A number of Wessex and South West foster carers attended a child protection and child sexual exploitation training on 13 09 2018, facilitated by Dialogue. Topics covered were an update of current statistics and links to looked after children, categories of abuse, brain development (Bruce Parry – American psychologist), Finkelhor’s precondition model of child sexual abuse, grooming, missing and child sexual exploitation and contextual safeguarding – working together to safeguard… Read More »Child Protection and CSE training for carers
Some of our young people in Bristol recently met up and had a wonderful day at The Wild Place, Bristol. “It was a hot day so we put on sun cream and had lots of drinks throughout the day. We saw lots of animals and played in the woods which was shaded. We had a lunch in the café followed by a play in the play area which was under… Read More »Fun at the The Wild Place, Bristol
A huge welcome to Anne who has started as a Supervising Social Worker in our Tavistock office. Find out more about Anne here Find out more about Jo here It’s great to have you both on the team.
Sue and Dave Lorimer have recently celebrated 10 years of fostering with the Fostering Foundation. They have been fostering for 18 years and still enjoy it today as much as when they started. Sue and Dave reflected that from Day 1 the support from the Fostering Foundation has been fantastic. The Fostering Foundation want to thank Sue and Dave for all their hard work over the years.
In case you missed it, the Department for Education in England formally announced that foster carers will have access to the Government’s 30 hours free childcare offer for three-and-four-year-olds from September, giving them the same rights as other working families in England. This announcement reflects a successful campaign by The Fostering Network, other organisations and foster carers. Thank you to everyone involved. More information will be available from the DfE shortly, including… Read More »Free childcare for foster carers
We recently ran this training in our Tavistock office. Here is the feedback from one of our team who joined our carers on this training. “The training was excellent and I learned more in three hours than I did on a previous course that was for 2 days. It was accessible to people with different levels of understanding, both personally and Professionally. The facilitator gave, at times, a light hearted,… Read More »Autistic Spectrum Disorders Training
The carers and staff met for a support group meeting in the Community Room at Middlemoor Fire Station on 27th June 20018. As always there was plenty of time for the carers to share with the group their current situations and placements and there was lots of advice and support given where needed from the other carers and staff as well. There was also a discussion around foster children in… Read More »Carers Support Group Wessex met up last week
A big thank you to Sainsbury’s Hankridge Farm who invited us back to their store this year for Carers Week. We had a great time hosting an information stand and meeting lots of lovely staff and members of the public who wanted to say hello and find out about fostering and becoming a foster carer.