Simon Dolley

Each child in foster care should be valued as an individual

Each child in foster care should be valued as an individual

Continuing our series of National Minimum Standards for Foster Care the Fostering Services department of the Government has produced. This time we have “Each child should be valued as an individual and given personalised support in line with their individual needs and background in order to develop their identity, self confidence and self-worth. “ It is vitally important that every child is accorded the unique support and treatment which works… Read More »Each child in foster care should be valued as an individual

Bristol, Glos, Somerset & Wilts Foster Carers Support Group

Bristol, Glos, Somerset & Wilts Foster Carers Support Group

We arrange regular support groups for our foster carers in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. This month the Bristol support group was in Clevedon for our carers to meet. It is so important for carers to meet and share how things are going – sharing experiences and ideas. Pictured are some of the carers from this month’s meeting.        

I have suffered from depression in the past; will that prevent me from fostering?

I have suffered from depression in the past; will that prevent me from fostering?

Fostering FAQs: I have suffered from depression in the past; will that prevent me from fostering? No. Past mental health issues do not exclude you from becoming a foster carer but you would need to discuss this with us. We always ask for a medical report as part of the assessment process. We would explore with you whether the emotional demands of fostering might cause any difficulties for you and… Read More »I have suffered from depression in the past; will that prevent me from fostering?

Bristol Foster Carer Gardeners Grow Sunflowers in our Competition

Bristol Foster Carer Gardeners Grow Sunflowers in our Competition

Back in the spring we gave our young people and Foster Carers in the Bristol region some sunflower seeds to see how they got on. Our Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire foster families really got into the competition with some impressive results from our budding gardeners, showing their green fingers!    

Fostered Children should be treated the same as Birth Children

Fostered Children should be treated the same as Birth Children

The Fostering Services department of the Government has produced some National Minimum Standards for Foster Care. One of these is “Children in foster care deserve to be treated as a good parent would treat their own children and to have the opportunity for as full an experience of family life and childhood as possible, without unnecessary restrictions.“ This is a fundamental element of good fostering. Many of our foster carers… Read More »Fostered Children should be treated the same as Birth Children

Welcome to our Cornwall and Devon Fostering Team Joe!

Welcome to our Cornwall and Devon Fostering Team Joe!

Welcome to Joe who joins us as one of our new Supervising Social Worker’s covering fostering in Devon and Cornwall, based out of our Tavistock office. Joe said “I qualified as a Social Worker in 1988 and since that time have worked in various roles both in the UK and Australia. Predominantly in Children’s Services. I have worked for Local Authorities and independent Agencies where a larger part of my… Read More »Welcome to our Cornwall and Devon Fostering Team Joe!

Fostering FAQs: Can I choose how long I want a child or young person to stay with me?

Fostering FAQs: Can I choose how long I want a child or young person to stay with me?

Fostering FAQs: Can I choose how long I want a child or young person to stay with me? During the assessment process, we’ll sit down with you to discuss what types of fostering will suit you best, such as respite, short-term, long-term, parent and child assessment or bridging. It isn’t always possible to know exactly how long a child will stay with you, but we’ll keep you updated as much… Read More »Fostering FAQs: Can I choose how long I want a child or young person to stay with me?

Bristol Foster Carer climbs Ben Nevis

Bristol Foster Carer climbs Ben Nevis

Looking after yourself is a really important aspect of caring for others. Whether it is a dog walk when the children are at school, or meeting a friend for a coffee, or like Saadat (one of our Bristol foster carers) taking a few days to motorcycle around Scotland and climb Ben Nevis. Stay warm, Saadat! Saadat and and his wife Saima are both Pakistani-British. They have two boys of their… Read More »Bristol Foster Carer climbs Ben Nevis