Grandparents Plus has launched their annual kinship care survey to help them understand the experiences of kinship carers and special guardians. The results are shared widely to inform development of services, policy and practice to meet the needs of these families.
It is relevant for special guardians, family and friends foster carers, kinship carers with other legal orders as well as those caring for children informally.
The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and can be accessed here: www.grandparentsplus.org.uk/grandparents-plus-state-of-the-nation-report-2020/.
Fostering Voices, a singing group for Leicester/shire foster carers, is meeting on Zoom.
It is a fun, relaxed group and kids are welcome to take part too.
For more details email [email protected] bullfrogarts.com
From Monday 4th March, Leicestershire Cares will be running a new group for care-experienced young people (aged 18+) on Monday evenings. The group will be informal and provide opportunities for young people to socialise, relax and discuss their interests.
All care-experienced young people, care leavers, looked after children and unaccompanied asylum-seekers are welcome. Social workers, personal advisers, chaperones, carers, and translators are also invited. They do not have creche facilities but participants are welcome to bring their children on the understanding that they will need to be supervised at all times.
The group will be in the Warehouse space at Leicestershire Cares, 42 Tower Street, LE1 6WT. Contact Steph ( – 0116 275 6500) or John ( – 0116 216 5007) for details.
Leicester City Football Club Community Trust has developed a new project to engage with those entering the UK from another country who may be seeking refuge (ages 14-18). The project will educate participants on:
British values/social norms
Local knowledge and history
How to access local services
Home for Good Leicester has recently started its Care Package scheme, where bags of goodies, including therapeutic parenting resources, are given out to newly approved Leicester City Council foster carers. Contents also include: local support group details, PACE poster by Dr Emma Sutton, chocolate and bubble bath.
Foster carer Sadiya was the first person to receive a bag and more will be given out in 2019.
Carers, parents, social workers and other professionals are invited to attend the launch of Leicester City Football Club Community Trust’s programme of work with looked after children and young people.
This event is suitable for all the family with lots of activities including a stadium tour, games and competitions as well as information about their projects. It is free to attend and will take place on Friday 28th September at the King Power Stadium from 6.30 to 8.30pm. Email to reserve your place.
For foster carers, moving a child onto permanence, whether that is to birth family, to another foster family or to their adoptive family, can be a very positive but challenging time, fraught with emotion. There are so many practical things to consider as well as coping with your own feelings and those of the people around you.
A local foster carer has written about their own experience of moving their baby to their new adoptive family in this short booklet which can be downloaded here: Saying goodbye.
Hard copies can also be ordered free of charge: email .">.
To offer genuine hospitality, we need to provide “hospital care” to others. If we then can see our homes as hospitals, what difference would that make to the care system and to the lives of vulnerable children?
When we decided to offer our two boys a permanent place in our family, our social worker asked us to consider whether we were the A&E department or the long-term recovery unit. Our answer is that our home is both these things. Our boys needed desperate, urgent care when they arrived, so we did our best to meet their immediate needs. Over the years they moved to a more long term care plan, in the form of stability, opportunities, limitless love, time and compassion, friends, therapeutic care and a place to thrive.
Krish Kandiah, foster carer, adoptive parent and founder of Home for Good, explores the theme of hospitality in this recent TEDxOxford talk.
If, like me, you need some help in applying PACE to your parenting (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy), and a visual reminder of what PACE actually means in practice, here is a link to a wonderful resource created by Emma Sutton, adoptive parent and PACE genius!
She has created a free to download poster that you could display at home, or give copies of to your local school, youth club, social worker … It’s bright, colourful, fun, imaginative and makes you feel like adopting PACE is faintly achieveable, even amongst the general chaos of our lives.
The poster is available here: http://nibblesandbubbles.co.uk/pace-yourself/