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FOSTERING IN THE NEWS

Welsh project will make a difference to foster care in Wales

24th July, 2017

The launch has recently been announced of a new innovative ‘Fostering Wellbeing’ programme. This is being implemented by the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, along with the ‘Wellbeing Partnership Board’, and Cwm Taf Social Services. The Welsh Government is funding the ‘Fostering Wellbeing’ programme. The programme has been conceived to help foster carers, together with all those who work with foster children, to understand and then respond ‘holistically’ to a child’s emotional and developmental needs. The programme recognises at its heart, that strong relationships are key to effectively promoting the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

Mr. Carl Sargeant is currently the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children and in response to the ‘Fostering Wellbeing’ programme, he said –

“As part of the work of the Improving Outcomes for Children Ministerial Advisory Group, I’m pleased we are working with The Fostering Network to explore the impact of a holistic approach to caring for children which combines education and care.”

Mr. Gareth Chapman, who is the chief executive of the Merthyr Tydfil Council, added:

“We are delighted to be taking part in this exciting pilot. In Cwm Taf, we are passionate about the potential that can be achieved for young people when foster carers are equipped with the right information, skills and support.” He then continued –

“Being part of this pilot represents an opportunity for foster carers, young people and professionals to shape and influence new developments that will underpin stability and success for looked after young people here in Cwm Taf and across Wales.”

The programme will be piloted for a period of two years within the region. It will be looking to combine the principles of social pedagogy with activities focused on education. These will be some of the learning principles derived from the Fostering Network’s successful ‘Head, Heart, Hands’ and London Fostering Achievement programmes.

Mr. Colin Turner is the director of The Fostering Network in Wales, he stated:

“Improving outcomes for looked after children and young people is central to everything that The Fostering Network does. We know that when foster carers and the other professionals in the lives of looked after children work well together, outcomes improve. Fostering Wellbeing is the latest in a number of important programmes that we run in Wales, and we very much look forward to working with Cwm Taf to take the learning from other programmes.”

The overall aim of this programme is to recognise that foster carers are an essential part of the education team. I look to improve engagement, knowledge and confidence amongst foster carers, health and education professionals as well as social workers The programme will set out to support and encourage aspiration and ambition amongst youngsters in care – as well as a commitment to shared values amongst all involved with foster children.

Apply to 24 Seven Fostering and make a difference to the life of a looked after child

Applying to be a foster carer with 24 seven means getting the very best in training and dedicated support. Guidance and help are always available 24 Seven. We strive constantly to make foster care rewarding: we offer all our foster carers the opportunity to develop their careers with us. Professional foster carers can make a hugely positive difference to a vulnerable child or young person.

Our special advisors are always available to answer your questions. They will also explain in detail the process of becoming a foster carer – and how long it will take. They help you make the right decision as fostering is not for everyone. But for those it suits, it can provide great rewards. To give you some ideas about the issues connected to fostering, here are one or two of the FAQs (frequently asked questions) we are commonly asked:

  • What if someone has a police record, are they still able to foster children?
  • If someone has a long-term health problem, may I still foster?
  • Does someone have to own their own home to foster?
  • Can you foster a ‘looked after’ child if you are a single parent?
  • Is it possible to foster if you are gay?
  • How much time does it take from application to be approved to foster?
  • What is the maximum age you can be to foster?

Please call 24 Seven Fostering now on 020 8861 7123. We would love to hear from you and provide information about the world of fostering. And we guarantee, there is no obligation, or pressure to reach a decision. Over 9,000 new foster families are needed in the UK this year – could you be one of them?

The Fostering Network responds to the issue of foster carer’s status

19th July, 2017

Kevin Williams is the chief executive of the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. In a key response to an article published in ‘Community Care’, he has directly addressed the issue of the status of foster carers. This is significant in the year of the national fostering stocktake: the article finds children’s services directors expressing their wariness over moves to ‘professionalise’ foster carers.

Kevin Williams states –

“To debate whether or not using the term professional would be appropriate for foster carers is a redundant argument. Foster carers are professionals, bringing the training, skills and experience that they have to the vitally important role of caring for children.The problem is that, despite the reality, foster carers are too often not being treated as professionals, with a lack of support, respect, remuneration and training. Many of the key messages from foster carers as part of our 2016 State of the Nation’ Foster Care survey revolved around not feeling respected as an equal member of the team around the child.”

