Advice and mediation workers, England

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The Fostering Network’s long-established advice and mediation service provides independent support to foster carers on behalf of both local authorities and independent fostering providers across England.

All foster carers registered with the fostering services listed below can contact the named advice and mediation worker directly for a broad range of support services.

To find out more about setting up an advice and mediation service with The Fostering Network, fostering services should contact independent support services manager Louise Horne.

Central Midlands (Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Telford and Wrekin)

Bethan Houston

01905 622 459

East Midlands (Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City)

Sarah Furby

0115 945 2486


Antonella Parker

01379 608977

North East (Barnardo’s,  Durham)

Carole Taylor

0191 262 2229

North West (Blackburn, Bolton, Bury, Cheshire East, Knowsley, Stockport, Warrington)

Pat Woolley

0161 776 0547

South Midlands (Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes)              

Jayne Hogan-Birse

0247 650 5319

West Midlands (Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull)

Ruth Hubble

01564 703835