contact the managing director, Mica Douglas, if you have any questions or would just like to talk through whether Flourish Fostering would be the best place for the child or young person you have in mind.

Our USP is that we are small. This is great for Local Authorities and provides a number of reasons why it will be good for the children and young people we will care for:

You don’t need to worry about a particular member of staff going on holiday because our team is small enough for everyone to be working together and the whole team will hold knowledge of the child.

Decisions can be made more speedily because everybody is based within a small radius and the referrals team will know all the foster parents.

We will have a portal where you can access the files of your children anytime you want to and see the progress that they are making

We understand that fostering is your job as well as your passion. We pay excellent rates, each fortnight, to help you provide high quality care and to feel rewarded for your dedication.

Competitive Pay

From our handbook, policies and procedures, to the approachable professionalism and knowledge of our staff, and the wealth of wisdom and experience in our Founders Group, there is reliable friendly guidance available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Providing All The Information

Our secure, bespoke mobile-friendly, cloud-based system brings you your own log-in and freedom from paper and storage, along with ease of reporting information from wherever you are. And it’s so easy to use!

Making Life Easier

Our staff lead the way in developing innovative therapeutic courses, empowering you to understand a child’s inner world and be confident in how you support them.

High Quality Training

We provide membership at no cost to you; includes access to advice on financial, insurance, legal and education matters as well as plenty of fostering resources.

Foster Talk

Relationship Fostering

Flourish Fostering has developed a therapeutic model of foster care based on years of experience and research into what works for children and young people with complex emotional and behavioural difficulties. We have called our model Relational Fostering because it is all about the quality of relationships created between staff and foster parents and foster children. Safe, positive and robust relationships that can weather stormy times model to children and young people how to negotiate, compromise and have a voice in the world. In addition to her therapist and social worker qualifications, the Managing Director, Mica Douglas, has recently undertaken a doctorate in professional studies and focused on therapeutic fostering.

Learning from that research work was extensive and rich, especially into the needs of looked after children who have been significantly harmed; which informs therapeutic assessments for children in order to be able to track their needs and respond accordingly. The needs of foster parents were also reviewed in the research study and Flourish Fostering will implement some of the findings revealed in the extensive literature review and from the Fostering Network’s State of the Nation 2019 report into fostering.

The family environment has huge potential for providing a trauma-informed therapeutic home for the child, as well as a safe and loving environment provided that foster parents and supervising social workers are given the right level of support and opportunities for reflective practice. Therapeutic fostering is not necessarily about providing therapy for children, it is about an holistic approach and creating the right environment for the child through the best match between foster parents, therapeutic resources and children.

The effectiveness of training generally was also reviewed in Mica’s research study and the findings will inform the training undertaken by foster parents at Flourish Fostering.

“Flourish Fostering ensures that there is equal access to training and learning for all foster parents and staff .”

“Flourish Fostering ensures that there is equal access to training and learning for all foster parents and staff .”

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