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Leading charity warns foster children with mental health problems are being failed.

28th June 2022

The Fostering Network - the charity that represents foster carers - has lambasted the government as; in their view, there is a failure to meet the needs of children in care with mental health problems. The situation described as a “mental health crisis” appears in the latest report from the charity. Half of all foster carers are reported as caring for a child with mental health issues that include depression, anxiety - as well as attachment and eating disorders. 3,352 carers responded to the charity’s survey: 25% said their foster child was in receipt of the help needed however another 25% said they had not been given the necessary support.

Jacqui Sherlock is the head of policy and campaigns for The Fostering Network: she stated the report’s findings had revealed “a significant area of unmet need for children in foster care.” She also expressed the view children are not being values and properly supported: “It feels like the state is failing in its duty to meet the needs of those children.”

At a time of difficulty recruiting new foster carers, Sherlock feels such pressures on carers could be contributing to the fact around 1 in 5 fostering families ceased fostering last year.

Imagine a whole new future fostering with Rainbow.

We know that providing the best support and training for all our foster carers means the children they care for have the best outcomes. And that’s our mission: to do our best for our foster carers and our children and young people. So if you are considering fostering for the first time or are an experienced foster carer looking for fresh challenges, call us to get a flavour of what fostering with Rainbow might be like. 0330 311 2845.

You can foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. Remember too, anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster. You must have a spare room available for a child or young person.

It’s a very good idea to visit our FAQs page on the website as it provides the answers to many of the common questions people have about fostering. This is at - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

And in other news…

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jun/28/warnings-of-mental-health-crisis-among-covid-generation-of-students

Charities reveal children in care are moving between placements up to a thousand times each week.

24th June 2022

It has been revealed that in England children in the care system are moving between placements up to a thousand times every week. The figures are the result of a coalition of charities analysing the data on looked after children produced by the Department for Education. Figures from the government reveal children’s care placements changed more than 220,000 times between 2018 and 2021. The charities said that in 2021, the reason for a youngster being moved was due to concerns about abuse or neglect. These findings follow hard on the heels of a landmark Independent Review of Children’s Social Care conducted by Josh MacAlister. MacAlister has called for a “radical reset” in order to bring improvements to the lives of children and young people - as well as their families.

Peter Wanless, the chief executive of the NSPCC - which was one of the charities making up the coalition - stated:

“For far too long the voices and experiences of children in care have been missing from the decisions that most impact on them but today they will ring around the heart of Westminster. The Care Review was bold because it listened to these voices, and it is now over to Government to show the leadership needed to transform the system to put children first.”

Over a hundred care experienced young people gathered in Parliament to mark ‘It’s Our Care Day of Action’ aimed at putting pressure on MPs to repair the social care system.

In response the charities, a spokesperson from the Department for Education stated: “Keeping vulnerable children safe is at the heart of Government policy. That’s why we commissioned the Independent Care Review, which has recommended wide scale reform to the system.”

Why not foster a teenager with Rainbow?

And why choose to foster with Rainbow? As one of the leading independent fostering agencies, we provide all our foster carers with high quality training and support to free them to do the best job possible. We make sure our carers are well rewarded for the work they do.

There are many teenagers who are desperate for a loving, secure foster home. Call us on 0330 311 2845 to learn more about the fostering career options we can offer.

The Department of Education updates child protection guidance for schools in England.

16th June 2022

The DfE has produced an updates version of the statutory safeguarding and child protection guidance for schools in England. It replaces KCSIE 2021when it comes into force on September 1st 2022. It defines what English schools and colleges have to do in order to both safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people aged under 18. NSPCC Learning has published a CASPAR briefing which sets out changes to the guidance - which includes: “providing more information on managing low level concerns; incorporating the DfE’s advice on sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges; reinforcing the importance of talking to parents about children’s access to online sites when away from school; setting out the safeguarding implications for schools of human rights and equality legislation.

You could foster a sibling group with Rainbow.

There is a pressing need to find foster homes for siblings. We can train and support anyone interested in this area of fostering to keep a young family together. If you need information we’re here to provide you with all you need to help make your decision. Call us today for an initial chat on 0330 311 2845. We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

The quality of our services is recognised by carers and local authorities alike. Our fostering services are expertly tailored to needs so our placements are secure and stable.

You will need to have a spare room to foster a child or young person. Please remember to visit our FAQs page as it provides answers to the most commonly asked questions. It covers the main areas concerned with eligibility to foster.

http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

And in other news…

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jun/15/boris-johnsons-ethics-adviser-lord-geidt-resigns-after-partygate-grilling

Chair of Care Review suggests teachers give thought to fostering pupils

9th June 2022

Josh MacAlister in his recommendations to the government has urged that over the next three years, 9,000 new foster carers are recruited in England. And as part of that effort, MacAlister has called for members of the teaching profession to come forward to foster. It’s a compelling point as MacAlister says:

If only one per cent of teachers stepped forward to foster a specific child, there would be 4,610 new homes available for children. Surely this is worth a try.”

Reactions to the suggestion have been mixed. One specialist in the sector, Lisa Cherry - a schools’ services and systems consultant - said MacAlister’s idea was a “disappointing discourse, for many reasons. Fostering and teaching perform entirely different functions that cross over as the most important domains in a child’s life. This a lame recruitment strategy”.

However in a recent poll, it emerged that 30 per cent of teachers would, depending on the child, be prepared to temporarily foster them.

There are good reasons to foster with Rainbow.

Aside from the fact Rainbow has been working for over 25 years with local authorities to create secure, stable placements for foster children and their carers, we offer outstanding training and career development, highly experienced care and support 24/7, rapid assessments, and generous fostering allowances.

Right now, all you may want is an exploratory chat about fostering and that’s absolutely fine. We recognise fostering can be a life-changing step so we are happy to have an initial chat with anyone thinking of becoming a foster carer. Call 0330 311 2845.

You might want to visit our FAQs page as it provides answers to the most commonly asked questions.

http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

Response from Children’s Commissioner to the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care led by Josh MacAlister

27th May 2022

The Children’s Commissioner responds with a list detailing key objectives following publication of the Review. These include stability, a joined-up approach, data and tech, and family support. The commissioner felt the review did not focus enough on the provision of social care for disabled children and called for a “further piece of work from the DfE and the DHSC on social care, SEND and wider support for disabled children and their families.”

Further commenting on the Review, the commissioner said:

“This is a big job, we can’t promise overnight results. There is no silver bullet. We need to be prepared for the long-haul. What we need is a children’s services transformation programme and implementation board., with ministerial sponsorship and oversight, to make sure we deliver needed reform. There are places doing it brilliantly, but also nearly half of services aren’t good enough. We must learn from the best. We must have no tolerance for anything less than excellent. No patience for good enough. What does success look like? When we can answer that yes, it is good enough for our own child. Every time.”

Consider a career in foster carer with Rainbow.

Joining Rainbow will mean being part of a dedicated, diverse community of foster carers. If you have a spare room, are over 21 years of age, and enjoy the legal right to work in the UK, then you already meet the preliminary requirements to foster.

If you need a little more information to help make your decision, you can call us today for an initial chat on 0330 311 2845. We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

So many of the children we look after have been traumatised and require a sensitive therapeutic response. Rainbow has particular expertise in training carers to foster therapeutically thereby facilitating the recovery of vulnerable children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect.

The quality of our services is recognised by carers and local authorities alike. Our fostering services are expertly tailored to needs so our placements are secure and stable.

Please remember to visit our FAQs page as it provides answers to the most commonly asked questions.

http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

Review urges more help for families before they reach a crisis point.

26th May 2022

The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, chaired by Josh MacAlister, has called for significant additional funding to prevent the number of children being taken into care. Numbers - already standing at record levels - could rise to over 100,000 in the next couple of years - possibly sooner. Radical changes - as well as £2.6bn - are identified as being needed in this “once in a generation” review. There has already been reaction to the review with the Independent Children’s homes Association describing it as being “overreaching.”

MacAlister stated: “I’ve walked away from this feeling a mixture of inspiration at times - seeing what families have been able to do and where children have been able to get despite the circumstances - but also rage.” He also said: “What we found is that this is a system - the children social care system - that needs a radical reset, because at the moment it is in a cycle where problems escalate, costs rise, outcomes continue to be poor, and that’s getting worse over time.”

The Education secretary Nadhim Zahawi stated: “This is the start of a journey to change the culture and dramatically reform the children’s social care system.” He called for “bold and ambitious change” in the coming months.

An invitation to foster from Rainbow.

With well over 20 years experience, Rainbow is considered to be one of the very best family owned independent fostering agencies. Our unrivaled commitment to achieving the best outcomes for our children is second to none. We have foster carers from a wide rand of backgrounds including couples - married and unmarried; same-sex couples; parents and non-parents; divorcees; homeowners and non-homeowners. You will need to be over 21and have a spare room. There is no upper limit on fostering, but you will need to be physically fit and have a reasonable command of English.

To find out more about what we offer our carers, call 0330 311 2845.

Make sure you visit our FAQs page as it provides answers to the most commonly asked questions.

http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

And in other news…

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/may/25/zero-asylum-seekers-denmark-forces-refugees-to-return-to-syria

The Independent review of Children’s Social Care in England publishes final report

24th May 2022

£2.6bn is the amount the report says is needed to ensure a ‘fundamental reset of the system to improve the quality of life for children, their families and those in care.’

The chief executive of The Fostering network, Kevin Williams said:

“Today’s report recognises that foster care makes a transformational difference to the lives of children and young people. Recruitment of foster carers is vital and I am delighted that the care review has recognised this. I welcome the call for legislative change to introduce mechanisms for for more effective recruitment and more intelligent commissioning to make sure each child has a home that meets their needs and supports them to thrive in their community.”

‘A new deal’ for foster care is underpinned by recommendations set out in the report: these include:

    • Recruiting nine thousand additional foster carers over the next three years; • New universal care standards providing quality standards for every child in the care system; • An additional £82m to make The Fostering Network’s Mockingbird programme available to every local authority; • An ‘opt-out’ legal right to advocacy for all children and young people in care.
Find out about the fostering opportunities at Rainbow.

Call one our recruitment team members on 0330 311 2845 who will be happy to talk with you about the advantages working as a foster carer brings. Work flexibly from home and access our free training. At Rainbow we provide complete support for our carers 24/7, all year round. This means they always feel part of a team and that if there is a problem they can count on immediate support. Just what you would expect from one of the leading fostering agencies in the UK. Rainbow has been placing children and young people in well-matched settings for nearly twenty-five years. This means we have an unrivalled experience in ensuring our foster carers get the most from their fostering experience.

To foster with Rainbow, you must be aged over 21 and have a spare room. Fostering is open to you whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster.

It’s a very good idea to visit our FAQs page on the website as it provides the answers to many of the common questions people have about fostering. This is at -

http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

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Department of Health in Northern Ireland lend support to foster carer fortnight

14th May

The annual campaign ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ was launched on the 9th May by the Fostering Network. There is a shortage of foster carers in Northern Ireland - as there is in the rest of the UK. There is a shortage of roughly two hundred and sixty-five foster families in Northern Ireland. This means children can’t always be found homes in their own communities. The permanent secretary for the Department of Health, Peter May, stated:

“Foster carers provide a home for the vast majority of children in care. They provide much-needed stability and security, and a positive experience of family life. The Department of Health recognises that foster carers are an integral part of the team around the child, and is committed to supporting them in this vital role.”

The director of the charity in Northern Ireland, Kathleen Toner said -

“If the last two years have taught us anything, it is the need to care for and look out for those in our local community. Foster carers across Northern Ireland go above and beyond for all children in their care, but we need more people across all communities to ensure children don’t have to change schools or move far away from their friends and siblings.”

Foster with Rainbow in 2022.

To become a foster carer with Rainbow, you must be aged over 21 and have a spare room. Fostering is open to you whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster.

Visit our FAQs page on our website. It provides the answers to many of the common questions people have about fostering. This is at - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

And in other news…

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/may/13/cost-of-living-golden-era-of-cheap-food-over

Foster care news: leading charity identifies the need for more foster carers

11th May 2022

The Fostering Network has warned that due to the shortage of foster carers more children are being placed away from home. This means they lose contact with their local communities - it also results in many sibling groups being separated. The problem was highlighted during the charity’s annual awareness raising campaign - ‘Foster Care Fortnight’. If more foster carers can be recruited, there is a greater probability children can be cared for locally. This will mean there is less chance them losing key connections with family and friends. Although every child’s circumstance will be unique, all should have the right to have their needs met within their own community.

The chief executive of the charity, Kevin Williams, stated:

“We urgently need more foster carers to come forward to care for children in their local communities. Foster carers are the bedrock of children’s social care; hey are vital in our society and our young people rely on their care, dedication, passion and skills to support them when they need it most.”

Right now, there is an urgent need to find more carers to look after sibling groups.

Could you foster?

People who foster come from all walks of life. What matters is having the commitment to support a child or young person to reach their full potential. Fostering can be challenging, but it can also be highly rewarding. Call 0330 311 2845 for more information about the training and support we provide our foster carers. Fostering is open to you whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background.

And in other news…

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Foster care news: multiple complaints about safeguarding levelled at after-school clubs

6th May 2022

The BBC has discovered a disturbing number of allegations concerning failures in safeguarding at after-school clubs. These involve neglect, physical assaults and sexual abuse. In England, many of these clubs are not regulated because those running them do not have to register with Ofsted unless they provide more than 2 hours of childcare. Providers are able to register voluntarily with Ofsted, however, only ten percent is inspected annually. This means that a decade might pass before they receive an inspection. Information requests have revealed in the past five years, over eighty referrals of complaint were made in relation to clubs in school grounds.

One allegation involved sexual abuse potentially involving a number of children at an after-school club being run in Devon. Parents have come to place reliance on breakfast and after-school clubs as they offer childcare outside of normal school hours.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education stated: “Every child should feel safe in education, including after-school clubs. That’s why local agencies can use a range of legislative powers - including safeguarding health and safety, and premises regulations powers to protect children form harm.”

Could you be a foster carer?

Rainbow is one of the leading family-owned independent fostering agencies in then UK. It provides well-matched placements in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Hampshire. Established nearly twenty-five years, Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

Many of the children we look after have been traumatised and require a sensitive therapeutic response. Rainbow has particular expertise in training carers to foster therapeutically thereby facilitating the recovery of vulnerable children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect.

The quality of our services is recognised by carers and local authorities alike. Our services are expertly tailored to needs so our placements are secure and stable. Call 0330 311 2845 if you want to find out more about a fostering career with Rainbow.

Please remember to visit our FAQs page as it provides answers to the most commonly asked questions.

http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

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https://metro.co.uk/2022/05/06/calls-for-windfall-tax-after-shells-profits-soar-to-7200000000-16596326/

Foster care news: head teacher warns of school struggling to buy books and computers due to sharp rises in operating costs.

4th May 2022

The head teacher of a secondary school in Billingham, on Teeside, has warned of sharp rises in food and energy costs. The impact will mean less money for books and computers. Helen Keough, who is in charge of St Michael’s Catholic Academy said the energy bill had risen by more than £115,000. She said “But these inflationary pressures that are on schools now are really going to limit what we can do. I’m not going to be able to buy books, I’m not going to be able to replace computers, I’m not going to be able to subsidise trips or improve the sports facilities.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Education said it was “looking carefully” at the impact cost pressures are going to have on schools. They also added - “All schools can access a range of tools to help them get the best value from their resources, including recommended deals for energy costs and services related to energy.”

Rainbow is looking to recruit foster carers.

Is fostering something you have ever considered? If you have, there’s no better time to explore the possibilities of a career with Rainbow - an agency rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. You will need to have a spare room to foster but, most importantly, the drive, commitment and energy to support a child or young person to thrive.

You can foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. Remember, too, anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster. For more information, call 0330 311 2845 today.

It’s a very good idea to visit our FAQs page on the website as it provides the answers to many of the common questions people have about fostering. This is at -

http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

And in other news…

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/may/03/obesity-epidemic-proportions-across-europe-world-health-organization-who

1st May

The former children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, has issued a report arguing that the system is not working for every child. Children deemed at-risk are being “viewed as a problem.” The report concludes there are some schools that “don’t focus on vulnerable children because they don’t feel they have an obligation or responsibility to do so.” It emerged that in certain cases, a “minority of schools do not feel it is in their interest’ provide care at all for such children.

Anne Longfield’s report has also drawn attention to the fact black children face a greater risk of being excluded as they are prone to “adultification”. This means they can be seen as being older than their years leaving them at risk of being seen as less vulnerable.

Could you be a foster carer?

Rainbow is one of the leading family-owned independent fostering agencies in then UK. It provides well-matched placements in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Hampshire. Established nearly twenty-five years, Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

Many of the children we look after have been traumatised and require a sensitive therapeutic response. Rainbow has particular expertise in training carers to foster therapeutically thereby facilitating the recovery of vulnerable children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect.

The quality of our services is recognised by carers and local authorities alike. Our services are expertly tailored to needs so our placements are secure and stable. Call 0330 311 2845 if you want to find out more about a fostering career with Rainbow.

Please remember to visit our FAQs page as it provides answers to the most commonly asked questions.

http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

And in other news…

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/01/is-it-fair-that-we-spend-so-much-helping-middle-class-children-into-adulthood

Ofsted study finds there is a ‘lack of collective knowledge’ on the needs of children in the care system.

30th April 2022

The study entitled ‘Why do children go into children’s homes?’ focuses on the responses between inspectors and children in children’s homes to a range of surveys and discussions. The aim is to offer insights into the many and varied complex needs of youngsters in children’s homes. It also looks to understand the pattern of life experiences that resulted in children being placed there.

The study identifies the need for more research to be carried out and this would include a national audit of the needs of children. The intention - to facilitate an improved understanding of children’s experiences in care. The study analysed the experiences of one hundred and thirteen children. It found they had very diverse needs and there was often more than one reason they had been placed in a children’s home. Two thirds of the children were in a homed to some kind of interruption in their previous care. The reasons included: foster care placement breakdown (forty-one percent), children’s home breakdown (fifteen percent), family breakdown (twelve percent) Ofsted’s National Director for Social Care, Yvette Stanley, stated -

This report confirms how important it is that we have a better understanding, at a strategic level, of children’s needs, so we can better plan their futures. I’m sure these findings will be valuable to wider conversations and future research on sufficiency - which is about the provision of the right care, in the right place, at the right time, to help children in need of care achieve the best outcomes.”

Begin your fostering journey.

You can begin your fostering journey with Rainbow by simply calling 0330 311 2845. There will be a member of our knowledgeable recruitment team available to answer all your questions about fostering. To foster, you will need to have a spare room available for a child or young person. If you are thinking am I eligible to foster? You are most likely to be able to whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. Having been married, divorced, single, will not prevent you from fostering.

And in other news…

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/apr/29/thousands-of-domestic-abuse-survivors-denied-help-after-legal-aid-cuts-study-finds

Foster care news: MPs debate the recruitment and retention of foster carers.

24th April 2022

Last Thursday a general debate was held by MPs discussing the recruitment and retention of foster carers. Kate Osborne - Labour - put forward the debate. The Fostering Network - along with foster carers were present in the Public Gallery for the debate. Kate Osborne said:

“One cannot overestimate the important role fostering plays across child protection and safeguarding. In a climate where, over the last 12 years, local authorities have been forced to adapt their operations through cuts to local expenditure, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, the demand for foster carafes has never been greater, with many children needing emergency support.” She later went on to say:

“The financial pressures and stresses felt by carers, highlighted by the Fostering Networks’s research, are only set to get worse. The Nationwide Association of Fostering providers believes that the Government should urgently make a pay ward to foster carers, both within local authorities and independent fostering agencies, to preserve and protect this precious resource for children and young people in need. This would be an important signal to foster carers that the Government really do value their contribution.”

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, Will Quince, said:

“On financial support, foster carers have a unique role. They are not employees, and I very much believe that no foster carer should be out of pocket due to their fostering role.”

Your foster care journey starts here.

You can begin your fostering journey today with Rainbow Fostering by simply calling 0330 311 2845. There will be a member of our knowledgeable recruitment team to answer all your questions about becoming a foster carer.

To foster, you will need to have a spare room available for a child or young person. Are you able to foster? You are most likely to be able to foster whatever your status, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. Having been married, divorced, single, will not prevent you from fostering.

Foster care news: private children’s homes receiving huge sums for children placed with them.

20th April 2022

It has emerged that some local authorities in England are being charged £1m for a single place in private children’s homes. The costs are escalating as children with complex needs can require care from a team which may include specialist staff. The deputy chief executive of ICHA, the Independent Children’s Home Association, stated:

“Such high-level needs and risks require significant specialised care 24 hours a day to ensure they are kept safe and their needs are met. It is important to note such levels of need are often a result of previously failing to invest in the right provision at the right time.”

The director of children’s services in Liverpool, Steve Reddy, reported that the LA was paying £780,000 a year to place a single child that required supervision from 3 carers. the child concerned has ASD - autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD - attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. In this particular case there is also a history of self-harming necessitating repeat stays in hospital.

Providers have come in for criticism for the level of charges. Some local authorities have revealed they have received quotes as high as £50,000 a week for one child - equating to £2.6m annually.

Your fostering career starts right here.

You can begin your fostering career with Rainbow Fostering Services by calling us on 0330 311 2845. One of our specialist team will answer all your questions about becoming a foster carer.

To become a foster carer, you will need to have a spare room available for a child. You are most likely to be able to foster whatever your status, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. Having been married, divorced, single, will not prevent you from fostering. There is no upper age limit to fostering.

