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why asphaleia?

The asphaleia adventure began over 10 years ago in a sleepy seaside town called Worthing, West Sussex, when four colleagues left their existing place of work to join together and build an organisation from scratch, dedicated to impacting the lives of children and young people - looking back, it sounds a little crazy but those four individuals thought that working with children and young people was the best job in the world...and we haven't been proved wrong!

Read more about the asphaleia story here.

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  • asphaleia missions and values

    The asphaleia mission is simple - to impact as many lives of children and young people who have experienced disadvantage as we can. We believe it is a simple, but very powerful mission that drives forward every aspect of our delivery and ensures we place children and young people at the heart of everything we do.

    We aim to deliver our mission by:

    • Delivering a diverse range of services to children and young people that contribute significantly to their development and well being in various regions
    • Providing support services to the organisations that work with children and young people
    • Creating new services
    • Creating and delivering additional charitable projects that deliver innovative, action based services to children and young people

    Our values are summed up by three simple principles and these, when in action, create the asphaleia way of doing things. When working with children and young people, other professionals or colleagues we believe service and co-operation can only begin to be achieved to a high standard by considering the world of others. However, we believe it is not enough to solely believe the world of others matters - this is only a starting place. The asphaleia group believe in demonstrating our value of those we deliver services to, those who pay for our services and those we work with in every possible way.

    Finally, we believe we should aim to do everything well. We realise excellence is a journey and not a finitely achievable thing. Therefore even when we have done something well we should then aim to do it even better!

     

  • our framework

    At asphaleia we believe a clear framework of operation is essential for an effective and efficient professional service. We have established an operational framework for the asphaleia group built around the four key priority areas delivery, quality, development and finance. These capture D - what we are doing, Q - how good it is, D - how we are progressing and F - how we are doing financially. From business plans to team meetings to staff recruitment, the framework is embedded in all aspects of our services to support asphaleia providing consistent, value for money, professional high quality services.

    Delivery ‘what we are doing'

    We aim to provide safe professional services, meeting the service requirements to the standard requested, on schedule, providing value for money. The leadership team manage and monitor ‘what we are doing' supported by an operational team providing;
    Venture MIS and data analysis

    * * Policy implementation and development including; Health & Safety, Child Protection, Safeguarding, Data Protection, HR staff recruitment & continued professional development

    Quality assurance management and implementation

    Quality ‘how good it is'

    We continually seek to deliver high and improving standards of services. We monitor ‘how good it is' through internal and external practises. These include;

    • Feedback from staff, professionals, service users
    • Observations of delivery (internal & external)
    • Setting & monitoring improving benchmarks of delivery

    The current national recognised quality standards we hold are Investors in People (2003, 2006, 2009), MATRIX (2009). We are working towards achieving Green Mark, and Invest in Careers. We are subject to inspection by Ofsted and contract purchasers and are committed to the volunteer investment charter.

    Development ‘how we are progressing'

    We continually seek to develop our services to increase our impact in line with new technology and society needs. We monitor ‘how we are progressing' by;

    • Listening to our service purchasers
    • Being part of local and national professional networks and forums
    • Investing in technology and staff development

    Finance ‘how we are doing financially'

    Sustained good financial management benefits service users, service purchasers and staff. We seek to provide value for money effective services and we monitor ‘how we are doing financially' through internal and external practises. These include;

    • Regular reporting to staff and service purchasers
    • Audit inspections by external agencies

    * * Policies are available for reading by service users and professionals. Contact us here.

  • Meet one of our foster carer families

    Dan, Charlie and little girl Lola have been fostering with asphaleia for nearly two years.

    They are approved to offer placements for two children (sibling groups where possible) and parent and child placements. 

    "I spent a great deal of my childhood as a member of a fostering family," Charlie explains. "Being a part of a child's life, if only for a little while, was something that became very important to me. When Dan and I married, we both discussed fostering as something we wanted to do in the future."

    Dan works full time and Charlie is a stay at home mum. They have an overwhelming affinity to children and are dedicated to achieving outcomes to better the lives of the foster children within their care.

    "Choosing asphaleia as our fostering agency wasn't an easy decision. There is so much to consider when you choose which agency to go through this challenging journey with," says Charlie. "However, once we got to know the team and talked through experiences with other current carers we knew we wanted to join. They are open, warm and honest - attributes you need when visiting really personal aspects of your lives as part of the assessment.

    "Choosing to foster was one of the best decisions we have ever made as a family - we are so thankful to all the staff at asphaleia for their continued support and guidance through some of the tough times. We are looking forward to many years ahead as a foster family," concludes Charlie.

  • Becoming an asphaleia foster carer

    Please visit our information for new carers page for all the information you need about fostering with asphaleia including:

    • Types of fostering
    • The asphaleia package
    • The children we foster
  • statement of purpose