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Foster carer insight into the assessment process

Foster carer insight into the assessment process

We know that many people on the path to taking the step to becoming a foster carer do plenty of research in advance. It’s not a decision that is taken lightly so having insight into the role is essential to know. When we hold our weekly meetings with our foster carers, we know how vital it is in having the…

Keeping teenagers safe on social media

Keeping teenagers safe on social media

Using social media is becoming a normal part of everyday life with nine out of 10 teenagers using social media in the UK. Social media can help young people stay in touch with friends or provide a place for creative self-expression through art or music. And, for those in foster care, it may make the process less daunting and allow…

Can you help the fostering community?

Can you help the fostering community?

In the UK, a child comes into care in need of a foster family every 20 minutes. Over 65,000 children live with almost 55,000 foster families each day. This is nearly 80% of the 83,000 children in care away from home on any one day in the UK*. With around 30,000 more children coming into care over the course of…

Five minutes with: Bunni, foster carer

Five minutes with: Bunni, foster carer

In our ‘5 minutes with’ column, we chat with foster carer Bunni who gives insight into her inspiration to become a foster carer and what the fostering assessment process is like.  If you’ve been interested in becoming a foster carer then this is a must read for background on the experience and commitment to helping children and young people that foster carers possess.  What was…

5 myths about fostering

5 myths about fostering

There are around 44,500 foster families in England but thousands more are still needed each year. We understand there are many things to consider when joining the foster carer community, so we hope to dispel a few myths and encourage you to take the step and join our vital community of foster carers. ‘You need to be married.’ This is…

Foster carer training: Understanding trauma

Foster carer training: Understanding trauma

When you start the process to become a foster carer you will have a training programme that provides you with the knowledge and necessary skills to foster children and young people. These training sessions are ongoing throughout the career of a foster carer with individual personal and professional development training plans put on place.    Since COVID-19, our training model…

5 minutes with: Doreen, foster carer

5 minutes with: Doreen, foster carer

In our ‘5 minutes with’ column, we chat with new foster carer Doreen who gives insight into her inspiration to become a foster carer and what the fostering assessment process is like. If you’ve been interested in becoming a foster carer then this is a must read for background on the key steps in the application process, and the commitment…

Safer Internet Day 2021

Safer Internet Day 2021

Each year Safer Internet Day takes place in February providing some of the latest resources and tips available for safer use of the internet for our children. Since last year, the digital world for education has grown exponentially due to COVID-19. As schools have closed during lockdown, education has moved online for many children. With remote schooling and restrictions on…

Fostering teenagers

Fostering teenagers

Many of the young people in foster care are teenagers. This requires a special individual to provide the right care and support. To be a good foster carer is about being empathetic, understanding and caring as well as good communication skills to help a teenager develop. The life experiences foster carers have can help guide an individual to make the…

Who can foster children?

Who can foster children?

The decision to become a foster carer is a long process. It’s a commitment from the first moment you think that it could be the career for you. Then you take time to research and make enquiries with fostering agencies to discuss further. If you’re one of these people that have just started the journey of this thought process then…