Remember to visit our FAQs page on our website. It provides the answers to many of the common questions people have about fostering. This is at - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

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Foster care news: Ofcom issues report detailing how media impacts on children and young people.

17th April 2022

A report has been published by Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, looking into how children and young people both understand and use media. The report - conducted in 2021 across the UK - focused on youngsters aged between three and seventeen. It forms part of a much wider investigation by the regulator entitled ‘making sense of media’. Its purpose is to be a reference both for policymakers and the public at large.

Specific findings from the report reveal: in the last twelve months, thirty-six percent of young people between eight and seventeen reported seeing something “worrying or nasty” online.

Foster with Rainbow.

To become a foster carer, you must have a spare room available for a child. You are most likely to be able to become a foster carer whatever your individual status, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. And having been married, divorced, single, will not prevent you from fostering. There is no upper age limit to fostering.

It’s important to remember to visit our FAQs page on our website. It provides the answers to many of the common questions people have about fostering. This is at - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

And in other news…

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2022/apr/17/new-natural-history-gcse-to-focus-on-protecting-the-planet

Foster care news: local authorities asked top sign pledge addressing immigration issues of children in care.

15th April 2022

The South London Refugee Association in conjunction with Coram Children’s Legal Centre and supported by a wide range of organisations, has produced a new report detailing the numbers of children in care with citizenship or immigration issues. Using case studies the report highlights how important the early identification and resolution of these issues is to safeguarding such children. It states that early intervention can result in local authorities being able to save significant costs running into hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. Local authorities have been asked to sign up to a pledge committing them to:

    1. identify all looked-after children and care leavers with immigration and nationality issues; 2. adopt an informed and proactive role in giving support to looked-after children and care leavers through any immigration applications and appeals; 3. enable all who are eligible to apply for permanent status and British citizenship; 4. connect looked-after children and care leavers with good quality legal support as soon as possible.

For more information visit: https://www.slr-a.org.uk/campaigns/taking-care/

Begin your fostering journey.

Call 0330 311 2845 to learn more. Anyone thinking of fostering must have a spare room for a child or young person. Am I eligible to foster? You are likely to able to foster whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. Having been married, divorced, single, will not prevent you from fostering. We do, however, need people who are highly motivated and keen to support - as well as guide - a vulnerable child to reach their full potential.

And in other news…

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/apr/14/uk-rwanda-plan-for-asylum-seekers-decried-as-inhumane-deadly-and-expensive

Foster care news: the caseloads of children’s social workers are rising to “unmanageable levels.”

14th April 2022

The annual caseloads survey conducted by Community Care reports social workers are experiencing more, increasingly complex, and harder to manage caseloads. The picture is troubling: over a third of the respondents - all of whom are employed by LAs in England or children’s trusts - claimed their caseloads were “completely unmanageable”. This is causing some to consider giving up due to the pressures exacted on family life and mental health. Those working full-time gave an average caseload of 25.6. This compares with last year’s figure of 23.9. Both are significantly above the figure of 16.3 provided by the Department of Education as being the average in September 2021.

Respondents said that it was not just a matter of rising numbers, but that cases were becoming “much more complex” (58%). factors driving complexity were listed as reduced support for children and families from other agencies, a lack of early intervention and help, the effects of Covid, and traumatic histories of children and young people. Respondents said that complexity and rise in numbers were affecting the quality of their professional practice. One practitioner stated:

“cases have become more complex due to the lack of services or early interventions not being put in place. It has been increasingly hard to access mental health services, until at crisis point. my current caseload is making it hard to plan or do any in-depth pieces of work. this leads to things like life story work not being completed appropriately, which can really impact on children and young people.”

Have you considered fostering?

Many people would appreciate a career that enabled them to have the freedom - as well as the flexibility to work from home. And certainly, if they were able to make a real and positive difference in the life of a child or young person. Working as a foster carer provides exactly that opportunity. Fostering can be challenging but it can also be extremely rewarding. If you are thinking about fostering, Rainbow is one of the leading independent agencies in the country and it has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

Call 0330 311 2845 to learn more. Anyone thinking of fostering must have a spare room for a child or young person. Am I eligible to foster? You are most likely to be able to foster whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. Having been married, divorced, single, will not prevent you from fostering. We do, however, need people who are highly motivated and keen to support - as well as guide - a vulnerable child to reach their full potential.

Are you considering transferring? Existing foster carers can be confident that we make sure the process is smooth, straightforward, and easily managed. This is because we comply fully with every aspect of the Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol. Join Rainbow and experience the full range of benefits we offer foster carers. Visit -

http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/transfer-to-rainbow/

Foster care news: cost of living crisis threatens health and wellbeing of poorest families.

11th April 2022

Eye-watering rises in the cost of living will be impacting families across the country in the coming months. The rise in the energy price cap stands at fifty-four percent. This means an average household could find itself paying around £1,900 annually for gas and electricity. And this is at time when other costs - council tax, care tax, and water charges are also increasing. Add in the effects of inflation, now running at around eight percent, and an unemployed single person could be facing a fifteen percent drop in income. Such effects could place an additional 1.3 million individuals - including half a million children below the poverty line.

Michael Marmot is a director of the UCL Institute of Health equity as well as being professor of epidemiology and public health at UCL. In writing about the looming health inequalities in the UK caused by falling incomes, he states:

“In the decade before the pandemic, improvement in health in the UK slowed dramatically, inequalities increased and health for the poorest people got worse. this was all amplified by the pandemic. unless we deal with the inability of people to meet their basic needs, by adequate income and services, we are in danger of inflicting a humanitarian calamity in one of the richest countries in the world."

It’s time to consider fostering.

Many people would relish a career that gave them the freedom and flexibility to work from home. Especially if they were able to make a real difference to the quality of life and opportunities for a child or young person. Fostering provides exactly that opportunity. It can be challenging but also extremely rewarding. Rainbow is one of the leading fostering agencies in the country. It has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

Call 0330 311 2845 to learn more about the career opportunities we offer our foster carers. And we advise, that most people are likely to be able to foster.

Anyone thinking of fostering must have a spare room for a child or young person. You are likely to be able to foster whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. Having been married, divorced, or being single, is not a bar to fostering. We do, however, need people who are highly motivated and keen to support - as well as guide - a vulnerable child to reach their full potential.

And in other news…Help those fleeing the war in Ukraine

https://metro.co.uk/2022/03/29/how-you-can-help-people-by-supporting-the-homes-for-ukraine-scheme-16337335/

Foster care news: Doctors report mental health services are failing children

6th April 2022

The NHS has its child and adolescent mental health services described as being swamped. This means that children with mental health issues which can range from depression, anxiety, or self-harming, are not getting the help they need. CAMHS services have insisted in some cases that even children with an eating disorder or psychosis are not sick enough to warrant treatment.

The pressures CAMHS is operating under have been revealed in a survey produced for the youth mental health charity stem4. Over a thousand GPs in the UK looking to refer under-eighteens with mental issues have reported long waits. In some parts of the country, it has taken as long as two years after being referred to start getting help.

Dr Nihara Krause is the founder of stem4 and is also a clinical psychologist specialising in caring for children and young people stated:

“It is truly shocking to learn from this survey of GPs’ experiences of dealing with CAMHS services that so many vulnerable young people in desperate need of urgent help with their mental health are being forced to wait for so long - up to two years - for care they need immediately. delayed treatment increases risk and you can expect problems in application to study or work, relationship issues, for example, depression, with increased vulnerability to self-harm, anxiety with panic attacks, and so on.”

A spokesperson from the Department of Health and Social Care said, whilst not responding directly to the survey’s findings, “We recognise the impact the pandemic has had on everyone, especially children and young people who have faced disruption to their home lives and education. We will be launching a national conversation to inform the development of a new long-term mental health plan later this year.”

Foster carers are needed.

Call 0330 311 2845 to learn more about the joys, challenges, and opportunities that a career in fostering with Rainbow offers. We are one of the leading independent fostering agencies in the UK and have been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

Most people are likely to be able to foster. All applicants are required to undergo a DBS check. A standard procedure to prevent unsuitable persons from working with vulnerable groups.

The basic requirement to foster is a spare room for a child or young person. There are relatively few restrictions on who may be able to foster. Whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, this could be a career opportunity open to you. Having been married, divorced, or being single, is not a bar to fostering. We do need people who are highly motivated and keen to support and guide a vulnerable child to reach their full potential.

And in other news…Families asked to take in Covid-positive family members as NHS faces enormous strain

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/06/nhs-enormous-strain-england-trusts-declare-critical-incidents

Foster care news: Chief Executive of The Children’s Society calls for children and families to be considered as the cost-of-living crisis looms

28th March 2022

The Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, Mark Russell, has drawn attention to the fact that children have not been specifically mentioned in the Chancellor’s Spring statement. Referring to the dramatic increases in the cost of living, the suggestion made is that many households will face huge financial pressures. The situation will be aggravated because of planned rises in National Insurance combined with the government’s failure to increase benefits in line with inflation. He stated:

“We welcome an increase in the household support fund, which will help low-income families who find themselves in severe financial hardship, preventing them from falling into debt, poverty, or homelessness. We’re disappointed the Chancellor missed the chance to announce more targeted measures for children from low-income families, such as getting more children free school meals. we have been long campaigning for the government to make free school meals available for every family with children aged 16 or under who need support from universal credit to make ends meet. that would ensure another 1.5 million children have a decent meal every school day.”

Could you be a foster carer?

Rainbow is a family-owned leading independent fostering agency. It provides well-matched placements and has offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Hampshire. Established nearly twenty-five years, Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

Many of the children we look after have been traumatised and require sensitive therapeutic care. Rainbow has particular expertise in training carers to foster therapeutically thereby facilitating the recovery of children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect.

The quality of our services is recognised by carers and local authorities alike. Our services are expertly tailored to needs so our placements are secure and stable. Call 0330 311 2845 if you want to find out more about joining us.

And please visit our FAQs page as it provides answers to the most commonly asked questions we receive.

http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

Thinking of transferring? Existing carers can be confident we make sure the process is smooth, straightforward, and easily managed. This is because we comply fully with every aspect of the Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol. Join Rainbow and experience the full range of benefits we offer. Visit -

http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/transfer-to-rainbow/

And in other news…incident at the Oscars

https://metro.co.uk/2022/03/27/oscars-2022-live-academy-awards-winners-snubs-red-carpet-16351202/

Foster care news: claim the failure to ban unregulated placements for 16 & 17 year-olds was unlawful dismissed by High Court

26th March 2022

Last year a challenge was brought against the Department of Education by Article 39. The charity had argued that a ban on unregulated accommodation for children under 16 had the effect of excluding sixteen and seventeen olds leaving them at potential risk of harm. And because of this, the charity claimed the government’s failure to impose a ban was unlawful.

In a ruling by the High Court this week it was determined the government had been entitled to decide placements could go ahead in a variety of settings - not just children’s homes or fostering households. Other settings allowed included flats, bedsits, hostels, and shared houses.

The court also judged that the government had not acted unlawfully when it didn’t consult on an extension of the ban to 16 and 17 year-olds. Or was wrong in failing to consider the responses to its consultation which involved barring unregulated placements for the under-16s.

Foster today with Rainbow

Many people find there is considerable joy in supporting a child or young person to grow up in a nurturing fostering household. Many discover making the decision to foster is one of the most rewarding things they have ever done. So, if you think you have what it takes to be a positive role model for a child or young person, please get in touch.

Call 0330 311 2845 to learn more about the joys and opportunities that fostering with Rainbow offers. We are one of the leading independent fostering agencies in the UK - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

Most people are likely to be eligible to become foster carers. All applicants undergo a DBS check. This is a standard check made to prevent unsuitable persons from working with vulnerable groups.

The basic requirement is a spare room for a child or young person. There are few restrictions on who can actually foster. Whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation fostering is open to you. Having been married, divorced, or single, is not a bar to fostering. You will need, however, to be highly motivated to do your best to support and guide a vulnerable child so they can reach their full potential.

And in other news…cases of covid rising across the UK

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/25/weekly-covid-cases-uk-rise-ons-data-figures

Foster care news: a new guide from the Centre of Expertise on CSA has been produced

24th March 2022

The new resource - ‘Supporting Parents and Carers Guide’ has been written to support professionals so they can provide the right response where there have been concerns raised about the sexual abuse of a parent or a carer’s child. Its aim is to help care professionals to comprehend more about how parents and their children are affected by child sexual abuse. This is so the right kind of tailored support can be given. The way in which sexual abuse occurs - as well as the context, which will always be different in each case - is explored as to the impact. It looks at how abuse can impact families differently.

Offering guidance and support to professionals can enable an entire family to recover. This increases the likelihood of the best possible outcome for the child and family concerned. It is a fact that the responses of carers and parents will have a big influence on the way a child comprehends their experience. There is research indicating that the longer-term effects of CSA can be mitigated by the support they receive from their main caregivers.

Thinking of fostering? Give Rainbow a call.

You can contact Rainbow on 0330 311 2845 or visit our website and request a call-back. You can change a child or young person’s life - as well as their prospects - for the better. Being a foster care is rewarding in many ways. We pay generous allowances as well as provide our foster carers with the very best in training opportunities. This makes it possible for them to develop their fostering careers in different ways.

Rainbow pays enhanced rates to foster carers trained to foster therapeutically - as well as carers supporting Parent and Child placements or caring for sibling groups. All our foster carers are trained to foster children/young people 0-18. And our knowledgeable team works scrupulously to match our carer’s stated preferences.

Rainbow is one of the leading independent fostering agencies in the UKL - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. To foster with Rainbow, you must be aged over 21 and have a spare room. You will be able to foster whatever your status - married, gay, divorced, single, or cohabiting. Anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster.

And in other news…drivers face increased motoring costs because of conditions of the roads

https://metro.co.uk/2022/03/24/potholes-drive-motorists-to-pay-1-7bn-in-car-repairs-every-year-16333441/

Foster care news: The Home Secretary introduces a new Family Scheme to support Ukrainians

20th March 2022

The government’s Ukraine Family Scheme is set to permit thousands of families to be reunited across the UK. It allows both immediate and extended family members of British nationals settled in this country to stay with their families here.

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, visited a reception centre for Ukrainian refugees in Medyka. She was with Poland’s Deputy Interior Minister Bartosz Grodecki meeting families, women, and children applying to live with family in this country. Priti Patel explained those joining the Scheme will be granted leave to stay for three years. This will give them certainty and ensure their future in this country.

The Home Secretary said:

It’s heart-breaking to have met families, women, and children forced from their homeland because of the monstrous Russian invasion. Our expanded Ukraine Family scheme is now fully open and to see the first people who will apply was wonderful. While we want people to be able to return to their homes at the end of this diabolical invasion, giving thousands of people a route to the UK is the right thing to do.”

Here, The Fostering Network and CoramBAAF have been receiving enquiries asking how best to help. They have published a set of key principles they are working to. Information is available on their websites. The Fostering Network stresses that if people want to help, they can also consider “there are many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from other parts of the world who are waiting for foster homes right now if foster carers have the capacity to take additional children.”

Applying to foster couldn’t be easier.

Call Rainbow on 0330 311 2845 or visit our website and request a call-back. Take your life in a new and rewarding direction as a foster carer. Change a child or young person’s life and prospects for the better. Rainbow pays generous allowances and provides its foster carers with the best in training opportunities and career opportunities. We pay enhanced rates to carers trained to foster therapeutically - as well as carers supporting Parent and Child placements, or looking after sibling groups. All our foster carers are trained to foster children/young people 0-18. Our expert team works scrupulously to match carer’s stated preferences.

Rainbow is one of the leading independent fostering agencies in the UKL - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. To foster with Rainbow, you must be aged over 21 and have a spare room. You will be able to foster whatever your status - married, gay, divorced, single, or cohabiting. Anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster.

And in other news…free bus travel offered to Ukrainian refugees for forty-eight hours

https://metro.co.uk/2022/03/24/tfl-offering-free-bus-and-tube-travel-to-ukrainian-refugees-for-48-hours-16334355/

Foster care news: Northern Ireland Assembly passes Adoption and Children Bill

18th March 2022

The Northern Ireland Assembly has passed the Adoption and Children Bill. It had received full cross-party support. The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading foster care charity welcomed the passage of the Bill saying it represented a “huge step forward for children’s social care, as the first piece of legislation focussed on the fostering system since the 1995 Children Order.”

Around 80 percent of children in Northern Ireland’s care system live with foster carers. The Fostering Network has been calling for many years for a regulatory framework covering all aspects of foster care that is clear. The Bill was overwhelmingly supported by members of the charity that responded during the Bill’s consultation period. They stressed, however, that the reforms needed to be properly funded. The members also said they were keen to be included in the discussions that would concern the details of the implementation of the Bill.

The director of The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland, Kathleen Toner, stated:

“This was a really important day for children’s social care. I would like to thank all the foster carers and fostering services who supported our response to the consultation and scrutiny process by sharing their experience and views in writing and at consultation events and meetings. We were thanked for our contribution by those who contributed to the debate in the Assembly. I look forward to further engaging with foster carers and kinship foster carers as the regulations from the Bill are developed.”

Experience the security of working with one of the most respected fostering agencies.

Rainbow is a family-owned leading independent fostering agency established for coming up to twenty-five years. It has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted and provides well-matched placements across the UK. We have offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Hampshire. Many of the children we look after have been traumatised and require sensitive therapeutic care. We have a particular expertise in training carers to foster therapeutically facilitating the recovery of children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect.

The quality of our services is recognised by carers and local authorities alike. Our services are expertly tailored to needs so placements are secure and stable. Call 0330 311 2845 if you want to find out more about fostering.

Visit our FAQs page as it provides answers to the most commonly asked questions we receive.

http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

Thinking of transferring? Existing carers can be confident we make sure the process is smooth, straightforward, and easily managed. This is because we comply fully with every aspect of the Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol. Join Rainbow and experience the full range of benefits we offer.

And in other news…interest rates set to rise

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/mar/17/uk-interest-rates-raised-bank-of-england

Foster care news: the leading fostering charity responds to study

12th March 2022

The Fostering Network has welcomed the recommendations in the CMAs Competition and Market’s Authority report. This defines what should be the expectations at both the regional and local level in England, Scotland, and Wales to ensure children are in placements that will meet all their needs. The report has found the arrangements in England and Wales are not working well. The situation in Scotland was found to be a little better. Improvements cannot be expected without there being policy reform. The charity states that governments in the three countries - as well as the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care in England, The Promise in Scotland, and Foster Wales - give serious consideration to the findings in the report.

The charity states: “We support the call for greater national leadership over fostering to support commissioning as well as other areas of practice. Governments should review their focus on fostering and ensure they have structures in place at a national, regional and local level to provide leadership, collaboration and a shared strategy to address issues such as sufficiency and drive improvements in performance of the fostering sector.”

The charity fully supports the increased use of regional collaboration. It also stresses that “retention is just as important as recruitment in foster care to ensure knowledge and expertise are maintained in the workforce.” The charity also cited their own ‘State of the Nation 2021 survey’ which emphasised the need to improve the status of foster carers ensuring they are considered to be an equal member of the ‘team around the child.’

The benefits of a career in fostering are considerable.

Call 0330 311 2845 and one of our advisors will be happy to talk with you about the advantages working as a foster carer brings. You can work flexibly from home and access our free training to build your career with us. At Rainbow, we provide complete support for our carers 24/7, all year round. This means they always feel part of a team and that if there is a problem they will get support immediately. All this you would expect from one of the leading fostering agencies in the UK. We have been placing children and young people in well-matched settings for nearly twenty-five years which means we have an unrivalled experience in ensuring our carers get the most from their fostering experience.

To foster with Rainbow, you must be aged over 21 and have a spare room. You can foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. Anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster.

It’s a very good idea to visit our FAQs page on the website as it provides the answers to many of the common questions people have about fostering. This is at - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

And in other news…a mansion tax proposed to fund healthcare and action against climate change.

Foster care news: £1m support package announced by Northern Ireland Health Minister for foster carers

8th March 2022

Robin Swann - the health minister - has that an additional £1m in funding is made available to support foster carers as well as supported lodging hosts.

There are currently more than 3,000 children and young people living with foster carers or supported lodgings hosts in Northern Ireland. This announcement comes on the same day that the Adoption and Children Bill is further considered in the Assembly. The Bill is a key piece of legislation aimed at ensuring children are at the centre of the adoption process. Whilst announcing the funding, Robin Swann stated:

“Foster carers and supported lodging hosts in Northern Ireland are a vital part of the health and social care family. We know that care in a homely, family setting is most often in the best interest of care experienced children and young people, and leads to better outcomes for them in the longer term. During my time as health minister, I have had the privilege of meeting foster carers, and hearing about the satisfaction they get from seeing the children in their care grow and flourish. However, foster carers have also been open about the challenges they face, particularly during the pandemic. The additional funding package I have announced today is aimed at recognising these challenges and helping foster carers and supported lodging hosted continue the vital work they do, during what remains challenging times for families here.”

Could you open your heart and home to foster a vulnerable child or young person?

If you could then please call Rainbow on 0330 311 2845. One of our advisers will answer all the questions you might have about fostering. We are keen to chat with people who might have been giving consideration to becoming foster carers. Our advisor will also explain the benefits of working as a foster carer.

To foster with Rainbow, you must be aged over 21 and have a spare room. You can foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. Anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster.

It’s also a good idea to visit our FAQs page on the website. This is at - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ Doing this will provide a good idea of what fostering involves.

And in other news…a mansion tax proposed to fund healthcare and action against climate change.

