About Ascent Fostering
We believe that children and young people can and will succeed in life with the right support, nurturing and guidance. Our mission is to help children and young people work through the difficult start they have had in life, to become the best that they can be and achieve excellence. In the care of a skilled carer, our children and young people will:
- Feel safe, valued and have a sense of belonging
- Feel understood and have all their needs met, no matter how complex.
- Will enjoy learning and be given opportunities to explore their talents
- Form secure, trusting relationships with family, carers and peers
- Embrace life with all its opportunities and challenges
- Develop into confident, well-rounded, high achieving adults who will leave their mark in society
The professional team at Ascent fostering is a dynamic mix of people. We have experienced social workers, mentors, administrators, and a therapeutic practitioner who helps us reflect, and work in an innovative and creative way with young people. We believe effective support and team work is the best way of achieving good outcomes for young people.
We work closely with our foster carers, assisting them in managing the needs of the children we look after. Ascent fostering is committed to working effectively as a team to support young people achieve good outcomes.
Mark is a qualified social worker and professional manager with over 25 years of experience within social care. Over the last 15 years Mark has worked at senior management level in both the statutory and the private sector. Mark worked as the Director of Fostering for Care UK, then a FTSE 250 company before moving on to found Ascent Fostering Agency. Mark has used his professional knowledge, creativity and drive to form a fostering agency which is committed to providing the best services for children and outstanding support for its foster carers.
Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in 2002, Mark has over a decade of experience in senior financial management including senior roles at FTSE 100 companies. Mark has also spent over 15 years developing and leading work with young people. This culminated in 2010 with him founding youth charity Reaching Higher which has quickly developed into a thriving organisation delivering outstanding results in the community. Mark combines his passion for seeing young people thrive with his management experience to good affect at Ascent Fostering.