Support for Foster Children & Young People
Children and young people are encouraged to be ambitious and accepting of new challenges, big or small, to help them build confidence, self-esteem and empowerment.
Our therapeutic training results in positive outcomes for many children in our care and makes our Foster Parents highly demanded. Children fostered with us stay in education longer and do better academically than children fostered in other settings.
Education & Participation
We believe education – both formal and informal – is the key to unlocking positive futures for children and young people.
By The Bridge places the highest priority on its children and young people receiving a full education so that they can be prepared for adult life and fulfill their own potential.
Education gives young people the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and experience to prepare for a successful transition to adulthood and independence.
We aim to create a diverse and bespoke range of opportunities both within formal education and our informal range of learning programmes, to best meet the needs of our wide range of children and young people. To ensure our children and young people can experience lots of different types of achievement we provide a range of projects, workshops and activities throughout the year which we encourage them to participate in.
By the Bridge Link workers and/or Education Advisors (EAGaLs) work with Foster Parents to ensure that they are equipped with the skills and knowledge to appropriately address educational challenges and opportunities. Regular training is offered in all branches on education and policy developments to ensure Foster Parents are fully informed.
Where additional is necessary link workers or EAGaLs will attend educational meetings to support both the foster parents and young people alike.
By the Bridge provide a school uniform allowance and a maintenance allowance to cover such things as school equipment and trips, to ensure that children have good quality school uniforms, equipment and are able to fully engage in school life.
It is also the policy of By the Bridge to enable young people where possible, the opportunity to pursue further/higher education. Where further education is not feasible we will, through the Get-a-LifeStyle Programme, actively promote work opportunities ranging from short work experience placements to apprenticeships and vocational training. Alongside this, EAGaLs provide the opportunity to engage in additional and alternative qualifications such as the range of Arts Awards and the PRINCES Trust Young Leaders’ Award.
Get-a-Lifestyle is our unique tailor made programme and reward system for young people’s development and personal development using accredited skills workshops. The programme has been designed to help build skills for adulthood and give young people tools to prepare them for their independence and employment.
Tailored programmes have included: charity expeditions to Borneo, website design courses. Experiences that can Inspire young people and for them to learn skills they need for a better future. Read more
Activities & Events
We arrange loads of activities and events for foster children and your own family to all take part in. Festive parties, day’s outs, theme parks and trips to the pantomime are organised regularly throughout the year. So we can provide young people with the positive experiences living within a family.
We also have monthly forum groups where young people can meet with staff, with each other, discuss ideas for making By the Bridge even better and any changes.
We also run regular support groups for children who foster (Birth children) too.