Foster care news: the chief inspector of prisons in Scotland says no one under 18 should be jailed.

2nd March 2022

The Scottish chief inspector of prisons, Wendy Sinclair Gieben, has said no under eighteen-year-old should be placed in prison. She has written to ministers pressing for legislation to end the imprisonment of sixteen and seventeen-year-olds by the end of March. A young offender institution at Polmont was described by her as effectively a prison. Polmont is the country’s national holding facility for accommodating young offenders who are aged between sixteen and twenty-one. The government in Scotland has committed to lowering the number of under eighteens sent to prison. The data shows that last year there were 120 under eighteens in jail with most held on remand. Anyone under sixteen will not be sent to prison. Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds are usually held separately as they are viewed as being vulnerable.

Wendy Sinclair Gieben called for the government in Scotland to instead provide funding to place youngsters in secure accommodation.

The director of the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice, Fiona Dyer, said “children often ended up in custody due to their perceived vulnerabilities or the risks to themselves - being homeless or having mental health problems or being victims of trafficking. Others are there because they have breached bail conditions due to insufficient support or understanding of the process, rather than because of the seriousness of their behaviour.”

Find out about the rewards fostering offers.

Children and young people might come into foster care for many different reasons. They might be at risk, or there may be illness in their family. But each child will have to come to terms with facing loss and separation from their own family. This results in many of these children having behavioural issues. This is especially the case if they have also experienced abuse. Could you be the kind of person that would be motivated by helping a child to recover from their traumatic experiences and have a secure and happy childhood? - If you can answer yes, please get in touch with us today by calling 0330 311 2845 today. We have opportunities to foster in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. We have been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted, so your career will be in excellent hands.

And in other news…France and Germany support a ban on coronavirus vaccine exports.

Foster care news: children’s minister heavily criticised for comments.

1st March 2022

A number of children’s rights organisations have attacked the children’s minister, Will Quince, over his dismissal of the number of teenage deaths in care. He described these as being small in a written response. His comment was made in reply to a question from Helen Hayes the shadow children’s minister. The minister confirmed there had been 29 deaths of ‘looked-after’ children aged 16 - 17 who had been placed in semi-independent or independent accommodation in the blast 5 years. In his reply, he referred to the “small” numbers involved.

Helen Hayes also questioned whether a review would be held into the twenty-two deaths of children aged 16 - 17 between 2018 and 2020. They were also living in semi-independent or independent accommodation in those years. The minister refused to confirm whether there would be a review but stated -

“When a child dies, in any circumstances, it is important to understand what has happened and whether there are any lessons to be learned. The responsibility for ensuring child death reviews are carried out is held by the local authority and any clinical commissioning groups operating in the local authority area. In addition to these reviews, where a child dies or is seriously harmed, and neglect or abuse is known or suspected, it is the responsibility of the local safeguarding partnership to undertake a local safeguarding practice review.”

A number of organisations have called for the government to acknowledge there is a need to continue providing care for all young people to 18 and beyond if they are in need. 'Staying Put’ arrangements are available to some but not all young people. In a tweet, Jane Collins, the director of Foster Support said:

“Our birth children mature at different rates and leave home, achieve milestones at different ages so it makes no sense to enforce arbitrary cliff edge policies on children growing up in care.”

Rainbow is one of the leading fostering agencies in the UK and we are looking for new applicants.

Why you should think about fostering with Rainbow.

All our foster carers receive the highest level of support. We provide a 24/7 phone line, regular visits, and training. Carers are supported round-the-clock by experienced social workers. The steps to becoming a foster carer with Rainbow are an initial conversation, an initial home visit, completion of application forms and references, DBS and medical check, Skills to Foster training, Panel Meeting, welcoming your first placement. And at each stage, you will be fully supported.

To start your application simply call us on 0330 311 2845 and confirm you have a spare room for a foster child. We will then discuss your motivations to foster and give you the fullest picture of what a career in fostering involves. The most important thing we look for is a person’s interest in providing support and compassionate care for children and young people who are often extremely vulnerable.

There’s more comprehensive information about the different aspects of fostering on our website. You can foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK.

And in other news…UK law firms helping Russian oligarchs could face penalties.

Foster care news: UK fostering charity calls for a foster carers’ charter

24th February 2022

The leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, has called for all UK fostering services to implement a foster carers’ charter. this is the result of the charity’s latest report on the status of foster carers. This has highlighted foster carers feel they are not treated with the respect the value and nature of their vital role warrants. They also feel they do not get the support needed to help children make progress and thrive.

The information comes from The Fostering Network’s 2021Foster Care Survey. It reveals the ongoing failure to “position foster carers firmly as key members of the social care workforce.” The charity says that this could potentially undermine foster carers’ ability to meet in full the needs of the children and young people they are looking after.

The Report’s key findings are:
    • only 57 per cent of foster carers feel treated as an equal, valued members of the team around the child by the child’s social worker;
      one-third of carers felt social workers rarely or did not respond in a timely way to decisions carers are not empowered to make themselves
      only 9 per cent of foster carers said they received more than the national living wage each month.
  • The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated:

    “if governments, services, and the whole sector want to tackle the retention and recruitment issues facing foster care, and also make a significant positive change to the experiences and outcomes of a growing number of children coming into care each year, the status of foster carers must be improved. Currently, foster carers are propping up the care system, but they do so without the respect and resources their vital role warrants.”

    You could be eligible to become a foster carer.

    If you have a spare room and the time and interest to help a vulnerable child, then fostering could suit you and your family. We have opportunities to foster in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Hampshire. And we have been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted, so your career will be in good hands. Children come into foster care for many reasons but they all have one thing in common: an immediate need for the security a loving foster home provides.

    And in other news…’Special’ military operation launched in Ukraine.

    Foster care news: a dramatic increase in the use of unregulated settings for youngsters

    22nd February 2022

    A study has shown over a three-year period there has been an unprecedented rise in high court applications depriving children of their liberty by placing them in unregulated settings. The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory produced the study finding the number of applications increased for 108 to 579 in the three years to 2020/21. This represented an increase of four hundred and sixty-two per cent. The research also highlighted that during period the use of such applications resulted in children being put in unregulated settings outnumbered for the first time those for places available in secure children’s homes. If a child’s needs are judged too challenging or if there is a shortage of available beds in other secure settings, the use of unregulated placements becomes the only option. When this happens, there is no administrative data or records made for the children concerned: the charity’s report says - “This is a major cause for concern as there is no public record of where they are placed, what restrictions are placed on their liberty, or their outcomes.”

    The director of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory stated that an “urgent rethink” was required to improve the lives of these vulnerable young people. She also stated -

    “Something is clearly not working.”

    Become a foster carer with Rainbow.

    Apply to foster by calling 0330 311 2845. Please confirm you have a spare room available for a foster child. We will then discuss your reasons for wanting to foster. There is no obligation, we will aim to give you the fullest picture of what working as a foster carer involves.

    What matters most is you have the dedication and commitment to providing support and compassionate care for vulnerable children who come into care.

    Remember, anyone can foster whatever their status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And a professional career in fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain.

    And in other news…the government summons the Russian ambassador over the crisis in Ukraine.

    Foster care news: Welsh government introduces pilot scheme to give financial support to care leavers.

    18th February 2022

    The Welsh government is introducing a pilot scheme designed to give every 18-year-old leaving care a basic income for two years. This is set at £1,600 a month and it is thought that around five hundred young people will be eligible to join the scheme. The scheme has drawn criticism from conservatives in Wales who have branded it a waste of money - it is projected to cost up to £20m. Plaid Cymru, however, wants the pilot scheme to be extended.

    Tax will be paid on the £1,600 and it is expected to be assessed as income by the UK government. This means it will impact on an individual’s eligibility for benefits. the way the scheme will be administered means that every person leaving care aged 18 for the first twelve months of the scheme will be given the chance to sign up. For twenty-four months they will be given payments amounting to an annual income of £19,000 before tax. Welsh officials claim it is the equivalent to the real living wage and will be taxed at the basic rate.

    Ministers in the Welsh government want to assess how the monthly payments might help care leavers be in a better position in to independent adult life. The Welsh Social Justice Minister, Jane Hutt, stated the scheme would “deliver financial stability for a generation of young people that need it most.”

    Why you should think about fostering with Rainbow.

    We are one of the leading fostering agencies in the UK - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. For nearly twenty-five years we have been placing children in well-matched fostering settings. To start your application call us on 0330 311 2845 and confirm you have a spare room for a foster child. We will then discuss your motivations to foster and give you the fullest picture of what fostering involves. The most important thing we look for is a person’s interest in providing support and compassionate care for children coming into care who are often extremely vulnerable.

    Anyone can foster whatever their status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background.

    And in other news…coronavirus infection survey released.

    Foster care news: actress claims that young people in care are being neglected.

    14th February 2022

    The government has been accused by the actress Samantha Morton of being “neglectful” in their attitudes towards sixteen and seventeen-year-olds in care. Last year in September the law was changed meaning that under sixteens must now be in regulated care settings such as foster care or children’s homes. Samantha Morton lived in care and experienced homelessness when she was sixteen. She has expressed annoyance that nearly three decades later, far too many youngsters are living without adequate support.

    Figures for 2020 showed over 6,000 teenagers were living in supported accommodation - most of them aged sixteen and seventeen. Figures from the charity Article 39 revealed that twenty-two children aged sixteen and seventeen died while living in supported accommodation in the years between 2018 and 2020. Carolyne Willow - Article 39’s director - stated there was plenty of research available showing young people in this type of housing were vulnerable to sexual or criminal exploitation. She said young pole “feel lonely and isolated and abandoned” when put in properties by themselves. She also stated: “ We are the sixth richest country in the world. Our care system for very vulnerable children should be modelled on the best of family life, not designed around d institutional neglect.”

    Samantha Morton said that in her opinion the situation was “just heart-breaking” and she was “lost for words…” She also added - “it feels criminal” that a 15-year-old could be living in a comfortable supportive home environment, but when they turn 16 - “they’d be moved top rented, shared accommodation alongside someone who’d been released from prison with a tag.”

    Current fostering career opportunities with Rainbow.

    We have many different career options available at Rainbow Fostering. You can train to foster siblings, teenagers, or the more specialist kind of fostering - therapeutic care. Deciding to become a foster carer is a life-altering decision. There are many challenges as well as rewards. Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted and this means the training and support we provide for our foster carers is of the highest standard.

    Call 0330 311 2845 today for more information and the chance to talk with our friendly recruitment team. We currently have opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Hampshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes. Fostering is a career open to most people. To foster with Rainbow, you must be over 21, married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. fostering is a career that is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. To foster you must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain.

    You do not have to be a homeowner but you must have a spare room for the use of a foster child.

    And in other news…Plans to give covid jabs to children aged 5 - 11 are delayed.

    Foster care news: research indicates care leavers did not see declines in their wellbeing during the pandemic.

    11th February 2022

    A report released by Coram Voice has discovered that the wellbeing of care leavers did not decline during the Coronavirus pandemic as could have been expected. It was even found that in it certain areas it improved marginally. There appears to be no single explanation for this but it may be that additional support given to young people made a difference.

    Research conducted by the University of Bedfordshire indicated many local authorities provided additional support for care leavers throughout the pandemic. This happened alongside various national initiatives that gave care leavers financial and practical support. This included the provision of free laptops, internet access and uplift to universal credit. There was more frequent contact during the pandemic with care leavers to make sure they were all right.

    Our Rainbow fostering experience offers so much.

    Making the decision to foster is a big decision. It can certainly be a rewarding step to take, but there are challenges. Overcoming these depends on the quality of the support and training foster carers receive and at Rainbow this is second to none. We will ensure that the training you will receive will be of the highest professional standard to meet your career ambitions. Rainbow provides generous fostering allowances and access to an ongoing therapeutic fostering programme.

    Call 0330 311 2845 today for more information and the chance to talk with our friendly recruitment team. We have opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Hampshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes right now.

    Fostering is a career that is open to most people. To foster with us, you must be over 21 years of age. Foster carers can be either married, divorced, single or cohabiting. And fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. Foster carers must be UK residents or have permanent leave to remain. You do not have to own your own home but you must have a spare room available for a child.

    And in other news…the number of people on NHS waiting list in England reaches a record high.

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/subject-by-subject-support-for-gcse-as-and-a-level-students-in-2022#background-to-these-changes

    Foster care news: subject-by-subject support for GCSE, AS and A level students in 2022

    8th February 2022

    A package of support has been arranged for students taking GCSE, AS and A levels this summer. The intention is to make sure students are treated as fairly as possible following the disruption they have experienced because of the pandemic. The changes made will include more generous grading. The changes will apply in England as well as Ofqual regulated qualifications sat elsewhere.

    The examination boards have produced information relating to the changes for each qualification they offer.

    Over 8,000 new foster carers are needed in the UK to provide homes for vulnerable children.

    Foster carers come from all walks of life and backgrounds. For anyone interested in fostering, Rainbow provides all the training and support needed. Rainbow Fostering has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted which means you will have access to the best in support and guidance throughout your fostering career. In addition, we provide all our foster carers with support 24/7, 365 days a year. To be a foster carer, you don’t have to have worked professionally with children, or have children of your own to foster.

    Fostering is open to you whatever your status ethnicity, or sexual orientation. And having been married, divorced, single, is not a bar to fostering. What matters is you have the time - as well as the commitment to give a child a loving home.

    Call 0330 311 2845 to find out more about fostering by talking with one of our advisors. You will need to have a spare room for a foster child.

    Foster care news: children’s voices being put at the heart of reform.

    2nd February 2022

    A paper has been published on Children’s Social Care Services by the Children’s Commissioner - Dame Rachel de Souza. Her view is that there is a failure to provide children with loving, caring, and stable homes, and this impacts their mental health slowing their recovery from trauma. She states:

    “This paper is dedicated to all the children in care who have spoken to me as Children’s Commissioner. These children have shared with me their experiences - good, bad and sometimes traumatic. Lots of the children and young people I meet are grateful for the love and support they have been given . But all to often they can be angry and frustrated about the challenges they face and the way they have been treated. These children in care have told me their thoughts and personal experiences in the hope that I can bring about change for the children who follow in their footsteps. And, I have been constantly impressed by the reflective and sanguine way children in care can discuss their experiences.”

    Train to be a foster carer with Rainbow fostering.

    Children may need to be in foster care for many different reasons. They might be at risk, or there may be illness in their birth family. Whatever the particular reason, every child will have to come to terms with facing loss and separation from their own family. This might be for a relatively short period or, as in the case of long-term placements, it could be for the rest of their childhood. This means they will be in need of considerable support. If you are the kind of person who can provide this care and attention, please call and speak with a member of our recruitment team on 0330 311 2845 today.

    We currently have plenty of fostering opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Hampshire. If you want to find out more about fostering then call a member of our team on 0330 311 2845

    And in other news…12 missions to ‘level up’ Britain identified.

    Foster care news: schools failing to teach pupils about the climate crisis.

    31st January 2022

    A private member’s bill requiring children be taught basic understanding of climate change and associated issues had its second reading on Friday. This follows the pledge made at Cop 26 by the education secretary, Nadhim Zahawi to “put climate change at the heart of education.”

    The bill has been introduced by Labour MP Nadia Whittombe. She stated:

    “The education system should be helping young people to get informed on the impacts of climate change - it’s their lives that will be affected. It’s also part of how we will reach net zero - give young people the tools to be part if the solution.”

    Two thirds of teachers in England responding to a survey where 4,680 of them thought climate change was not taught in a relevant way within their own subject. This despite 9 out of 10 thinking there was a link with their particular subject. In a statement from the Department for Education, a spokesperson said:

    “Topics related to climate change already feature across the curriculum at primary and secondary school. By 2023, all teachers in all phases and subjects will have access to high-quality curriculum resources, so thy can confidently choose those that will support the teaching of sustainability and climate change. Our new sustainability and climate change strategy will help empower all teachers to deliver education on climate change. Fro aiding the development of climate interests in early childhood right through to the skills needed for green careers. It also goes beyond the classroom - children and young people will get hands-on experience of understanding, nurturing and protecting the biodiversity around them through our new national education nature park and climate leaders awards.”

    Join our team at Rainbow as a foster carer and enjoy a rewarding career.

    Fostering offers the chance to work from home providing a caring and supportive environment for a vulnerable child or young person. There are different kinds of foster to specialize in such as caring for a sibling group, an asylum-seeking child, a teenager - or supporting a parent and child placement.

    You will need to have a spare room to foster. There are very few restrictions on who can foster: it’s a career open to you whatever your status ethnicity, or sexual orientation. And having been married, divorced, single, is not a bar to fostering. What matters is having the commitment to support a child or young person and provide them with a loving home.

    We provide all our carers with support 24/7, 365 days a year. you don’t have to have worked professionally with children or have children of your own.

    Foster care news: Portsmouth local authority embraces pioneering foster care programme

    28th January 2022

    The local authority in Portsmouth is celebrating the first anniversary of the ‘Mockingbird Programme’ and the positive benefits it delivered for forty-two children foster children and their carers. The programme is delivered by the UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network and is based on linking foster families together into a powerful support network. This fostering model is made up of a ‘constellation’ of as many as ten fostering households. These can offer mutual support in the same way an extended family does. At the centre of each constellation is a ‘hub foster home’ which has a specially trained carer providing guidance and support to all the other carers. The model promotes contact and support extending to social activities such as sleepovers for children. Crucially, foster carers feel empowered by these relationships: knowledge and experience can be shared which feeds through to much-improved placement stability for children who have the chance to forge relationships with other families. Problems can be identified early and addressed before they worsen. One of the satellite foster carers, Julie, stated -

    “Since joining the Mockingbird Programme, I find that I have friendship, support and a greater understanding of everyone else’s needs as well. We all work together and look out for everyone. It’s like having an extended family, so I think it works really well.”

    The Mockingbird liaison social worker, Vicky Laybourne, stated -

    “We have managed to support placement stability, providing children with continuity of care. They build friendships, achieve improved educational outcomes and benefit from the support of other positive adults and family time contact with birth families with the support of the hub carer outside of a contact centre in the hub home or in the community.”

    Join Rainbow Fostering - opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire

    Rainbow is one of the leading independent fostering agencies in the UK. We provide all our foster carers with unrivalled training and support. At Rainbow, we are available 24hrs a day all year to address any needs or problems our carers might have. We have been rated “Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted - the measure of the quality of the fostering experience we give all our carers.

    Call 0330 311 2845 to find out how you could be helping a child or young person to reach their full potential. And whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation you could start the process of becoming a foster carer today.

    And in other news…PM Johnson to visit Ukraine as the crisis continues.

    Foster care news: Ashley John-Baptiste says “I grew up alone in care - why did no one tell me I had siblings.”

    27th January 2022

    The BBC presenter Ashley John-Baptiste has been recounting his experiences of growing up in care and, specifically, his belief throughout that he was an only child. By the time he had reached the age of eighteen, he had had four different foster families - as well as being placed in a residential care home. When in his mid-twenties he was messaged “out of the blue” from what turned out to be his older brother. This was a considerable shock as when aged around seven, as part of his “life-story” work, he was told he was an only child.

    His experiences feature in a BBC documentary he has made - ‘Split Up In Care: Life Without Siblings’.

    After sending out over two hundred Freedom of information requests to local authorities across the UK, three-quarters responded revealing that forty-five percent of sibling groups in care are split up. More than 12,000 children become separated from at least one of their siblings.

    Ashley John-Baptiste feels that knowing his siblings at an earlier stage of his life would have given him a sense of belonging.

    The situation for siblings coming into care is not encouraging - even though UK law states siblings should be kept together when safe and appropriate. The issue is there are nowhere near enough foster carers to make this a reality. And the situation is set to become more challenging with a projection that the number of children in care in England could reach around 100,000 by 2025. This is a trend: in 2015 councils in England were looking after 69,000 children - by March 2020, the figure had risen to 80,080.

    Ring today Rainbow to discuss a career in foster care

    Many people find there is a lot of joy in supporting a child to grow up in a nurturing home environment. Many discover making the decision to foster is one of the most rewarding things they ever do. So, if you think you have what it takes to be a positive role model for a child or young person, then we’d love to hear from you. Call 0330 311 2845 to learn more about the joys and opportunities fostering with Rainbow has to offer - one of the leading independent fostering agencies in the UK.

    Most people are eligible to become foster carers. You will need to have a spare room to foster. There are few restrictions on who can actually foster. Whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation fostering is open to you. Having been married, divorced, single, is not a bar to fostering.

    And in other news…changes to covid travel rules take effect to benefit shops.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59547659

    Foster care news: Ofsted finds many care leavers think they are leaving care too early.

    24th January 2022

    Ofsted’s recent report ‘Ready or not: care leavers’ views of preparing to leave care”, reveals many care leavers feel they don’t have enough choice available to them. a significant number thought they had to leave “whether they were ready or not.” All local authorities are required to ensure children are prepared for leaving care however, the report finds the experience of young people is varied - with many not even knowing they are entitled to support.

    Yvette Stanley, Ofsted’s National Director for Social Care stated:

    “The transition out of care can be a daunting prospect for many. It’s so important that children feel prepared with the skills they need to live independently and a support network there to help them if they need it. Unfortunately, many of the young people we spoke to felt they left care before they were ready and didn’t know where to turn to for help. The insights these young people have shared with us strike a powerful chord and are valuable in identifying how things can be improved for care leavers. We will continue to draw on these findings in our future research and as we make improvements to our inspection works that it always reflects what matters most to children and care leavers.”

    There has been a slight improvement for children who are currently in care: most young people reported getting more help with managing money.

