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Providing brighter futures for children and young people in ... - TACT

Providing brighter futures for children and young people in ... - TACT

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2 2. TACT’s vision, mission and values “Over 96% of TACT carers would recommend TACT to others interested in fostering.” Foster carer’s survey, February 2009 Our vision Together we are creating a world where every young person is raised by people who care; where communities flourish because we help young people build lives full of opportunity and promise. Our mission We are harnessing the strength of families, carers, communities and organisations to unconditionally support and encourage children and young people to achieve their full potential. Our values Aspirational – by helping others to grow, we grow ourselves. Passionate – we are determined to keep improving what we do. We will ambitiously pursue the best outcomes for everyone we work with. Engaged – we want to listen well and respond quickly to the people we work with: children and young people, their birth families, carers, our staff, local authorities and supporters. Fair and equitable – we will be open and transparent; communicating what we do and why we do it based on equality and respect for all. Beyond profit – we will make every decision based on what is best for children and young people. We will deliver excellent services as efficiently as possible in order to continually invest in the people we work with.

3 3. Brief history of TACT TACT - Providing brighter futures for children and young people in care The Adolescent and Children’s Trust was set up in 1992 in response to changes in child care policy. Instead of local authorities continuing to place children in their care into large children’s homes, they were encouraged to provide home-based care in the form of fostering. Independent fostering agencies (IFA’s) like TACT were established all over the country to find homes for children and young people. TACT has grown both in size and scope – increasing the range of services the charity provides to the children and young people in its care. We previously merged with the Independent Adoption Service (IAS) and more recently joined together with Parents for Children (PfC). PfC is a long established charity that specialised in supporting children with profound needs. By joining together, we can now provide homes for even more vulnerable children across the UK. We are also responsible for the files of adopted adults from the closed adoption agency Family Ties formerly known as the Phyllis Holman Richards’ Adoption Society which were held with PfC. 1992 . . . . . . . Government changes in child care policy; emphasis on offering family based care 1992 . . . . . . . Creation of TACT by a group of qualified and experienced social workers 1993 . . . . . . . TACT registers as a charity ensuring that any surplus is reinvested in meeting the needs of looked after children 1995 . . . . . . . TACT opens another office in East Midlands 1996. . . . . . . TACT Cymru is created 2003. . . . . . . TACT offices in Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool are created 2004. . . . . . . TACT merges with Prosibs Fostering Agency 2005. . . . . . . TACT merges with East London Foster carers (ELF) July 2007 . . . . TACT merges with the charity, Children Law UK (CLUK) Aug 2007. . . . TACT merges with the Independent Adoption Services (IAS) 2008. . . . . . . TACT registers its agency in Edinburgh, Scotland 2008. . . . . . . TACT expands its services in Lancashire and Yorkshire 2009. . . . . . . TACT joins together with Parents for Children (PfC) There is now a national network of TACT offices in England, Wales and Scotland. The type of care offered to individuals is based primarily upon one thing; the best needs of the cared for child or young person. The whole ethos of TACT is based around ensuring the best quality of life for those in care.

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