Fostering in East Scotland

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“This is a fantastic company to work for. Lots of support, superb training. Always someone on the end of the phone if needed.”

Welcome to the Swiis fostering team, covering East Scotland

Our East Scotland Team was set up in Dunfermline in 2004. We support our carers to provide loving family homes to care experienced children and young people for as long they need it. If you foster with Swiis, you will be given an allocated Supervising Social Worker who will meet with you regularly and offer you advice and guidance. We have a dedicated ‘on call’ service so you will always get the help you need when you need it regardless of what time of day or night. We also have therapists, involvement officers and resource workers who can provide extra support by agreement.

Alongside the personal support you will receive, you will also be offered lots of opportunities to learn and develop as a carer. Our training is available face to face, online, self-directive and via podcasts available to you on your very own carer’s portal. Whatever your learning style, there will always be something for you.

Although foster care takes place in your home, you will never be alone. You will have the chance to meet and build relationships with other carers formally and informally. We run regular support groups and various exciting activities throughout the year which you will be invited to. If you have children of your own, it is important to us that they feel supported to. They will also be invited and included in the different opportunities we provide. We have a Young Champions Group for our care experienced children and young people as it is very important to us that we hear about what is important to them.

Our office is based in Dunfermline, close to the motorway and has excellent transport links to all areas we support. We have a dedicated child friendly space within our office to support children and young people to spend time with people who are important to them. Together, we work in partnership to provide the best possible care for children and young people. We also have strong links within the local communities and a strong focus on providing care for children as close to their local area as possible.

Who works in East Scotland?

Management Team

Dundee Fostering Team Manager Neil Stewart

Neil Stewart
Team Manager

Neil is the Team Manager for the Dundee team. He is responsible for managing the team and working in a developmental way with them.

Dundee Foster Care Deputy Team Manager Dawn Bruce

Dawn Bruce
Deputy Team Manager

Senior Practitioner

East Scotland Fostering Senior Practitioner Rhona Hutichson

Rhona Hutchison

Supervising Social Workers

These are the people that offer help and support to our foster carers, meeting periodically to discuss problems, successes and everything in between.

Aberdeen Fostering Supervising Social worker Steve Clark

Steve Clark

Permanence Social Worker Annie Arbuckle

Annie Arbuckle

Dundee Fostering Supervising Social Worker Tess Barber

Tess Barber

Dundee Fostering Supervising Social Worker Christine Jeffrey

Christine Jeffrey

Permanence Dundee Supervising Social Worker Jenny Arneil

Jenny Arneil

Dundee Supervising Social Worker Karyn Brady

Karyn Brady

Supervising Social Worker Alanna Cairns

Alanna Cairns

Trainee Social Workers

Trainee Social Worker Carol Nimmo

Carol Nimmo

Trainee Social Worker Charley Finlayson

Charley Finlayson

Involvement Officers

Involvement Officers promote achievement and attainment, continuity of learning and stability in educational placement for children in permanent foster placements.

Angus Fostering Education Worker Sandy McLeod

Sandy McLeod

Permanence Perth Involvement Officer Neil Pitcaithly

Neil Pitcaithly

Resource Worker

These are the people that offer emotional and practical support to young people, ensuring the safeguarding and smooth running of placement.

Edinburgh Fostering Recource Worker Allan Thomson

Allan Thomson

Team Administrator

Administrators at Swiis not only look after the day-to-day requirements of the office, organize foster carer reviews and panel administration, but also act as the first point of contact to our carers and are an integral part of the team in ensuring all our carers are fully supported and very much a part of the Swiis family from the word go.

Dundee Team Administrator Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown

Support Group 

We organise monthly support groups in Dunfermline and East Lothian to ensure our carers have an opportunity to meet with staff and other carers for ongoing support. Regular ‘Men in Foster Care’ meetings also take place.

Awards

Opportunities for children and young people to achieve accredited awards is very important to us – it develops their talents and skills. The following awards and training opportunities are on offer to them –

  • Volunteering Skills Awards at Levels 3 and 4
  • Personal Achievement Awards at Level 1 and 2
  • Sports Leader from Playmaker up to Level 5
  • Hi5 Youth Scotland Awards
  • Dynamic Youth Awards
  • Asdan Awards
  • Certified online First Aid Training
  • Certified Equality and Diversity Training

Regions covered

Aberdeenshire | Aberdeen City | Angus | Edinburgh City | Mid, West and East Lothian | South, West, Central and North East Fife | Parts of the Highlands | Perth & Kinross | Tayside

Dunfermline foster care office

Office Information

ADDRESS

Glenelvan House
Enterprise Way
Carnegie Campus South
Dunfermline
Fife
KY11 8PY

WHO WORKS HERE

Director of Scotland
Social Workers
Therapist
Involvement Officers
Resource Team
Administration Team

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