    Foster with Rainbow and experience the rewards fostering has to offer.

    Call Rainbow on 0330 311 2845 and one of our advisers will answer all your questions on fostering. There is no obligation - we are just keen to chat with people who have been giving consideration to becoming foster carers. It’s a flexible career that offers many unique rewards.

    You don’t have to be a parent to become a foster carer. To join Rainbow, you must be over 21 and have a spare room. You can foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. Anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster.

    And in other news…UK High Court ruling states Assange can appeal against extradition to US.

    Foster care news: children give their views on returning to school.

    23rd January 2022

    Dame Rachel de Souza is the current Children’s Commissioner for England and she has recently been finding out the views of young people about being back at school. According to the children she spoke with they are excited to be returning to school. The young people spoke about wearing masks and most said that was better than getting covid. They also shared their aspirations about their futures and what they were aiming to do. Fashion journalism, engineering, the law are just some of the career choices mentioned. They also said how much better it was to be learning face to face and that lockdown had sometimes made things difficult if internet connections weren’t working well. The Head felt that missing school for such a prolonged period had made them aware of the benefits schools offer. The Children’s Commissioner was struck by “how passionate and resilient the children were and that the school should be really proud of them.”

    Have you considered fostering as a career?

    At Rainbow, we have offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Hampshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes. In all these areas we are seeking to recruit new foster carers. There are many myths relating to fostering. You do not need to have your own children to foster, nor do you have to have worked with children or young people. You do need to have a spare room to accommodate a child. Anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster.

    Please call us on 0330 311 2845 and we will be happy to answer all your questions and discuss your reasons for fostering. We also recommend all applicants visit our FAQs page on the website. This is at - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ Doing this will provide a good idea of the main aspects of fostering.

    And in other news…leaders of Afghanistan’s government are in need of humanitarian aid.

    Foster care news: English authorities to be assisted by Scottish government to place foster children

    14th January 2022

    The Scottish government is planning for English and Welsh councils to find it easier to move vulnerable children into facilities in Scotland. This move is the result of widespread shortages of secure children’s home placements in England. At the present moment in time, councils are required to obtain High Court orders for placements that deprive children of their liberty. This means, under current arrangements, children can only be placed in England and Wales. This is because councils in England and Wales have to petition the Court of Session in Scotland to authorise the courts ‘deprivation of liberty’ order for each child. To facilitate placements north of the border, the Scottish Government plans to remove this requirement. These proposals are being introduced despite the Scottish Government’s intention to ban local authorities in the country from arranging placements across the border.

    Ofsted reported last year that English councils had placed around twenty children in Scottish secure units. This is due to a shortage of available spaces in England. The Scottish Government stated in the proposals it has advanced:

    “ We know that such placements result in children and young people being separated and distanced from their families, peers community support networks, and services. This impacts on the ability to plan for the child and on their ability to maintain meaningful relationships. We believe that cross-border placements should only occur in exceptional circumstances where the placement is in the best interests of an individual child. Until the lack of provision for secure and residential care in England is addressed, cross border placements into Scotland will continue to be required.”

    Fostering careers with Rainbow: apply today.

    There will be plenty of career opportunities in fostering in 2022. This is because there is a nationwide shortage of foster carers. There are more children coming into care and too few carers to look after them. If you would like to find out more, don’t hesitate to call us on 0330 311 2845. Our highly experienced advisors will let you know all about the range of different career options fostering offers. We can train you to foster a sibling group or support a parent and child placement, or care for an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child. And there are other foster care options to be considered. Your Rainbow advisor will take all the time you need to understand how fostering will change your life and prospects - as well as the child or young person you offer a home to.

    Rainbow has been training and supporting foster carers for nearly a quarter of a century. During that time we have become one of the leading independent agencies in the country - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. We hope that will give you the reassurance needed to begin your journey as a foster carer with us. And remember, in whatever direction that takes, we will be there supporting you every step of the way.

    Right now we have fostering opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Luton and Hampshire. After your initial enquiry, we will arrange a home visit to give you the fullest picture of what life as a foster carer will mean for you and your family.

    And in other news… a study finds English parents feel disempowered by school choice.

    Foster Care news: fall off in the rate of foster care inquiries.

    31st December 2021

    In Northumberland just one in fifty-four households inquiring about fostering proceeds to make an application, new figures reveal. Data from Ofsted shows 270 inquiries were made to Northumberland local authority but only five - two percent - continued with an application. The figures were lower than the previous six years which saw 278 inquiries resulting in 87 - 31 percent - resulting in an application.

    The national picture also gives rise for concern: there were 160,635 initial inquiries in 2021 - 21 which was actually a record high and up fifty-five percent since 2014-15, however, just 10,145 - 6 percent - led to applications. Overall, this is an all-time low meaning reduced applications despite the rising number of inquiries.

    Last year the number of households gaining approval to foster stood at 8,880 bringing the total number of fostering households to 45,370 providing care for 55,990 children. Ofsted’s national director for social care, Yvette Stanley, stated action was urgently needed to increase the number of foster carers - “These statistics paint a bleak picture. We see more children coming into foster care and too few carers to give them the support they deserve.”

    Become a foster carer with Rainbow in 2022.

    Children and young people come into foster care for many reasons. They might be at risk, or there may be illness in their own family. Each child will, however, have to come to terms with facing loss and separation from their own family. This means they will require care and emotional support. If you can provide this, please call and speak with a member of our recruitment team on 0330 311 2845 today.

    Currently have plenty of fostering opportunities across the country in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Luton, and Hampshire.

    Everyone at Rainbow fostering wishes you a Happy and Peaceful New Year!

    And in other news…concerns social care system is inadequate.

    https://news.sky.com/story/englands-social-care-system-is-infuriatingly-inadequate-and-could-be-doing-more-harm-than-good-report-says-12505471

    Foster care news: the social care system for children in England described as ‘unfit for purpose’.

    29th December 2021

    This is the view of the former children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield who is now in charge of the Commission on Young Lives. Her view is that vulnerable teenagers are now at increased risk as many have to be accommodated "out of area” in unregulated settings that can be targeted by criminals and gangs. The data shows that 1,516 ‘looked-after’ children spent all or some of their time in placements outside London in 2021. This is because there is an acute shortage of care places fro teenagers in the capital. Longfield, the chair of the commission stated:

    “ A children's social care system that is supposed to protect vulnerable teenagers is frequently putting them in even greater danger. Often, we may as well be handing over children directly to ruthless gangs and criminals. It is unfair for purpose. We know the number of vulnerable teenagers at risk of exploitation entering the care system is becoming older, with more complex needs, and growing. We also know this is putting an enormous strain on the whole children’s social care system. The recent horrific murders of two young children show the tragic consequence of a child protection system stretched to its absolute limit.”

    Rainbow is looking for new foster carers to join our team.

    Change a life, change a future. That is what foster cares do for vulnerable children and young people every day. Fostering is challenging but also uniquely rewarding. Call 0330 311 2845 to learn more about the difference you could be making as a foster carer. All you need is a spare room and the desire to help a young person reach their full potential. You will need to have a spare room within a home that you will make caring and supportive for a child. To join us, you must be over 21 and have a spare room. You can foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. Anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster.

    And in other news…the number of daily covid cases increase

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/dec/28/uk-new-record-daily-covid-cases

    Foster Care News: figures from the government reveal that numbers of children adopted form care falls to lowest figure in twenty-one years.

    16th December 2021

    The information released by the Department for education (DfE) shows the number fell by eighteen per cent on the year to 2,870 which is the lowest total since 1999 - 2000. Figures from the Department also highlighted a sharp fall in the number of children leaving and entering care. However, the figures revealed that the number entering care still outnumbered those leaving the care system. This meant the number of looked-after children rose for the thirteenth year in a row. reaching a record level of 80,850.

    Foster with Rainbow and experience the rewards fostering has to offer.

    Call 0330 311 2845 and one of our advisers will answer all your questions on fostering. There is no obligation. We are just keen to chat with people who have been giving consideration to becoming foster carers. It’s a career that offers many unique rewards. You don’t have to be a parent to become a foster carer. To join Rainbow, you must be over 21 and have a spare room. You can foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. Anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster.

    And in other news…advice is to scale back Christmas socializing

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/16/thursday-morning-uk-news-briefing-todays-top-headlines-telegraph/

    Foster care news: how parents can discuss sex and consent with their children.

    12th December 2021

    Issues relating to sex and relationships have always been difficult subjects for the majority of parents to broach with their children. Social media has changed the landscape and there’s more evidence that young children are already discussing sex. Disturbingly, significant numbers may have seen pornography, viewed some kind of sexual harassment - either online, at school or somewhere else. The Policy and Public Affairs Manager for the NSPCC in Wales, Cecile Gwilym, says that talking about consent can begin at any age. She stated “It can start when they’re young - even over small things like who sits where on the sofa. You can say: ‘You know your brother or your sister didn’t want you to sit there, they just want you to sit a bit further away’, so you know it’s really important to listen to what the other person wants. It doesn’t need to be a big or scary conversation that all of a sudden happens when your child turns 12. It can be built in progressively.”

    Some parents may not be able to hold such conversations. Cecil Gwilym said children still need to be supported. She said: “It’s obviously not ideal, because you know it’s lovely when parents can be those sources of support, but if they can’t then there are organisations that work with young people around their sexuality and relationships and most schools will have counsellors and people they can talk to.”

    The opportunity to work with Rainbow fostering - one of the UK’s leading agencies.

    You don’t have to be a parent to become a foster carer. To join Rainbow, you must be over 21 and have a spare room. You can also foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. Anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster. You do not have to own your own home to foster. Call us on 0330 311 2845 to find out more about the rewards of fostering.

    And in other news…Prime Minister will address the nation on the need for booster jabs

    https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/prime-ministers-address-to-the-nation-on-booster-jabs-12-december-2021

    Foster care news: The Fostering Network warns of a failing system.

    9th December 2021

    The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading charity and following it’s recent report State of the Nation’s Foster Care 2021, it is warning of the system of provision “crumbling and failing.” The report highlights that the recruitment and retention of foster carers has reached crisis point. And that there are not enough high-quality carers who will be able to meet the needs of children - many of whom come into care with complex issues. More than a third of foster carers reported the allowance fails to cover their costs leaving them to ‘dip into their own pockets’ to give children all they need.

    Kevin Williams, the charity’s chief executive, stated: “Foster carers are paid for by the local authorities, but what we’ve seen central governments do across the country is to reduce the spend to local authorities.”

    At the present moment in time, foster carers are providing care on a 24/7, 365 day basis for nearly 70,000 children across the uK. Sixty-one per cent of those who responded to the charity’s survey rely solely on fostering for their income. It is a sobering thought that in recent press reports, the numbers in care could reach 100,000 by 2025.

    A career in fostering might be open to you.

    Quite a few of our foster carers have been with us for well over ten years. They have found fostering with Rainbow to be a hugely rewarding experience. We are looking for more people to foster in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Luton, Milton Keynes, and Hampshire. All you need to foster is a spare room - along with the commitment to support a child or young person to reach their full potential. Most people are eligible to become foster carers. There are few restrictions on who can actually foster. Whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation fostering is open to you. Having been married, divorced, single, is not a bar to fostering. Call 0330 311 2845 to find out more.

    And in other news…rise in Omicron cases could surpass 1m by the end of December

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/08/omicron-cases-could-exceed-1m-by-month-end-sajid-javid

    Foster care news: county lines risk could increase for young people due to service cuts.

    7th December 2021

    Because of service cuts, the activities of county lines drug gangs could leave more youngsters in rural areas at risk. County lines gangs mostly exploit vulnerable children to bring illegal drugs into areas across the UK as well as transfer money out. According to The National Youth Agency, there had been an “increasing trend” for youngsters in rural areas to be targeted by the gangs. The organisations chief executive, Leigh Middleton, argued youth workers were urgently needed to protect those at risk of involvement as they provided a known and trusted adult. He also said: “As local authority budgets have shrunk resources have gone to our towns and cities.”

    Antoinette Bramble from the Local Government Association said “increasing demand and cost pressures” had resulted in local councils having to cut youth services “to prioritise spend on looked-after children and child protection services.”

    Ring Rainbow to discuss a career in foster care

    There is a lot of joy in supporting a child to grow up in a nurturing home environment. For many people, making the decision to foster is one of the most rewarding things they do. If you think you have what it takes to be a positive role model for a child or young person, then we’d love to hear from you. Call 0330 311 2845 to learn more about the joys and opportunities fostering has to offer - with one of the leading independent fostering agencies in the UK.

    Most people are eligible to become foster carers. You will need to have a spare room to foster. There are few restrictions on who can actually foster. Whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation fostering is open to you. Having been married, divorced, single, is not a bar to fostering.

    And in other news…changes to covid travel rules take effect to benefit shops.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59547659

    Foster care news: all time high for youth homelessness a possibility this Christmas.

    6th December 2021

    The homelessness charity Centrepoint - which works with under-25’s - is warning the number of young people without a home could reach a five-year high this Christmas. They are predicting as many as 29,000 18 - 24 year-olds could well be homeless this year. The reasons given by the charity include the cost of living rising, a reduction in universal credit payments, and the ending of furlough. The charity’s data is derived from requests made under Freedom of Information to local councils in the UK. It emerged that 29,000 young people are likely to approach their local authority because they are either homeless of face the risk of being so. 2,000 people participated in a survey which suggested over the last twelve months, thirty-five per cent of 18-34 year-old are worried abut keeping a roof over their heads.

    Balbir Chatrik - a director of policy at Centrepoint - expressed the view: “Sadly, it’s hardly surprising. The after-effects of the pandemic - particularly long-term unemployment and the universal credit cut - have hit the most vulnerable young people the hardest.”

    The charity also reported that many more people had been calling its helpline earlier in the year. The belief is that this was mostly caused by the lasting effects of the pandemic. The latest survey also indicates that fifty-one per cent of young people have experienced financial difficulties and many had been worried they would be unable to buy food.

    Join Rainbow Fostering

    Rainbow is one of the leading independent fostering agencies providing its foster carers with unrivalled training and support. We have been rated “Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted - the measure of the quality of the fostering experience we give all our carers. Call 0330 311 2845 to find out how you could be helping a child or young person to reach their full potential. Whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation you could become a foster carer. There is no upper age limit to foster but you should be in reasonable health.

    And in other news…age verification called for over sites featuring adult material

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/dec/05/campaigners-threaten-uk-legal-action-over-porn-sites-lack-of-age-verification

    Foster care news: children’s rights to be included in the Care Review framework.

    1st December 2021

    This welcome development is the result of a campaign organized by organisations working with and for children and young people aiming to have the review to commit to the principles and provisions of the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child. The group pressing for this includes over 150 member organisations along with numerous social workers and lawyers working across the sector. They are co-chaired by directors from NYAS - National Youth Advocacy Service and children’s rights charity Article 39.

    The director of policy and research and co-chair of the Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers, Ben Twomey, stated the entire sector had joined together to have children’s rights at the heart of the care review: “We welcome this commitment from the review team to measure the impact of their recommendations. This ‘once-in-a-generation’ review must seize the opportunity to strengthen and expand rights, entitlements and protections for all care-experienced children and young people.”

    Carolyne Willow is a director at Article 39 and also the founder of the Together for Children network said that the UNCRC was vital in order to make sure every child could enjoy secure and fulfilling childhood. This was necessary for them to reach their full potential: “It respects children for the people they are today, and places obligations on governments to ensure laws, financial decision-making and policies work for children and their families. As we reach the 30th anniversary of the UK ratifying the convention, it’s absolutely right that the review uses the treaty as a framework for assessing the extent to which potential recommendations could help fulfil the government’s obligations towards children and their families, or take us backwards.”

    Work for Rainbow Fostering.

    If you have a spare room, energy, commitment, and the desire to make a difference to a child or young person’s life and prospects, then fostering could suit you. Whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation you could become a foster carer. There is no upper age limit to foster but you should be in reasonable health. Call 0330 311 2845 to find out more about working with Rainbow - an agency rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. You can foster with Rainbow in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Luton, Milton Keynes, and Hampshire.

    And in other news…new booster target and Christmas to g

    Foster care news: new film series explores important themes for fostering and adoptive families.

    30th November 2021

    The protagonist, Colin Kaepernick, in a new Netflix series “Colin in Black and White” focuses attention on areas of social justice affecting Black Americans. Kaepernick is of mixed race: his mother was white and his father and African American. It is a story that highlights the difficulties of feeling part of a community - Kaepernick attended largely white middle and high schools. This combines with the experience of his parents and their cultural misunderstandings that impact him. These make it hard for him to work out which world he belongs in. His parents, for example, fail to understand that for Black people, hair is an important cultural expression. Well-intended, his parents often ‘miss the mark’ when trying to help their son connect with his heritage and arrive at an understanding of what it is to be biracial in the USA.

    This film series will draw attention to the differences of lived experience between white and Black America. In the words of one reviewer, “Colin in Black & White” is unabashed edutainment”. And in one episode, Kaepernick makes an observation that encapsulates his formative experiences as a teenager and how they have now combined to a point where they give him his bearings: “I couldn’t rebel because I didn’t know how, but now, now I know how, and I will.”

    Ever thought of becoming a foster carer?

    If you have, we would like to hear from you. Fostering is a great option for people looking for the flexibility of working from home and doing something extremely worthwhile. With our support and free training, you could be helping a child or young person to reach their full potential. Call 0330 311 2845 to find out exactly how. To foster, you need to have a spare room and plenty of energy and commitment.

    And in other news: pandemic driving crisis in foster care

    https://news.sky.com/story/pandemic-causes-fostering-crisis-as-the-number-of-vulnerable-children-needing-help-soars-12400994

    Foster care news: mental health concerns as rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm rise amongst teenagers.

    28th November 2021

    Teenagers are increasingly seeking help for their mental health problems according to a number of charities. The NSPCC report that since April 2020, the main concern expressed by young people contacting their Childline counsellors is anxiety. And recent figures released by The Children’s Society highlight that in the last three years the liklihood of young people experiencing a mental health problem has risen by half.

    The chief executive of Kettering-based Youth Works - a youth support organization - Cindy Wrighting said: “there has been an increase in young people presenting with really quite extreme levels of anxiety in recent years.”

    There are around 170 youngsters on Youth Works waiting list and Ms Wrighting stated that the numbers using the service had nearly doubled over the last two years. She said a lot of young people were feeling the pressure of exams and achieving certain grades. Lockdown has also played a key part in driving young people’s social activity onto social media platforms which brings its own pressures. She said:

    For a lot of young people that come here, just being given that space to work through their feelings, look at some strategies to manage and to engage again with life with a renewed outlook and a little more resilience can really be quite life-changing.”

    Work for Rainbow Fostering.

    There are not many jobs allowing you to support and guide another person to fulfill their potential in life. Fostering does. So if you can provide a loving and supportive home for a vulnerable child or young person, you will be shaping their lives and helping them reach their potential. To foster a child or young person you will need a spare room for their use. There are few restrictions on who can foster. Whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation fostering is open to you. and there is no upper age limit to foster but you should be in reasonable health. Call 0330 311 2845 to find out more about working with Rainbow - an agency rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

    And in other news…Prime minister confident Christmas will be better this year

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/27/boris-johnson-strains-to-remain-upbeat-as-new-omicron-variant-forces-rapid-crackdown

    Foster care news: The Fostering Network responds to the possibility of 100,000 children in care by 2025

    24th November 2021

    In response to this latest projection, the CEO of the country’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, said:

    “Recruitment and retention of high-quality foster carers who can meet the needs of children in care is one of the biggest challenges facing the fostering sector today. the evidence from our State of the Nation’s Foster Care survey (soon to be published) shows that foster carers choose to foster because they want to make a difference to the lives of children but find it increasingly difficult to make that positive difference when they do not have the tools that they need or the status that the role requires. It is our firm view that the status of foster care must be effectively tackled in order to address sufficiency. Foster carers should be a key member of the team around the child, with the right terms and conditions, including the authority and status to make decisions and pay which reflects their time, skills and expertise.”

    Join Rainbow - an agency rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

    We have many different career choices available at Rainbow Fostering. You can train to foster siblings, teenagers, or the more specialist kind of fostering providing therapeutic care.

    Deciding to become a foster carer is a life-altering decision and will bring many changes to you and your family. There are many challenges as well as rewards when fostering. Call 0330 311 2845 for more information and the chance to talk with our friendly recruitment team. over 21 and have a spare room. You can also foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. Anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster.

    We currently gave opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Hampshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

    And in other news…study shows covid infection in the double vaccinated could increase

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-10240685/Risk-Covid-infection-double-vaccinated-increases-time--study.html

    Foster care news: by 2025 the number of children in care could reach 100,000

    22nd November 2021

    County councils have commissioned research that suggests the number of children placed in care in England could rise to 100,000 by 2025. If this happens, to would represent an increase of thirty-six percent in the last ten years. This expected rise is now placing “unprecedented pressure’ on local authority budgets across the country. The County Council’s Network is chaired by Tim Oliver who is set to explain the impact of this at the organisation’s forthcoming conference. He will be saying “Too many” vulnerable children are being placed in what he describes as “expensive residential care settings.” It can cost more than £4,000 per week placing a child in a children’s home.

    The year 2015 saw 69,000 children in England in the care of local authorities. In March 2020, the figure had risen to 80,000. The rise in the numbers going into residential homes has been affected by the ongoing shortage of foster carers experienced across the country.

    Find out more about fostering with Rainbow.

