SATs no longer a four letter word

25th May 2016

(or, How Social Pedagogy calmed the storm) Dr Amanda Orchard & Mrs Libby Thornhill are both Foster Carers with Staffordshire County Council, with 4 long-term siblings in placement, ranging in age from 10-14. They are Chair & Vice-Chair of the Authority’s Carers Education Group and members of the Virtual School’s Governing Body. It’s that time, […]


Can singing help looked after children settle into school? A foster carer shares their experience of a new pilot project

19th April 2016

Foster carers worry about their foster children. I do all the time. School has been a particular area of concern for us. When our youngest foster child, then aged 5, moved schools, initially all was well. He was excited about his new uniform, met his class teacher, got a tour of the playground, and made […]


Finding foster carers: Meeting the challenge

25th February 2016

Home for Good is a Christian charity launched in March 2013. They currently work with five voluntary adoption agencies, and a number of local authorities largely with a focus on fostering. Here they describe how church communities can support foster care recruitment. In 2013 a group of church leaders approached Southampton City Council to ask […]


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