Statistics released during Foster Care Fortnight, by charity the Fostering Network, indicate a crisis looming for vulnerable children and young people in need of the safety and security of a foster home. In a survey of 2,600 foster carers, the charity found 75% were aged 45 plus. A mere 4% fell into the 20 to 34 year age bracket. Robert Tapsfield, Chief Executive of the Fostering Network, undertook media interviews to spread the message that more young people aged 21 and over are needed urgently to avert the crisis. Mr Tapsfield spoke of the wealth of experience and life skills offered by mature foster carers, but warned that at some point in 10-15 years, many would be looking towards retirement leaving a huge shortfall in this vital service. It’s vital we reach out to more younger people in their 20’s, 30’s & early 40’s and are clear that their age is not important, but rather their skills and qualities to look after fostered children. Each day, 63,000 children are fostered by 52,500 carers. Every 20 minutes of every hour of every day, a child or young person comes into care. To cope with this demand alone, a further 8,600 new foster homes are needed this year. Don’t let age be a barrier to you becoming a foster carer – young or not so young, the message is clear; it’s your skills and ability that count. Contact the Pathway Care Carer Recruitment Team on 0844 915 0101 or click here to take your next step towards becoming a foster carer.
Nearly three quarters of people believe they would not be accepted as foster carers. We provide you with the statistics and dispel the ‘myths’ of fostering in this infographic.
In a bid to raise awareness for the ever-growing need or foster families in the UK, TV chef and former model, Lorraine Pascale, will be revisiting her past in a new documentary on BBC 2, entitled ‘Fostering & Me’. Having spent much of her time growing up in various foster homes, Lorraine’s understanding of the importance behind recruiting foster families is more than apparent. The documentary finds her exposing some of the hard truths of the world of foster care, as well as exploring her own, often distressing experiences. Click here for more information on ‘Fostering & Me with Lorraine Pascale’.
We’re Rated Good to Outstanding I feel like part of the family – young person looked after by a Pathway Care foster carer. We’re celebrating a hugely successful Ofsted report in our Bromsgrove region. The inspection, which took place in early June, focused on: the overall effectiveness the quality of service the safeguarding of children and young people the leadership and management and the experiences progress and outcomes for children and young people and each category was rated either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by the inspectors. Catherine Rioda, Service Manager for the Bromsgrove region is delighted with the findings the inspectors noted that our highly trained and highly valued foster carers are extremely well supported by our staff which enables them to provide the best possible homes for fostered children and young people. We ensure our foster children aren’t stigmatised by the fact they are in care. In conjunction with their foster carers, they make day to day decisions about their own lives and, as one young person told the inspectors, I feel like part of the family. A comment like that gives us immense pride; we know that the young person is safe, secure and happy. The agency has, what the inspectors described as, a robust referral and matching process which ensures the needs of children and young people looking for a foster home are given full consideration as are those of the potential foster carer and their families. One of Pathway Care’s foster carers commented When I need support it’s always there. Pathway was with us all the way. Catherine is justifiably proud of her team: the ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted is a lovely reward for everyone involved with Pathway Care and reflects the continuing dedication, drive and commitment to delivering the very best quality services. A huge ‘thank you’ to all involved and we look forward to helping more children and young people achieve, enjoy and thrive as they should.
Pathway Care is supporting Warwickshire Pride this year and inviting anyone along who is considering being a foster carer to find out more. We will have an information stand at the event to highlight that sexuality, gender or age isn’t a barrier to being a foster carer. Catherine Rioda, regional service manager for Pathway Care’s central region, said: “Our whole ethos is around equality and supporting others, so we are delighted to support Warwickshire Pride to talk to local people about being a foster carer with us. We are currently recruiting new carers in the area and find a lot of people presume they can’t be a foster carer for reasons which aren’t true – so come along and talk to us to find out more. We offer nationally recognised qualifications, high quality training and an excellent 24 hour support system for all our carers.” Warwickshire Pride is being held in Leamington Spa’s, Pump Room Gardens, on 4 July 2015 from 11pm until 7pm and is a day filled with entertainment, stalls and stage acts. If you’d like to find out more about being a foster carer with Pathway Care, freephone 0800 170 1706 for more information. You can also like Pathway Care on Facebook or follow us on twitter @PathwayCare