The principles underpinning The Promise are not new to Swiis and they very much align with our core values of caring, understanding, honesty, commitment, exceptional and respect.
The Promise has however given us renewed focus. Swiis have created our own action plan with a designated lead person driving this forward. Here are some of the ways we #KeepThePromise.
When we make decisions, we always consider how these decisions will affect a particular child or young person and we always want to hear what they have to say about this. We do this by building trusting relationships, meeting with them regularly and giving them opportunities to share their views in the way that best suits them. We have a full calendar of events and activities for children and young people to get involved in and they are also offered the opportunity to develop new confidence and gain accredited awards in the process.
Swiis have created Young Champions Groups where children and young people get together and talk about what Swiis do and what we can do better. We listen to what they say and act upon their suggestions. Our Young Champions have created questions that are asked of prospective foster carers to make sure we are approving people who will provide them with the loving care they deserve.
Swiis have heard that the language that some people use when talking about children and young people who are care experienced makes them feel ashamed and very different. We are working very hard to change our language to make sure that children and young people being cared for by Swiis carers, do not feel this stigma. We have given our carers, our staff and panel members comprehensive training
to change this language and reviewed our policies and procedures too.
Swiis have heard how important it is for children and young people to live with their brothers and sisters and where possible, we support our carers to be able to care for sibling groups and where this is not possible, we do all we can to support the children and young people to keep in touch with the people that are important to them.
Providing the carers with the support they need to #KeepThePromise is our top priority. We do this in a variety of ways. Each carer has an allocated Supervising Social Worker who meets them monthly as a minimum and more if this is needed. There is also a range of other supports available including: