Black History Month 2022

In all honesty, whenever I think of Black History Month, I always reflect on the history of America such as the Civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and of course the slave trade.  It’s all history but let’s be honest it’s American history, and though there are similarities in the…

World Mental Health Day – 10th October

Mental health is subject that we often talk about, but are we good at making sure that we are looking after ourselves and supporting those around us? We can be better! Continually looking to keep this important subject in our minds, the theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is Make Mental Health And…

Sons & Daughters Month 2022

We think of you all year round but this month is time to tell you all out loud! To all of you who are the children of foster carers and sharing your home and parents, thank you 😊 Thank you for accepting new children into your home. We know that sometimes it is not easy,…

Grandparents – The Kids Need You!

Slightly belatedly (Grandparents Day was a few weekends ago!) we are acknowledging the significant input that grandparent figures can have on the lives of young people, either your own or step-grandchildren but also for children in foster care. Thank you Grandparents for all your continued love, support and guidance in all things 😊 However, are…

Working Foster Carers

Are you currently working but would like to foster? Have you been told that you can’t foster because you work? Depending on your flexibility, you could foster whilst working! Many children will require a foster carer to be at home full-time (pre-school in particular) due to the high levels of contact/family time, appointments, social worker…

The Power of Social Media Influencers

Social media is a significant presence in most people’s lives, particularly children and young people, and has had many positive impacts but there are some negatives. For example, social media influencers can have many online followers and portray glamourous lifestyles that young people are obviously interested in and perhaps wish to achieve for themselves when…

Keeping Siblings Together – My Name is Leon

Did you watch the recent adaption of Kit de Waal’s well-regarded book about a young boy who is trying to navigate being in foster care in the early 1980s (a very different time for fostering and ideas of child-centred practice!)? If you did, wasn’t the young actor in the title role, Cole Martin, fantastic! Whilst…

Pride – June 2022

This year marks 50 years of Pride celebrations in the UK!  Gay Pride did however start a few years earlier in the USA, where the first LGBT Pride march was coordinated by Brenda Howard, known as the “Mother of Pride”.  She also initiated the idea of a programme of weeklong events around the Pride march.…