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Keep Siblings Together

The importance of keeping siblings together when they are placed in foster care is evident, the emotional turmoil that some young people face when separated not only from their parents, but also siblings can be great. Not all siblings can remain together, there may...

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Fresh Veggies Day

It is the 16th June, Fresh Veggies Day. Nutritionists believe that the majority of people do not eat enough vegetables per day. It is the beginning of summer so healthy, fresh, tasty fruit and vegetables are in season. Of course you can purchase fresh...

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Coffee morning @ Luton office

Interested in Fostering? Why not visit Pride Offices and join us for the Pride Coffee Mornings. These are held every Friday from 10am -12pm at Basepoint Business and Innovation Centre, 110 Butterfield, Great Marlings, Luton, LU2 8DL. This will give you a chance to have an...

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Domestic Abuse

The Office of National Statistics (2015) reports that one in four women and one in seven men will suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime. Furthermore 130,000 children live in homes where they are at high risk of murder of serious injury (SafeLives 2014). Unfortunately,...

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LGBT Links Luton

A useful website that offers support to some of our foster carers and the young people in their care is the LGBT website. The website states: “…LGBT Links Luton promotes respect, dignity and wellbeing of all individual’s, young people and families in the LGBT...

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Addaction

There are supportive organisations and charities that support young people who experience drug and alcohol misuse or have mental health worries. One such service is Addaction who have a specialist service for young people aged 10-17, providing expert advice.  The Addaction website states “…As...

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Bullying

Bullying continues to be a prominent issue in society, but with the internet and social media, more forms of bullying are accessible leaving no respite for the victims. Whereas bullying would happen at school, or outside of the home, with social media bullies can...

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Child Protection Plans Halved

In most cases the best outcome for young people, if possible, is to remain with their birth families. A report on the Community Care website detailed the outstanding work by Hertfordshire Council who have managed to halve child protection plans of up to 49%....

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Exemption Clause

MP’s have voted to reinstate the controversial “exemption clause” allowing local authorities to apply for exemptions from children social care legislation. The website Children and Young People Now report that Edward Timpson said “local authorities will only be granted freedoms if an application has...

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New Year

NEW YEARS RESOLUTION

Happy New Year. Have you been thinking about a new year’s resolution revolving around making a difference or helping others? Have you thought about fostering? Our foster carers provide loving and supportive care to young people, but there is a major shortage of foster...

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A GOOD CAUSE

A heart-warming story was uploaded recently on the BBC news website regarding two young boys in foster care. A policewoman appealed for Christmas presents on social media as the boys had never had “pillows, toothbrushes or toys”. The report states that “thousands of gifts...

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Suffolk Foster Carer's Christmas Lunch

Suffolk Foster Carer’s Christmas Lunch

Suffolk Foster Carer’s Christmas Lunch “…On Tuesday 13th December 16,  some of our eastern region foster carer’s, Andy and  Bev May, Kerry and Jonathan Brown, joined Antoinetta D’Allessandro (Supervising Social Work) and David Rignall (Registered Manager), to enjoy a celebratory Pride Christmas lunch at...

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‘I’m a foster carer

I tell people that, and I am aware it is some kind of ‘label’ – I am never quite sure which kind! Maybe people assume foster carers are sort of angels/super-heroes/altruistic beyond belief. Which actually most of us probably aren’t. We have been foster...

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