Our Glasgow-based team work directly with our members throughout Scotland. Through a wide range of events, training, activities, consultations and projects we aim to involve children and young people, foster carers and fostering services in all we do.
Fostering Community Champions
Funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Communities, Fostering Community Champions in Scotland is an exciting four-year project which started in 2014, that aims to improve the outcomes of children in care by reducing the isolation experienced by many foster carers and helping young people to use their experience of foster care in a positive and meaningful way.
During the project we are training and supporting 48 volunteers which will include 36 foster carers and 12 young people
Young Champions are a group of young people aged 15 - 22 who have lived in a fostering household, either as a fostered young person or the son/daughter of foster carers. Young champions are involved in a range of activities to work to remove the stigma of being in foster carer, to inform The Fostering Network's campaigning, give media presentations and be involved in a variety of activities which will build their confidence, develop transferable skills and improve their ability to develop positive relationships.
Foster carer champions support carers who need to talk through their thoughts on how to deal with a specific issue, a sounding board for frustrations, somewhere to discuss the feelings of grief and loss that are part and parcel of being a foster carer or somewhere they can debrief after a stressful situation or placement. They can talk in confidence by phone to or email an experienced and specially trained foster carer champion who is there to listen, to support and to understand what they are going through as a foster carer.
Let’s Go Again!
Thanks to funding from the National Lottery’s Awards for All programme we are delighted to launch Let’s Go Again! Arts & Crafts, the first in a series of four themed booklets encouraging children and young people (and grown ups) to participate in challenges and become a medal winner!
Arts & Crafts encourages learning a new skill, being creative and making a gift. Fun with Food will involve cooking and health eating challenges, Nature Detectives will focus on discovering wildlife and enjoying the outdoors and Scotland has Talent will engage children in music and drama.
If you would like a copy of Arts & Crafts, or if you would like a copy of our original booklet, Let’s Go: Sporting Challenges, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0141 204 1400
Our Fosterline Scotland service can be contacted on 0141 204 1400. You can also email email@example.com. Our Fosterline worker usually works Monday to Friday from 10am Util 4pm and is happy to answer a range of fostering related queries and questions.
Learning and development
Our team of associate trainers regularly delivers 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’ delivered centrally in Glasgow. Find out more on our training pages or contact Joy Crawford, learning and development co-ordinator, by email or phone 0141 204 1400.
We are keen to support fostering services across Scotland to develop their existing fostering panel membership. We hold a database of potential panel members, with a range of experiences and expertise. If you would like to add your details to the fostering panel database, or are looking for new additions to your fostering panel contact Sarah McEnhill by email or phone 0141 204 1400.
IVP (Scotland) forum
The Fostering Network facilitates quarterly meetings of the Independent and Voluntary Provider’s (IVP) forum. Independent fostering services that are members of The Fostering Network are invited to attend the forum and feed into practice and strategic discussions and work collectively to improve foster care in Scotland. Forum meetings have input from Scottish Government and the Care Inspectorate and recently the forum has worked with Social Work Scotland to revise and implement the best practice protocol for foster carers transferring between agencies. For further information contact Sarah McEnhill by email or phone 0141 204 1400.