    Children and young people come into foster care for many reasons. They might be at risk, or there may be illness in their own family. Each child will, however, have to come to terms with facing loss and separation from their own family. this means they will require care and emotional support. If you can provide this, please call and speak with a member of our recruitment team on 0330 311 2845 today.

    Currently have plenty of fostering opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Hampshire.

    And in other news: Holidaymakers encouraged to use £132m worth of unspent travel vouchers

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59371979

    Foster care news: Foster care system could be reaching ‘breaking point’

    18th November 2021

    Ofsted released its annual fostering statistics last week and at the same time issued a warning that the care system in England requires and “urgent boost to the number of foster carers” without which there will be a risk the system of provision will reach “breaking point.”

    The report revealed there were 88,180 approved fostering places, 55,990 of which had been filled. And as of 31st March 2021, there were 45,370 approved fostering households. Even though these are record figures Ofsted has warned they “paint a bleak picture” with “too few carers with the right skills” to meet the numbers of children needing a foster home. The number of approved p-laces and approved households have only risen by two per cent over the last five years just as the number of children placed has increased by nine per cent.

    The figures produced by Ofsted also showed the capacity of the fostering system had dropped over the past five years with the number of vacant places falling from 21,160 to 14,005. Ofsted’s national director for social care Yvette Stanley said:

    “Year on year we see more children coming into foster care, and too few carers with the right skills to give them the support they deserve. How long can this go on for before the care system reaches breaking point?”

    Worryingly, the report finds the proportion of applications from enquiries decreased from eight per cent in 2015-16 to six per cent in 2020-21

    Foster carers need across the UK.

    You don’t have to be a parent to become a foster carer. To join Rainbow, you must be over 21 and have a spare room. You can also foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. Anyone can foster whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster.

    And in other news: Prime Minister says lobbying rules had been broken

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/11/18/thursday-morning-uk-news-briefing-todays-top-headlines-telegraph/

    Foster care news: The National Autistic Society issues report

    14th November 2021

    A new report from the National Autistic Society has discovered parents are having to contend with long and exhausting battles - sometimes going on for years - to arrange support in school for their autistic children. The claim is that England’s education system is failing autistic children and the government should now intervene as in Spring there will be a review of the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) system.

    The survey contained in the report found: seventy-four per cent of parents felt their child’s school place did not fully meet their needs; twenty-six per cent reported waiting over three years to receive support for their child; only one in four parents are satisfied with the special educational needs (SEN) support their child is receiving; half pf parents were dissatisfied with their child’s education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment process.

    Consider a career as a foster carer with Rainbow.

    Call one of our advisors on 0330 311 2845 for a friendly, informative chat about fostering which is a career open to most people. You don’t have to be a parent to foster. To join Rainbow, you must be over 21 and have a spare room. You can also foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And a career in fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK to foster.

    Rainbow Fostering is one of the UK’s leading independent agencies - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

    On social media you can get more content about fostering using these hashtags #YouMakeTheDifference #ChangeAFuture #fostering #foster

    And in other news: Covid booster jabs offered to millions to protect the NHS this winter

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/nov/13/millions-of-people-across-uk-to-be-offered-covid-booster-jabs-earlier

    Foster care news: The High Court rules covid vaccines can be arranged for children in spite of parent opposition

    12th November 2021

    Even if parents object the High Court has issued a ruling that local authorities may arrange for the children in their care to be given Covid-19 and flu vaccines. Mr Justice Poole ruled the councils could proceed with vaccinating children for whom they have a care order if:

    • the vaccines were administered to children of the relevant age as part of a national programme approved by the UK Health Security Agency.
    • the child was either not of sufficient maturity to consent (Gillick competent) or was Gillick competent and did give consent.
    • the local authority was satisfied that it was necessary to do do to safeguard or protect the child’s welfare.

    In these circumstances Mr Justice Poole said in these circumstances “councils could rely on their powers under section 33 of the Children Act 1989. This stipulates that authorities with a care order have parental responsibility for the child and can determine the extent to which others, such as birth parents, can exercise their own personal responsibility, so long as doing so is necessary to safeguard and protect the child’s welfare.”

    Fostering opportunities with Rainbow.

    Fostering allows you to work from home providing a caring and supportive environment for a vulnerable child or young person. You can specialize such as looking after a sibling group, an asylum-seeking child, a teenager - or supporting a parent and child placement. To foster, you will need to have a spare room. There are very few restrictions on who can foster: it’s a career open to you whatever your status ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Having been married, divorced, single, is not a bar to fostering. What matters most of all is having the commitment to support a child or young person.

    We provide all our carers with support 24/7, 365 days a year. you don’t have to have worked professionally with children or have children of your own.

    And in other news…In the US, FDA could go ahead and approve Covid 19 booster

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-10197023/U-S-FDA-approve-COVID-19-booster-without-outside-advisory-panel-opinion-CNN.html

    Foster care news: competition watchdog warns profits for children’s care providers set to be ‘higher than expected.’

    30th October 2021

    The country’s local authorities are described as having an ‘inherently weak’ position in a highly competitive market and a shift to national or regional commissioning of placements must be considered advisees the Competition and Markets Authority. The CMA has found the largest children’s home providers set an average weekly charge of £3,830, with an average operating profit margin of 23%. For independent fostering agencies (IFAs) the average weekly price charged for fostering provision was around £820 per week. This results in and an average operating profit margin of 19% for the sector.

    Taken from the Summary of the report, the following describes the motivation for the research. Now just over half way through the study the qualification is made that it may not be representative of the positions to be included in the final report due to be published by the statutory deadline of 11 March 2022:

    “On 12 March 2021 we launched a market study into the supply of children’s social care placements in England, Scotland and Wales. We did this because of concerns about a shortage of appropriate places for looked-after children and high prices paid by local authorities. Just over seven months on, we are now in a position to set out our interim findings and seek views from stakeholders. 3. Our decision to launch this market study was strongly influenced by the fact that looked-after children are among the most vulnerable people in our society, and the impact on them of poor outcomes in the placements market are potentially extremely far-reaching and life-changing.”

    There is a clear concern that the placements market is falling to provide a sufficiency of appropriate places ensuring vulnerable children and young people are in settings that fully meet their needs when required. The result is too often children are being accommodated too far from their home, fans to provide the therapy or facilities they need, or breaks up their sibling group. And because poor placement matches can have a serious effect on the well-being of children, there is a cause for concern.

    Join Rainbow fostering.

    We are interested in talking to anybody who might be considering fostering as a career option. We would stress, you do not need to have experience working with children. Nor, is it necessary for you to have or have had your own children. All sorts of people come into fostering from widely different backgrounds. But, they do have one thing in common: the wish to offer a loving and supportive home to a vulnerable child and help them to fulfill their potential.

    You will need to have a spare room for a foster child or young person. You can foster whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. Call us now on 0330 311 2845 to find out more about fostering with Rainbow - an agency rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

    And in other news…Prime Minister warns of the need to act now ahead of Cop26

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/29/boris-johnson-cop26-climate-warning-rome-g20-dont-act-now-too-late

    Foster care news: a single care leaver could transform the lives of many others

    26th October 2021

    A new tool has been welcomed by care leavers in the Midlands. It sets out the level of support that each local authority offers young people and how that may vary according to where a leaver lives. It looks into areas such as accommodation, employment support, help with payment for essentials such as cooking equipment and access to broadband - even whether an authority helps with the cost of subsidised gym membership. The comparison website - The Care Leaver Offer Website - is the idea of Terry Galloway who was himself moved over one hundred times whilst in care. His idea is that every young person leaving care gets the same help - no matter where they happen to live. He said:

    “ For Coventry city council, on the website, you’ll see that they do taster flats for care leavers. Taster flats for children coming out of the care system is such an important thing to prepare, them and not many councils across the UK do this. So what we have on the website, is not only case studies about taster flats, but we actually have the policy documents and resources that councils can use, to make it happen in their own areas. It really does hold them to account but it also provides resources so they can improve their offers and what we really want to see is that all our care leavers wherever they live can get the same help.”

    Josh MacAlister who is currently leading the Children’s Social Care Review has lent his support on social media. He stated about the new tool -

    “ A great resource that can be used by care experienced people to find out what they can access and for local authorities to find out how they can improve what they provide. Brilliant work.”

    Consider a new career as a foster carer?

    More foster carers are needed in the UK. This means we are interested in talking to anyone who might be considering fostering as a career. You do not need to have experience working with children. Nor, do you need to have your own children. All sorts of people come into fostering from all kinds of different backgrounds. They do have one thing in common: the desire to offer a loving home to a vulnerable child and help them to fulfill their potential.

    You will need to have a spare room for a foster child or young person. And you can foster whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. Call us now on 0330 311 2845 to find out more about working with Rainbow - an agency rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

    And in other news…hike in petrol prices

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10/16/saturday-morning-uk-news-briefing-todays-top-headlines-telegraph2/

    Foster care news: the mental health of children and young people revealed in Unicef report ‘The State of the World’s Children’.

    16th October 2021

    A report has been published by Unicef which examines child, adolescent, and caregiver mental health around the globe. The findings are worrying: over thirteen percent of adolescents between the ages of ten to nineteen are living with a diagnosed mental condition as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO). Anxiety and depression constitute around four percent of mental disorders. Suicide has been found to be the fourth leading cause of death among fifteen to nineteen-year-olds. Parenting is identified as being fundamental to creating robust foundations for the mental health of children. The report finds that significant numbers of parents themselves need additional support. Schools do offer opportunities that can support mental health however they also bring risks such as exposure to bullying and well as exam stress.

    The report finds - “In nearly every part of the world, be it rich or poor countries, mental health conditions - and the lack of caring responses - cause significant suffering for children and young people and are a top cause of death, disease, and disability, especially for older adolescents.”

    Considering a career in fostering?

    Many more children are coming into the care of local authorities in the UK. That means more foster carers are needed. We are interested in talking to anyone who has or is currently considering fostering as a career. You do not need to have experience working with children. Nor, do you need to have your own children. All sorts of people come into fostering from all kinds of different backgrounds. They do have one thing in common: the desire to offer a loving home to a vulnerable child and help them to fulfill their potential.

    You will need to have a spare room for a foster child or young person. And you can foster whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. Call us now on 0330 311 2845 to find out more about working with Rainbow - an agency rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

    And in other news…hike in petrol prices

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10/16/saturday-morning-uk-news-briefing-todays-top-headlines-telegraph2/

    Foster care news: the last decade sees a doubling of 10-17 year-olds coming into care

    12th October 2021

    It has been found that the number of ten to seventeen-year-olds coming into care between 2011/12 and 2019/20 increased by ninety-five percent. The research also found that the number of sixteen-year-olds involved in care proceedings has almost quadrupled over the same period. This represents a rise of 285 percent. The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory who conducted the research says the increase among ten to seventy-year-old is greater than any other age group. According to researchers teenagers become caught up in proceedings due to “the debilitating impact of entrenched poverty and disadvantage.” These young people can face an increased risk of being targeted by criminal gangs as well as sexual abusers. The director of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory Lisa Harker stated:

    “Older children come into care proceedings with a unique set of vulnerabilities, often induced by long-term instability coupled with harm from outside the home. For the child protection and family justice systems - which have, until recently, focused on protecting younger children and on understanding risks from within the family home rather than outside it - this means a complete rethink about the options available to professionals to meet these young people’s needs.”

    Enjoy the experience of being a foster carer.

    There are few jobs that allow you to support and guide another person to fulfill their potential in life. Fostering does exactly that. So if you can provide a loving and supportive home for a vulnerable child or young person, you will be shaping their lives and giving them direction. You will need to have a spare room to a foster child or young person. There are actually very few restrictions on who can foster. Whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation fostering is open to you. Call 0330 311 2845 to find out more about working with Rainbow - an agency rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

    And in other news…Higher education regulator in England question’s universities marking.

    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/oct/07/universities-failing-to-mark-down-students-for-poor-writing-skills

    Foster care news: Black History Month UK launches resource pack to celebrate black history

    7th October 2021

    Schools across the UK will now have a new resource pack celebrating black history and the global contribution made by black people of African descent. The pack has been put together by Black History Month in partnership with Museumand, The National Caribbean Heritage Museum, and Bishop Grosseteste University. Ian Thomas from Black History Month stated:

    “Our intention is to provide schools with a set of source materials that they can customize to suit their precise requirements - in a way that brings black history to life for young people in different year groups, across the curriculum. Reflecting the diversity of schools across the country, the pack uses a range of lesson plan formats to mirror this difference. We did this to make sure the teaching materials included on the pack are ready-to-go and will feel instantly familiar to teachers and young people.”

    The pack will have fourteen sets of new teaching materials addressing the whole curriculum. these will include Black History in English, Maths, Modern Foreign Languages, Science, History, Art, Literature, Music, Drama, Art, RE, Citizenship, and PSHE.

    Catherine Ross is the Founder Director of Museumand, The National Caribbean Heritage Museum, and Editor of Black History Month. She stated:

    “Working with Black History Month and Museumand, The National Caribbean Heritage Museum has been a fantastic opportunity for trainee teachers on our PGCE Secondary course. After taking part in the project our trainee teachers said they feel more prepared to teach a diverse range of students, and have a better awareness of the topics and issues that impact negatively on the lived experiences of their students.”

    The new packs will be available for schools this September.

    Why foster?

    There is a tremendous amount of joy in supporting a child to grow up in a nurturing home environment. For many people, making the decision to foster is one of the most rewarding things it’s possible to do in life. If you think you have what it takes to be a positive role model for a child or young person, then we’d love to hear from you. Call 0330 311 2845 to learn more about the joys and opportunities fostering has to offer.

    Most people are eligible to become foster carers. You will need to have a spare room to foster. There are few restrictions on who can actually foster. Whatever your status ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation fostering is open to you. Having been married, divorced, single, is not a bar to fostering.

    And in other news…Higher education regulator in England question’s universities marking.

    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/oct/07/universities-failing-to-mark-down-students-for-poor-writing-skills

    Foster care news: call for improved diagnosis for children with FASD

    5th October 2021

    Amanda Boorman, an adoptive mother, is asking the NHS to make improvements to its diagnostic services for children living with the consequences of FASD - Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. This is so families supporting them can benefit from improved help. Amanda Boorman has two sons with FASD but they did not receive a correct diagnosis. She stated:

    This is a brain and body condition that is lifelong so really the professionals need to step up.”

    A paper has been published by the government examining the health needs of those with FASD. It states that ‘diagnosis is complicated.’ and the situation is made more difficult as there is no specific test for the disorder.

    A spokesperson for Somerset NHS Foundation Trust stated:

    “Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is now becoming more recognized and we are working with our health, education, and social care partners to improve access to assessment and ongoing management for our families. We have used feedback from Amanda’s experience of our children’s community service to improve communications between families , our colleagues, and multi-disciplinary health and social care professionals.”

    Meet the challenges and enjoy the rewards of fostering with Rainbow.

    Life as a foster carer can be challenging but it can also be intensely rewarding. Helping a vulnerable child to find their feet and gain confidence after experiencing upset and trauma, is uniquely satisfying. And we’ll support you all the way 24/7, and all year round. Find out more by calling 0330 311 2845 today.

    And in other news…Climate science breakthroughs lead to Nobel prizes in physics.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58790160

    Foster care news: new measures by tech companies introduced worldwide to protect children.

    30th September 2021

    The UK has brought in new regulations designed to protect children. Social media companies now face the prospect of huge fines which could run into millions of dollars if the new “age-appropriate design code” is breached. Although these regulations apply to the UK, TikTok, Instagram and YouTube have decided to make the changes global. Twitter and Facebook are also introducing measures worldwide aimed at protecting children worldwide. Examples of changes made in crude: TikTok turning off notifications after children’s bedtimes, YouTube has stopped autoplay for teenagers, and Instagram has turned off targeted adverts aimed at those under eighteen.

    The crossbench peer, Beeban Kidron, responsible for lobbying for the measures said that clearly, a country with global influence such as Britain can affect changes to the worldwide internet. He said: “If one code can create societal change, then actually, what it means is they’re not exempt. this tech exceptionalism that has defined the last decade - ‘we are different’ - just disappears in a puff of smoke.”

    Foster carer career opportunities in London, Birmingham, and Manchester.

    Train with Rainbow and you could choose to care for a sibling group, support a parent and child placement or look after an asylum-seeking child. Fostering is a career that offers tremendous variety and no two days are the same. Take the first step by calling us on 0330 311 2845 to find out more. The one requirement you will need to provide is a spare room for a foster child.

    Foster carers come from kinds of different backgrounds. Fostering is open to you whatever your status, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. Having been married, divorced, single, is also not a bar to fostering. What we look for are people with the commitment, interest, and time to support a child or young person. Call now on 0330 311 2845 to find out how to take the first steps toward a career as a foster carer.

    And in other news…School leaders are warning about hoax Covid vaccine consent letters.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-58713266

    Foster care news: the rates of online child abuse offences have soared

    28th September 2021

    Calls for more to be done to protect children from online abuse have been made as figures show online crime affecting children has soared by three quarters in four years. It has emerged that 9,742 online child sexual offences were recorded last year in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The charity, The NSPCC, has said that the Government’s proposals contained in the Online Safety Bill have significant weaknesses.

    The chief executive of the NSPCC, Sir Peter Wanless, stated:

    “Children should be able to explore the online world safely. But instead, we are witnessing dramatic and hugely troubling growth in the scale of online abuse. the government has a once-in-a-generation chance to deliver a robust but proportionate regulatory regime that can truly protect children from horrendous online harms. But, as it stands, there are substantive weaknesses in its plans, which cannot be overlooked. The draft bill fails to prevent inherently avoidable abuse or reflect the magnitude and complexity of online risks to children.”

    Join Team Rainbow as a foster carer for a rewarding career.

    Fostering offers the chance to work from home providing a caring and supportive environment for a vulnerable child or young person. There are different kinds of foster to specialize in such as looking after a sibling group, an asylum-seeking child, a teenager - or supporting a parent and child placement. You will need to have a spare room to foster. And there are very few restrictions on who can foster: it’s a career open to you whatever your status ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Having been married, divorced, single, is not a bar to fostering. What matters is having the commitment to support a child or young person and provide them with a loving home.

    We provide all our carers with support 24/7, 365 days a year. you don’t have to have worked professionally with children or have children of your own.

    And in other news…Air pollution might b causing 6 million premature births globally.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/28/air-pollution-likely-cause-of-up-to-6m-premature-births-study-finds

    Foster care news: misinformation about the Covid vaccine results in a dilemma for young people’

    24th September 2021

    A “real dilemma” has been created for young people deciding whether to be vaccinated and one of the main causes is said to be misinformation. This is the view of Northern Ireland’s mental health champion Professor Siobhán O’Neill. She says many young people have been left wondering if the vaccine is safe. She stated:

    Because we have so much misinformation out there, there may be young people who will see this as a real dilemma around whether the vaccine is safe, that for them is a big problem because there should not be that level of uncertainty.”

    Train as a foster carer with Rainbow.

    Children need to be in foster care for many reasons. They might be at risk, or there may be illness in their birth family. Whatever the reason, every child will have to come to terms with facing loss and separation from their own family. This means they will be in need of considerable support. If you are the kind of person who can provide this care and attention, please call and speak with a member of our recruitment team on 0330 311 2845 today.

    We currently have plenty of fostering opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Hampshire. If you want to find out more about fostering then call a member of our team on 0330 311 2845

    And in other news…Ministers warn of difficult Winter ahead.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/09/24/friday-morning-uk-news-briefing-todays-top-headlines-telegraph/

    Foster care news: Will Quince is now the new Children and Families minister following the reshuffle.

    23rd September 2021

    Will Quince will replace Vicky Ford who has moved to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development office. In his new role, Will Quince will take over responsibility for early years policy and childcare, free school meals - as well as children’s social care. As the minister responsible for Early Years, he has been welcomed by Purnima Tanku who is the chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association:

    “We look forward to welcoming Will Quince as the new children and families minister, working closely with him on issues like educational recovery, children’s outcomes, funding, and the workforce crisis the sector is facing. We hope the new minister will take this opportunity to get to grips with the urgent challenges facing the sectored focus on the longer-term planning which early years deserve.”

    The chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, Neil Leitch, stated:

    “With the Spending Review just weeks away, it’s evident that the Department For Education must do much more to make a clear, convincing argument to the Treasury about the need for greater investment into the early years - and a children and families minister, it is now the responsibility of Mr. Quince to lead on this work.”

    Currently, over 8,000 new foster carers are needed to provide homes for vulnerable children.

    Foster carers come from all walks of life and backgrounds. For anyone interested in fostering, we provide all the training and support needed. Rainbow Fostering has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted which means you will have access to the best in support and guidance throughout your fostering career. In addition, we provide all our foster carers with support 24/7, 365 days a year. You don’t have to have worked professionally with children or have children of your own to foster.

    Fostering is open to you whatever your status ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Having been married, divorced, single, is not a bar to fostering. What matters to us is that you have the time as well as the commitment give a child a loving home.

    Call 0330 311 2845 to find out more and talk with one of our advisors. You will need to have a spare room for a foster child.

    And in other news…Parents worried about school children’s anxiety levels.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-58474418

    Foster care news: The fostering charity Tact asks for the creation of a national care service.

    22nd September 2021

    The chief executive of Tact, Andy Elvin, is calling on the Care Review to consider proposals the charity has put forward for a national care service. The idea is that it will cover fostering, adoption, kinship, foster care, residential care, as well as secure care. The new proposed service would also assume responsibility for those children returning to their birth parents. Named The National Care Family (NCF) the body would take full “parental and operational responsibility” for children and young people from the local authorities. Andy Elvin stated:

    “This in no way decries the commitment and determination amongst local authorities staff to improve outcomes for children, but is simply a recognition that the current structures mitigate against this being achieved to the levels it needs to be, countrywide.”

