Founded in 1987 by a small but passionate group of foster parents, we became the UK’s first independent foster care agency. That gives us the benefit of over 35 years of fostering experience and we’re still going strong!
The founders of ISP recognised that children in care – especially those who’d had very difficult starts in life – needed specialist support. So right from the beginning, they put the child at the centre of their thinking and surrounded them with an integrated range of support services. In fact, that's what ISP means: Integrated Service Programme.
Over the years, this circle of support has increased to include a whole range of professionals that children and foster parents can tap into, whenever they need to. This includes social workers, fostering advisors, teachers and therapists, who all work with our foster parents and the children they look after, helping them understand and manage even the most challenging situations. This is what’s known as a ‘therapeutic approach’ to fostering and it’s something that we pioneered.
From our small beginnings, we’re now providing the highest quality foster care and education to children and young people across the country.
Today, we are a strong organisation with a very clear idea of our mission: to enable every young person in our care to get to know who they are and to help them grow and live in harmony with themselves and others. This is supported with a clear set of values which underpins our work.
Providing specialist all-round support and care for harder to place children is what made us different in the beginning, and it’s what makes us different today too. It’s also one of the key reasons why people choose to become foster parents with us.
May 15 2023
Foster Care Fortnight 2023: Fostering Communities
With the national shortage of foster parents, especially those who can care for teenagers, siblings and children with disabilities, we hope the campaign inspires more people to consider fostering.
April 27 2023
ISP Enfield Receives Fifth Ofsted 'Outstanding' in a Row
ISP Enfield receives their fifth consecutive 'Outstanding' in their most recent Ofsted inspection - they've been 'Outstanding' for 15 years!
April 26 2023
Respite Carers Urgently Needed for Children with Disabilities
We’re appealing for people in Kent, South London and surrounding areas to come forward and provide vital respite care to children with disabilities.
March 16 2023
Spring Budget 2023 Foster Parent Tax Relief
The government recently announced changes to the foster parent tax relief starting from the 2023/24 tax year. Here's everything you need to know.
March 2 2023
ISP Teynham 'Outstanding' in Latest Ofsted Inspection
ISP Teynham has been awarded 'Outstanding' in their latest Ofsted inspection.
September 28 2022
ISP Launch Therapeutic Pathway Training Programme
We've launched our brand new Therapeutic Pathway - a training programme that develops our foster parents' skills and knowledge around key therapeutic principles.
May 30 2023
“We’ve always said that family isn’t just blood”
Debbie and Jake have been fostering with ISP for over two and a half decades, and have made a huge difference to the young people they've cared for.
March 31 2023
Paulines Fostering Story
Pauline, who's been fostering for over nine years, shares how she found her true passion in fostering teenagers, and why it's the most rewarding experience.
February 6 2023
Fiona's Fostering Story
Fiona shares her experience of supporting young people in care with mental health difficulties and why it's been so rewarding.
December 22 2022
"You're my mum now!"
Sheryl shares her experience of fostering for over 15 years and the moment their foster child, Ashley, knew he wanted to be part of their family forever.
December 21 2022
"We have gained so much through fostering, it’s amazing"
Dedo began fostering with ISP in February 2019 and is now sharing her inspiring fostering story from the last three and a half years.
November 8 2022
"I'm proud to be part of ISP"
Jenny become a foster parent over 27 years ago and has made a life-changing difference to many of the young people she's welcomed into her home.
August 25 2020
"I couldn’t have imagined a life without my extra siblings"
Olivia Davies is an 18-year-old student, who from the age of three has grown up in a household of fostering. She shares her experience of living with foster children over the last 15 years.
October 4 2016
Fostering: The Birth Child’s Story
When a person makes the decision to become a foster carer, it is the whole family who are involved in the fostering role.
October 11 2019
“Foster Care has Enabled Him to Fulfil his Dream”
Jenni and Chris share the incredible achievements of Callum, who they've cared for since he was just three years old.