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Safeguarding children online

Safeguarding children online

Technology and the digital world are a key part of many young people’s lives today. With Covid-19 keeping us at home; putting school lessons online; and making socialising with friends a remote affair; it is more important than ever that we know about keeping children safe online and safeguard those in our care. As foster carers, we need to ensure…

5 minutes with: Mandy, foster carer

5 minutes with: Mandy, foster carer

In our new ‘5 minutes with’ column, we’ll be inviting some of our foster carers and OwnLife team to share with us some of their tips and advice on being a professional foster carer and working within the fostering sector. Here, we get the lowdown from Mandy who is a new foster carer with OwnLife Fostering. What was your inspiration…

Ongoing training for foster carers

Ongoing training for foster carers

Training is an essential part of the support programme we provide to all our foster carers. Training is at the core of being a foster carer so that carers continue to be informed of the latest guidance. We provide new skills through training and ongoing professional development through regular workshops. We generally hold these workshops face to face as it’s…

Can I foster and continue other work?

Can I foster and continue other work?

There’s no doubt about it, being a foster carer is a demanding, sometimes stressful role. But one question we come across is, whether you can continue your current job or career and be a foster carer? As far as our agency is concerned, we feel it’s best that at least one foster carer from a fostering household is at home…

Safer Internet Day Useful Resources

Safer Internet Day Useful Resources

With Safer Internet Day fast approaching (11 February), it’s the perfect time to share some of the latest resources and tips available for safer use of the internet for our children. Set up by the UK Safer Internet Centre, this national day is about promoting the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. This…

Woolwich Foster Carer Information Day: 23 January

Woolwich Foster Carer Information Day: 23 January

If you’ve been thinking of becoming a foster carer, then our Foster Carer Information Day will help answer any questions that you have. We’re holding our next Information Day at the Clockhouse Community Centre, Defiance Walk, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, SE18 5QL on Thursday 23rd January between 10am-12pm. You’ll be able to meet members of the OwnLife Fostering team where you’ll have…

Are you thinking of becoming a foster carer?

Are you thinking of becoming a foster carer?

If you’ve been thinking of becoming a foster carer, then our Foster Carer Information Day will help answer any questions that you have. Be it how to become a foster carer, or even why you should foster in the first place. We’re holding our Information Day at our office in Bromley on Friday 6th December between 10am-3pm. You’ll be able…

What allowances does a foster carer receive?

What allowances does a foster carer receive?

One of the questions we often get asked is about the fostering allowances provided to foster carers for the child or young person in their care. Here, we give some insight into the funds that OwnLife Fostering provides its foster carers. Fostering allowances Once you become a foster carer, you receive funds each week from OwnLife Fostering which are broken…

Foster Placements explained: Child and Parent

Foster Placements explained: Child and Parent

There are so many different fostering placements out there and a lesser known one is fostering a parent and their child. Despite being less common, this is an incredibly important placement and needs more attention given to it. This very specialised form of fostering requires a foster carer to support the parent; and teach them how to care for and…

Memory box

Memory box

One way to help foster carers bond and communicate with a new foster child in their care is to start the journey with them by creating a memory box. We encourage all our carers to create these from the moment they have a new placement. As good communication is one of the core attributes we look for in our carers,…