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About Beta Care

We are Beta Care Services

As a Tier 1 provider for the Tees Valley Local Authorities we are looking for carers especially in the Darlington, Stockton, Middlesbrough areas as well as Hartlepool and Redcar. We are happy to consider both new and experienced Foster Carers.

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Statement of Purpose

Our vision

Beta Care Services’ vision is to provide placements for children and young people with a level of support which maximises the chances of stability and successful outcomes. The Beta team, therefore, consists of Professional Carers, Social Workers, Admin and a Clinical Psychologist.

The focus of everyone involved in the placement process is the specific needs of each individual child or young person. The founders of Beta Care Services are proud of their record of stability in placements and the achievements made by the children and young people with whom they have worked, both currently and in the past.

Founded in summer 2012, we are a small family focused fostering agency working in partnership with local authorities across the Tees Valley to provide high-quality care, within resilient and loving homes, to local children and young people who are unable to live with their birth families.

From our very first day, we have worked tirelessly to maintain standards of excellence that we are delighted to report earned us an Ofsted rating for overall performance as ‘Good’ during our very first inspection just over a year later, in 2013.

Our reputation with our partner local authorities is sound, and based upon our reliability, consistency, and the close attention with which we match young people to our foster carers. When we make a placement with you, you will be given all the information we have been provided with about the young people to help you to understand their needs and meet them.

We are proud to work with Aspire Psychological Services to make every effort to monitor and improve our young people's emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Aspire Psychological Service

Who are we?

Aspire Psychological Services Ltd are a team of psychologists, family therapists and clinicians who are highly experienced in helping children and young people to overcome mental health, emotional or behavioural issues which they may be experiencing. Together, we have a longstanding passion and commitment to working with children, young people, their families and professionals, particularly those who have experienced developmental trauma and who have difficulties with attachment relationships.

What services do we provide to Beta Foster Care?

Aspire Psychological Services Ltd work with Beta Foster Care to support the team of foster carers, supervising social workers and young people within the agency. We provide a range of services including training, consultation and supervision services, assessment and therapy (where appropriate) where our associates will share their extensive knowledge on child and adolescent mental health and development and the impact of trauma on young people.

We support the agency to promote a therapeutic parenting ethos, with a strong emphasis on developing an understanding of our young people from an attachment and trauma framework.

Aspire Psychological Services provide evidence of good practice to meet requirements of NICE Guidelines and Ofsted for Beta Foster Care

We support Beta Foster Care’s carers to work confidently, effectively and consistently with the young people in their care and equip them with the skills and knowledge to understand and respond appropriately to their needs (Statutory guidance on promoting the health and well-being of looked after children, 2009)

Our expert advice, consultation and training supports Beta Care to provide safe and stable placements which can be maintained even through the range of challenges young people encounter

Meet the team

Michelle Stead

Executive Assistant (Operations)

Office Manager, all aspects of business support and general administration

Charley Wake

Supervising Social Worker, Director and Registered Manager

I qualified as a Social Worker in 2009. My background relates to all aspects of child and family support such as Child in Need, Safeguarding and Care Planning.

Nikki Hill

Clinical Psychologist

Please see link to Aspire Psychological Services.

Dave Bartlett

Supervising Social Worker, Director and Responsible Individual

Background in all aspects of social care. I have a wealth of experience in fostering including Panel Chair and as Supervising Social Worker.

Annual charitable donation

Every year, at Christmas time, we ask for nominations from our young people in order to donate to a local charity of their choice. The final decision is made at the Biscuit Barrel.

Previous recipients have included 'Heel and Toe' (supporting children with cerebral palsy and other physical difficulties), 'Rainbow Trust' (support families who have a child aged 0-18 years of age with a life threatening or terminal illness), 'Team Solan' (The Trust is a County Durham based non-profit charity aimed at providing help & support for families affected by cancer) and Bradley Lowery (Bradley was Diagnosed with Neuroblastoma on the 7th of January 2013. He went into remission but has relapsed)

In addition in March this year we made a donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee for the East Africa Crisis Appeal. This was supported by our Foster Carers and Young People.