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Children’s Outcomes

Sunbeam’s focus is always the child and young person in our care. We aim to provide children and young people with a positive, safe and high level of support in a family environment. Our services seek to allow children and young people to develop and grow within the five key outcome areas of “Every Child Matters”:

  • Be Healthy
  • Stay Safe
  • Enjoy and Achieve
  • Make a Positive Contribution
  • Achieve Economic Wellbeing

We have summarised below our approach to each of the outcomes. We closely monitor these and look to provide feedback to our Local Authorities.

Outcome

Approach

Be Healthy

  • Foster carers are given support and advice on being healthy
    Children and carers are encouraged to exercise and eat healthy
  • All children are registered with a GP and dentist
  • Guidelines are given on the harm caused by alcohol, smoking and drugs
  • Disabled children and young people with long-term health conditions are given additional support and advice from professionals

 

Stay Safe

  • Carers must adhere to a comprehensive child protection policy
  • Complaint procedures are in place for children to report issues
  • Regular safeguarding training is provided
  • Foster carers are required to complete health and safety training
  • Thorough checks are undertaken in the assessment process to identify any concerns regarding carers and any history of issues with children

 

Enjoy and Achieve

  • Foster carers are encouraged to reward children and young people for success in exams or other achievements
  • Allowances are paid to carers to provide for birthday and religious celebrations
  • Carers are expected to take children in their care on holidays during the year
  • Activities for children are actively encouraged such as sport, social and other events
  • Additional allowances are paid to support a child if they have a particular talent or hobby that promotes their happiness

 

Make a Positive Contribution

  • All children (foster and birth) are encouraged to provide input into foster carer reviews
  • Children are given a guidebook to motivate them to have a positive impact on others around them

Achieve Economic Well-being

  • Savings are made for children in care on a weekly basis
  • Training is provided to carers on how to manage their finances and encourage children to budget their allowances
  • Guidance is given to young persons as they approach independence on financial issues