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Christmas can be a time of great excitement and fun for many, however for those who have suffered loss and separation, it is also a time of sadness and pain. The children Xcel care for may feel guilty for having fun away from their birth families, or may worry that this Christmas could again be a time of stress and neglect, reliving previous experiences. Luckily, our wonderful carers do all they can to understand that children approach this time with mixed feelings and do everything to nurture and reassure, giving them wonderful new experiences and memories to help them rebuild their lives, and enjoy this time of year.

We wish all of you remarkable, special people a wonderful, happy, healthy and peaceful holiday time, and hope that 2018 brings you all you wish for.

To our brave, sparky resilient children and young people, we hope you enjoy a very special time with your Xcel family.

Love and thoughts at Christmas, from all of the Xcel team.

Please note the office will be closed from 2pm Friday 22nd until 9am Tuesday 2nd Jan - our Out Of Hours number will be supported throughout the Christmas period - 07760 476172
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We Are Hiring!
Currently recruiting a full time Supervising Social Worker based in Kent, follow the link to read the full job description and complete the application form:

http://www.xcel2000.com/staff-vacancies/view/287/current-vacancies
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As Registered Manager at Xcel2000 Fostercare services, I have been spending some time reflecting on my 20 plus years working with vulnerable and complex (always wonderful) young people and their foster carers. I joined Xcel nearly a year ago and am so delighted that, as a service, in December 2016 as part of their pilot inspections under a new framework, Ofsted found us to be Outstanding in our care and protection of children. They stated that “children are happier, more confident, have increased self-esteem and a sense of belonging. Children are physically and psychologically healthier, and professionals comment on their improved appearance and demeanour. Children benefit from meaningful care planning which focuses on their aspirations for the future”.

Over the last 20 plus years, I have constantly explored ‘what works’ for children and the families caring for them, and conclude that consistent stable support for all, providing reflective analytical supervision and training and a secure base for staff and carers, so they are able to put their all into helping the most vulnerable children, is vital. For children themselves, I believe that building resilience in young people, through having protective and caring people around them, is the key.

Based on the research of Gilligan (1997) and Daniel and Wassel (2002), Daniel, Burgess and Antcliff (2012) identified 6 main areas for a child that can really help increase their resilience, (that is to be able to flourish and manage through adverse experiences and situations). Thinking about how we can therefore ensure children have a secure base, access to meaningful and accessible education, enjoy friendships groups and have their positive talents and interests encouraged are all vital areas of providing care. Ensuring children are supported to be competent and have positive values is all part of parenting , however carers within Xcel 2000 continue to strive to go above and beyond ‘normal ‘ parenting. Our children have experienced great trauma, separation, abuse and loss in their lives and struggle to trust anyone. Most of all, they have no belief in themselves and feel ‘rubbish’. Our aim continues to be to help children enjoy stable and safe relationships, be safe, feel good about themselves through consistent messages and activities to build their confidence and self-esteem, help them understand and regulate their own response to frustrating experiences, and develop and improve empathy for others. I feel proud every day when I see the creative ways carers and staff help children develop and be the very best they can be.
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Update for Christmas 2016 with details for cover over the Christmas period.
What a wonderful positive ending we have to 2016.
Ofsted came in to inspect Xcel and spent four days with us from Monday 12th December.
We had put ourselves forward for the pilot inspection, under the new inspection framework due to be introduced in 2017. We are proud of the achievements of the children and carers and agency as a whole over the last year and wanted this to be seen and recognised by our inspectorate and the local authorities we work with.
This was certainly evidenced in the work we are doing and gave us a “WOW” by the inspector on the second day.
The inspector said that we are an agency that has been on a remarkable journey, with ‘highly experienced confident, passionate tenacious management and staff team’, with ‘the warmth and care of children and peer support for carers by carers exceptional, leading to children being nurtured and transformed.’
She found us to be a very GOOD agency, with OUTSTANDING features, including ‘OUTSTANDING for the help and protection of children and the capacity to be outstanding overall. ‘
We will be receiving the report in the New Year and will of course share this with all those we work in partnership with.
We will be closing our offices from 5pm Friday 23rd December and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January. However, there will of course be an out of hours emergency back up for all our carers, children and those else who may need assistance cannot wait until the office reopens and you can call them on 07760 476172.
Wishing you all a very happy holiday season, where peace and tranquillity reigns!
From all at Xcel 2000
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Our new exhibition stand has arrived all ready for the New Years Recruitment drives
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18/11/2016
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Looking for a new role, we are recruiting a Senior Supervising Social Worker, based in Kent.
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Xcel 2000 Fostercare are currently recruiting Senior Supervising Social Worker based in Kent, follow the link for further details.
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Time to Foster, Time to Care
Some of our foster carers favourite moments of last year
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2016-05-26
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