Throughout our journey to become the largest and best independent provider of foster care in the UK, we have joined forces with key partners.
We work closely with local authorities in all regions to provide high quality foster care where it’s needed. Together, we put the child’s needs first and aims to help them achieve the best possible outcomes.
Our active role helps local authorities meet their commissioning challenges and aspirations to this same aim. We have the largest population of foster parents in the UK. This allows us to offer the widest possible options for successfully matching children and young people to foster carers. It also means children fostered through National Fostering Group can be kept as close to their home communities as possible.
We support the ongoing professional development of our carers in partnership with Investors in People (IIP).
Organisations that meet the world-recognised IIP Standard reflect the very best in people management practices. Underpinning the Standard is the IIP Framework. Based on 25 years of leading practice, the latest research and workplace trends, the IIP Framework is organised around nine key indicators of high performance each with three underpinning themes.
Key areas highlighted during the 2019 assessment include:
The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading fostering charity, bringing people from the fostering community together and stimulating debate and change. We pay for all our foster carers’ memberships to The Fostering Network, making it free for them at point of contact. This acts as another level of confidential support for our carers, who can get professional advice and support.
We are a member of the Anti-bullying Alliance, a unique coalition of organisations and individuals working together to stop bullying and create safer environments for children and young people.
We forged a partnership with Stonewall to be able to strengthen equality and diversity for staff, carers, and children and young people. Their support has led to the launch of our diversity championship programme, with training for all staff and clearer communications about LGBT+ inclusion in the fostering environment.
Specifically, this means making it clearer that people from the LGBT+ community are able to foster and supporting their specific needs as applicants and foster parents. Their advice will also ultimately help our carers help children and young people who identify as LGBT+.
We have joined NFS, which is the only UK charity led by LGBT+ foster carers and adopters. Our membership gives our LGBT+ foster parents free access to its services. The charity also helps us support our potential and approved LGBT+ foster carers.
Carers can utilise the peer-to-peer support network throughout their fostering adventure. This includes training, advice, information, events, plus secure online forums. New Family Social’s website can also recommend an LGBT+ friendly fostering agency – National Fostering Group is proud to be listed.