Fostering Derbyshire

Anne (a foster carer) – My Story

A rewarding decision

With more and more children coming into care; 1 every 22 minutes, foster carers are urgently needed across the UK.
Deciding to be a foster carer is not an easy decision. I became a foster carer seven years ago and it certainly proved to be harder work than I expected! However it was […]

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Training foster carers to help improve children’s educational outcomes

Children in care are lowest performing in education

Children do not choose to be in care. Many enter the care system as a result of abuse or neglect. They may have experienced domestic violence, substance misuse, poverty, hunger, the loss of a parent or inadequate parenting. It is no surprise then that children and young […]

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35 years of foster care

Looking after other people’s children for 35 years takes patience, understanding and a commitment to care. But for Gillian White it has changed her life.

Making a Difference

For the past 35 years Gillian has provided both short and long term care for more than 200 children. She is currently fostering three young children and offers […]

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Doncaster Rovers to promote fostering

Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones has officially launched a new partnership between Doncaster Rovers Football Club and Doncaster Council’s Fostering Service.

A partnership to promote fostering

To help meet the fostering recruitment targets, Rovers Football Club have set up a partnership with Doncaster Council’s Fostering Service to encourage fans and sponsors to consider looking after children currently […]

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A Third of foster children separated from siblings

A Third of foster children separated from siblings

According to recent reports, in 2013 one in three children in foster care were separated from siblings. Between April 2013 and March 2014 almost 11,000 children under 16 years of age (who had at least one sibling) were placed into care in the UK. Action for Children […]

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Urgent need for foster carers to come forward

Urgent need for foster carers

With 90,000 children in care across the UK and the number still continuing to rise, new foster carers are urgently needed to look after these vulnerable young people. The most vulnerable are those requiring emergency placements.

Varied circumstances

Young people may need emergency placements for various reasons. They may be at risk […]

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75% of foster carers expected to make use of staying put arrangements

Earlier this year the Government introduced the ‘Staying Put’ arrangement for care leavers aged 18 and over to remain with foster carers up until their 21st birthday.

The aim is to provide greater stability and transition into adulthood and prepare young people for further education and employment.
According to Government figures (between April 2013 and March […]

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Brains get sick too: How neuroscience can teach children about mental health

Children get coughs and colds, graze their knees and sometimes break their arm. But this is ‘the norm’ and people talk openly about it. Why is it then that if a young person is depressed or struggling with a mental illness that nobody talks about it?

A major risk factor

With one in four people experiencing […]

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Ban on parents taking their children out of school during term to be relaxed

Parents will now be allowed to take their children out of school during term time for special occasions, as head teachers plan to relax the holiday ban introduced by Michael Gove.

New Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is backing a relaxation of the rules drawn up by the National Association of Head Teachers. Children will now […]

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