News and updates (Children's Services)
Chairman announced for Worcestershire Children First
Former Local Government Chief Executive, Rob Morrison, has been announced as Chairman of Worcestershire Children First. Find out more about the new Chairman
Fostering - different name, same service
More than 100 foster carers attended the annual Foster Care Conference organised by Worcestershire Fostering last week at Worcester Racecourse. Among the topics covered was the change to the Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) – Worcestershire Children First Fostering. Find out more about the conference
Cabinet approve to broaden scope of Worcestershire Children First
The size and scope of the new company to deliver children's services in Worcestershire was approved by Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet at its meeting today.
Views being sought on SEND Graduated Response
Worcestershire is updating its Graduated Response guidance to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND
Latest monitoring visit to Worcestershire children’s services
The latest monitoring visit to children’s services by Ofsted has found progress being made in improving services for children and young people at risk from sexual exploitation and those who go missing.
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Progress continues to be made, according to Ofsted
The latest monitoring visit to Worcestershire children’s services, by Ofsted Inspectors, has found that the Council continues to make progress in improving services for children and young people.
Celebrating our fostering sons and daughters
An event was held to recognise the important role foster carers birth children play in fostering.
Each October The Fostering Network runs a campaign to celebrate the vital contribution that the children of foster carers make to foster care.
Worcestershire Pride Event
People going to this year's Worcestershire Pride on 22 September can find out all about fostering in the county.
A team from Worcestershire Fostering, part of Worcestershire County Council, will be manning a stall at the annual event.
Foster Children are now included in 30 hours of free childcare
As you may be aware the provision of 30 hours of free childcare has now been extended to include foster children, when it is in the best interests of the child.
Children in foster care will be eligible to the additional free childcare if it is consistent with their care plan and foster parents are in paid work outside their role of a foster carer. Find out more information and assess your eligibility
Children's Social Work Opportunities
Find out more about a career in Children's Social Work in Worcestershire.
Ofsted Monitoring Visit Letters
Read the latest feedback from our regular Ofsted Monitoring visit.
We think the best job in the world is Fostering!
Find out more about Fostering at our July drop in events
With record numbers of children in care, the national leading Fostering Network charity estimate that over 8100 more foster carers are needed across the UK, with 890 required in the West Midlands.
Here at Worcestershire Fostering, we work all year round to find and recruit foster carers desperately needed locally to look after these children. Without enough foster families within Worcestershire, some children will find themselves living a long way from family, school, and friends, being split up from brothers and sisters, or being placed with a foster carer who does not have the ideal skills and experience to meet their specific needs.
Drop in events and the promotion of fostering is vital in order to highlight the situation and inevitably find more carers. It is also highly beneficial that we keep our children with our own foster carers and not have to use independent agencies. It allows the child to often stay closer to people and places they know, but also provides major cost benefits to us as a Local Authority.
We really feel it is one of 'the best jobs in the world' and welcome people who are considering fostering to talk to us and to foster carers and see why! Of course there are lows, like with every job, but a foster carer will no doubt account all the many highs there are and the importance of giving a child a chance to live its life to the full.
We pop up at numerous events in the county throughout the year providing a great opportunity for people to find out more about fostering. We will be at the Upton Jazz Festival all day on Friday 22 June and also at Bromsgrove Library on the 7 July 10:00am to 12.30pm and welcome anyone to drop by and say hello and ask any burning questions they may have. Even if it isn't for you, please share with others who you know or feel would make the perfect foster carer.
Visit www.worcestershirefostering.co.uk (opens in a new window) to find out more or call 0800 028 2158
Appreciating our foster families and care leavers through corporate parenting
As part of our Corporate Parenting responsibility this year, Chairman Anne Hingley chose Looked after Children and Care Leavers as her focus and set up a Cross Party Working Group to show Worcestershire’s commitment to this area.
As a result, the party reached out to foster families and young people to show how much they were valued by inviting them to numerous events led by varying councillors throughout 2018. Events have included Afternoon Tea with the Mayor of Worcester and a Tour of the Guildhall, a Fire Station Activity Day hosted by Councillor Charlie Hotham and the final one in June of a Farm Activity Day with Councillor Rob Adams at his own Aston Hall Farm.
Many of our families and children have attended the various sessions and we have been delighted to hear the responses. Here is what one of our foster carers, Sarah had to say of her trip to the farm:
"We had a wonderful time and I thought it was a lovely event and perfect for the little ones. It was a really relaxed and calm environment which enabled the little ones to be more confident about touching the animals and exploring".
Thank you to everyone who has helped organise these events and of course to our foster carer community who came along and enjoyed the opportunities.
Children's Social Work Opportunities
We have opportunities across our safeguarding localities, Family Front Door and Assessment Teams, and in our Looked after Children's Teams. Find out more information about Children's Social Work Careers
There was a boy
Fostering services of sixteen neighbouring Local Authorities have been working in collaboration to produce the film ‘There Was a Boy’ – the story of teenager Dan. Launched at the beginning of Foster Care Fortnight, the UK’s biggest foster care recruitment campaign, the film highlights the need for more foster carers who would consider caring for teenagers.
The short emotive film tells two stories of two possible courses Dan’s life can take. Two alternative realities, one intervened by Foster Care and one without.
The first reality is the story of a man who has made something of his life, he has settled down into a loving relationship, he has a career. He was given a chance and made the most of it.
The second reality is of a boy who was shunned and forgotten. He dreams of a different life and what he could become, but he has no one to guide him. He gets into trouble, makes some wrong decisions that massively impact his future.
The film coveys that despite any preconcept.