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  • The Fostering Network Wales has welcomed new guidance about the skills and competencies expected of foster carers and short break carers, launched by the Care Council for Wales.

    The Induction Framework for Foster Care and Short Break Care has been designed to provide a structured introduction to work as a foster carer or short break carer. It has been mapped against the National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services and Fostering Services Regulations 2002 and the UK National Standards for Foster Care 1999, and complements the Social Care Induction Framework for Wales.

  • More than 120 looked after children and young people joined the Fostering Network Northern Ireland and Belfast Trust Fostering Service in taking part in the annual Fostering Achievement Awards in Belfast on Saturday 12 April. 

  • Charity begins at home and that’s why the Fostering Network’s senior media officer Dominic Stevenson held a poetry night at The Crown, Southwark, to raise £40 as part of the 40=£40 campaign to celebrate the charity’s 40th anniversary.

  • Star of stage, screen and song sheet, and son of foster carers, Gareth Gates, is once again calling on people who may have the skills to foster to come forward and provide a loving and secure home for a vulnerable child.

  • The Fostering Network is encouraging foster carers in England to complete a nationwide survey about the quality of care provided by their fostering service.

  • The Fostering Network has welcomed the publication of the latest Children's Care Monitor report for England, noting that children are generally very positive about the care that they receive from their foster carers, and is calling on local authorities and fostering agencies to use the findings of the report to emphasise the value of consultation and to help them improve their practice.

  • Celebrity chef and care leaver Lorraine Pascale is supporting this year's Foster Care Fortnight (May 12-25), and is calling on people to come forward and provide vulnerable children and young people with the kind of positive upbringing that her foster carers gave her.

  • The second in a series of free social media guides has been published by the Fostering Network, aimed at supporting fostering services in recruiting and retaining foster carers.

  • The Fostering Network Wales has welcomed yesterday's historic vote in the Senedd which gives young people living with foster families in Wales the right to stay beyond their 18th birthdays.

  • Early findings from the Fostering Network’s pioneering Head, Heart, Hands programme show that social pedagogy is already having a positive impact on foster carers, social workers, and most importantly the children in their care.

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