“To debate whether or not using the term professional would be appropriate for foster carers is a redundant argument. Foster carers are professionals, bringing the training, skills and experience that they have to the vitally important role of caring for children.The problem is that, despite the reality, foster carers are too often not being treated as professionals, with a lack of support, respect, remuneration and training. Many of the key messages from foster carers as part of our 2016 State of the Nation’ Foster Care survey revolved around not feeling respected as an equal member of the team around the child.”

In 2016, A group of foster carers voted to form the first ever trade union for the profession. The carers expressed concern about status and their lack of employment rights, not being listened to when a child is removed from their care and dissatisfaction with rates of pay. Their vote was later supported by shadow chancellor John McDonnell. All this means that the children’s services directors have to recognise that there is a real issue surrounding the status of carers.

The Department for Education has its national fostering stocktake well underway. It is a fundamental review of fostering across the country. It reports in December this year and will have to address the status of foster carers. This is especially the case, since the influential charity has gone out of its way to highlight its importance.

Make all the difference: now’s the time to apply to 24 Seven Fostering

Anyone applying to be a foster carer with us can expect to get the very best in training and ongoing support. Guidance and help are available 24 Seven. We make fostering rewarding and offer all our carers he opportunity to develop their careers with us. Foster carers can make all the difference in the world to a vulnerable child or young person.

Calling us means you will be through to one of our special advisors. They are always happy to answer any questions you have. They will also explain the process of becoming a foster carer in detail. Their role is to help you make the right decision – fostering is not for everyone. But for those it suits, it can be incredibly rewarding. To give you some ideas about the issues connected to fostering, here are one or two of the FAQs (frequently asked questions) we routinely get asked:

  • If someone has a police record, can they still foster?
  • If I have a long-term health problem, may I still foster?
  • Do you have to own your own home to foster?
  • How old do you have to be to be a foster carer?
  • Can you foster a child(ren) as a single parent?
  • Is it possible to foster if you are gay?
  • How long does it take from application to be approved as a foster parent?

Please call 24 Seven Fostering today on 020 8861 7123 if you are keen to get more information about becoming a foster carer. We promise that there is no obligation, or pressure to reach a decision.

Leading light in the LGBT community encourages more people to foster

17th July, 2017

Mr Gay England, Matt Henderson-Rood, is determined to raise awareness of the valuable role that LGBT people can play in alleviating the difficult fostering situation this country currently faces. Matt, who will be involved in compering the annual Liverpool Pride, said that –

“We need 9,000 extra foster carers in the UK to cope with the demand of the system and I’ve been working closely with Brighton and Hove Foster team on encouraging more gay people to become involved in fostering.”

Like many people who decide to go into fostering, Matt felt that because he had been fortunate enough to grow up in a loving family, he wanted to “give something back”. He is also lending his support a fostering campaign being run by Liverpool City Council. This is the ‘Room for One More’ initiative hoping to get more people to consider fostering children.

Figures show that one in ten adoptions in England in 2016 were to same-sex couples. Studies also highlight that if one percent of the LGBT community were to either foster or adopt, no more children would be looking for a home. And with one child entering the care system every twenty minutes, the need is paramount to attract new foster carers.

There has also been in-depth research conducted into the experiences of adoptive families headed by same-sex couples. This suggests that children who are adopted by lesbian or gay couples, are just as likely to be happy and thrive, as those adopted by heterosexual couples. The British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) had research done by Cambridge University which revealed a positive picture of the relationships and well being of children in families headed by same-sex couples. The study also indicated that families with gay fathers might be doing particularly well.

Make a difference and apply to 24 Seven Fostering

When you apply to be a foster carer with 24 Seven, you can count on the very best training, guidance and support available. And this will continue as your fostering career develops. As a foster carer, you can certainly make a positive difference: looking after a child means you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have made an enormous difference to the life of a vulnerable child.

When you call us, you will be put through to one of our special advisors. They will be happy to answer all your questions and will explain in detail, the process of becoming a foster carer. They are there to help you make the right decision as fostering is not for everyone. These are just a small selection of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) we are asked:

  • Do foster carers have to pay tax and national insurance?
  • Will it be possible for me to have a say in who I want to foster?
  • As I am moving house soon, is it possible to apply to foster before I move?
  • What happens if I fall out with the child I foster?
  • In what ways will my own children be likely to be affected if I foster?
  • I have been informed you cannot foster if you smoke, is that true?

