Our sister company, Care Today, has 40+ residential care homes. These ranging from 1 to 6 beds in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Staffordshire, Stoke, Yorkshire, and Wolverhampton. Their aim is to offer individualised child-centred packages with an emphasis on a return to family or, if not appropriate, to family living through fostering. They strive to achieve a residential experience which is as deinstitutionalised as possible - the base for outreach work in the community.
Care Today also have a DFES approved residential special school in Staffordshire which specialises in working with children who have significant social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. They have a particular focus on outdoor and vocational education, horticulture and animal husbandry, and music.
Care Today links with Parallel Parents by providing a transitional link between residential and family-based settings. A number of Care Today's residential homes are specialised fostering resource centres which offer support to more challenging and complex fostering placements experiencing difficulties adjusting to family living. Resource centres offer a variety of intervention strategies such as outreach work to meet the specific needs of the young person, residential respite and bridging placements to support placement stability, and family intervention work.
Parallel Parents are also linked with Training 2 Care, which is a City & Guilds approved training and development centre which provides both internal and external training for social workers, managers, residential care staff and foster carers. All their courses are aimed at enhancing the quality of care given by people working with looked after children and young people.
Training 2 Care provide specialist training for our foster carers on subjects such as behaviour management, attachment training, life story work, internet safety, therapeutic approaches, first aid, preparing for independence and much more. Training is also tailored to suit particular the interests and requirements of our foster carers depending on the type of children they look after and their individual needs.