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We will be holding recruitment events in selected areas of South Wales this summer. We look forward to seeing you at any of these venues where you will have the opportunity to speak to our Social Workers who will be able to tell you all about fostering with The Foster Care Co-operative: May 9th,Tesco in Merthyr Tydfil from 10.00 to 6.00; May 24th/25th, Asda, Leckwith, Cardiff from 10.00 to 6.00; June 22nd at Tesco, Upper Boat in Pontypridd from 10.00 to 6.00.

Care referrals in England have risen

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The BBC reports today that the number of children referred into care in England has hit a record high.

The Protection of Freedoms Bill, currently passing through Parliament, includes a proposal which will see the CRB and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) become a new organisation called the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The new organisation will be responsible for the delivery of the disclosure and barring services currently delivered by CRB and ISA. The Bill also includes provision for the reform of these services; for example, the introduction of a new, portable disclosure service – and the DBS will be responsible for delivering these services once they are introduced. The planned date for the new organisation to come into being is November 2012, subject to Parliamentary timetabling. Neither the CRB nor the ISA will relocate as part of the transition to the new organisation. As we receive more information about the formation of the DBS, we will of course keep you updated.

9,000 foster carers needed

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The Fostering Network have today announced that they anticipate almost 9,000 new foster carers will be needed throughout the UK in 2012. We're currently recruiting in Central Scotland and across England and Wales. Look around the site to find out more about The Process, About The Children, Carers' Stories, What We Provide and our Support Locations. Once approved, carers have access to a password protected Carers' Support Area.

FCC at BAAF IP Forum

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The FCC was happy to join the BAAF IP Forum with the Children's Minister, Tim Laughton, who was answering a variety of questions on fostering.

Ofsted: Extract from the November 2011 report

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"This agency provides a consistently high quality service. The overall rating is good and all outcome areas are good with some outstanding features. There are no recommendations. The agency has a clear understanding of its strengths and areas for improvement which are proactively addressed in a planned and timely manner. Key features of this agency are the low caseloads for supervising social workers which helps them give outstanding support to foster carers. There is also a high level of stable placements experienced by children and young people and excellent training and resulting telephone consultation available to supervising social workers and foster carers. Six recommendations were made after the last inspection. All have been met."

The FCC Charitable Trust has been registered with the Charity Commission. Grants are available by applying to our Executive Director, Ian Brazier. The trustees of the trust may make grants that: a. Advance the education of young people who are being or have been fostered by the Foster Care Co-operative, their carers and immediate family and FCC staff. b. Relieve the financial hardship of Young People when moving from FCC foster care into independence and in order to sustain independent living. c. Satisfy a charitable need for a grant or loan amongst young people who are being or have been fostered by the FCC, their carers and immediate family or FCC staff. No grants or loans may be made until after all relevant and appropriate sources of statutory funding have been explored.

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