Please call 24 Seven Fostering on 020 8861 7123 if you want more information about becoming a foster carer. There is no obligation or pressure placed on you to reach a decision.

New chair for the Education Committee welcomed by fostering charity

14th July, 2017

Robert Halfon MP, has just become the new chair of the Westminster Education Committee. This has been welcomed by the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, as in his manifesto for election as chair, he stated his intention to pursue social justice. The analogy that he used was that of a ‘ladder of opportunity’: the charity is keen that this applies to children and young people in foster care.

The WEC is a cross party body drawing opinion from across the political spectrum. It is independent of Government and its main function is to scrutinise the work of the Department of Education. In turn, this means that it plays a vital part in holding the Government itself to account.

Last year the committee established a fostering inquiry. A general election was later called and with parliament being dissolved, the work of the inquiry was halted. The Fostering Network is calling for a meeting with the new chair to make sure that the inquiry is resumed, and its work completed in time for it to report to the national fostering stocktake. This is the key Government initiative aimed at evaluating the current state of fostering. The inquiry itself was asked to look into aspects of fostering provision that could have significant ramifications for the future of the system. Some of the areas being investigated included:

  • The role of voluntary and independent foster care providers, including their relationships and co-operation with the local authorities;
  • The foster care market itself: the costs of commissioning of services and financial incentives in the recruitment of foster carers;
  • The recruitment and retention of foster carers;
  • The current capacity of the fostering system;
  • The stability of foster care placements: included is the impact of the ‘Staying Put’ following its introduction.

These are areas that the national fostering stocktake will have to address to be credible. Many other organisations have been contributing to the stocktake such as ‘I CAN’, the charity helping children to communicate. Their aim is to ensure that children finding themselves in the care system have the best possible outcomes. This means any speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) are identified and the appropriate support put in place.

There will have been no shortage of input to the stocktake for Government to consider. It reports in December this year.

Make a difference with 24 Seven Fostering

When you apply to be a foster carer with 24 Seven, you will be able to count on the very best training, guidance and support. And this continues into your fostering career. There are currently many children who need a loving foster home. Their future prospects can depend upon this.

As a foster carer, you can certainly make a positive difference: looking after a child means you will have the satisfaction of knowing you made a real difference by being there for them.

When you call us, you will be put through to a member of our recruitment team. They will be more than happy to answer all your questions and will explain the process of becoming a foster carer. They will always do their best to answer all your questions. To get you thinking, here are just a small selection of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) we get:

  • I have been told I can’t foster because I smoke, is that true?
  • Is it possible to foster a child as a single parent?
  • Will I be able to have a say in who I foster?
  • As I am moving house soon, can I still apply to foster before I move?
  • What happens if I don’t get on well with the child I foster?
  • How will fostering affect welfare benefits I may be receiving?
  • How might being a foster carer affect my own children?

Please call 24 Seven Fostering if you want to discuss becoming a foster carer. Remember, there is no obligation or pressure on you to reach a decision.

Foster care may benefit from Taylor Review into working practices

12th July, 2017

There has been a wide ranging debate in recently about the status, employment rights and remuneration of foster carers. There is a current shortfall of 9,000 foster families in the UK and recruitment is proving difficult. The Department of Education has commissioned a national fostering stocktake which is looking into every aspect of fostering: a Review which dedicates itself to an analysis of working practices is particularly timely. Many of the points it makes will be relevant considering the Review states:

“The work of this Review is based on a single overriding ambition: All work in the UK economy should be fair and decent with realistic scope for development and fulfilment.”

The Review talks about ‘Good Work’ stating that it matters for various reasons: “Because, despite the important contribution of the living wage and the benefit system, fairness demands that we ensure people, particularly those on lower incomes, have routes to progress in work, have the opportunity to boost their earning power, and are treated with respect and
decency at work.”

Their employment rights and status of foster carers has been high on the agenda. Sentiments such as those contained within the Review are likely to resonate strongly with foster carers. There is cause for optimism that the Taylor Review will exert a strong influence and make a significant contribution to the national fostering stocktake. With all these influences, this will be a landmark year for fostering in the UK. And with the leading charity, The Fostering Network, having contributed over 10,000 words of recommendations to the stocktake – along with many other individuals and organisations – the system looks set for root and branch reform.

With 24 Seven Fostering you can make such a difference.

