The Fostering Network in Wales work directly with care-experienced young people to create magazines that speak to their concerns, document their experiences, and communicate important messages. The first edition of Thrive was published in 2005 and since then it has provided information, support and guidance to children and young people in foster care across Wales. Thrive provides a legitimate platform that empowers young people to have their say and express their views on what is important to them.

The mental health and wellbeing of young people has never been more under pressure – and sometimes being care experienced can add its own challenges. For some young people, this has been made worse by the pandemic and cost of living increases, with some saying that they experienced loneliness, money problems, and struggles in accessing mental health support services. 

The latest edition of the Thrive magazine drew on research undertaken at Cardiff University including a study that explored wellbeing support for care experienced young people in the pandemic. This edition of Thrive magazine looks at all the different resources available to support children and young people with mental health and provides advice and tips for maintaining and wellbeing.

You can download a free copy from The Fostering Network in Wales website:

Key contact: Charlotte Wooders, Fostering Communities Project Manager, The Fostering Network in Wales, @tfn_Wales,

For previous editions of Thrive, please visit The Fostering Network website.

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