"To provide the highest standard of family based care for vulnerable children and young people, which will secure their immediate safety and welfare and provide an environment, which will allow them the opportunity to develop as individuals to reach their full potential and prepare them for successful adult lives."
A mission statement may be easy to write, but achieving it is a different matter. This is why we have a number of clear commitments to help us meet our overall objective.
We will always endeavour to ensure that you have the most up to date and comprehensive information on the young people we ask you to care for that has been made available to ourselves and that you have this information as soon as we have it.
We aim to offer regular supervision and training for carers and regular support forums. However, we know that support comes in many guises – sometimes you just need to see a familiar face or hear friendly voice.
We recognise the complexity of the fostering task and so are committed to supporting our carers in their role by ensuring that we have the right, experienced, professional staff available on a 24/7 basis.
We will always encourage and support our carers to be suitably ambitious for the children in their care in order that young people are able to reach the end of their time with FCV with a clear view of the future and an understanding of their options as they move towards their independence.
We will always ensure that our carers are supported in relation to the involvement they have with placing authorities be this in relation to attending meetings or arranging and supervising contact with children’s birth families.
We aim to support our carers in ensuring that the children and young people placed in their care have the opportunity to access all the community resources they need in relation to their health, education and social agenda.
We will ensure that we recruit and train the right group of carers to offer a wide range of placement opportunities that can take into account the whole spectrum of needs presented by children and young people including acknowledgement of their racial, cultural, religious and linguistic heritage.
We will always ensure that we take time to reflect on our successes and our failures to ensure that we can learn all necessary lessons and implement our change agenda in a timely, considered and effective manner.
We will always be ambitious for the children and young people in our care ensuring that they will always be encouraged and supported to develop to their maximum potential.
We value all those with whom we enter into a relationship - children, customers, carers and staff. We will always respect the origins of the young people who are looked after by our carers.
We behave in a manner that embodies the highest standards of probity and professionalism.
We will not accept discrimination in relation to any group or individual for whatever reason and will actively seek to undertake all of our activities in an inclusive manner
We will recognise the emotionally charged atmosphere within which we operate and we will always show an appropriate level of empathy and sensitivity in all our activity.
As a company and as a group of professional colleagues, we will always endeavour to act in a manner which means that we can be proud of what we are, the company we represent and the things we collectively achieve
We will always endeavour to value diversity and recognise the benefits it brings
We will endeavour to work in genuine co-operation with all interested parties to the benefit of those young people for whom we all share responsibility.
We will carry on all our relationships and dealings in a truthful and open manner which represents and promotes our value base.
Meet The Team
Between us, we have over 70 years' of experience in fostering, and the qualities and value-driven approach needed
If you're interested in working for Foster Care Values team, please take a look at our values and mission statement above, and then get in touch.
Mick qualified as a social worker in 1990, and subsequently worked for Wirral Social Services, Clwyd County Council and Denbighshire Social Services.
He moved on to join the largest independent fostering agency in the UK in 2005, and became a Group Director in 2009.
In 2013 he took the opportunity to set up Foster Care Values with his business partner, Ian Jones.
Mick lives in Colwyn Bay with his wife, Gwyneth and their three grown up children. He enjoys jogging and has recently completed a number of marathons.
Ian completed qualified as a social worker in 1990. He started his career in Clwyd Social Services and later moved to Denbighshire, spending over a decade as a manager in the children’s services department.
He joined one of the leading independent fostering agencies in 2011 and after 2 enjoyable years’ reconnecting with foster carers, set up FCV with co-director, Mick Sams.
Ian is married to Sandy and has a grown up son. When out of the office, he enjoys playing guitar (badly) and watching sport.
FOSTERING SERVICE MANAGER
Tracey spent 12 years working within an education setting as a secretary and support worker. In 2004, she moved to a fostering agency, and was eventually appointed Placements Manager for the whole of Wales.
Tracey is now the General Manager at FCV and is the first point of call for local authorities and foster carers.
Outside of the office, you can usually find Tracey on the netball court or walking the dog along the beach.
After qualifying as a social worker in 2001, Ursula worked in variety of roles within the local authority and the independent sector.
Her main focus shifted to fostering in 2004, when she joined the UK’s largest independent fostering agency.
In 2013, Ursula joined FCV as senior supervising social worker.
Ursula enjoys exploring the world (particularly the wine growing regions!) or spending an afternoon with her head in a book.
SENIOR SUPERVISING SOCIAL WORKER
SENIOR SUPERVISING SOCIAL WORKER
Originally from Lancashire, Helen moved to the North Wales area in 1994. She studied at Bangor University and qualified as a social worker in 2008.
Helen has since worked for one of the UK’s leading fostering agency, and as an independent reviewing officer and panel member. She joined the FCV team as a senior supervising social worker in January 2019.
Helen has two young children, who she loves to visit new places with. She has also recently become a volunteer dog walker for North Clwyd Animal Rescue.
SENIOR SUPERVISING SOCIAL WORKER
Jayne qualified as a Social Worker in 1985, and went onto work in a variety of settings for Clwyd and Denbighshire Local Authority, before joining CAFCASS Cymru as a Family Court Advisor.
In 2016 she registered as an Independent Social Worker. She now completes FCV’s Form F Assessments and undertakes some SSW. Jayne works flexibly but is very much a part of the FCV family.
Outside of work Jayne likes to spend time with her family and supports Manchester City Football Club, which causes plenty of banter with the rest of the team.
John lives in Rhos on Sea and grew up in the Colwyn Bay area. John is fluent Welsh speaker. John spent 11 years as a teaching assistant working at a specialised autistic school, as well as working in the residential side of the school.
In July 2019, John joined FCV as a Support Worker, andd is looking forward to getting to know the young people, carers, and staff.
In his spare time John enjoys playing football, his favourite team being Ipswich Town FC . When he has a spare evening, he also likes to go rock climbing.