We make available the very best guidance, support and training. And we are right with you through each stage of the application process – right up to when you become an approved foster carer. As your fostering career develops, we will be on hand to provide additional opportunities for you to progress. Very many children are currently without a stable, loving home to grow up in. This means their future prospects can be very limited. As a foster carer, you can change this. Looking after a child means you will have the satisfaction of knowing you made a real difference to their life.

When you make an enquiry, a member of our team will dedicate the time to answer all your questions. You’ll find out about the process of becoming a foster carer and what you can expect. We’ll do our best to answer all your questions. The following are just a small selection of the frequently asked questions (frequently asked questions) we get:

  • Can you foster a child as a single parent?
  • Will I be able to have a say in who I foster?
  • Is it possible to foster if you are gay?
  • How might being a foster carer affect my children?
  • What happens if I don’t get on well with the child I foster?
  • How will fostering affect welfare benefits I may be receiving?

Call us at 24 Seven Fostering for information. This year over 9,000 new foster families are urgently needed – so you really could be making a tremendous difference.

Fresh priorities for the new children’s minister to take on board

7th July, 2017

There is a new Minister of State for Children and Families in England: Robert Goodwill will be arriving in post knowing that children’s social care faces significant challenges. He will not need reminding; especially as the leading charity, The Fostering Network, has already voiced a concern that as his remit has been expanded, there could be a lack of focus on fostering. The Minister will now also be responsible for early years and childcare policy. The charity has drawn up a shortlist of 4 ‘priority areas’ that need to be addressed to make sure that fostering is given full attention.

      1. A particular focus on the national fostering stocktake. This is the Department for Education’s landmark enquiry into every aspect of fostering. The charity has itself submitted in excess of 10,000 words – with a great many recommendations. In their own words – “this vital piece of work which will hopefully have long-lasting positive implications for fostering.”
      2. Promote Charters: the charity asks that the Minister actively supports charters such as their own “Foster Carers’ Charter Campaign’. The charity requests that the Minister ensures a charter is in place to help improve the status of foster carers in every fostering service in England.
      3. Help children and foster carers to keep connected. The charity warns that the well being of a child can be adversely affected when the relationship with the foster carer is abruptly cut off when the child is moved. The charity asks that more should be done to support the bond between a foster child and his carer when the child moves to a new home.
      4. Introduce staying put minimum allowance. The charity argues that the benefits of staying put are considerable, but that there needs to be clarity for fostering services regarding the minimum amount of financial support they must by law provide.

24 Seven Fostering: make a difference with our support.

Foster carers need the best in support and training. This is where we always make available the very best guidance and support, helping you through the application process – right up to the day you become an approved carer. Then, as your fostering career develops, we will provide additional opportunities for you to attend specialist training and development courses. All our courses are conducted in a relaxed and friendly environment. They provide the chance to meet with other foster carers and ‘swap stories’.

When we receive your initial enquiry, a member of our team will be happy to answer your questions. You’ll discover what the process of becoming a foster carer is and what you can expect. We’ll do our best to answer all your questions. The following are just a small selection the frequently asked questions (FAQ)s we receive:

      • Can you foster a child as a single parent?
      • If I have a long-term health condition, will I still be able to foster a child?
      • What is the minimum age you have to be to foster?
      • In the past, I have suffered from depression, would that stop me from fostering?
      • How will fostering affect welfare benefits I may be receiving?
      • Is it possible to foster if you are lesbian, homosexual or bisexual?

Call us at 24 Seven Fostering today for further information. Remember, there are never enough foster homes for children: this year over 9,000 new foster families are urgently needed – so you could be making a real difference to the life of a vulnerable child!

Australia the latest country experiencing a shortage of people who want to foster

3rd July, 2017

Marist 180 is a fostering organisation in Western Sydney set up along not-for-profit lines. The foster care manager there is Hayley Clisby and she feels the situation with regard to finding foster homes is bad. The problem is most acute when it comes to identifying placements for older children and young people. The overall situation in New South Wales (NSW) is far from encouraging. The region has seen a very dramatic rise in numbers of children going into the care system. The recorded rate of increase over the last ten year period has seen a growth of approximately 60%. This represents a rise from 11,843 to 18,658 and over 11,000 – a significant proportion are aged between 8 and 17. Hayley Clisby said “In some cases we also have children and young people who are put in hotels and motels, which is really sad.”

