Flipside fostering

Flipside is a type of short term fostering for young people with complex difficulties who need to be cared for away from their own families.


Flipside carers provide preventative special intensive care on a one-to-one basis with the support of a multi-disciplinary team working in all of the areas in the young person’s life.  It is based on social learning theory, developed in the US and is known as Treatment Foster Carr Oregon.

Flipside is based on a reward system, which promotes positive behaviours and reduces those that aren’t.  Each young person has his or her own targets and programmes that are reviewed weekly.


Dudley has three programmes running simultaneously and is one of just a handful of local authorities that cover most age ranges: 3-6 year olds, 7-11 year olds and 12-16 year olds.


A Flipside placement usually lasts up to a year, and the aim is for young people to be able to return to their own families, be adopted or move to a long term foster placement. Foster carers are fully supported including access to our on call – come and be part of helping young people to turn their lives around.

Flipside’s aims


  • Providing better short and long-term outcomes for young people
  • Reinforcing appropriate behaviour at school and home
  • Promoting positive social networks
  • Reducing offending behaviour
  • Increasing school attendance and participation
  • Helping families to work through conflict



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