Transferring to Lika

We are an independent, therapeutic foster
care agency operating across London

Transferring to Lika

We are an independent, therapeutic foster
care agency operating across London

transferring to lika

If you need to switch foster care agencies for any reason, the good news is transferring to Lika is easy.

Once you’ve made the decision to transfer, you just let us know and we’ll take care of almost everything else, following the Fostering Network’s clear guidance.

If you need to change foster care agencies but haven’t decided just yet which provider is right for you, this page has more information about Lika which we hope you’ll find useful.

As a Lika foster carer you’ll receive extensive training and resources, tailored to your individual care situation, to ensure fostering is a fulfilling experience for you, and a transformational one for the young person in your care.

At Lika, everything we do is based on systemic principles — the idea that understanding what influences the way a person acts and thinks, and responding with the right techniques, can be life-changing.

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Lika is a
Systemic Agency

We are a therapeutic agency, using systemic ideas not just in our care and training, but to guide everything we do.

  • Thoughtful matching
  • Open and honest communication
  • Thoughtful problem-solving
  • Collaborative approach.

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foster care services

Lika is a
Systemic Agency

We are a therapeutic agency, using systemic ideas not just in our care and training, but to guide everything we do.

  • Thoughtful matching
  • Open and honest communication
  • Thoughtful problem-solving
  • Collaborative approach.

LEARN MORE

Training &
Resources

All our carers receive the skills and training needed for the specific challenges of their care role.

  • Systemic Family Therapy principles
  • Specialist trauma training
  • Support Worker available to aid with placements
  • Free training for your support network
  • Access to paid professional qualifications
  • 14 – 21 days paid respite per year
  • Direct work sessions and life coaching available for foster children, birth children and foster carer
  • Educational specialist consultations offering individual advice and guidance

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foster carer training

Training &
Resources

All our carers receive the skills and training needed for the specific challenges of their care role.

  • Systemic Family Therapy principles
  • Specialist trauma training
  • Support Worker available to aid with placements
  • Free training for your support network
  • Access to paid professional qualifications
  • 14 – 21 days paid respite per year
  • Direct work sessions and life coaching available for foster children, birth children and foster carer
  • Educational specialist consultations offering individual advice and guidance

LEARN MORE

foster carer training

24/7 Support

While we encourage our carers to develop their own style and autonomy, we are on call 24/7 whenever help is needed.

  • Duty hotline with fast response times
  • In-house therapeutic support
  • Peer support
  • Social workers with manageable caseloads

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What our carers say

“I was looking for an agency that had holistic caring already but would also hold the local authority to account. From the very beginning, Lika was a completely different experience”

JOSIE, TRANSFERRED TO LIKA AFTER 18 YEARS

8 steps to
switch foster
care agencies

It’s important to us that everyone involved in the transfer process feels like we’re a good fit for each other and that the right choice is being made.

Once we have a clear idea of your skills, development needs and why you would like to transfer, we can talk about what happens next.

1.In writing

Inform your local authority or current agency of your intention to move.

2.The Assessment

WITHOUT A YOUNG PERSON IN YOUR CARE:WITH A YOUNG PERSON IN YOUR CARE:
Applicant and Lika agree to pursue fostering assessment.Applicant and Lika agree to pursue fostering assessment, if it’s felt Lika can support the needs of the young person.

3.Within 28 days

WITHOUT A YOUNG PERSON IN YOUR CARE:WITH A YOUNG PERSON IN YOUR CARE:
Your current fostering provider will ask for a meeting with you and Lika.The local authority will inform the independent reviewing officer and call a meeting with your current fostering provider and Lika..

4.Professional meeting

WITHOUT A YOUNG PERSON IN YOUR CARE:WITH A YOUNG PERSON IN YOUR CARE:
A meeting will take place with you, your current provider and Lika to discuss the reason for the move and potential transition period and what will need to happen.During the meeting the pros and cons of the move, and arrangements for it, will be considered. Agreement must be reached on a package of support and plans for the transition.

5.Assessment Conclusion

Completing the assessment takes four to five months and includes attending Lika’s panel.

6.Recommendation

Lika’s panel will make a recommendation.

7.Decision

The minutes of the panel are sent to Lika’s Agency Decision Maker and a decision is made within seven working days.

8.Time to resign

If the transfer is approved, you can give your current agency 28 days’ notice, after which you’ll be transferred to Lika.

For a full explanation of the transfer protocol, visit The Fostering Network.

8 steps to
switch foster
care agencies

It’s important to us that everyone involved in the transfer process feels like we’re a good fit for each other and that the right choice is being made.

Once we have a clear idea of your skills, development needs and why you would like to transfer, we can talk about what happens next.

1.In writing

Inform your local authority or current agency of your intention to move.

2.The Assessment

WITHOUT A YOUNG PERSON IN YOUR CARE:

Applicant and Lika agree to pursue fostering assessment.

WITH A YOUNG PERSON IN YOUR CARE:

Applicant and Lika agree to pursue fostering assessment, if it’s felt Lika can support the needs of the young person.

3.Within 28 days

WITHOUT A YOUNG PERSON IN YOUR CARE:

Your current fostering provider will ask for a meeting with you and Lika.

WITH A YOUNG PERSON IN YOUR CARE:

he local authority will inform the independent reviewing officer and call a meeting with your current fostering provider and Lika.

4.Professional meeting

WITHOUT A YOUNG PERSON IN YOUR CARE:

A meeting will take place with you, your current provider and Lika to discuss the reason for the move and potential transition period and what will need to happen.

WITH A YOUNG PERSON IN YOUR CARE:

During the meeting the pros and cons of the move, and arrangements for it, will be considered. Agreement must be reached on a package of support and plans for the transition.

5.Assessment Conclusion

Completing the assessment takes four to six months and includes attending Lika’s panel.

6.Recommendation

Lika’s panel will make a recommendation.

7.Decision

The minutes of the panel are sent to Lika’s Agency Decision Maker and a decision is made within seven working days.

8.Time to resign

If the transfer is approved, you can give your current agency 28 days’ notice, after which you’ll be transferred to Lika.

For a full explanation of the transfer protocol, visit The Fostering Network.

transfer to lika

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be reassessed?

The short answer is yes. Lika needs to complete background and reference checks and a detailed report. All agencies complete their assessments following a structured format. At Lika, we use ideas based in a Systemic Family Therapy approach, so the way we work through this process with you might feel a little different to the one you experienced last time.

I’m fostering a young person now. Can they transfer with me?

Yes; however, it can take a little more planning. Obviously, it is important the young person is not negatively impacted by the move. There is detailed legislation covering how this process works. We’re happy to talk you through it over the phone before you make any decisions.

What if my current fostering agency won’t let me leave?

Your current agency cannot prevent you from resigning. Legislation protects the freedom of carers to move between agencies and specifically says your agency should not block your move or pressure you to stay. It is good practice for the agency you have left to offer you an exit interview to discuss your time with the agency, how you found it and what may have led to you leaving.

What Ofsted says

“Enthusiastic, experienced, proactive supervising social workers support the children and the foster carers. Lika Family Fostering purposefully fill the gaps left by the children’s social workers, tenaciously advocating so that children’s often complex needs are met.”

OFSTED REPORT 2019

From our Blog

ADVICE FOR CARERS

Why Josie transferred to Lika

Are you already a foster carer but you’re unhappy with the level of support you’re getting from your agency or your local authority? Would you like to transfer to a new foster care agency but not sure that it’s possible??

To help explain what that experience is like, and how simple it is, we’ve spoken to Josie — a carer with 18 years’ experience who recently changed from a Local Authority to Lika.

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