    The current Care Review only covers England but Tact advised that it would advocate for a similar system in Wales and Scotland.”

    Over 8,000 new foster carers are needed in the UK join us.

    There is now an urgent need for foster carers to look after vulnerable children and young people. You do not have to have experience working with children or young people to become a foster carer. We provide all the training and support you will need. Our agency has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. This means you will have access to the best in support and guidance throughout your fostering career with us.

    We provide all our carers with support 24/7, 365 days a year. you don’t have to have worked professionally with children or have children of your own. Fostering is open to you whatever your status ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Having been married, divorced, single, is not a bar to fostering. What matters is having the commitment to support a child or young person and provide them with a loving home.

    Call 0330 311 2845 to find out more.

    You will need to have a spare room for a foster child.

    And in other news…hopes for trade are fading.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/09/22/wednesday-morning-uk-news-briefing-todays-top-headlines-telegraph/

    Foster care news: Nadhim Zahawi the new Education Secretary.

    20th September 2021

    Parents, children, and young people now have a new Education Secretary taking over from Gavin Williamson. Nadhim Zahawi has enjoyed considerable success as the vaccines minister and Boris Johnson has moved him to take over at education in the latest cabinet reshuffle. Zahawi has been credited with the successful rollout of the vaccination programme which saw a significant boost in the polls for the government.

    Parents will be hoping he can sort out many of the problems caused to education by the pandemic. Not the least of these being the disruption to the examination system and the effects of a series of lockdowns on schoolchildren. Gavin Williamson is thought to have lost the confidence of parents and the education establishment and so the Prime Minister will be looking for Zahawi to build stability as well as confidence amongst parents and children. He said:

    “Children and young people have had a tough time during this pandemic and I’ll be listening to them and their families as we accelerate our work to build back better and fairer. From my experience, I know what a beacon of opportunity this country can be and I want all children, young people and adults to have access to a brilliant education, the right qualifications and opportunities to secure good jobs. That’s vital for them and also our economy and is more important now than ever before.”

    Work as a foster carer with Rainbow and discover the rewards of fostering.

    Train with Rainbow and you could choose to care for a sibling group, support a parent and child placement or look after an asylum-seeking child. Fostering is a career that offers tremendous variety and no two days are the same. Take the first step by calling us on 0330 311 2845 to find out more.

    Foster carers come from all walks of life. And you don’t have to have worked professionally with children or have children of your own. Fostering is open to you whatever your status ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Having been married, divorced, single, is not a bar to fostering. What matters is having the commitment to support a child or young person and provide them with a loving home.

    You will need to have a spare room for a foster child.

    And in other news…Students to have say over online learning.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-58600875

    Foster care news: major shift in adoption system called for by new report.

    18th September 2021

    A new report has just been published by a cross-party group of Peers and MPs. It calls for a new approach to thinking in relation to adoption. The Report is called ‘Strengthening Families’ and is the result of an inquiry completed by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Adoption and Performance - APPGAP. The report is intended to feed into the Review of Children’s Social Care which is being led by Josh MacAlister.

    The Review’s first report ‘The Case for Change’ has described the children’s social care system as a ‘tower of Jenga held together by sellotape.’ The APPGAP is advising that the Review takes a genuinely holistic perspective of the system where the needs of adopted children are a strong part of the analysis and its recommendations.

    Foster care is a rewarding and satisfying career.

    You don’t have to have worked professionally with children or have children of your own. And whatever your status ethnicity, sexual orientation, married, divorced, single, or cohabiting, a career as a foster carer could be open to you. You will, however, need to have the dedication and commitment to support a child or young person to be a foster carer.

    You can apply to become a foster carer today by calling us now on 0330 311 2845. One of our advisors will give you plenty of information about what fostering involves. And you can always call us back if you need more.

    And in other news…Attending university? Five things to take and one to leave behind.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-58545266

    Foster care news: concerns over rising levels of poverty.

    14th September 2021

    In its series ‘The changing face of early childhood in Britain’, the Nuffield Foundation has reported that more than one in three children in families with a child under 5 are now living in poverty. The overview states:

    “Experiencing poverty at the start of life and in early childhood can be highly damaging, with potentially profound effects on children’s long-term wellbeing and opportunities. The causes, patterns and solutions to poverty have become more complex and interlinked over the last two decades. Disruptive forces, such as a rapidly changing economy and labour market, increasing levels of in-work poverty, more complex family structures, structural inequalities between ethnic groups, and differences by place have changed the contexts in which young children are growing up, as well as their life chances.”

    Children in working families explain the increasing share of all children in poverty. This is caused by population changes and a decline in unemployment. The risk of poverty for families with the youngest child under five and one adult in full-time employment has increased by s sixteen per cent.

    The country needs more foster carers. Could you be one of them?

    Most people are potentially eligible to foster - you don’t have to have worked professionally with children or have children of your own. And whatever your status ethnicity, sexual orientation, married, divorced, single, or cohabiting, a career as a foster carer could be open to you. You will need to have the dedication and commitment to support children and provide them with a caring home. And a spare room for the child or young person is essential for fostering.

    Apply to become a foster carer today by calling now on 0330 311 2845. One of our advisors will take all the time you need to discuss your interest in fostering.

    And in other news…Attending university? Five things to take and one to leave behind.

    12th September 2021

    It has emerged that at least fourteen children have died in supported accommodation since April 2018. The figures relate to England. Article 39 - the children’s rights group reacted by saying the statistic revealed the "very desperate place right now in the care system”. And it is only this week that a ban on placing vulnerable children under sixteen in unregulated accommodation was introduced. Young people have in the past been placed in hostel-type accommodation which can expose them to significant risk.

    The director of Article 39, Carolyne Willow, stated the charity’s concerns had been growing about the risks children face in this kind of accommodation:

    “We know that children are abused are exploited, feel abandoned and isolated, lonely. They’re prey to those who would abuse and exploit them.”

    The government is now proposing national standards that all providers of supported accommodation will be obligated to meet. A spokesperson from the Department of Education stated:

    “Councils can no longer place under-16s in unregulated accommodation. Looked after children under the age of 16 should either be in a foster placement or a registered children’s home, as will many 16 and 17-year-olds. However, it may be the right option for some 16 and 17-year-olds to move from a supported children’s home to unregulated settings as there are ready to become more independent. These settings must be of high quality and provide appropriate support.”

    Choose a career as a foster carer today?

    Fostering is a great option as it allows you to work flexibly from home. All the training is free and you are supported 24/7, 365 days a year.

    Apply to become a foster carer today by calling now on 0330 311 2845. In the first instance, we will discuss your reasons for wanting to foster. There is no obligation or pressure, we will aim to give you the fullest picture of what working as a foster carer involves. We want you to make the best decision for yourself and your family.

    Anyone is potentially eligible to foster whatever their position - you don’t have to have worked professionally with children or have children of your own. And whatever your status ethnicity, sexual orientation, married, divorced, single, or cohabiting, a career as a foster carer is open to you.

    And in other news…more stringent covid restrictions could be on the way.

    www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/09/11/what-the-papers-say-september-12/

    Foster care news: Fostering referrals increase as carer urges more people to foster

    10th September 2021

    Foster carer Bridget Davies, from Ceredigion, is urging more people to consider fostering. There’s a pressing need to attract more people as the charity Barnardo’s is reporting the number of referrals going up by thirty-six percent in the last year - with the number of referrals for sibling groups rising by thirty-one percent. Recent research indicates that fourteen percent of UK adults would entertain the idea of fostering children aged eighteen or under in the next five years, however, the figure reduces to only six percent when asked about fostering siblings. When asked for her views on fostering, Ms. Davies said:

    “I think it’s an awesome experience. I don’t like to call it a job was it gives you far more than it gives them, really. I think it’s extremely important to foster because when the children come to me, within a matter of weeks they’ve already changed. They had to protect themselves, they had to survive for different reasons so when you take them on and you allow them to be themselves you allow them to grow up. And if you allow them to do that, then you are allowing this little person who’s got so much to give to be a part of the brilliant community. you don’t need to be perfect to be a foster carer, you don’t need to be a brilliant teacher or speak five languages, you just need to help a child feel; safe and noticed, that’s all it takes. They just want you.”

    Ever thought of becoming a foster carer?

    It’s a great career allowing you to work flexibly from home. All the training is free and you are supported 24/7, 365 days a year. You can specialize in becoming a therapeutic foster carer, or supporting Parent and Child placements. There are also many teenagers and sibling groups that are in urgent need of a loving home.

    Apply by calling now on 0330 311 2845. We will discuss your reasons for wanting to foster. There is no obligation, we will aim to give you the fullest picture of what working as a foster carer involves.

    What matters most is you have the dedication and commitment to providing support and compassionate care for vulnerable children who come into care.

    Anyone can foster whatever their position - you don’t have to have worked professionally with children or have children of your own. And whatever your status ethnicity, sexual orientation, married, divorced, single, or cohabiting, fostering is open to you.

    And in other news…Masks could be mandatory by winter says the minister.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/14/covid-mandatory-masks-could-return-this-winter-says-sajid-javid

    Foster care news: leading law firm produces podcast safeguarding transgender children

    8th September 2021

    Law firm Farrer and Co have produced a podcast that provides guidance on the law, best practice, and the effective safeguarding of transgender children and young people. The two-part podcast draws on the knowledge of trans rights experts Dr. Bianca Jackson and Robin White. In the first podcast, the areas covered include the relevant legal framework, using correct vocabulary, safeguarding risk areas for children - including the legal obligations and best practice relating to:

    • bathrooms and changing facilities;
    • dormitories;
    • sports and single-sex competitive events;
    • uniforms;
    • pronouns.
    • In the second podcast managing conflicts between the wishes of the child and the parents is covered along with the case of Bell v Tavistock. The podcast concludes with where to find the best guidance on the issue of safeguarding transgender children and young people.

      Become a foster carer with Rainbow today.

      Apply by calling 0330 311 2845. Please confirm you have a spare room available for a foster child. We will then discuss your reasons for wanting to foster. There is no obligation, we will aim to give you the fullest picture of what working as a foster carer involves.

      What matters most is you have the dedication and commitment to providing support and compassionate care for vulnerable children who come into care.

      Remember, anyone can foster whatever their status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And a professional career in fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain.

      And in other news…Brexit: checks on imported goods means delays.

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58556453

      Foster care news: Fostering couple in West Sussex retire after looking after over 600 children.

      6th September 2021

      Pauline and Roger Fitter are retiring as foster carers after fifty-six years looking after children and young people. Over most of those years, the couple specialised in providing a home for children whose futures were being decided by the court. Mrs Fitter said about such children:

      “They’re usually traumatised, they’re usually very sad, they don’t want to be taken from home. it’s quite emotional work, but we’ve always worked on the understanding that the children have been through a lot, we are grown up, we can manage it too.”

      A spokesperson for West Sussex County Council, Jacquie Russell, praised the couple’s “extraordinary” commitment. She also took the opportunity to mention the “huge” need to find more people to foster children and young people.

      Figures released by Ofsted for 2020 reveal the ongoing shortage of foster carers and there difficulties faced by IFAs and LAs arranging good matches for children and young people. Ofsted’s research indicates it is particularly difficult to achieve a good match for groups of brothers and sisters, and for disabled children and teenagers.

      Yvette, Ofsted’s National Director for Regulation and Social Care said in November -

      “Although today’s statistics show a small rise in foster carers and places, there still isn’t anywhere near enough to meet demand. The difficulty in recruiting carers with the right skills and experience, along with what is potentially an ageing carer population, is a mix that could be storing up trouble for the future.”

      Why you should foster with Rainbow.

      To start your application call us on 0330 311 2845 and confirm you have a spare room for a foster child. We will than discuss your motivations to foster and give you the fullest picture of what fostering involves. The most important thing we look for is a person’s interest in providing support and compassionate care for children coming into care who are often extremely vulnerable.

      Anyone can foster whatever their status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background.

      And in other news…children have right to override parents’ on vaccine decision

      https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/sep/05/vaccine-passports-to-be-required-for-nightclubs-and-mass-events-in-england

      Foster care news: More vulnerable children at risk as the shortfall of foster families in England could reach 25,000 over the next five years.

      4th September 2021

      Fostering provision in this country is likely to face even greater pressures as it is reported the shortfall of foster families in England could reach 25,000 over the next five years. Providing fostering places could become even more challenging when set against this is the reality that each year around a fifth of fostering households leaves the system. This means valuable experience will be being lost. Just to keep to current levels of provision local authorities and independent fostering agencies are struggling to attract new carers.

      This analysis has been done by the Social Market Foundation. Many fear that local authorities will face a near-impossible task to find foster homes for vulnerable children. This could result in many being placed in settings that do not adequately meet their needs. The consequence of this is likely to be more placement breakdowns.

      One solution could be for recruitment efforts to be focused on attracting a younger age group into fostering. Right now, around nine in ten foster carers are aged over forty. The research conducted by the SMF indicates this could represent a new source of fostering provision. Some six percent of eighteen to thirty-four-year-olds reported that they would consider fostering as a career. This would equate to roughly 300,000 people.

      Matthew Oakley - senior SMF Researcher - stated: “The foster care system faces a recruitment crisis. But it doesn’t need to be like this. Our work shows that many people would consider fostering, or returning to fostering, if they were given the right support and treated professionally. A new foster carer charter would be an important first step, ensuring nationally agreed minimum standards of support forester carers, including respite and pay.”

      Why you should foster with Rainbow.

      All our foster carers receive the highest level of support. We provide a 24/7 phone line, regular visits, and training. Carers are supported round-the-clock by experienced social workers. The steps to becoming a foster carer with Rainbow are an initial conversation, an initial home visit, completion of application forms and references, DBS and medical check, Skills to Foster training, Panel Meeting, welcoming your first placement. And at each stage, you will be fully supported.

      To start your application call us on 0330 311 2845 and confirm you have a spare room for a foster child. We will discuss your motivations to foster and give you the fullest picture of what fostering involves. The most important thing we look for is a person’s interest in providing support and compassionate care for children who are often extremely vulnerable. There’s more comprehensive information about the different aspects of fostering on our website. You can foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK.

      And in other news…The Labour Party demands investigation after claims of sleaze

      https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2021/11/14/labour-demands-investigations-into-pm-and-rees-mogg-after-sleaze-claims/

      Foster care news: report released on ten years of spending for children and young people.

      2nd September 2021

      Foster carers and service providers will be interested in a report commissioned by the Children’s Services Funding Alliance comprising - Action for Children, Barnardo’s, National Children’s Bureau, The Children’s Society, and the NSPCC. This focuses attention on spending on services for children and young people over the last ten years. The key findings were that:

      • the average annual cost of a child in care has risen by over 20% from £53k to £64k in the last decade;
      • between 2010 and 2020 local authorities in England have halved spending on early intervention services from £3.6bn to £1.8bn;
      • overall spending on children’s services in the most deprived areas has fallen by 14% per child; some councils in the poorest parts of England have reduced spending on early intervention services by over 80%.
      • The report paints a disturbing picture lying behind the statistics. There has been a continuation of the annual increase in spending seen since 2016-17, but the total spent on children’s services in 2019-20 is still £325 million per year lower than in 2010-11. Significantly, this is on top of the number of young people categorized as vulnerable in England increasing by four percent over the last decade. It appears from the research that children’s services are failing to deliver value for the taxpayer whilst also failing to deliver the best outcomes for children. The fear is a vicious circle that has been established is driving up the demand for late intervention services as preventative support is cut. This has led to significant increases in costs. There continues to be a national shortage of foster carers increasing demand and cost for scarce placements over the last ten years. The average cost per foster child has increased by £11,000 annually, from £53k in 2010-11 to £64k in 2019-20.

        Experience the rewards of fostering with Rainbow.

        Children need to be in foster care for many reasons. They might be at risk, or there may be illness in their family. Each child will have to come to terms with facing loss and separation from their own family. This means they will be in need of considerable support. If you are the kind of person who can provide this, please call and speak with a member of our recruitment team on 0330 311 2845 today. We currently have plenty of fostering opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Hampshire.

        And in other news…Expert says winter wave of Covid infections is unlikely

        https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2021/11/13/christmas-lockdown-should-be-avoided-as-winter-covid-wave-unlikely-says-expert/

        Foster care news: child removed from foster placement after pressure over autism diagnosis.

        28th August 2021

        Foster carers from Yorkshire have claimed social services removed the two-year-old boy in their care after their requests for an autism diagnosis were turned down. They argue the refusal was because potential adopters might have been put off. Relations between them and the authority had become strained because they wanted an autism assessment. The couple only found out he was to be removed shortly before they were due to collect him from the nursery. The foster mother said - “I couldn't even hug him and say goodbye. He would have been distraught and would have wondered where we were because he was very attached to us.”

        A statement from the local authority in relation to the child’s care said:

        “Ensuring children receive the highest possible standards of care and protection is our absolute priority. A child’s best interests will always be our foremost concern in any decision-making process.”

        You could be eligible to become a foster carer.

        If you have a spare room and the time and interest to help a vulnerable child, then fostering could suit you and your family. We have opportunities to foster in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Hampshire. And we have been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted, so your career will be in good hands. Children come into foster care for many reasons but they all have one thing in common: an immediate need for the security a loving foster home provides.

        And in other news…The Children’s Society says children in the UK are unhappy with their lives.

        Foster care news: Croydon refusing asylum-seeking children over £2.3m gap in funding

        26th August 2021

        Croydon is reporting a £2.3m gap in funding from the government to cover the costs of supporting unaccompanied asylum seekers. The shortfall it’s claimed “poses a safeguarding risk to children’s services across the borough. The council has further warned that the gap could increase to £7m by 2024. Croydon is currently responsible for 156 asylum-seeking children as well as 477 care leavers who had arrived in the UK registered as unaccompanied.

        The local authority says that without increased financial support from the government, it cannot accept any more UASC. It also asks the government to make the National Transfer Scheme mandatory. This would have the effect of requiring all LAs to take a share of arrivals. The leader of Croydon council, Hamida Ali, said:

        “We won’t jeopardize our frontline children’s services or our improving financial performance but we need a positive response from ministers now. Without it we have no choice but to keep all options on the table, including having to confront stopping to support new unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people. In the longer term, the government must review its approach to the new National Transfer Scheme and make out mandatory. The fairest and most sustainable way forward is for all local authorities to share this important duty to some of the world’s most vulnerable children. Experience has already shown us that a voluntary system just doesn’t work.”

        Find out about working as a foster carer

        Children come into foster care for many reasons. They might be at risk, or there may be illness in their family. Each child will have to come to terms with facing loss and separation from their own family. So, it’s easy to see why many of these children have behavioural issues - especially if they have also experienced abuse. Could you be the kind of person that would be motivated by helping a child to recover from their trauma and have a secure and happy childhood? - If the answer is yes, please get in touch with us - call 0330 311 2845 today - we have opportunities to foster in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Hampshire. We have been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted, so your career will be in good hands.

        And in other news…The Children’s Society says children in the UK are unhappy with their lives.

        https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/26/number-of-uk-children-unhappy-with-their-lives-rises-report

        Foster care news: children relying on the care of LAs in many cases left exposed by the pandemic

        23rd August 2021

        Reports in the press have highlighted the huge increases in referrals. In Middlesborough, a forty percent increase in referrals has been seen. The former Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield, described the government’s attitude last year to the 80,000 children in care in England as one of “ambivalence.” Cuts made to local authority budgets by the coalition government which began in 2010 have brought about a decline in available resources. Longfield is also highly concerned about the activities of criminal gangs grooming vulnerable children - so much so, she is launching an independent inquiry.

        The system of child care is clearly under great strain: the chair of the current Care Review, Josh MacAlister, recently said:

        “Our children’s social care system is a thirty-year-old tower of Jenga held together with Sellotape: simultaneously rigid and shaky.” In his interim report MacAlister called for a real policy effort to address poverty and entrenched child welfare inequalities across England. These, he said, resulted in ten percent of children living in the most deprived neighbourhoods being ten times more likely to be on a child protection plan.

        Key findings featured in the report refer to the government’s failure to protect teenagers from the risks posed by criminal gangs; the government not being a “pushy enough parent” in relation to supporting children in care; question marks over the funding levels and efficacy of the children’s residential care market.

        Funding is critical and is not seen to have kept up with demand for children’s services over recent years. There are now estimated to be 80,000 children in the care system, up 24% since 2009-10, while numbers on child protection plans have risen by 32% to 51,500. Local authorities now estimate growth on this scale would create a £3bn gap between budgets and need by 2025.

        Careers with Rainbow Fostering.

        If you have a spare room and are interested in helping and supporting a young person think about becoming a foster carer. It’s easy to take the first steps on your fostering journey by calling 0330 311 2845. There’s comprehensive information about what fostering involves on our website. Become a carer whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And a career in fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK.

        Rainbow Fostering is one of the UK’s leading independent agencies - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. We have been finding foster homes for vulnerable children for over two decades.

        And in other news…Former Prime Minister condemns Afghanistan withdrawal

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/21/tony-blair-western-troops-must-stay-afghanistan-until-eligible-evacuated

        Foster care news: concerns have been raised over the Care Review in England.

        20th August 2021

        Concerns have been raised by social workers, academics and care experienced people over the direction Josh MacAlister is taking over the Care Review in England he chairs. The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) reports the frustration of their members over what they see as misrepresentations of themselves and the profession. The Reviews publication: ‘The Case for Change’ has mentioned social workers as acting too soon, being unskilled, unknowledgeable, not understanding the “profound impact of change and loss’, and having poor decision-making skills.

