Local Authorities

Information especially for Local
Authorities and referring agencies

Lika Family Fostering is an independent therapeutic foster care agency operating across London in the United Kingdom. We want every foster carer, and every foster child, to have an outstanding experience.

At Lika, every decision we make as an agency, as social workers and as foster carers, is based on the principles of Systemic Family Therapy — the idea that understanding what influences the way a young person acts and thinks, and responding with the right techniques, can lead to positive life changes.

We work collaboratively with most of Local Authorities across the Greater London area.

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We offer a range of placement options to Local Authorities across Greater London.

Local Authorities

Information especially for Local
Authorities and referring agencies

Lika Family Fostering is an independent therapeutic foster care agency operating across London in the United Kingdom. We want every foster carer, and every foster child, to have an outstanding experience.

At Lika, every decision we make as an agency, as social workers and as foster carers, is based on the principles of Systemic Family Therapy — the idea that understanding what influences the way a young person acts and thinks, and responding with the right techniques, can lead to positive life changes.

We work collaboratively with most of Local Authorities across the Greater London area.

LEARN MORE

We offer a range of placement options to Local Authorities across Greater London.

Local
Authorities

Information especially for Local
and referring agencies

At Lika, systemic principles don’t just guide our approach to foster care, they shape every single decision we make as a business, as an agency and as a management team.

Lika Family Fostering is an independent therapeutic foster care agency operating across London in the United Kingdom. We want every foster carer, and every foster child, to have an outstanding experience.

At Lika, every decision we make as an agency, as social workers and as foster carers, is based on the principles of Systemic Family Therapy — the idea that understanding what influences the way a young person acts and thinks, and responding with the right techniques, can lead to positive life changes.

We work collaboratively with most of Local Authorities across the Greater London area.

LEARN MORE

We offer a range of placement options to Local Authorities across Greater London.

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long-term

Long-term Placements

Short Breaks

Short
Breaks

Chronically ill Young People

Chronically Ill Young People

short-term

Short-term Placements

Bridging Placements

Bridging Placements

Young People Aged 16+

Young People
Aged 16+

Emergency Placements

Emergency Placements

Disabled Young People

Disabled Young People

stay-put

Staying Put Arrangements

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What Local Authorities say

“[Lika] offer bespoke foster carer training tailored to the needs of particular young people in placement. They practice in a trauma-informed way. Carers possess essential skills to manage children with challenging and disruptive behaviour. [Lika has] an in-house team of trainers offering specialist training opportunities to carers and social workers to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need.”

LOCAL AUTHORITY SOCIAL WORKER

Packages of
placement support

Lika can offer a range of therapeutic packaged support for placements. These are either Standard or Enhanced packages from level 1 to 4, depending on complexity, risk and need. Lika also offers a Staying Put Specialist package of support.

All costings and contracts are in line with London Care Services at London Councils, South London Commissioning Partnership and the West London Alliance.

  • Dual qualified supervising social workers
  • Systemic Psychotherapists
  • Support workers
  • Respite
  • Family Supervision
  • Enhanced Network Meetings – facilitated by one of our Psychotherapists
  • Life Story Work
  • Specialist Training to meet the need of the placement
  • Targeted Clinical Interventions undertaken by Lika’s therapeutic team
  • The Local Authority Social Worker is able to attend any training linked to their young person’s placement.

What our carers say

“(There is a) high level of support for all the fostering family and child in placement. Communication is transparent. They’re helpful and thoughtful. Excellent training is provided and there’s a sense of a community, or family, among Lika foster carers.”

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Our Promise

Complete transparency in all communications

Complete transparency in all communications

A thoughtful & risk-sensitive matching process

A thoughtful & risk-sensitive matching process

Risk assessment & monitoring of 47 areas of physical & emotional need

Risk assessment & monitoring of 47 areas of physical & emotional need

Stable & committed agency leadership

Stable & committed
agency leadership

Evidenced-based interventions

Evidenced-based
interventions

Collaborative & consistent approach to working with Local Authorities

Collaborative & consistent approach to working with Local Authorities

Dual qualified social workers with manageable caseloads

Dual qualified social workers with manageable caseloads

Extensive training & support for carers and their network

Extensive training & support for carers and their network

assessments

Fostering assessments are robust & undertaken by dual qualified practitioners

Our Approach
to Matching

Our matching is carefully
considered & robust

As a therapeutic agency, Lika uses a matching process that is evidence- and practice-based, to ensure the right support for children and their carers at every stage of the matching process. We only accept placements that are within our skill range.

The assessment, and management of risk, are the heart of matching and this guides our therapeutic planning to support the placement. After reviewing the initial risk assessment completed by the Local Authority social worker, we have discussions with the Local Authority social work team, any current foster carers or residential care staff, educational provision and therapeutic professionals involved with the young person.

We corroborate and assess the needs of the young person with the identified foster carer through a comprehensive matching support plan, which can be offered in the following areas:

  • Strengths and vulnerabilities
  • What is to be achieved in the placement, and what change will look like
  • The support needed for both stability and change
  • A transition plan based on the agreed level of support.

Consultation with our therapeutic team and clinical input are offered during the matching process for more complex placements

What Ofsted says

“Children benefit significantly from the attention paid by the fostering agency to their emotional and therapeutic well-being. Foster carers receive expert support and training to enable them to sensitively communicate with children and explore their emotional well-being.”

OFSTED REPORT 2019

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RESOURCE

Lika Annual Report 2019-20

This report provides information about Lika Family Fostering Service. It focuses on service development and outcomes for children and young people looked after by Lika from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

 

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annual report

RESOURCE

Lika Statement of Purpose

This statement of purpose has been developed in accordance with the current legal framework for fostering services in England, including The Children Act 1989, 2004, The Fostering Services Guidance and Regulations and the National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services.

 

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lika statement of purpose

RESOURCE

Lika Ofsted Inspection 2019

Lika are regulated by Ofsted to ensure we adhere to the National Minimum Fostering Standards (2011) and other relevant legislation, ensuring that children are safe and well cared for by Lika foster carers.

 

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lika ofsted report 2019

Need a bit more information

annual report

RESOURCE

Lika Annual Report 2019-20

This report provides information about Lika Family Fostering Service. It focuses on service development and outcomes for children and young people looked after by Lika from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

 

Download pdf

lika statement of purpose

RESOURCE

Lika Statement of Purpose

This statement of purpose has been developed in accordance with the current legal framework for fostering services in England, including The Children Act 1989, 2004, The Fostering Services Guidance and Regulations and the National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services.

 

Download pdf

lika ofsted report 2019

RESOURCE

Lika Ofsted Inspection 2019

Lika are regulated by Ofsted to ensure we adhere to the National Minimum Fostering Standards (2011) and other relevant legislation, ensuring that children are safe and well cared for by Lika foster carers.

 

Download pdf

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Next Steps

If you’d like to know more, please get in touch with our Finance and Strategic Lead, Linda Hill.

Next Steps

If you’d like to know more, please get in touch with our Finance and Strategic Lead, Linda Hill.