Working with Local Authorities - Amicus Foster Care

Working with Local Authorities

Amicus Foster Care has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and successfully secured Tier 1 provider status within South West sub-regional framework since 2009.

Amicus has framework agreements with the following Local Authorities:

  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bristol
  • Gloucestershire
  • North Somerset
  • Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire
  • Swindon
  • Wiltshire

Ofsted: “The agency has very positive working relationships with placing authorities. This results in effective communication and high quality information about children to be placed. Consequently, children’s placement and care plans accurately reflect their needs and support stable, lasting placements.”

Amicus are committed to matching each child with the most appropriate foster carers and we work closely with each Local Authority to ensure the foster placement always serves the child’s best interests whilst offering a local and supportive service.

Amicus embrace the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy / Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy (DDP/PACE) therapeutic parenting model as the main thread throughout the agency and train all social care staff to Level 2 in order to provide therapeutic support to our carers.

At Amicus we are proud to be the only fostering agency in the country to be awarded as Makaton friendly! This means we strive to provide up to date training, accessible information in Makaton symbol format as well as being able to sign with our young people, alongside sensory processing.


We see it as our role to improve the quality of foster care for every child we look after, monitoring and managing each child’s fostering placement and individually tailoring every care plan.

We deliver comprehensive and bespoke training both face to face and online, to develop skills and knowledge, making sure every foster carer is working to the best of their ability for the benefit of the child.

Amicus work closely with the South West Local Authorities, to ensure the best possible outcomes for both the children in their care, and the needs and requirements of the Local Authority.

“Amicus presented as a small close-knit foster agency that were focussed on supporting carers and their young people above all. The registered manager has years of experience in the field of fostering and was open in discussing the challenges within the agency but also throughout the marketplace. They offer a wide range of training for their carers and implement the Secure Base model and DDP to enable carers to understand the need for therapeutic caregiving as well emboldening the carers to be confident and resilient in their support.”

Gloucestershire LA