Specialist Education

How Are Families Involved?

The inclusion of families and carers are fundamental to our approach. This starts from the initial assessment process all the way through to the transition to another school, post-16 or into independant or assisted living. 


Both our day and residential schools across the UK enable us to help children and young adults remain close to their home communicaties through ongoing contact, reviews and meetings. We understand that entrusting your child's care with someone else may be daunting but we actively engage in initiatives that allow us to support not only our students but their families too. 


Some of our schools operate an open door policy for parents, who are welcome to visit at any time; while our therapy and care teams are an important link and are available to offer practical support to parents who may be transferring strategies from school to home.


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Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Some basics to become a foster parent

Here are a few questions to help you discover whether fostering is right for you and what we need from our foster parents.

1. I have a spare bedroom for a foster child

2. I will be available to care for a child full time

3. I am over 25 years old

4. I have a stable, positive home to offer a child

5. I am a patient, resilient and understanding person

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Becoming a professional foster parent

We regard fostering as a profession. Therefore we'll treat you as a professional - we'll provide great pay, support and training. In return we expect our foster parents to provide a high standard of care for our children. 

I want a professional career in fostering and am happy to undertake ongoing training

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

The challenges of fostering

Fostering is life changing and rewarding work. It can also be challenging at times but our foster parents tell stories of the great satisfaction they gain with our expert support. 

I understand that some children in fostering may have challenging behaviour due to the experiences they may have had

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Working as part of a team

As a foster parent we require you to work as part of the By the Bridge team but also with social workers, teachers and health workers to help support the child.

I am able to talk and listen to young people, aswell as working part of a team to help support them