The Community Services Minister, Pru Goward explained that there were a lot of different factors driving the upward increase. One of these is the drug problem: the ‘ice’ epidemic had played a part in the increase in young people placed out-of-home. The hope is that early drugs intervention programmes could play an important part in reducing numbers

“If we could get on top of drug addiction in parents and the violence that comes with it, then I think we could get that trajectory to change direction,” she said. Commenting on another aspect of the care situation, Pru Toward made it known that over the past 12 months NSW has witnessed a record number of out-of-home-care open adoptions. This is where foster carers chose to adopt the foster children they had – with the permission from the birth parents.

What remains clear stated Hayley Clisby that there are still a great many children without a permanent home who are resorting to “couch surfing”.

At 24 Seven Fostering, our aim is to support you so you can make a difference.

Anyone deciding to become a foster carer will need the best in support and training. That is where we have particular expertise. be completely reassured we will always, as our name suggests, be there to guide and support you through every stage of the application process. This means right up to the very day you become an approved carer. As your career with us develops, we will provide you with the opportunities to attend training and development courses. When we receive your initial call, a member of our team will be on hand to help with all your questions. You’ll learn about the process – and what you can expect along the way. You’ll probably have many questions and we’ll do our best to answer them all. The following are just a small selection the frequently asked questions (FAQ)s we receive:

      • Can someone foster a child if they are a single parent?
      • If I have a long-term health condition, can I still foster?
      • Can I become a foster carer myself, if I have a child with disabilities?
      • How old do you have to be to be a foster carer?
      • Will I be given a say in who I foster?
      • In the past, I have suffered from depression, would that stop me from fostering?
      • How will fostering a child or young person affect my welfare benefit payments?
      • Can you foster a child as a single parent?

Call 24 Seven Fostering today for further information – there’s absolutely no obligation. Remember, there are never enough foster homes for children needing them, so you could make a real difference!

General Enquiries: 020 8861 7123 We look forward to hearing from you.

Hotels used to accommodate foster children in Oregon

30th June, 2017

Fostering is becoming an issue that is affecting more countries around the world. It is gaining prominence as, quite rightly, all children wherever they are deserve the same chances in life. An International Foster Care Conference has only very recently been held in Greece. This gathered together experts from around the globe to focus attention on the need for fostering provision in many countries that do not have adequate service delivery models in place. To support the drive to keep fostering on the global stage and high on every nation’s agenda, we include stories that have an international dimension.

Fostering is in the news in America again. This time in Oregon: over one hundred and thirty children have had to be accommodated in hotels or offices. They have been left with unlicensed carers because no foster homes have been available.The state has attracted criticism: their response has been to point out that around seven and a half thousand children and young people are in foster care, but it has only been “a small minority” that have been put in hotels. It has become known that one five year old child was accommodated in a hotel for a total of fifty-five days.

The assistant attorney at the Oregon Department of Justice, Carla A. Scott, stated –
“The fact that a limited number of children may experience temporary lodging in a hotel each night is not enough to show that the same is likely to happen to thousands of other children.” It was pointed out by the authorities that some older children preferred being in a hotel rather than being placed with a foster family. The situation is not viewed as being satisfactory by CASA which is non-profit advocacy group for children and young people. Last September, their lawyers filed a lawsuit against the Human Services Department alleging the state’s practice of relying upon temporary lodgings has breached the rights of two young girls in the care system.

At 24 Seven, we will support you to make the difference.

If you make the decision to become a foster carer, we will support you through every stage of the application process – right up to the day you become an approved. And the support continues 24/7. We will provide you with the opportunities to attend training courses and develop your fostering career with us. When you call, a member of our friendly team will be more than happy to talk with you about what is involved in fostering children. You’ll learn about the process – what you can expect – from when you apply through to when you become approved to foster children. Here are just a few of the areas we can offer help with:

      • If I have a long-term health condition, can I still foster?
      • Do you have to own your own home to foster?
      • How old do you have to be to be a foster carer?
      • Can you foster if you are gay?
      • If I have a police record will that stop me from fostering?
      • How long does it take to be approved as a foster parent?
      • Can you foster a child as a single parent?

Call 24 Seven Fostering today for further information – there is no obligation. Remember, there are never enough foster homes for children needing them, so you could make a real difference! General Enquiries: 020 8861 7123 We look forward to hearing from you.

