The south-west held a Children and Young Person Participation Group Event at Monkey World, Dorset to discuss what qualities children/young people want in a foster carer.
This event was organised by Lisa Moore, Supervising Social Worker and attended by Team Manager Kim York, Supervising Social Worker Deborah Hart and Carer Recruitment Officer Alison Woolhouse.
There were 25 children in attendance, including children and young people in placement, as well as carers own children/young people whose ages ranged from 9 months to 15 years with varying abilities and disabilities. What’s more, 18 of our carers and family members attended alongside the children and young people.
The consultation theme was: what qualities do you want in a foster carer?
We did this by encouraging children to design pictures of carers using words, colours, and stickers as appropriate. We also had a competition for the ‘best picture of a monkey’. This included lots of discussions in age-appropriate groups. Below are the results of our event.
The foster children have shared with us what kind of foster carer qualities they look for, these were:
We had a fantastic day and learned lots from the children/young people including:
We also learned a lot from our foster carers including:
The event itself was a success and we all agreed – “it was the best day ever and we can’t wait to do it again!”. Keep checking our events page for any upcoming days like these.