        It was only last week that this group - the Care Review Alliance - made up of social workers, academics, and care experienced people, highlighted their concerns over the “content and poorly evidenced approach being taken by the Care Review, and its chair Mr Josh MacAlister. The group point to a number of poorly evidenced and contradictory claims in relation to the current regulatory landscape. They also claim The Case for Change is “largely silent on the impact of austerity and poverty underplaying the consequences of cuts to services over recent years.

        That feelings are beginning to run high is evidenced by the group calling for the replacement of MacAlister with a suitably qualified and independent chair. They are also pressurizing the Review to ask the government to reverse rising levels of child and family poverty. An Alliance spokesperson stated The Case for Change looked like was moving toward making the case for a ‘National Child Protection Agency’ and -

        “This would involve splitting child protection from family help/early help and would be a startlingly similar move to the ill-fated Transforming Rehabilitation privatisation and restructuring of the probation system. This was an abject failure that the sector will long be recovering from, despite now being reversed. We do not want the same for children’s social care.” The spokesperson also stated:

        “The Care Review continues to have a lack of transparency by not being directly open about its intentions, confirming many of the worst fears that the outcomes of this review have been largely predetermined from the start.”

        Fostering with Rainbow offers unique rewards

        If you are interested in helping children and young people and have a spare room, find out more about the rewards of fostering. You will have plenty of questions and we have friendly expert advisors on hand to help you reach the right decision for you and your family. We also provide information about fostering on our website - with our FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions page - always being a good place to start.

        Fostering is open to you whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And a career as a foster carer is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK. There is no age limit to foster but you should be reasonably fit.

        Rainbow Fostering is one of the UK’s leading independent agencies - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

        On social media, you can get more content about fostering using these hashtags #YouMakeTheDifference #ChangeAFuture #fostering #foster

        And in other news.

        The Prime Minister discusses Afghanistan crisis with Dutch Prime Minister https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-call-with-prime-minister-mark-rutte-20-august-2021

        Foster care news: “free-range parenting” - the means to make children healthier and happier.

        18th August 2021

        There is a suggestion that one of the effects of the pandemic has been to make people far more paranoid and risk-averse. Children have been cooped up indoors through the lockdowns. It’s important that they be allowed the freedom again to build their confidence and social skills. Lenore Skenazy is a writer and activist based in New York. She is an advocate of what she terms “free-range parenting”. This means allowing them the freedom to build confidence and independence and be trusted to make their own decision. That might cause anxiety for parents but they should understand what children might be losing out on. A British study discovered today’s parents were allowed to play outside with no supervision from the age of nine and now that is eleven. It comes as no surprise that a survey for Natural England found eighty-one percent of children had spent less time playing outside with their friends during the pandemic. But this is on top of a long-term trend that has seen children given far fewer freedoms.

        Helen Dodd is a professor of child psychology and she said: “It’s about the child learning that they can solve problems, make decisions and assess risks themselves.” Attitudes are changing as the benefits of unsupervised, unstructured play are being appreciated. A new charity, Roam, based in Birmingham puts on independent play sessions where under-twelves can play outdoors in groups for up to 2 hours. A watchful eye is kept at a distance by volunteers. These group sessions sell out within minutes. Dodd said:

        “We’re talking about children’s freedoms, play, and access to outdoors more than we have for a long time because of the pandemic, so if there was ever a moment to really think about what children need, and how we create the social and physical environment that allows those freedoms, then nows then now’s the time.”

        Fostering is a rewarding and flexible career?

        If you are interested in helping children and young people and have a spare room you could be taking your first steps into fostering. Call 0330 311 2845 to find out more about what a career as a foster carer can offer. There is also plenty of information about fostering on our website with our FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions page - being a good place to start.

        Fostering is open to you whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And a career as a foster carer is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK.

        Rainbow Fostering is one of the UK’s leading independent agencies - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

        On social media, you can get more content about fostering using these hashtags #YouMakeTheDifference #ChangeAFuture #fostering #foster

        And in other news.

        The Prime Minister opens dialogue with French President https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-call-with-french-president-macron-16-august-2021

        Foster care news: local authorities have concerns about the future of the childcare sector.

        12th August 2021

        New research co-authored by Frontier Economics and Coram Family and Childcare - funded by the Nuffield Foundation - reveals how support given by LAs throughout the pandemic has been wide-ranging often taking different forms. The findings draw upon interviews provided by 122 Local Authority Early Leads. Most of the LAs who took part said they had issued guidance, advice, and as well as direct help for families to access services such as childcare places.

        Gillian Paull is a Senior Analyst at Frontier Economics and said: “The pandemic has shown how nimble and flexible local authorities can be in the ways they support local childcare provision and the role they play in ensuring families can access the care they need. But the variation in the level of this support across the country suggests that some areas benefit from stronger local political support and greater resources for supporting childcare and early years.”

        The Head of Coram Family and Childcare, Megan Jarvie, said: “Local authorities play a crucial role in supporting families and childcare providers so that families can find the childcare they need support children’s development and help parents to work. These findings show the great potential local authorities hold to support the childcare market through the current threats when they have the right support and funding.”

        Have you ever considered fostering as a career?

        If you have a spare room and are interested in looking after a child or young person - maybe even supporting a mother and baby placement - you can take the first steps on your fostering journey with Rainbow Fostering by calling 0330 311 2845. You can also find comprehensive information about what fostering involves on our website particularly our FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions page.

        Fostering is open to you whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And a career as a foster carer is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK.

        Rainbow Fostering is one of the UK’s leading independent agencies - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

        On social media, you can get more content about fostering using these hashtags #YouMakeTheDifference #ChangeAFuture #fostering #foster

        And in other news.

        A crisis of neglect, child abuse and poverty in England https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/11/revealed-englands-pandemic-crisis-of-child-abuse-neglect-and-poverty

        Foster care news: high levels of poverty in the northeast sending more children into the care system.

        12th August 2021

        The word used by the twelve directors of children’s services in the northeast of England to describe levels of poverty in the region is “shameful.” The directors are calling for a “radical rethink” about how children who are unable to live with their birth families can be found safe caring foster homes. The region is seeing a dramatic rise in cases of intervention and child protection feeding into more children being taken into care. The imbalance in the country can be seen from a comparison of the figures: since 2009 the region has experienced a seventy-seven percent rise in its care population. There has been a twenty-five percent reduction in Inner London over the same period. The directors argue: “National measures to reduce poverty, focused mainly on raising family incomes, are needed to break the cycle of deprivation which is driving concerns about child welfare.” They point toward the high level of deprivation being a significant driver of demand for children’s social care services. In the report, one of the directors stated: “Poverty is stark, shameful and obvious. Life chances are blighted. I’ve worked in a number of local authorities all over the country, but I’ve never worked anywhere where poverty is as bad and life chances so poor.”

        Have you ever considered fostering as a career?

        If you have a spare room and are interested in looking after a child or young person - maybe even a sibling group you can take the first steps on your fostering journey with us by calling 0330 311 2845. Rainbow also provides comprehensive information about what fostering involves on our website - our FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions - is a great place to start.

        You can also foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And a career as a foster carer is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK.

        Rainbow Fostering is one of the UK’s leading independent agencies - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

        On social media, you can get more content about fostering using these hashtags #YouMakeTheDifference #ChangeAFuture #fostering #foster

        And in other news.

        Families in Blackpool sought to foster mothers and babies https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/lifestyle/family-and-parenting/blackpool-families-sought-to-offer-foster-care-to-mums-and-babies-3341824

        Foster care news: National Adoption Strategy releases £48m to raise the standard of services in England.

        July 31st 2021

        A £48m National Adoption Strategy has been launched in England to help place more children and young people with families in England. The government has said that thousands of families will no longer have to deal with the current post-code lottery. They should benefit from improved support. Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, stated: “There is no substitute for a loving permanent family.”

        The money and increased support have been welcomed by adoption support groups. Charity Adoption UK reported that around 3,000 children in England were still waiting to be adopted. From the point youngsters are taken into care, the average wait for adoption is fifteen months. The groups that face increased problems finding adoptive homes are siblings, older children, ethnic minorities, and children with Special Educational Needs.

        The strategy will be funded by £48m for 2021 -22. This adds to an investment of over £200m for adoptive families since 2015. Gavin Williamson stated: “We are committed to improving adoption services, as well as breaking down barriers so that parents from all walks of life can adopt and to ensure they are not deterred from adopting simply because of their background. We have taken steps to ensure these children and young people can be matched with the families that are right for them, but we know there is more to do and this strategy sets out our vision for radically improving systems so that we can be confident that every adoptive family in England is receiving the same high-quality service no matter where they live.”

        A spokesperson from the Family Rights Group - Cathy Ashley - reported the charity’s advice line had “received more calls than at any time in its history” last year. The increase in funding had allowed the charity to help 1,300 more callers a year regarding their rights and options.

        Careers in fostering with Rainbow.

        If you have a spare room and are interested in helping and supporting a young person become a foster carer. Take the first steps on your fostering journey by calling 0330 311 2845. We also provide comprehensive information about what fostering involves on our website. You can also become a carer whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And a career in fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK.

        Rainbow Fostering is one of the UK’s leading independent agencies - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

        On social media, you can get more content about fostering using these hashtags #YouMakeTheDifference #ChangeAFuture #fostering #foster

        And in other news.

        Mounting pressure on UK ministers over vaccination discrimination https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/30/minister-insisting-staff-get-covid-jab-good-idea-despite-legal-risk

        July 26th 2021

        Department for Education statistics has revealed councils reported the number of child deaths and cases of serious harm increased by a fifth last year. Local authorities reported 536 serious harm cases in 2020-21 - a rise of 449 in 2019-20. Deaths reported were up by 35 to 223 in 2020-21. Cases that involved serious harm rose by 31 to 284. The 29 incidents left included incidents that involved a child perpetrator. Most of the increases seen happened in the first half of the year - April to September. This took in the first wave of Covid-19 seeing 285 notifications reported - up from 225 over the same period in 2019. The statistics from the DfE revealed that notifications related more to children under one year of age. This group accounted for thirty-six percent of the total in 2020-21, up from thirty-two percent in 2019-20.

        Speaking to council leaders last November, Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief inspector described the “pressure cooker” caused by Covid-19 and that the following lockdown had resulted in increases in the incidences of intentional and unintentional harm towards babies. Amanda Spielman stated at the time: “The pandemic has brought difficult and stressful times. Financial hardship, loss of employment, isolation, and close family proximity have all put extra pressure on families already struggling. Poverty, inadequate housing, substance misuse, and poor mental health - they all add to the toxic mix.”

        Join Rainbow for a career in fostering.

        Call one of our advisors on 0330 311 2845 for a friendly chat about fostering. This is a career that is open to most people. You don’t have to be a parent to foster. To work with Rainbow, you must be over 21 and have a spare room. You can also foster whatever your status - married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. And a career in fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must, however, be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain in the UK.

        Rainbow Fostering is one of the UK’s leading independent agencies - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

        On social media, you can get more content about fostering using these hashtags #YouMakeTheDifference #ChangeAFuture #fostering #foster

        And in other news.

        Warnings over growing numbers of young people with covid https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/25/seriously-ill-young-people-in-current-covid-admissions-expert-warns

        Foster care news: local authorities in Wales seek to boost the number of foster carers.

        July 20th, 2021

        Fostering services across Wales have combined their efforts to find more carers. They are working under the banner ‘Foster Wales’ as they pool their expertise to increase the number and diversity of new carers. In the past around a third of adults questioned said they had considered fostering. There is an annual need to recruit an additional 550 foster carers just to keep pace with those retiring or stopping fostering altogether. The new national network that makes up ‘Foster Wales’ unites twenty-two not-for-profit Local Authority fostering teams across Wales.

        The Welsh Deputy Minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan, stated: “It is fantastic to be to be launching ‘Foster Wales’. I know from listening to foster carers just how rewarding fostering can be. This new initiative will benefit looked after children and allow Local Authority fostering and recruitment teams across Wales to think bigger, creating a national impact without losing the advantage of specific local expertise. This government is committed to reducing the number of children in care, giving care experienced children better outcomes, and importantly eliminating the profit element of children in care. Foster Wales is part of achieving this promise and will better enable children to stay in their community and meet the evolving needs of foster children and the people who foster them.”

        Fostering could be one of the best decisions you ever make.

        If you’re already giving thought to become a foster care, thank you. It means you’re considering doing something that could profoundly improve the lives and prospects of seriously disadvantaged children and young people. right now, the country is short of over 8,000 foster homes. That means many children lack the chance to feel secure in a loving home. If you decide to make that crucial difference, we’ll be with you every step of the way.

        Start by calling us on 0330 311 2845 for an exploratory chat about fostering which is a career open to most people. You don’t have to have your own children to foster and to foster with Rainbow, you must be over 21, married, divorced, single, or cohabiting. fostering is a career that is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background. You must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain to foster. And you do not have to be a homeowner but you must have a spare room for the use of a foster child.

        Rainbow Fostering is one of the UK’s leading independent agencies - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

        #YouMakeTheDifference #ChangeAFuture #fostering

        National Insurance could rise to pay for social care https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/07/global-experts-urge-boris-johnson-delay-covid-reopening

        Foster care news: new campaign launched ‘Home is Not a Placement’

        July 8th 2021

        Over recent months, a campaign has been developed by A National Voice Ambassadors that has the goal of supporting children in care as well as care leavers. The intention is to empower them to request the things that ‘make a house a home’. The hope is also to bring pressure on local authorities, residential settings and foster carers’ really consider how they support young people to feel at home.

        The topic for the campaign is called ‘Home is Not a Placement’. This was chosen after assessing the findings of the views of young people who participated in the Brights Spots survey. A view from A National Voice Ambassador makes playing the feelings of young people:

        “Home is not a placement campaign for me highlights the need for awareness and change for Looked After Children and Care Leavers. It is a campaign I am more grateful to have been a part of creating as part of the Coram Voice National Ambassadors. As looked after children and care leavers, we as a group have first-hand experience of the change that is needed but also the positives of going into care. The idea of going into care being a positive is something that is under reported within media but it is something that very much exists and needs to be recognised that although there are of course areas of change necessary, care gives people like me the ability to live safely and happily. A chance to grow, develop and make it to where I want in life which otherwise wouldn’t have been possible.”

        At Rainbow, we see fostering as both challenging and hugely rewarding

        Becoming a foster carer is a big decision. Our team of friendly and knowledgeable professionals will guide you through all the thinks you need to think about. Fostering will change your life - and the lives of your birth children - so there is much to consider. We never pressure anyone thinking about fostering. We are only interested in people making the right decision. Call us on 0330 311 2845 for an exploratory chat.

        First, a few points to make: fostering is a career open to most. To foster with Rainbow, you must be over 21, married, divorced, single or cohabiting. fostering is a career that is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background. To foster you must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain. You do not have to be a homeowner but you must have a spare room for the use of a foster child.

        Rainbow is one of the UK’s leading independent fostering agencies - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. And we have been placing children with carers for well over two decades.

        Finally, today is #resultsday2021 and we celebrate the achievements of all young people - especially as the pandemic has made this such a difficult year for them.

        And in other news…UK Prime Minister warned over Covid reopening. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/07/global-experts-urge-boris-johnson-delay-covid-reopening

        Foster care news: DfE reports social workers “lacking confidence” in working with young people at risk of radicalisation.

        July 4th 2021

        A new study from the DfE has found that a significant number of practitioners feel they lack the experience in dealing with children at-risk of radicalisation. It calls for additional training and guidance and suggests the need for specialist roles. Because instances of the threat of radicalisation remain relatively rare, the response to working with at risk children varies widely. It also emerged that social workers felt they didn’t have sufficient tools to deal with radicalisation and some were unaware of both local and national resources available. Some social workers lacked confidence in addressing different radicalising ideologies. Another issue was online radicalisation which has been increasing. This has been a consequence of lockdown. The report said:

        “Local authority, national and regional stakeholders suggested that frontline social workers do not yet fully understand the parallel underlying vulnerabilities between those at risk of radicalisation and this eat risk of other types of exploitation, nor how the approaches they use to address exploitation risks could be applied to radicalisation cases.” The report also suggested that specialist social work posts to screen referrals could be of benefit. it also recommended improving the uptake of Prevent training for social workers.

        Fostering career opportunities with Rainbow.

        We have many different career options available at Rainbow Fostering. You can train to foster siblings, teenagers, or the more specialist kind of fostering - therapeutic care. Deciding to become a foster carer is a life-altering decision. There are many challenges as well as rewards. Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted and this means the training and support we provide for our foster carers is of the highest standard.

        Call 0330 311 2845 for more information and the chance to talk with our friendly recruitment team.We currently gave opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Hampshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

        Fostering is a career open to most people. To foster with Rainbow, you must be over 21, married, divorced, single or cohabiting. fostering is a career that is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background. To foster you must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain. You do not have to be a homeowner but you must have a spare room for the use of a foster child.

        And in other news… England’s football team score an emphatic victory over Ukraine. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-57710107

        Foster care news: the average length of care proceedings now stands at an all-time high.

        July 2nd 2021

        Professionals in the sector have raised doubts over the government’s 26-week target for care proceedings to be completed. On average, it has been found this is taking forty-three weeks. Figures from the Ministry of Justice have indicated only twenty-two per cent of care proceedings were completed within this timescale. One of the key reasons for this is a backlog in cases caused by the pandemic during which time face-to-face meetings mostly came to an end. Professionals in the sector think that the chances of meeting this target - which has not been reached in 5 years - were likely top be “vanishingly small.”

        The chair of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) Families Communities and Young People Policy Committee is Sara Tough. Her view is that the main aim has to be “meeting the individual needs of a child or young person” - even if that process takes longer than twenty-six weeks. She also stated:

        “The courts are ensuring that hearings are conducted in a Covid-safe way, which can cause delays, for example, the use of remote hearings often take longer and are not well suited to complex, contested hearings.” Everyone within the system is working tirelessly and rightly trying to prioritise children but under the current national restrictions this adds extra difficulties.”

        Fostering career opportunities with Rainbow.

        We have many different career options available at Rainbow Fostering. You can train to foster siblings, teenagers, or the more specialist kind of fostering - therapeutic care. Deciding to become a foster carer is a life-altering decision. There are many challenges as well as rewards. Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted and this means the training and support we provide for our foster carers is of the highest standard.

        Call 0330 311 2845 for more information and the chance to talk with our friendly recruitment team. We currently gave opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Hampshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

        Fostering is a career open to most people. To foster with Rainbow, you must be over 21, married, divorced, single or cohabiting. fostering is a career that is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background. To foster you must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain. You do not have to be a homeowner but you must have a spare room for the use of a foster child.

        And in other news…

        Climate scientists warn nowhere is safe from extremely hot weather.

        Foster care news: new report points toward a decline in the number of child protection plans for child sexual abuse (CSA).

        18th June 2021

        Despite the reported fall, a charity is warning the prevalence of abuse is in fact much higher. They recommend that professionals need more training. The Centre of Expertise on child sexual abuse discovered in the period 1993 - 94 and 2019 - 20, there was a sixty percent fall in the number of plans identifying CSA. The report is warning this form of harm is increasingly hidden and is not reducing. The reason for record falls may be linked to changes in the way CSA is being detected and then recorded. After conducting a review of the statistics from a variety of sources including the police and sexual assault referral centres, the authors of the report judged that around 500,000 children had been sexually abused in 2019. They further reckoned that fifteen percent of girls and five percent of boys will experience some kind of sexual abuse before reaching the age of sixteen.

        A particular issue the report drew attention to was professionals may be reluctant to name and log their concerns in relation to some types of CSA without a verbal disclosure. This would not necessarily be the case for other forms of abuse.

        The Rainbow fostering experience.

        Making the decision to foster is a big decision. It can certainly be a rewarding step to take, but there are challenges. Overcoming these depends on the quality of the support and training foster carers receive and at Rainbow this is second to none. We will ensure that the training you will receive will be of the highest professional standard to meet your career ambitions. Rainbow provides generous fostering allowances and access to an ongoing therapeutic fostering programme.

        Call 0330 311 2845 for more information and the chance to talk with our friendly recruitment team. We currently gave opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Hampshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes.

        Fostering is a career open to most people. To foster with Rainbow, you must be over 21, married, divorced, single or cohabiting. fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background.

        To foster you must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain. You do not have to own your own home but you must have a spare room for a child.

        And in other news… US issues a warning to China in relation to Hong Kong. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF5tWdiywXw

        Foster care news: charity reveals over a third of Kinship carers receiving no financial support.

        12th June 2021

        The charity Kinship has surveyed 2,000 kinship carers and found thirty-six per cent had received no financial support from their local authority. This figure rose to seventy-five per cent for those looking after children without any legal order being in place. These could include a residence order, a child arrangement order or a special guardianship order. Kinship carers receiving financial support for looking after children informally can expect the average weekly allowance to be £18.46. This contrasts with the lowest allowance for fostering of around £132 weekly. The chief executive of Kinship, Lucy Peake, stated: -

        “Family and friends who step up to raise someone else’s child face life-changing consequences. Too many are plunged into poverty because financial support is inadequate and unfair. Kinship carers are doing the right thing – keeping children out of the care system. Their vital role should be recognised, with financial allowances that are fair, consistent and transparent. This means levelling up to the national minimum allowance for foster carers.”