A bill of rights for foster carers in Massachusetts

28th June, 2017

Following on the heels of an International Foster Care Conference just held in Greece, feelings have been running high in Massachusetts. Some of the themes explored at the conference will have relevance to the attitudes of carers in this part of the US. Carers here are reporting that they don’t feel that they are adequately represented in the foster care system. The views of one former foster carer are likely to be typical: Quira Deng, said “We’re tired of feeling like they’re taking advantage of us…like we’re a babysitter,”

Foster carers are complaining that they are not being given enough information in advance of a child arriving in their homes. Issues that cover behaviour and health – as well as the number of times a child may have been in different placements are not being shared. Rep. Joseph McKenna, D-Worcester supports these concerns, saying “There’s been a number of cases where medical information or history of an individual’s behaviours have not been appropriately shared.” As co-sponsor of the bill, he also stated: “not disclosing that information can have serious consequences.”

The Department of Children and Families is coming under increasing pressure and have responded in part in relation to the bill of rights – “We are actively recruiting foster homes and adoptive families across the state and strive to build a large, diverse community of foster parents statewide.” It is intended that the bill of rights will force the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to give accurate and full details about a child before it is placed. The family background, behaviour, general health as well as how many times the child or young person has been moved before the placement will be detailed.

At 24 Seven, you can be the difference!

If you decide to become a foster carer you will be rewarded by knowing you will make a real difference to a vulnerable child. Once you are an approved foster carer, we are always here with the help, training and support to enable your fostering career to flourish. If you call us, a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to chat with you about fostering. You’ll be told what you can expect right from the time you make an application, through to the day that you become approved to foster children. In the meantime, here are just a few of the areas we can offer help with:

      • Facts about fostering children
      • Do you have to own your own home to foster?
      • How old do you have to be to be a foster carer?
      • Can you foster if you are gay?
      • The fostering allowance
      • How long does it take to be approved as a foster parent?
      • Can you foster a child as a single parent?

Call 24 Seven Fostering today for further information. There is no obligation: General Enquiries: 020 8861 7123 We look forward to hearing from you.

The foster care system needs improvement worldwide

27th June, 2017

There was a gathering of foster care and adoption leaders in Greece last month, which is likely to have repercussions around the globe for fostering. This International Foster Care Conference has started the process of evaluating alternative forms of care for children being fostered. The perspective will be a global one: the Roots Research Centre led the conference agenda focusing particularly upon the failure of adoption and foster care laws to meet children’s needs. An emphasis was placed upon the lack of protection under Human Rights laws for children around the world.

The conference was held in Greece – Mary Theodoropoulou, of the Roots Research Center, said that “Foster care is a strategy in Greece for only a few children” and “Greece does not have yet a practical and fully detailed legislation on foster care. Children in need instead enter institutions, where they suffer in several ways. If they are lucky enough, they might end up to a foster family. Our hope is to promote foster care as a good practice for children in need. Along with this, we are working to educate and train foster parents.”

You can be the difference!

The decision to become a foster carer means you could transform the life of a child or young person. And you are never alone: with the help, training and support of 24 Seven Fostering, your fostering career will flourish. A member from our friendly and knowledgeable recruitment team will be pleased to have a chat with you about fostering. You’ll be told what you can expect from the time you make an application, right through to the day that you become approved to foster. Here are just a few of the areas we can help with are:

      • Fostering children
      • The fostering allowance
      • How old do you have to be to be a foster carer?
      • The fostering allowance
      • How long does it take to be approved as a foster parent?
      • Can you foster a child as a single parent?

Call 24 Seven Fostering today for further information and guidance. – there is no obligation: General Enquiries: 020 8861 7123 We look forward to hearing from you.

The deadline passes for the National Fostering Stocktake

23rd June, 2017

This is an important year for fostering as Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers have been tasked with carrying out a ‘National Fostering Stocktake’ by the government. The deadline for submissions from stakeholders within the fostering industry was passed on June 16th. The evidence has been called for so that a better understanding of what is working well and why can be reached. The goal is to also identify where improvements can be made in order to achieve better outcomes for children and young people. The ‘Stocktake’ should also highlight where further research is needed.

This investigation into fostering started back in 2016 when Edward Timpson, the then Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families appointed Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers to carry out the ‘Stocktake’. One of the key areas being assessed; perhaps with the most significance in relation to recruitment and retention of foster carers, is the role, status and function of foster carers in relation to other professionals. As there is a national shortage this year of over 9,000 foster families, the conclusions will be eagerly awaited.

