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All About Fostering is our monthly podcast which, as the name suggests, covers issues relating to fostering. There are interviews with people involved in fostering and decision makers from the fostering community. We also discuss topics in the wider media concerning foster care.

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Episode 11 - Keep Connected

We discuss our Keep Connected campaign and hear from a foster carer about her attempt to keep in contact with her former fostered child. We also talk to two social workers, who were themselves in foster care, about the extent to which care experienced children are encouraged to maintain their important relationships when they move on.

Read more about our Keep Connected campaign.

Music: "Heartwarming" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 
Episode 10 - Walking Tall

We take a look at the impact of our Walking Tall project in Scotland and hear from some of the young people who took part.

Visit our Walking Tall webpage.

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Epidsode 9 - The State of the Nation's Foster Care Report

We discuss our State of the Nation's Foster Care report and some of the key findings and recommendations.

Find out more about our State of the Nation's foster care report.

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Episode 8 - Staying Put: An Unfulfilled Promise

We discuss The Fostering Network's latest report - Staying Put: An Unfulfilled Promise - which looks at Staying Put legislation four years on from its introduction in England to see how well it is enabling care experienced young people to remain living with their former foster family.

Take action to improve Staying Put.

Read the report.

Music: "Heartwarming" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
 

Episode 7 - The State of the Nation's Foster Care survey 2018

We discuss our 2018 State of the Nation's Foster Care survey which canvasses foster carers' opinions of the current fostering landscape. 

Take the survey today!

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Episode 6 - Fostering Excellence Awards nominations

We find out a little more about the nominations process from our head of marketing and hear about what it is like to receive an award from a previous winner and the person who nominated them. 

Nominate someone today!

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Episode 5 - Stocktake response

Chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, shares the charity's response to the fostering stocktake in England report, published in February 2018. Kevin discusses fostering as a permanent option as well as the status and representation of foster carers.

Read our written response

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Episode 4 - Post 18 arrangements

We speak to young people in post 18 placements as well as Staying Put carers to find out how recent legislation is being implemented.

Read more about the various post 18 provisions around the UK.

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Episode 3 - Mockingbird

We visited Stockport to hear the thoughts of fostering service staff and foster carers on being a part of Mockingbird. Stockport Council was one of the eight original pilot sites for the programme which began in 2015. To know more about the programme in Stockport read our blog, and for further details on the programme visit our Mockingbird webpage.

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Episode 2 - Foster Carers' Pay

The Fostering Network conducted a survey of foster carers about their pay. This podcast explores the findings of the survey with The Fostering Network's director of communications and public affairs Jackie Sanders.

More about foster carer pay.

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Episode 1 - Campaigns

An interview with The Fostering Network's campaign's manager, Vicki Swain, about the priorities for the children's minister in England and our campaigns.

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