Since 2009, Excel has grown organically to become a key provider of fostering services across the North West, Cumbria, Cheshire and Lancashire. Despite having experienced substantial growth, the agency continues to maintain a strong, family-friendly feel.
Our founders started their careers as social workers and together have more than 50 years’ experience within the sector. Their passion for fostering has led them to develop a culture within Excel of ongoing training and maximum support for our carers, a passion that continues in the day to day running of the business to ensure that their original values and ambitions continue to be achieved.
Excel has a senior management team that is responsible for the day to day operations and for ensuring that their team is performing to the best of their ability. They are the liaison across the entire Excel team.
When you make contact with Excel, your first encounter will be with our administrative team. When you become a registered carer, it is the admin team that starts the process when a child is in need of a placement. The admin team are the ones who will contact you to discuss whether or not this placement would be a suitable match. They also coordinate with the social work team to keep all of our files up to date.
The social work team coordinates with you in all aspects of your fostering career, from training to support with the children in your care. A social worker is on call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also employ two therapists who specialise in play therapy, amongst other things. We also have a finance team that is responsible for all our transactions. They pay the foster carers, the staff and the bills. The dedication of each team means that we are a smoothly run operation where everyone works to keep us from ever having any glitches or miscommunication.
At the end of an assessment, our independent panel is responsible for scrutinising the work that our social workers do with potential foster carers and deciding whether or not the carers are suitable for the job. Our panel is made up of people from various backgrounds with a wide range of life experience and expertise.
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, there are children and young people in your community who need you right now. If you would like more information, we are more than ready to start working with you. We are always on the search for good people to help us in our goal of providing happy lives to youngsters.