The findings are due to be released this December.

You can make a difference to a child!

If you become a foster carer you could make a huge difference to the life of a vulnerable child or young person. You can do this with the help, training and support of 24 Seven Fostering. A member from our friendly and experienced recruitment team will be happy to have an informal chat about what fostering involves: what you can expect from the time you make an application right through to the day you become an approved foster carer. Just a few of the areas we can help with are:

      • Fostering children
      • The fostering allowance
      • Foster carer payments
      • The fostering allowance
      • Training

Call 24 Seven Fostering today – there is no obligation: General Enquiries: 020 8861 7123 for further information and guidance.

Foster carers recognised in Queen’s birthday honours list

22nd June, 2017

This year, it is encouraging to see that the Queen’s birthday honours list contains a number of foster cares who have been singled out for their services to fostering. Giving prominence to the tireless efforts of dedicated foster carers around the country is important in keeping the spotlight on fostering. This is especially important as there are currently over 9,000 new foster families needed in the UK. The experiences of foster carers Pauline and Roger Hill from Enfield typify the dedication of carers who have received awards this year. They began fostering in the early 1980’s during which time they have cared for seventeen children – some of whom have been particularly vulnerable.

The couple responded to hearing news of their award – an MBE – by registering their delight, but modestly stated they felt surprised as they weren’t “any better than any other foster carers.”

24 Seven fostering would like to congratulate all the foster carers and social workers who have been recognised for their selfless efforts this year.

You can make a difference!

Become a foster carer and make a real difference to a vulnerable child or young person’s life. You can do this with the help, training and support of 24 Seven Fostering. Simply give our friendly team a call for information. We will be happy to tell you what fostering involves and what you can expect from the time you apply through to becoming an approved foster carer. Just some of the topics we can help with are:

      • Fostering children
      • Fostering babies
      • Foster Carer Payments

Call 24 Seven Fostering: General Enquiries: 020 8861 7123 for further information and guidance.

Union works to recruit more foster carers

21st June, 2017

A National Fostering Stocktake is now underway. The work is being done by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers at the instruction of the Secretary of State for Education. The Stocktake is inquiring into “the status, role and function of foster carers in relation to other professionals as part of the team working with a child in care”. The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain has been representing some foster carers in the country since last year; they are now aiming for the employment rights of foster carers to be raised as part of this exercise. The union also wants to bring foster care workers rights bill before the government, which “would allow foster carers trade union representation in disciplinary hearings, give them statutory protection for whistle-blowing, and guarantee paid holidays.”

Foster carers, social workers, local authorities and agencies will be welcoming The National Fostering Stocktake. It will at least focus attention on the hard work and commitment of all those who dedicate themselves to caring for vulnerable children and young people.

You can make a difference!

Become a foster carer and make a real difference to a child/young person’s life. You can do this with the help, training and support of 24 Seven Fostering. Simply give our friendly team a call for information. We will be able to tell you what fostering involves and what you can expect. Just some of the topics we can help with are:

      • Fostering children
      • Fostering babies
      • Fostering Allowances

Call 24Seven Fostering: General Enquiries: 020 8861 7123 for information and guidance.

Devon experiences a shortage of foster carers

June 20th, 2017

Across the country, there is a real shortage of foster carers: the county of Devon is keen to attract people into fostering. Over the last six months, 200 children and young people have been referred to one of the leading fostering agencies in that part of the world. This number is made up of 16 parent and child referrals, 41 sibling groups and 59 children and young people with specific needs.

At this particular time there were no fostering placements available for 46 individuals.

For people who would like to learn more about becoming foster parents, a special information event is being held later this month on June 27th at Headway Devon, The XCentre, Commercial Road, Exeter. It starts at 6pm and will finish at 9pm.

And closer to home…

Have you been considering becoming a foster carer? If you have, please call our dedicated recruitment team on 020 8861 7123: our job is to provide you with all the information you need to become a foster carer with 24Seven. Be reassured that we offer both our applicants and foster carers with the very best in training, support and career development. Never forget that once you are an approved foster carer with our agency, the support will be twenty-four seven, 365 days a year. Wherever your interest lies – perhaps fostering children, teenagers or possible fostering babies, please call us.

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