Types of Placements

Anchor has contracts with local authorities. This means we receive hundreds of 'Referrals' every week for children and young people to potentially match and place with our carers.

Our dedicated referral team know our carers well, and use this detailed knowledge and experience to help ensure best matches. The right match reduces the number of times a child moves home which contributes to a much better future for the children in care. A 'Placement' is when a child is in care.

We use the following terms for classifying placements, as guided by the Fostering Services Statutory Guidance 2011, the Care Planning and Placement Regulations Vol. 2 (2010 updated in July 2015) and the requirements of responsible Local Authorities.

  • Assessment Placements - Including Parents and Child. This is normally up to 12 weeks for assessment.
  • Long-term and Permanent - until children reach 18 years old
  • Short-term - up to 2 years
  • Respite (short-break) - a few days or weeks maybe during the holidays
  • Emergency - care at short notice for a few days or weeks
  • Bridging - up to 2 years during a care transition
  • Sole - when a child needs to be placed alone
  • Unaccompanied Minors - for displaced migrant children
  • Specialist Fostering - including therapeutic fostering and disability fostering

When we get a placement we work hard to ensure that we place children with the correct family. During the assessment, a member of our team will come to discuss placements and matching with you.

We know that during the early stage of enquiry you may have many questions. So if you have any questions that are answered in our FAQs then contact us now and we can provide you with more information.