From Foster Carers for Foster Carers

The From Foster Carers for Foster Carers page is a base for foster carers to respond to the challenges and barriers raised and share their experiences, strategies and advice for other foster carers in regard to the key recommendations generated in current research. Here you will find blogs, advice pages and top tips for successfully supporting children and young people in care in school and further education.

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May 2, 2019

The Fostering Network in collaboration with Cardiff University have developed a new magazine for foster carers Working Hand in Hand.

The magazine draws on the voices of young people and foster carers and aims to provide an overview of some of the main challenges that fostered children face at school. But, more importantly, it aims to offer some practical ideas for steps to take to help children and young people in your care do...

December’s ExChange workshop was a collaboration between Colin Turner from The Fostering Network, Dr Rhiannon Evans and Stephen Jennings from DECIPHer. The workshop looked at self-harm and suicide amongst care experienced young people. The focus was on the experiences of foster carers and residential workers and the support needed for management and prevention.

The session began with an introduction by Colin Turner, the directo...

November 15, 2018

We’ve been fostering for six years and one of the striking things from that time is the ways in which school can be a ‘hostile environment’ for fostered children and young people. It doesn’t just stop at the school gate though; the damage can reach deep into their home lives and put terrible strain on the relationship with their fostering families. 

The Hostile Environment

Because of the way that Academy schools are organised in...

October 25, 2018

Up and down the country, there are thousands of foster carers who provide loving and stable families for their foster children, but who don’t have the confidence to speak out.  Whilst we’ve slowly grown in confidence to advocate for care experienced children and young people, I am uncomfortable with the suggestion that we do this because we’re in some way special – we’re not! 

How we arrived at having the confidence is a l...

September 12, 2018

Many foster carers attend meetings with schools as part of their role.  The below list is a reflection of all the things that I have found useful over the years, from the meetings I’ve attended.  I hope these points will act as a guide and a checklist for other foster carers, and support them in the future, when preparing for a meeting. 

  • Write a list of questions you want answered.

  • Ensure you will be speaking...

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