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Who we are

Enhanced Children’s Services is an estabished group of high quality, bespoke children’s services incorporating:
Family Placements
Enhanced Foster Care


Fostering Parent & Child Placements, Viability & Community Services
Enhanced Parent & Child Services (EPACS)



Children’s Therapeutic Residential Services
Wessex College



Day Special Schools
Enhanced Learning Services



Services within Enhanced Children’s Services offer the ‘personal touch’ often missing from larger, national agencies that has held us in good stead over the years and is at the core of what we do. The services were established over 15 years ago from a passion and vision of what children, young people and their families have a right to receive, gained through the owner’s experience of working in a number of statutory settings. Enhanced Children’s Services is proud to be a practitioner owned and led group. The reputation and success of all of Enhanced Children’s Services are underpinned by our ethos and ability to achieve excellent outcomes for those placed with us by proactively and collaboratively working with children, their families, placing authorities, multi agency professionals and regulatory partners.

Thinking of fostering? Contact us: 01985 218505

Jo Sams | Proprietor & CEO

Jo is a ‘hands on’ CEO who discovered her interest and passion for working with young people during voluntary youth work in 1989. After completing her training and training other workers. She qualified as a social worker in 1995 and later completed her BA (Hons) in Leadership & Management in Health & Social Care. As a social worker, Jo has experience across many statutory sectors within a fieldwork setting, working in Looked After Children, Child Protection and Assessment and Duty Teams. She has worked therapeutically with children and families in a Health setting and independent residential services for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. From this experience, Jo formed a firm and passionate view about the opportunities that children and young people have a right to access, and truly believing this, she developed the concept for Wessex College which opened the first home and first day special school in March 2001. Recognising her commitment that children should, wherever possible, live within a family environment, Jo went on to establish Enhanced Foster Care in 2007 and latterly Enhanced Parent and Children’s Services, offering Parent & Child Assessment Services. As CEO of the Enhanced Children’s Services Group she is very proud that all services within the ECS Group were found to be ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features by Ofsted at the end of 2015.

The Team

The Team at ECS and specifically EFC bring; high quality experience within children’s services, social care and health services; robust professional qualifications; clear social work values and areas of specialism that complement the services offered. The team, including the foster carers, offer vision, passion and determination in ensuring the best outcomes for children and young people and ensure child centered consideration exists in all aspects of daily life at ECS.  The 2016 Ofsted inspection found the Leadership and Management to be ‘Outstanding’ and commented, ‘their (the team) confident, ethical, visible and inspirational leadership and management focuses on ensuring the provision of exemplary care and support that meets the unique needs of each young person.

Core values

efc | Our core values are simple; our service exists to ensure that we change outcomes for children, that we provide care and services that are better than ‘good enough’ and we ensure that children receive care, nurture and opportunity that we would expect our own children to have. We are very proud that Ofsted recognised that the experiences and progress of, and outcomes for children and young people at EFC is ‘Outstanding’ (2016)

Our vision

To deliver outstanding outcomes for all children and young people living with us by supporting and enabling them to strive on their journey to adulthood. To be the first choice agency for foster carers, through the delivery of outstanding training, operational and financial support.

Our approach

Being exceptional: We go above and beyond…. go that extra mile and strive to be the best we can.

Child focussed: We work as a team therapeutically, with children and young people to achieve best outcomes. Committed to achieving the best for them. We support them to learn about themselves, assess their experiences, recognise their own resources and generate positive change in their lives.

Team focussed: From the proprietor to our outreach workers, everyone plays a vital part in providing our quality service; in short, we have a passion and enjoy what we do and this shines through in our positive approach and ‘can do’ attitude that embraces partnership working.

Extended family: We recognise the importance of support. Whilst our carers are growing, we recognise the need to grow steadily and responsibly and look after everyone in the process.

Love Learning: We value continuous professional development and invest in the learning experience of our children, foster cares, staff and managers to continue their lifelong learning.

Best Value: By providing an ethical and transparent service, we demonstrate exceptional value for money through our proposition, service delivery and the outcomes we achieve for children and young people.

Embracing Difference: We seek a diverse team of foster carers and staff who values and respects differences and diversity.

Thinking of fostering?
Contact us: 01985 218505