Fostering Links & Resources
Help, advice and other relevant information for potential and current foster carers
See below general fostering information, website addresses and other relevant resources to help you gain a fuller picture of fostering.
The leading UK charity working for children separated from their birth families.
Co-operatives UK is the national trade body that campaigns for co-operation and works to promote, develop and unite co-operative enterprises.
A free internet filtering and 'malware defence' for protecting home computers, it provides tools for parents to control unwanted content and a safe internet for the family.
Information on Children, Mobiles and the Internet from O2.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a UK charity campaigning and working in child protection.
Ofsted’s Childrens Directorate now inspects and regulates independent fostering agencies such as the Foster Care Co-operative.
This agency supports and promotes improvements in care, early years and social services in Wales. It regulates independent fostering providers such as the Foster Care Co-operative.
The Fostering Network is a UK charity for everyone with a personal or professional involvement in fostering.
Providing a voice for children in care, designed to improve the day to day experience of children and young people in care.
Thinkuknow is an education initiative by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.
WISE KIDS provides innovative training programmes and consultancy in New Media, Internet and Mobile Technologies, Internet Proficiency, Literacy and Safety.
We are proud to announce the launch of our very own fostering book group!
Many of us at FCC enjoy reading books written by foster carers as well as memoirs of those who have been through the care system to inform our fostering practice.
Our staff and carers will come together through a shared enjoyment of reading to document this learning and reflective practice through a virtual forum which can then be shared.
This is a unique style of sharing our learning and we hope many of you can join us.
We will share our learning as well on twitter through #FCCbookgroup
Book 2 for our book group will be Hackney Child by Hope Daniels. Here are some questions to consider when reading and learning from the book. We are honoured to have these questions set by Jenny Molloy.
1) Were there any parts in Hope’s story pre-care that resonate with your professional experiences? Can you share some detail?
2) How would you have managed Hope and her brothers emotionally the day they went into care?
3) What would you have written in their files or in your fostering records, that could give them some ‘peace’ when they were adults reading those files?
4) What do you think stood out as the fundamental ‘thing’ which gave Hope the strength to survive time in care?
I have also added the following:
5) In Hope’s file it reads “no foster parents could cope with mum and dad” as reason for not pursuing foster care. What are your thoughts on this?
6) Hope had many changes of carer whilst in the care system. Did any of these changes stand out for you and how can we learn from this?
7) In order to find a foster carer, Hope is advertised in the national newspaper as ‘Michelle’ and talks about her fluctuating images and emotions around this. What emotions did this stir in you?