About Us WE ARE PICS

Delivering the very best outcomes for children

Partnerships in Children’s Services is one of the UK’s leading groups of independent fostering agencies. Collectively, we are one of the largest providers in the UK but each of our 5 agencies operate as individual, local brands. Testament to the quality of our services, mostly rated as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted and Very Good by the Scottish Care Inspectorate, each has been established for over 20 years with ISP, our specialist therapeutic provision, being the UK’s founding independent fostering agency some 30 years ago.

Today we are a nationwide network of over 30 local offices, from Aberdeen to Brighton, each supported by a dedicated and professional staff team who are wholly focussed on supporting our carers in delivering the very best outcomes for the children and young people in our care. We facilitate this by having one of the lowest ratios of carers to social workers in the sector, and by providing non-core functions centrally, such as Finance, IT and HR, allowing our practitioners to be wholly carer and child-centred.

Our carers are attracted to us, and remain, because we provide exactly what they need and expect from a fostering service – comprehensive, quality local support; excellent pay and benefits; responsible matching of a child’s needs with a carers experience; high level of referrals due to agency representation on all relevant frameworks.

Our organisation’s ethos is born out of the Secure Base model, which provides a positive framework for therapeutic caregiving. As early adopters, the model underpins every interaction within our organisation whether it is with prospective or current carers, children, staff or local authority partners.

Ours is a rare story.

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