My foster family made me believe I was capable of achieving great things

6th July 2017

Steven Hawksworth is a care experienced young adult who has just completed an undergraduate degree in Education Studies. I was in the Care system from the ages of 7-18. Thankfully I only had one long term foster placement with a very education centred family who had all completed degrees and postgraduate qualifications, something which my […]


Which way now?

8th May 2017

In the guest post below, foster carer Anne Sayer considers how fostering providers might react to the ‘the emerging professionalisation of foster carers’. THIS POST IS NOW CLOSED TO FURTHER COMMENTS If you would like to write a blog post on a topic that matters to you, please read our guidelines.  In the seven years […]


Guest Post: An open letter to my childhood social worker, Trish Johns

26th April 2017

The content of this post by Michelle E. McKay originally appeared on LinkedIn 7 March 2017  For lent I chose to write a letter a day to a person who has impacted upon me. In the world of social work you often do much, for what feels like little reward. This is a reminder that […]


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