Our work in Wales

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Our Cardiff-based team work directly with our members throughout Wales. We support foster carers and other professionals by delivering training, learning, research and advice and information services. Working with a range of partners across academia, statutory and third sector and including ADSS Cymru, Cascade and our Confidence in Care consortium partners, we have unrivalled expertise and knowledge to support excellence in foster care.

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

Business support services

The Fostering Network Wales holds a unique and privileged position in the fostering sector. We have built up a body of skills, knowledge and experience that is second to none.

Our core strengths include:

  • Engagement with looked after children and foster carers to inform legislation, policy and practice.
  • Bespoke consultancy and advice
  • Organisational strategy and development
  • Consortia building and partnerships
  • Governance and leadership
  • Community engagement including the organising and leading on stakeholder workshops
  • Facilitation of group discussion and stakeholder participation, and preparation of consultation documents
  • Recording and presentation of technical information
  • Research and evaluation (which includes qualitative, quantitative, digital, desk and face-to-face research)
  • Producing and dissemination of information and resources

For more information email Maria Boffey, business and community development manager or call her on 029 2044 0940.

Training and learning development service

We have a highly skilled bank of associate trainers to deliver our current portfolio of training and develop additional courses for us using their expertise. An extensive programme of open courses is planned for 2016, and we are also working with the Care Council to ensure that our training for social workers meets their CPEL requirements.

For more information see our training pages or email Sarah Mobedji, training and learning development service manager on or call her on 029 2044 0940.

Learning seminars

To ensure that our members have access to policy and practice knowledge, we host a programme of learning seminars on key topics at a reduced rate for members. The sessions enable knowledge sharing, peer support and dedicated time for debate and discussion. In 2015 we hosted seminars on the Social Services and Wellbeing Act (Wales) and on Confidence in Care.

For more information email Maria Boffey, business and community development manager or call her on 029 2044 0940.

Information, advice and assistance

The Fostering Network is able to provide unrivalled bi lingual information, advice and support to foster carers and other professionals. We operate the free bilingual Fosterline Wales helpline, open from 9.30am – 12.30pm daily.

We also operate an independent support service for local authorities and independent fostering providers, to provide an independent advocate when needed to foster carers.

Find out more about our independent support services.