As the campaigns manager at The Fostering Network, I am increasingly being asked where The Fostering Network stands on the idea of foster carers being employed, with full workers’ rights, by a fostering service.
Welcome to the November campaigns blog. This has been a really busy month for the campaigns team!
This blog, by Megan Jarvie, head of policy and public affairs at the Family and Childcare Trust, coincides with the launch of their report Starting Out Right: Early Education and Looked After Children.
In this blog, Debbie Douglas, an experienced foster carer (and star of The Only Way Is Essex), shares ten thoughts on how she has 'survived' being a foster carer.
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Within the Children and Social Work Bill, currently going through parliament, are plans from the Westminster Government to create a new regulator for social workers called Social Work England.
£212 a week. According to insurance company LV=, the average cost of bringing up a child is just over £11,000 per year. That’s £212 a week. If you’re a parent, like me, then that sort of figure will probably come as no surprise to you.
Parents and carers sometimes email me asking for advice or wanting to share something about their children. Some of these are posted on the Happy Kids Forum of my website. I’d like to share a few with you now:
Aimeé is a countywide children’s project worker for the Fostering Recruitment Assessment Team and Therapeutic Fostering Team for Essex County Council. She has worked for the local authority for 11 years and as part of Sons and Daughters Month she shares her perspective of fostering.
For the last 12 years Niamh has grown up as part of a fostering family. She has shared her experiences in this blog as part of Sons and Daughters Month.
Denica is a foster carer with Essex County Council, as well as being head of partner and supplier management for Lloyds Banking Group. Here she shares her experience of welcoming the first children into her home as a foster carer.