As parents, we try to make sure that our children have a healthy diet and get their ‘five a day!’, but really, all we can do is try! Young people will make their own decisions about what foods they like and dislike, some more fussy than others! But what if we have a deeper […]
Reflecting on your role as a foster carer
Have you ever stopped to reflect on your role as a foster carer? What aspects you enjoy most? What you find challenging? What your strengths as a foster carer are? Being a foster carer is a very rewarding but also challenging role and you spend most of […]
For many children, school life can be challenging. But for children in care, school life can be particularly difficult. Their educational experience may have been disrupted due to moving schools, or if they have been absent from school for extended periods of time.
The gaps in their learning are likely to have become barr iers […]
Sibling Bullying is not part and parcel of growing up
It is often dismissed as a normal part of growing up. But being picked on by your brother or sister can cause deep mental scars, experts have warned.
According to a study by the University of Oxford, children who are bullied regularly by a sibling could […]
Urgent need for more foster carers
In her remarkable BBC2 documentary, Fostering & Me, aired earlier this year, Lorraine Pascale highlighted the importance of foster care and the urgent need for more foster carers in Britain today..
Adopted at 18 months old and then fostered at eight, Lorraine believes that fostering “saved her life”.
Lorraine was born […]
There is an urgent need for more foster carers across the UK, particularly for teenage placements.
Teenage placements urgently needed
A survey carried out by The Fostering Network has shown that 3 out of 5 fostering services are desperately seeking foster carers for teenagers. And sadly this situation is not improving; 98% of fostering services in […]
According to new statistics from the Department for Education, the number of looked after children in England is continuing to rise.
Key findings from the latest report highlights that the number of looked after children has increased steadily over the past 5 years and is now higher than at any point since 1985. The report […]
A survey for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Simplyhealth has found that more people are taking time off work in order to care for their children or elderly relatives.
People struggling to cope with career and caring for children and relatives
The survey revealed that more and more people are having time […]
A child’s life chances are already being decided before they have “knotted their tie and fastened their laces” for their first day at school.
Early education improves exam results and career prospects
We all want the best for our children and want them to have the best start in life. But when do we start making […]