Louise qualified as a Social Worker back in 1994. She has worked in various Local Authority Teams, including Child Protection and Children Looked After. Louise has also undertaken the roles of Deputy Manager of a Children’s Home and Manager of a Leaving Care Team.
Louise has vast experience of fostering, having worked for a Local Authority’s Connected Person’s Team, Independent Fostering Agencies (in both Practitioner and Management roles) and as Registered Manager of a Foster Care Charity.
Her drive to establish a small agency was that of wanting to be part of a small Management Team, who have overall say over the type of Foster Carers recruited. The direct experience that she has gained over the years has highlighted what type of placements work best for different children and how important the right family is. She believes it is essential to employ Foster Carers who will give it their all, be open to training and have an open door policy when a child leaves their care.
Louise has been part of a group that have taken some of our young people to Romania, Bulgaria and Poland. She wants to continue offering opportunities and encouraging young people to experience as much as they can. She is a strong advocate for children in the looked after system and those making the transition to semi-independent living.
Senior Supervising Social Worker
Jenny qualified as a Social Worker in 2013, and since then has worked as a Supervising Social Worker in the Fostering field.
Jenny is passionate about children in the care system being afforded the same opportunities as their peers to enjoy a happy and successful life.
Jenny’s role at Tutis Foster Care is to support carers to provide consistency, care and guidance to Children Looked After placed in their care, enabling them to achieve positive outcomes. Drawing on her own life experience as a parent and knowledge from various roles in the industry, this has enabled Jenny to deliver outstanding support to all the foster families who work with Tutis Foster Care.
Jenny thoroughly enjoys her work, and looks forward to each challenging yet rewarding day, knowing she is working to better the lives of children in the care system. Jenny is proud to work at Tutis Foster Care alongside a fantastic team who share the same ethos and work collaboratively, supporting carers in innovative ways. It is a rewarding and fulfilling job, and she is always inspired by the children and carers she has the opportunity to work with.
Charles Murray Supervising Social Worker
Charlie has been a qualified Social Worker since 2000 and since then he has worked in a multitude of positions in his field. Charlie’s career has been predominantly based around children and young people, including Children and Families, Leaving Care, Youth Offending Services and Children’s Mental Health services. In 2009 Charlie started fostering and was the first provider in Cumbria for the Homestays service. His fostering experience has given him great empathy for looked after children as well as a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a foster carer. Charlie’s goal is to offer support to children from all backgrounds and to help young people achieve positive life outcomes.
Responsible Individual and Agency Decision Maker
I am the Tutis “Responsible Individual” which sounds grander than I am, but I do feel proud to be involved with this lovely organisation. As I write this I have just spent a delightful day with the staff and most of the children, from 3 to 15 years ,whilst their carers have few hours off. The older children were kind, generous and patient with the little ones and they all had a jolly good play. The Responsible individual bit means that I am the one who nags the Manager and Directors to ensure that they operate within the safe regulatory framework that OFSTED expects them to follow. They accept my incessant nagging with good grace I have to say. I can also say that with this organisation has the children both at front and centre of what they do.