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FtSE urge change over Children's Rights

The Foster Care Co-operative fully supports the statement below from FtSE - the member organisation for not-for-profit independent fostering providers) - calling for Children's Rights to 'be at the very heart of care planning'.

Ian Brazier, FCC's Executive Director, said: "In all the challenges and complexities which come with the care of children it is vital that we remember their fundamental rights and needs. We must not be overwhelmed or consumed in our processes and bureacracy and lose the essential basic humanity these vulnerable children so desperately need.”

FCC run writing workshop for children

FCC Wales are proud to be hosting a Creative Writing workshop in August in order to help and inspire both foster and birth children.

Three fantastic Post Graduate, Under Graduate, English and Drama students (pictured above) have designed a workshop to help with this year’s ‘Short Story Competition’ – which is an annually run writing competition for the children of FCC’s carers.

The workshops will help the children explore the setting and characters of their stories – and will involve plenty of fun games, as well as the opportunity to make some new friends!

Every child who enters the competition receive a £5 book token, and there are some smashing prizes up for grabs including an iPad Mini. The stories are also compiled into a book, which is given to all entrants.

FCC launches Short Story Competition!
The Foster Care Co-operative have launched their annual short story competition, aimed at both foster children and birth children of their carers.

Last year, judging duties were undertaken by published author Siobhan Curham - and FCC are pleased to announced that Siobhan has kindly agreed to be this year's judge!

The standard of writing of previous entries has been extremely high, and FCC hope that this year’s entries will be no exception!

Every child who enters receives a £5 book token, and there are some smashing prizes up for grabs including an iPad Mini. The stories are also compiled into a book, which is given to all entrants.

Co-operative of the Year nomination!

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Co-operative of the Year nomination!

Well, we didn't win 'Co-operative of the Year' - congratulations to Midcounties Co-operative who did. Nevertheless we were thrilled to have been one of the nine organisations shortlisted - and remarkably one of two nominees from our hometown of Malvern, Worcestershire.

Ed Mayo, Co-operatives UK secretary general, said: “All nine of our shortlisted co-operatives would have been worthy winners in their own right. With almost 7,000 co-operatives across the UK, it is remarkable that two of the nine shortlisted co-ops are based in Malvern.

“Both Jamboree and the Foster Care Co-operative stand out because of the huge impact they have on the lives of individuals. And we are talking about potentially very vulnerable members of our society. They are both fantastic examples of why co-ops work. The figures at The Foster Care Co-operative speak for themselves.

“To achieve stable placements that last more than six times the national average is incredible and demonstrates how a model based on high quality carer training - and ultimately putting the needs of children first - works."

You can read more about the award here.
FtSE & NAFP urge the Government to support all children in care to secure permanent home

FCC fully supports the statement below from FtSE and NAFP with regards to child centred permanence.

Fostering through Social Enterprise (FTSE) and the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers (NAFP) are urging the Government to support all children in care to secure a permanent home without delay.

Separating out different routes to permanence is unhelpful to children and those who care for them. It is the outcome for the child, not the legal order they are placed under, that is crucial.

FCC delivers 'Good Educational Outcomes' training!

Evidence indicates that children/young people who are looked after do not generally do as well at school as their peers, which reduces their opportunity to move to further education, and affects their employment or training opportunities.

FCC Short Story Competition

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
FCC Short Story Competition
The Foster Care Co-operative are proud to be running their annual short story competition, aimed at both foster children and birth children of their carers.
Vote FCC for Co-operative of the Year!

Please vote FCC for Co-operative of the Year! You can cast your vote here.

Foster Care  Fortnight™ - could you be a foster carer?
We have many foster carer recruitment events in England & Wales this Foster Care Fortnight™!

Mick and Sian have been foster carers for The Foster Care Co-operative for over seven years and live in the Cambridge area. Their main motivation for becoming carers was to give young people a real opportunity in life. When asked what they enjoy most about being carers Mick Jewell said: “the challenges and progressions of the children, their education, social interactions and seeing them grow, build self-esteem and form amazing personalities.” Mick also talked about challenges faced as a foster carer. “Breaking the code of understanding for each of the children whilst getting to know them and their unique ways. There are no two children the same.” In terms of qualities required to be a carer, Mick and Sian have cited patience, commitment to family, willingness to attend training and support groups and an open mind! Mick and Sian currently foster three children and have two children of their own.

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