Credo Care was founded on 31st August 2000 by Roy Hipkiss, a Senior Practitioner Social Worker and Damien Mead, a Clergyman. Roy had many years of experience in child care and fostering, having worked for Local Authorities and Independent Fostering Agencies. Damien was experienced in Residential Care; working with adults who had learning disabilities. At the beginning Roy was responsible for the Social Work (recruiting and supporting Foster Carers) and Damien oversaw the administration and business side of the company. Despite inevitable challenges over the years, the founders had a strong desire to approach fostering from a different angle and wanted to make a real difference to the lives of children with disabilities.
To start with, Credo Care provided a 'mainstream' fostering service but soon found that children with emotional needs overwhelmed the support they could give to children with disabilities. A decision was made early on in that first year to specialise exclusively in caring for disabled children and those with complex medical needs. Credo Care were the first and only specialist independent fostering agency at that time and still lead the field in this specialism.
Credo Care achieved an 'Outstanding' status with Ofsted in our first inspection by that regulatory body in 2008/2009. Credo Care's placement success rates are unrivalled by any other agency.
Credo Care went on to work with the National Autistic Society to be the first fostering provider in the UK to gain their accreditation. We still pride ourselves in the specialist working skills that have been embedded into our practice. All the agency's staff and carers are consulted, trained and supervised using the 'Investors in People' business model.
The agency is proud of its excellent staff and foster carers who have invested in the founders' vision, and aim to provide the best foster placements for some of the most difficult to place children. In 2017/18 we were awarded again Ofsted "Outstanding" status.
There are countless examples of the brilliant achievements of Credo Care's children, some of whom have limited life expectancy. Everyone connected to the agency believes very strongly that all disabled children deserve the opportunity to live in families, and are committed to try and ensure that they find carers and offer these chances to children who are in residential care and long-term hospital care.
We have a number of great relationships with Local Authorities across the country and have a number of placements with Outstanding outcomes.
Credo Care is committed to continue to practice and uphold the very high standards set from the outset. There are many more children who need Credo Care's services, and we intend to continue to grow our teams of highly skilled specialist foster carers. Together we will continue to make an amazing difference to the lives of children with disabilities, complex medical needs and learning difficulties.
With our excellent team we are committed to providing the best quality specialist placements, and are looking to provide a nationwide service in the years to come.