Monthly Archives: March 2019

How to Prepare for Your First Foster Child

28 March, 2019

This is the first post in our Handy Guide to a Successful First Placement, sharing great advice from our experienced foster carers to help you prepare for your first foster child coming to live with you.  You’ve been approved at panel and receive that all-important call to let you know that we’ve received a referral […]

What To Do the First Day with a Foster Child

This is the second post in our Handy Guide to a Successful First Placement, sharing great advice from our experienced foster carers about important things to do on the first day with a foster child to help them feel settled. The day you’ve been waiting for is finally here; you’re about to have your first […]

How to Support Your Own Children When Fostering

This is the third post in our Handy Guide to a Successful First Placement, sharing great advice from our experienced foster carers on how to support your own children when fostering. It’s no secret that becoming a foster carer changes your family dynamic in some form, particularly with your own children. One day they have […]

Southern Counties Rated Ofsted Outstanding

27 March, 2019

We’re proud to announce that our Southern Counties team have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ following an official inspection from Ofsted, the independent watchdog. The Southern Counties team provide fostering services in and around Kent, West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, and is responsible for respite, emergency and long and short-term fostering placements for over […]

How to Get Your Child to Wear a Helmet

22 March, 2019

Going for a bike ride has many benefits – it’s a lot of fun, great exercise and helps to build strong bonds in foster families. But like most sports, accidents can happen and we know how challenging it can be to get a child to wear a helmet. So, we thought we’d put together some […]

“I have everything I need with Jackie” – A Foster Child’s Story

4 March, 2019

Olivia* was just 10 years old when she came to live with her foster parent, Jackie. Today, five years on from being taken into care, Olivia reflects on her emotional journey of fear, anger, love and now happiness, living with her foster carer Jackie. Jackie has provided Olivia with a sense of belonging and given […]

Spot the Signs of Self-Harm in Children & Teenagers

1 March, 2019

Self Injury Awareness Day (also known as Self Harm Awareness Day) is a global campaign where people choose to be more open about their own self-harm and awareness organisations make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury. For Self Harm Awareness Day, we share some advice to support families who may be worried […]