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Fostered to football

The Fostering Network catches up with Ricky Weir, former Players Footballer of the Year in the Jersey Premier League and current founder and chairman of the Jersey2Africa4Football initiative.

The Wexsteen Chronicles

How two care experienced sisters shot for the moon with their very own fashion brand.

School attendance and punctuality

About the issue

It is a legal requirement for children and young people to attend school regularly and punctually. Time out of the classroom may mean missing important lessons. The first ten minutes of a class would usually cover the introduction to an activity, and once missed may disrupt the rest of the child’s schedule.

Truancy can have a negative impact on a child and/or young person’s future. Truancy matters because:

Walking Tall

About Walking Tall

Tips to help cope with exam stress

To help cope with exam stress we have compiled a list of top tips from stress experts, foster carers and young people.  Additional advice and information regarding exams is available in the latest publication in our All You Need To Know series - A Guide to the Education of Looked After Children – which can be purchased from​


Tips for foster carers

  • Speak to your young person

Education resources for foster carers

Supporting learning and development

The following pages will give foster carers some starting points for supporting a child's learning and development at home:

Fostering the Future

Fostering the Future is one of several innovative programmes The Fostering Network runs to improve foster care and outcomes for fostered young people and foster and kinship foster carers.

For more information about Fostering the Future phone The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland on 028 9070 5056, or contact Mikhaila Woods

Fostering Achievement

Fostering Achievement was one of a range of innovative programmes that The Fostering Network runs to improve foster care and outcomes for fostered young people.

​For media enquiries regarding Fostering Achievement email The Fostering Network's media team or phone 020 7620 6441.

Learning and development

Foster carers keep fostered children safe and help them to achieve their potential within a tightly regulated service that places many expectations on them and requires that they have a thorough understanding of child development and the legislative and regulatory system within which they work. Depending on the needs and age of the children that they are looking after, foster carers also require an understanding of the education and healthcare systems, mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependency, child sexual exploitation, the asylum system and so on.


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