“Not another innovation in social care!” That’s a phrase Lily Stevens, project manager for the Fostering Network has heard time and again, as she begins to roll out a new fostering approach called the Mockingbird family model. But, she says, this one is different and could really revolutionise how fostering works in this country.
It’s also one that has support from government. The Department for Education’s innovation programme awarded almost £1.6m in funding to the Fostering Network to try out the model in eight local authorities, including Leeds city council, Oxfordshire county council and the royal borough of Greenwich. The year-long pilot officially drew to a close in April, but the project is far from over with an additional five to eight authorities set to join this year.
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