We are proud to join with The Fostering Network's campaign to raise awareness of foster care and celebrate the incredible carers across the country that work to keep children safe and help them thrive.
We want to spend the fortnight providing information about foster care and also to acknowledge the achievements of our carers. If you are interested in fostering or becoming a foster carer, please subscribe to our email list to receive our blog posts straight to your inbox.
what is asphaleia?
asphaleia, an ancient Greek word meaning ‘the feeling of safety’, was established in 1998 as a joint venture between West Sussex County Council and a local Church in Worthing to provide residential accommodation for unaccompanied minors over the age of 16 years seeking asylum in the UK. asphaleia became a company limited by guarantee in 1999 to operate independently of the church it was originally connected to. The organisation has expanded and grown over the subsequent years establishing a reputation for high standards of care. asphaleia Ltd now offers a fostering service, a care support and accommodation service, and education and training provision, as well as other services in West Sussex, London and Kent.
Alongside the limited company, a registered charity, asphaleia action, was established in response to a very pressing need to assist with the provision of education for child refugees. This has now developed and expanded broadly into a charity that delivers a range of innovative wellbeing support services for children and young people in the UK and Sierra Leone to support them to reach their potential. It has earned national recognition for the work it does and contributed to the research document Separated Children in the UK published by The Refugee Council and Save the Children.
Our fostering agency has been running for several years and provides placements to young people in West Sussex. We are proud to have achieved a 'good' rating with Ofsted. All our carers and young people placed benefit from being part of an organisation that provides other holistic services for children and young people.
Carers can also participate in organisational events and training days, exposing them to other experienced professionals they can learn from and engage with.
We will be sharing more over the coming days about fostering with asphaleia and also plan to host a Q&A with our fostering manager.
If you would like to speak to someone to find out more, please feel free to call on 01903 522966.