The Fostering Network’s Step Up Step Down project, a pioneering approach to support children to stay at home when they might otherwise end up in care, has won the Family Support Award at the Children and Young People Now Awards.

Step Up Step Down is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and is delivered in partnership with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. Foster carers are at the heart of this innovative project, where they ‘step up’ when a family requires additional support and ‘step down’ when they feel more able to manage.

The experiences of Muslim foster carers and prospective foster carers are explored in a report launched today by leading fostering charity The Fostering Network. 

The Muslim Fostering Project report summarises the findings of a national programme which was led by The Fostering Network in partnership with Mercy Mission UK and funded by the Better Community Business Network. 

On Saturday, Yvonne Worsell, a foster carer with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, was presented with The Fostering Network’s Outstanding Contribution to Foster Care Award at the annual Northern Ireland Foster Care Awards. The awards are hosted by The Fostering Network in partnership with the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service.

Fostered children are being prevented from staying in touch with some of the most important people in their lives, according to a new report from the UK’s leading fostering charity.