After Vaughan Gething MS was appointed the new First Minister of Wales in March 2024, we reflected on what the top priorities for children's social care should be moving forward. 

By TamzinCovell on May 1st, 2024

Friday 2 February 2024 marked a year since the government’s publication of Stable Homes Built on Love (SHBL). The strategy sets out the government’s plans for reforming children’s social care in England. It was released as a response to the recommendations from multiple high-profile reviews produced in 2022 on children’s social care, including those in the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, led by Josh MacAlister. See our responses to the review.  

By IsobelMintz on February 19th, 2024

Jacqueline and her husband John have two big passions in life – running and fostering. So when they decided to brainstorm ways they could raise awareness of fostering, it only seemed right to use their regular Saturday morning parkruns – a community 5k run - as a platform to spread the word far and wide.

By JasmineR on January 19th, 2024

At the end of October we celebrated National Care Leavers week to help raise awareness of the challenges young people face when they leave the care system. Chief executive at The Fostering Network, Sarah Thomas, summarises some of the events that took place to support NCLW, including our annual #TickTheBox campaign.

By JasmineR on November 14th, 2023

Twin sisters Olivia and Candice grew up in a fostering household and they loved the fun and diversity it brought to their home. Now adults, they have reflected on the impact fostering had on them and how it’s shaped them into the people they are today.

By JasmineR on November 6th, 2023

Corinne Masheder is an occupational therapist who helps people overcome challenges so that they can live independently at home, at work and everywhere else, empowering people to participate in everyday life activities. 

Whilst at university earlier this year, she started to think about how occupational therapy could help children in care who face unfair barriers to participation in activities. One taboo topic came into focus – menstruation. She explains how without the right products and education, periods can be a particularly debilitating part of the month for young people in care.

By louiseventon on October 27th, 2023

At The Fostering Network we are committed to becoming a more inclusive and diverse organisation, so we’ve signed up to The Black Care Experience Charter. Chief executive Sarah Thomas explains what this means for The Fostering Network and the next steps we’ll take towards honouring these commitments. 

By JasmineR on October 24th, 2023

Dr Raja Mukherjee and Dr Alexandra Carlisle are experts in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). They are leads at the National Clinic for FASD – the only specialist clinic in the UK for assessing children and adults for FASD.

In this blog they explain how understanding of the condition has changed over the years and key advice for helping someone with a diagnosis.

By louiseventon on September 21st, 2023

This blog is written by Dr Ro Rossiter, Consultant Clinical Psychologist. It aims to introduce PELI CAN (Promoting Emotional Literacy in Children With Additional Needs). This is a free web-based framework with story guidance and resources for foster carers to use at home.    

By Daisy Elliott on September 19th, 2023

Meet James and Sarah, who over the past year have created the ‘Replenish’ box, filled with products to look after the hair and skin of black children in foster care. We learn more about Replenish and the meaning behind it.

By JasmineR on August 15th, 2023