Our work in England

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Our team in England works directly with our members throughout the country. We offer national and local support, with our practice support consultants, advice and mediation workers and independent support workers covering all regions. We provide a wide range of events, training, projects, consultancy, and support for foster carers and fostering services, all aimed at making foster care better for every child and every carer, every day.

Find out the current numbers of fostered children and foster carers in England, as well as our latest recruitment targets, or read more about fostering legislation in England.

Practice support team

Our dedicated team of regional practice support consultants are all practice experts with direct experience of social work, working within fostering services and providing legal advice. Practice consultants provide members with advice and support on a wide range of fostering issues including legislative frameworks, sharing best practice, recruitment and retention of foster carers, arrangements for young people 18+ and safer caring. Find details of the practice support consultant in your area.

Independent support services

High quality independent support is vital for foster carers in times of allegations or other disputes they may be involved in. We offer direct independent support for foster carers, via their fostering services in a variety of ways, including our long-established advice and mediation service. Find out more about our range of independent support services and our team of advice and mediation and independent support workers.

Publications, training, events, packages and consultancy

The Fostering Network supports foster carers with a range of training and publications, which are tailored to meet their needs. Services too can benefit from our training and publications, as well as packages of support and consultancy to improve their service and offer to foster carers.

All our publications have been developed using our experience of working with foster carers and fostering services for over 40 years, including our flagship pre-approval training, The Skills to Foster™. We continually update and develop our materials based on feedback and to reflect external changes.

We offer events for foster carers, social workers and other professionals to address key issues and provide opportunities to share best practice in fostering, so that together we can transform the lives of looked after children.

Our team of expert trainers regularly deliver our range of popular training courses across the country, available as both ‘in house’ (purchased by and delivered within your fostering service) or ‘open courses’. Online courses are also available for foster carers. Find out more on our training pages or contact Christina Nelson.

The Fostering Network has extensive experience of delivering bespoke consultancy in a diverse range of both strategic and operational areas including pre-Ofsted preparation, benchmarking, best practice and managing change. Between our experience staff team and our extensive pool of associates, we bring together key national experts in all aspects of fostering. Our relationship with our members makes us ideally placed to design and deliver tailored support packages and our focus is to offer affordable and sustainable solutions for those we work with.

Contact business development manager James Foyle for more information on our consultancy work and other packages of support.

Projects

We are constantly developing and piloting innovative new approaches to foster care across England, to ensure the very best for fostered children. We work in partnership with fostering services and national decision makers to look at ways of addressing some of the key challenges within fostering. Read more about our current projects.

Member helpline

Our highly experienced helpline team offers a comprehensive and responsive service for members. Members of The Fostering Network can call us with any queries or areas they want to discuss further on 020 7401 9582 from 10am-3pm, Monday to Friday.

We endeavour to answer all calls directly. However, if you call during opening hours and reach our voicemail, please leave a message clearly stating your name and number and we will get back to you within 24 to 48 hours.

Our team are expert in offering guidance around national minimum standards, legislative frameworks, tax enquiries and how to access support. As well as using the expertise within the team, they are able to consult practice experts from across the organisation for specific technical advice.

You can also email the helpline on info@fostering.net or write to us at 87 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8HA and we will respond within seven to 10 working days.