Fostering Services

***WillisPalmer has merged with ISWA Ltd as of the 1st April 2017.

Both WillisPalmer and ISWA are long standing businesses which have collaborated extensively in the past. We hold the same core values and aim to provide services which are child focussed, quality driven and are offered at value for money to local authorities and others.

Together, we will become the largest independent social work agency in the UK, thus offering a large geographical spread, an increased pool of practitioners, wider expertise, and a development allowing for economies of scale.*** Click here to visit the WillisPalmer website

  • Fostering Services

    ISWA has recruited associates who have specialised skills in this field. They have worked in effective partnership with a number of Local Authorities and Independent Fostering Agencies and are familiar with the full range of assessment formats. 

    ISWA can provide assessments:

    • commissioned through Local Authorities – either on an individual or bulk basis 
    • of connected persons, making rigorous assessments of risk, managing contact and capacity to meet a child’s emotional needs in the long term.
    • through a specialist team “End to End” Recruitment, Training and Assessment fostering service.
  • Fostering Assessments

    Our starting point is the National Minimum Standards in Foster Care (2011) or The Fostering Services (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2003These are our ‘minimum’ standards, rather than ‘best possible’ practice and our associates’ skills far exceed such requirements.

  • Connected Persons Assessments

    These assessments are set in the same context as the standards required of mainstream foster carers but recognise the particular issues for related carers; the quality of existing relationships and the importance of this for the child, and the critical and fundamental assessment of risk.

  • “End to End” Recruitment, Training and Assessment Service

    ISWA has an established partnership with a specialist marketing and recruitment company, in the provision of this service. The combination of the well proven high level media and recruitment skills in the recruitment of foster carers, together with the expertise of ISWA in training and assessing potential foster carers, provides a unique partnership to deliver excellent outcomes. No other service provider offers such a partnership and importantly there is no conflict of interest – all we are interested in is delivering good foster carers to the local authority’s service.

    Our service follows best practice guidelines detailed by The Fostering Network [Recruiting the foster care workforce of the future: a guide for fostering services 2010], acknowledging the crucial elements of an efficient response, good quality information, identifying less suitable applicants at an early stage and ensuring that for those applicants that proceed, their motivation is maintained by good quality training and a timely and efficient assessment.

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