Our registered office is in Truro, Cornwall, and we also have an office in Exeter. We have a very experienced team of supervising social workers, family support workers and administration staff who are committed to their work and passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people. Here in the West Country, we also provide placements for parents with children. These placements allow the parent to be supported to care for their child, and/or for their parenting to be assessed in an environment that keeps the child safe.
The West Country office covers the following areas:
- Cornwall, including Truro, Penzance, Redruth, Camborne, St Austell, Bodmin, Callington, Camelford, Bude, Launceston and all surrounding areas.
- Devon, including Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Paignton, Newton Abbott, Okehampton, Tiverton, Barnstaple, Bideford, Ilfracombe and all surrounding areas.
Here’s some feedback from some of our foster carers and children:
Comment from a new carer
Viv says: “It is essential to work as a team, especially as I am a single foster carer. I have been so glad to know that I can contact my social worker or any of the social workers at Five Rivers at any time. I always keep my social worker updated on communications with various agencies.
I would very much like to do other work for Five Rivers and very much enjoyed visiting a potential foster carer recently. Going through the assessment procedure, I was able to give advice and answer her questions about fostering. I remember at the ‘Skills to Foster’ course that I attended, one of the most reassuring moments was meeting a foster carer who came to talk to us about her experiences as a single carer. She talked about the basic everyday things that I was a bit worried about, so I took that experience with me when I went to visit the new carer and tried to cover similar things and hoped to make her feel confident and able to ask the questions.”
Comments from established carers
Julie and Kelvin said: “We’ve attended most of the support groups that have been applicable for us to attend. We have also attended a large number of training courses over the last year. Attending the support groups and training is a good opportunity to meet up with other foster carers and share problems and listen to how we all deal with different situations.”
Tamsyn commented: “It is always of great importance to me to work as a team both with Five Rivers and outside agencies. The only way to support the children is to be united and on the same page. I attend training regularly and meet with other carers and or call them for a chat. I am constantly in touch with my supervising social worker and the office via drop-ins, supervision email and phone calls. I do not feel I could fulfil my role without being a team player. I may be a single carer, but I am part of Five Rivers.”
Comments from young people
Comment from a child, 5-10: Freddie says: “I love being part of a family with brothers and sisters and dogs!”
Comment from a child, 10-18: When asked what has been good about fostering, Greg said that he “enjoyed going on holiday and doing fun activities with the family.”
Comments from local authorities
Local authority social worker: “In this most sensitive time the carers both remained professional, communicative and demonstrated the most outstanding dedication to ensure that B and R remained cared for, loved and supported by them, ensuring that their respective complex and challenging needs were continually supported and met.”
Local authority social worker: “J and D provide a safe and nurturing placement for L. It is clear they have a good attachment to him, and he clearly enjoys the family experience of living with them.”
Our latest OFSTED Inspection report said: “Relationships between children and their foster carers are strong. Foster carers help children to feel part of their family, while also supporting them to see their birth family and understand their back grounds. A young person said: “This is my best experience of being in care. I’m happy and I’m treated as part of the family.”
I hope you’d like to proceed with your interest in becoming a foster carer with Five Rivers.