Foster Care Agency Next Stage for Fostering

Next Stage for Fostering (Ltd) is an Independent Fostering Agency established in 2015. We are located in the North West of the UK.

About Us

We are a private limited company and are registered under the Companies Act 1985 (Company Registration Number 9860746).

Next Stage for Fostering is registered with Ofsted, registration number URN1241412. In September 2021 the agency received a “Outstanding” rating from Ofsted.

Please click on the links below to view our Statement of Purpose, Foster Carers’ Charter & Ofsted inspection report.

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Meet The Team

Paul O'Rouke

Managing Director and Responsible Individual

Paul is the founder of the Next Stage Group which he started in 2002. Outside of work Paul is a dad to four children which keeps him busy! He enjoys outdoor pursuits, particularly mountaineering and sailing. Paul is a plane geek and enjoys all aspects of travel.

Linda Harvey

Agency Decision Maker

Linda is a registered social worker having worked in the field of fostering since 1985, firstly for a local authority and then for other independent fostering agencies. She has one grown up son and in her spare time enjoys walking, reading, gardening and singing in a choir.

Lynda Hardman

Registered Manager

Lynda is a Social Worker and has over 35 years of experience working with children and families. Outside of work Lynda is a mum to a grown up daughter and enjoys walking her dog, running, cycling and playing rounders for a Bolton rounders team.

Gemma Kelly

Supervising Social Worker

Gemma has 8 years of experience as a Social Worker and 20 years of working with children and families. Outside of work, Gemma has 4 children and when she isn’t doing activities with them enjoys running and going to the gym.

Paula Carroll

Business Manager

Paula has over 15 years’ experience of working in Independent Fostering Agencies and excellent knowledge and awareness of Fostering Regulations and Legislation. Paula is a mother of one grown up son. In her spare time Paula enjoys going to the gym, swimming, travelling and Geocaching.

Sandra Aspinall

Family Support Worker

Sandra was a Foster Carer, then became a Special Guardian for 3 siblings. All the children are now adults and still live with Sandra and her family. She is also a mum to grown up twin boys. Sandra is employed as a health care assistant for the NHS. In her spare time she enjoys being a regular extra in Coronation Street and has appeared on other dramas and films.

Next Stage Group

Next Stage for Fostering Ltd was established in 2015. It shares its central support services, working in collaboration other Next Stage companies, each providing social care solutions in their own specific areas. These other companies and their areas of expertise are as follows:

Next Stage 4 Life Ltd

Provides residential placements and therapeutic care for children and young people aged between 8 and 18 with emotional, behavioural, challenging, and other complex needs. Regulated by Ofsted.

Next Stage Youth Development Ltd

Provides residential placements to young people aged 16 and over who are in need of supported living arrangements. While this service does not fall under any regulatory body, its internal guidelines are structured to follow the principles laid down in the Children’s Homes Regulations and Quality Standards framework.

Next Stage ‘A Way Forward’ Ltd

Provides care and support to adults in the community using a supported living model. This service is fully-regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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Agency Values

At Next Stage for Fostering, we are committed to providing the very best in both service and support to the children and young people in our care. We have a set of core values that defines how we work and shapes our approach towards our homes, our residents, and their wider relationship with the local community.



We INSPIRE One Another

We Work As A TEAM


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Fostering Values

For free help and advice about fostering and becoming a Foster Carer, please call us today on 01204 201203 or fill in the form below.

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