        The last census conducted in 2011 indicated there were around 180,040 youngsters living with relatives in the UK. Kinship estimate that around 20,000 are living with family friends.

        Discover the many rewards fostering offers.

        If you’re the kind of person who wants to help children fulfil their potential, fostering is challenging, exciting and rewarding. A rising number of children are unable; for one reason or another, to live with their birth families. They urgently need the support of a loving, caring foster family. Sharing your home and family is a big decision and there are many things to take into consideration. Rainbow is an independent fostering agency - rated ”Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted - and we have over twenty years experience guiding people to get the most from their fostering experience.

        Call us on 0330 311 2845 today and learn more about the fostering opportunities we have in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Hampshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes. Fostering is a career open to most people. To foster with Rainbow, you must be over 21, married, divorced, single or cohabiting. fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background.

        To be considered for fostering you must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain. You do not have to own your own home but you must have a spare room for a child.

        You can discover just how rewarding fostering is with Rainbow.

        There are many reasons why children need to be in foster care. It could be family illness, breakdown or a situation where children are at risk. Each child will have one thing in common - facing loss and separation from their family. It’s understandable that many have behavioural issues - especially if they have also been victims of abuse. They need the healing support our trained and highly motivated foster carers provide. The only problem we have is they are in short supply. Are you the kind of person that would be motivated by helping a child have a safe and happy childhood - when so much has gone wrong for them? If yes, please get in touch.

        Call us on 0330 311 2845 today and learn more about the fostering opportunities we have in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. A member of our recruitment team will be available to guide you through every stage of the application process. Apply to be a foster carer today. Because of the lockdown, we are offering an initial chat by phone or online on Skype - so there’s no reason to delay.

        Fostering is a career open to most people. To foster with Rainbow, you must be over 21, married, divorced, single or cohabiting. fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background.

        To foster you must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain. You do not have to own your own home but you must have a spare room for a child.

        And in other news… UK cases of covid rise above 7,000 for the fourth day in a row. https://www.itv.com/news/2021-06-12/covid-uk-records-more-than-7000-cases-for-the-fourth-day-in-a-row

        Foster care news: in Scotland children who are vulnerable might have been “detained unlawfully."

        8th June 2021

        Scotland’s children’s commissioner has raised the prospect that a “significant number” of vulnerable children may have been unlawfully detained in secure accommodation. Researchers discovered that the human rights of some children were breached because many were not told about their right to appeal; there was little communication to help them to understand why they had been detained; there was no evidence they had been consulted following the decision of a Children’s Hearing to authorise secure accommodation. The investigation had been tasked to look into whether local authorities were following the rules. Scotland’s Children and Young People’s Commissioner, Bruce Adamson, stated:

        “Taking away a child’s liberty is one of the most serious restrictions a state can impose on children’s human rights. It has deep and long-lasting consequences, particularly on a child’s emotional and social development. Human rights law is clear that the detention of a child must be within the law and be only used as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.”

        The findings of the report were noted by the Scottish government - a spokesperson stated:

        “The Scottish government will work closely with Cosla and Social Work Scotland, supporting them to meet any necessary actions identified in the report. The children’s minister will write to all chief social work officers seeking assurance that they have, where necessary, amended their procedures to comply with all regulations.”

        Rainbow fostering careers - apply today.

        Children come into foster care as they might be at risk, or there may be illness in their family. There can be many more reasons - such as abuse or neglect - but each child’s journey into care will are unique. Could you make a difference by providing a loving home and stability for a vulnerable child? Become a foster carer with Rainbow - start by calling 0330 311 2845. We have been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted so you couldn’t be making a better choice.

        We have fostering opportunities right now in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. A member of our friendly recruitment team will be available to guide you through every stage of the application process.

        Fostering is a career open to most people: you have to be aged over 21. Carers can have been, or be, married, divorced, single or cohabiting. And fostering is a career open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background. To foster you must also be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain. You do not have to own your own home but you must have a spare room for a child or young person.

        And in other news… The date for the easing of lockdown to be delayed.
        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-57394251

        Foster care news: the education secretary Gavin Williamson addresses the Centre for Social Justice

        21st May 2021

        Gavin Williamson has spoke about the important role family plays in levelling up outcomes - as well as opportunities for young people. In his speech, he emphasised the value o home life in a stable family saying “There is no doubt that the last 12 months have put enormous pressure on home life and families. But they have also reminded us of an eternal truth, that our families are almost always the best support mechanisms any of us have to fall back on.” Gavin Williamson also said “There is no substitute for the safety net and love that a family provides.” He was careful to post out that there are now many different kinds of families by saying -

        “Let me be clear, I am not saying that all families should be or need to be headed by two parents of the opposite sex. The 20th-century stock image of Mum and Dad with 2.5 children is now far less relevant as a model. Whatever shape, size, or type of family you find yourself in, it needs to be supported, parents need to be empowered, and children must be given every opportunity to grow up in a happy and healthy home.”

        Rainbow can offer rewarding careers in fostering.

        Children need to be in foster care for many reasons. They might be at risk, or there may be illness in their family. Each child will have to come to terms with facing loss and separation from their own family. So, it’s easy to see why many have behavioural issues - especially if they have also experienced abuse. Are you the kind of person that would be motivated by helping a child to recover from their trauma and have a safe and happy childhood? - If the answer is yes, please get in touch.

        Call us on 0330 311 2845 today - we have opportunities to foster in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. A member of our recruitment team will be available to guide you through every stage of the application process. Apply to be a foster carer today with Rainbow - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted - by calling 0330 311 2845.

        Fostering is a career open to most people: you must be over 21. Carers can have been, or be, married, divorced, single or cohabiting. And fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background. To foster you must also be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain. You do not have to own your own home but you must have a spare room for a child.

        And in other news… the country’s civil servants allowed just two days to prepare cuts in aid. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/may/20/uk-civil-servants-given-just-days-to-prepare-29bn-aid-cuts-in-2020

        Foster care news watch: a new president for the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.

        5th May 2021

        Charlotte Ramsden is the new ADCS president and she is determined that this will be the year to “reset the ambition for children”. And that now is a “really exciting time for children”. But in order to achieve success, Ramsden stresses a long-term plan from the government is crucial. And one similar in scale to the 2019 ten-year plan for the National Health Service. Investment will be key: ministers are due to deliver a long-awaited comprehensive spending review later on this year. This will set out government funding plans for the next three years. Ramsden stated ADCS’s view was children’s services will need an additional £12.5 bn of funding over this period

        She acknowledges how tough things have been for children who have missed months of school - as wells the company of their friends. Ramsden pays tribute to them saying: “Lots of children have done incredibly well during this year of Covid, have been incredibly resilient and are bouncing back, but they’ve suffered loss, they’ve suffered missing seeing people, just in the same way that we all have.”

        Foster with Rainbow and change lives for the better.

        Fostering is a career which has different paths however each one needs a professional, caring and dedicated response. At the current time, there is a demand for people to foster teenagers, support Parent and Child placements or provide therapeutic foster care for children recovering from trauma.

        What kind of people become foster carers?

        Fostering is open to people who are (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. You can foster whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background. We have streamlined our recruitment process and are holding initial interviews online via Skype. This means there is nothing to stop you from applying right now. It’s easy to do and a member of our recruitment team will help you.

        You do not need special skills or qualifications to foster or direct experience of working with children or young people. You do need, however, to have a spare room. Most important of all, you need to be interested in children and young people and the passion, dedication and commitment to help them turn their lives around. Call our team on 0330 311 2845 to find out more about the different careers in foster care. Opportunities are available with us now in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. We are conducting interviews over Skype and we can help you to set up a call with us as soon as you are ready.

        Foster care news watch: ex-footballer Ian Wright explores the effect on children growing up in violent and abusive homes.

        4th May 2021

        Foster care service providers are well aware of the increasing numbers of children coming into care having suffered the effects of being in violent and abusive environments. Ian Wright will be exploring this issue through the prism of his own experience. In the last year, around 1.6 million experienced domestic abuse. In ninety per cent of these cases, a child or young person was present. He sets out to understand the impact this kind of childhood can have on children growing up now, and how they may be affected later in adult life.

        In the programme, the ex-footballer will discuss his own trauma with professionals - as well as visiting his former primary school. He shines a light on how abuse can become a dangerous cycle.

        We are processing applications and interviewing applicants online. This is easy and straightforward to set up and we will guide you every step of the way. Fostering can be challenging work but the rewards are many and various. We provide high-quality training and support 24/7, 365 days a year. And we can offer many different areas of fostering to work in such as therapeutic foster carer and Parent and Child fostering.

        Call us on 0330 311 2845 to find out about the many benefits of a career in foster care.

        Remember: fostering is a career open to people who are (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. You can foster whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background. You do not have to own your own home but you must have a spare room for a child or young person. The most important thing is that you have the commitment and dedication to support a child with care and compassion.

        Foster care providers alerted to the importance of at-risk children being on school

        19th April 2021

        Today is the day that Dame Rachel de Souza, the new Children’s Commissioner for England, is launching ‘The Big Ask’. The she has described as being the biggest ever consultation with children and young people in England and forms part of a Beveridge -style report into the post-Covid experience of children. ‘The Big Ask’ is being made available to every school in England. It will also be available from the Oak National Academy.

        The results of the survey will be a key part of the Childhood Commission’s once in a generation review of the future of childhood. This exercise has been inspired by William Beverages historic report conducted in the 1940s which laid the foundations of the post-War social security system.

        A special online assembly to accompany the launch of ‘The Big Ask’ will be introduced by the England Footballer, Marcus Rashford.

        Opportunities to care for vulnerable children?

        Fostering is a great way to support vulnerable children’s education. Many such children are extremely disadvantaged coming from homes that are chaotic. Foster carers help get those lives back on track by providing secure, safe and caring home environments. If you think you could be a foster carer, Rainbow Fostering has many career opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

        We are processing applications and interviewing online. This is something we can easily help set up for you. Remember caring for a child can transform their life for the better. It can be challenging work but we provide all the training and support 24/7, 365 days a year. And we can provide many different areas of fostering to work in such as therapeutic foster carer and Parent and Child fostering.

        Call us on 0330 311 2845 to start making difference.

        Fostering is a career open to people who are (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. You can foster whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background. You do not have to own your own home but you must have a spare room for a child or young person.

        Foster care providers alerted to the importance of at-risk children being on school

        10th February 2021

        It has been reported that a teenager, Jacob, has lost his life after not being in school for two years. The sixteen-year-old had become a victim after becoming caught up in the world of drug trafficking falling prey to “county lines” gangs. His absence from school played a “significant role” in leaving him “highly vulnerable” to criminal exploitation. These were the conclusions of a damning serious case review into major failures of the authorities in Oxfordshire. After the review , the county council issued a statement in which they said steps had been taken to introduce a “rigorous and robust system.” This will make sure that if a child is not awarded a school place within fifteen school days of an application being made, then the “requirements of a child will be escalated.”

        Professor John Howson an education expert and Liberal Democrat county councillor stetted to the BBC that this was a case of a “boy who was crying for help. The really big failing was that nobody wanted to take responsibility for this child. No-one said this child was my responsibility.”

        The Children’s Society policy manager, Iryna Pona said that any child can be at risk of exploitation from gangs. The risk is greater for children who are partly or permanently excluded from school. They are then in “greater danger” of criminal gangs targeting them. She said:

        “Sadly, at the moment too many young people are falling through the cracks. For those children it is imperative they are seen as victims, who have been groomed and coerced into criminality.”

        Discover how rewarding fostering is with Rainbow.

        There are many reasons why children need to be in foster care. It could be family illness, breakdown or a situation where children are at risk. Each child will have one thing in common - facing loss and separation from their family. It’s understandable that many have behavioural issues - especially if they have also been victims of abuse. They need the healing support our trained and highly motivated foster carers provide. The only problem we have is they are in short supply. Are you the kind of person that would be motivated by helping a child have a safe and happy childhood - when so much has gone wrong for them? If yes, please get in touch.

        Call us on 0330 311 2845 today and learn more about the fostering opportunities we have in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. A member of our recruitment team will be available to guide you through every stage of the application process. Apply to be a foster carer today. Because of the lockdown, we are offering an initial chat by phone or online on Skype - so there’s no reason to delay.

        Fostering is a career open to most people. To foster with Rainbow, you must be over 21, married, divorced, single or cohabiting. fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background.

        To foster you must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain. You do not have to own your own home but you must have a spare room for a child.

        And in other news…

        Celebrities endorse vaccination.

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-56009311

        Foster carers and parents: new study reports stress levels increased during pandemic restrictions.

        28th January 2021

        A co-space study - The Supporting Parents, Adolescents, and Children in Epidemics has been tracking parents, children, and young people’s mental health since March 2020. It has now produced a report on parental mental health. After studying data based on over 6,000 UK parents, it was found that parental stress and depression were raised during the first lockdown - when most children were being homeschooled. These were lowered during the summer as the lockdown was eased. November and December saw stress and depression increasing again as restrictions were reimposed. Even higher levels of stress were reported from single adult households and low-income families as well as those looking after children with special educational needs.

        Join Rainbow in 2021 - one of the leading UK independent agencies.

        Foster carers have the freedom to work from home. And it’s a career that will suit anyone with a passion to help vulnerable children and young people. If you are looking for a new purpose and direction, fostering has a great deal to offer. Today, more foster carers are needed to support vulnerable children and meet their emotional and behavioural needs.

        A member of our recruitment team will be available to guide you through every stage of the application process. Apply to foster today. Because of the lockdown, we are offering an initial chat by phone or online on Skype. Call us on 0330 311 2845 today and learn more about the fostering opportunities we have in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

        Fostering is a career open to most people. To foster with Rainbow, you must be over 21, married, divorced, single or cohabiting. fostering is open to people whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background.

        To foster you must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain. And you do not have to own your own home but you must have a spare room for a child.

        And in other news…

        Study shows Oxford vaccine slows spread.

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55913913

        Foster carers and all parents will welcome ‘routemap’ for schools reopening

        28th January 2021

        The pressure is growing on the government to set out a ‘routemap’ addressing the reopening of schools in England. Anne Longfield - the children’s commissioner for England - and a group of conservative MPs have recently added their voices. Anne Longfield said: “We’re looking at children with sleep disruption, who have lost the ability to cope, who are fearful about their future. This is a very serious issue for those with children and their families.”

        Her warnings are also concerned about the impact of school closures on educational attainment following reports being investigated by the DfE into malware found on the laptops provided for disadvantaged children.

        Robert Halfon MP and chair of the education select committee has written to Lindsay Hoyle the House of Commons speaker asking for an urgent question to be raised: “to get clarity (on the reopening of schools) from the Department for Education and an education route map out of coronavirus to get children learning again at school.”

        Prime Minister Boris Johnson has responded by stating the reopening of schools is a “priority” but as yet there is no planned date: “Believe me there’s nothing I want to do more than reopen schools, I’ve fought to keep schools open for as long as I possibly could. We want to see schools back as fast as possible, we want to do that in a way that is consistent with fighting the epidemic and keeping the infection rate down.”

        Careers with Rainbow Fostering - a leading independent agency.

        Fostering is a career that offers the flexibility to work from home for anyone with a passion to help vulnerable children and young people. Perhaps you are at a crossroads in life - looking for a new direction? Right now, more foster carers are needed to support children coming into care with emotional and behavioural needs.

        Apply to foster today. Because of the lockdown, we are offering an initial chat by phone or online on Skype. We can then get the process underway for you. A member of our recruitment team will be available to guide you through every stage. Call us on 0330 311 2845 today and learn more about the opportunities we have in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

        Fostering is a career open to most people (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. You can foster whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background. You must be a UK resident or have permanent leave to remain. And you do not have to own your own home you must, however, have a spare room for a child or young person.

        And in other news…

        Coronavirus infections highest since May.

        https://www.itv.com/news/2021-01-28/coronavirus-infections-at-highest-level-since-may-study-warns

        Foster care sector will welcome focus on online safety

        25th January 2021

        The national online safety education programme delivered by the National Crime Agency known as ThinkuKnow has modified their online safety toolkits for remote delivery. The content will include short activities aimed for use with children aged five to seven and eight to ten years of age. Topics that will be covered will include gaming, sharing pictures and live streaming. A video has also been created especially for secondary school children and young people that covers the reporting of sexual abuse and online grooming. It details why children and young people make a report as well as the reporting process itself. The video can be shared with young people when face-to-face sessions are being delivered in education settings.

        Want to care for vulnerable children?

        There are many people who would like to help care for children who are vulnerable. Fostering is a great way to do that. Looking after children and supporting them in their education is invaluable work. Many such children are extremely disadvantaged coming from homes that are chaotic. Foster carers help get those lives back on track by providing secure and stable home environments. If you think you could be a foster carer, Rainbow Fostering has many opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. We are recruiting right now processing applications and interviewing online. This is something we can easily help set up for you. Remember caring for a child can transform their life for the better. It can be challenging work but we provide all the training and support 24/7, 365 days a year. And we can provide many different areas of fostering to work in such as therapeutic foster carer and Parent and Child fostering. We hope you’ll be interested to find out more. Call us on 0330 311 2845 to start making difference.

        Fostering is a career open to people who are (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. You can foster whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background. You do not have to own your own home but you must have a spare room for a child or young person.

        And in other news…

        Lack of pitches for travellers and their families.

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55702780

        Foster care charity responds to Review of Social Care in England

        15th January 2021

        The founder and CEO of Frontline, Josh MacAlister, has been appointed to chair of the Review of Social Care in England. Kevin Williams, the chief executive of The Fostering Network has welcomed the Review: “We look forward to working with Josh MacAlister as part of a broad, evidence-based review that is supported by the Government and funded appropriately. We believe that any meaningful review of the care system must put fostering at its heart. Foster carers are currently holding up the weight of the care system, looking after almost three-quarters of the children in care in England, often without the resources, support and recognition that their vital role warrants.” He went on to add:

        “The Review must recognise the social context in which the care system operates and why certain children are more likely to be taken into care. As a result of the Review we also want to see a range of issues addressed to improve recognition of and support for foster carers and the children they care for, including a national register and standards for foster care.”

        The charity views the Review as an opportunity not to be missed to “drive positive change within the children’s care system.”

        Fostering careers with Rainbow in 2021.

        Rainbow pays its foster carers generous allowances and we are committed to providing high-quality training. At the current time, there is a particular demand for people to foster teenagers, support Parent and Child placements or provide therapeutic foster care for children and young people recovering from trauma. Opportunities are available now in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. We are conducting interviews over Skype and we can help you to set up a call with us as soon as you are ready. No special skills or qualifications are needed to foster - or direct experience of working with children or young people. A spare room for a child or young person is required. But most important of all, you will need to be interested in children and have the passion, dedication and commitment to help toward a brighter future.

        Fostering is open to people who are (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. And you can foster whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background. Despite the fact we are in lockdown, we have streamlined our recruitment process and are holding initial interviews online via Skype. Apply right now - It’s easy and a member of our recruitment team will help you. Call us on 0330 311 2845 for a friendly chat about a career in fostering.

        And in other news…

        Celebrities call for free school meals review.

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-55670096

        Fostering an egalitarian approach to learning

        12th January 2021

        There has been mounting concern that the pandemic has resulted in a great many children missing out on their schooling. The government has promised laptops will be available for all, but getting devices into the hands of every child has proved challenging. The other major problem has been the quality of broadband services for significant numbers of children. The BBC has now offered to ensure all children will be able to access curriculum-based learning if they don’t have internet access. Beginning on 11th January every day on CBBC there will be a three-hour block of primary school programming starting at 9 am. Secondary school pupils will be catered for by programming on BBC 2. This will be designed to support the GCSE curriculum with tow hours of content daily.

        The BBC Director General, Tim Davie, stated: “Ensuring children across the UK have the opportunity to continue to follow the appropriate core parts of their nation’s school curriculum has been a key priority for the BBC throughout this past year. Education is absolutely vital – the BBC is here to play its part and I’m delighted that we have been able to bring this to audiences so swiftly.”

        Foster with Rainbow in 2021.

        As a foster carer, you will benefit from generous allowances and fees. Free and ongoing training is available in all aspects of providing foster care. At the current time, there is a particular demand for people to foster teenagers, support Parent and Child placements or provide therapeutic foster care for children recovering from trauma.

        Discover most people are eligible to foster?

        Fostering is open to people who are aged (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. And you can foster whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background. We are holding initial interviews online via Skype. This means there is nothing to stop you from applying right today. It’s easy and a member of our recruitment team will guide you through the process.

        No special skills or qualifications are required to foster - or direct experience of working with children. You do need, however, to have a spare room. Most important of all, you need to be passionate about helping a child or young person reach their full potential.

        Call our team on 0330 311 2845 to find out more about the different careers we have available in foster care. There are career openings available now in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

        And in other news…

        Fines increasingly likely for those breaking lockdown rules says, Cressida Dick.

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55627864

        Foster care dispute could have led to deportation

        8th January 2021

        Failings have been identified in the care of a child in Birmingham which resulted in social workers contemplating the deportation of an eleven-year old girl. Shortcomings have been identified in the management of the care given to the child by Birmingham City Council’s child services department. An investigation by the Ombudsman concluded there had been “injustice” affecting the girl and her carers. The subsequent report went on to make a series of recommendations.

        Although the child was born in the UK, she was not a British citizen and only had leave to remain until 2018. Her father loved overseas and had been refused permission to enter the UK. The local government ombudsman, Michael King, said: “The foster carers experienced prolonged frustration at the council's refusal to consider them as anything other than private foster carers. The council should have done more to ensure the girl's needs were met. Her placement living with the couple was at risk, and the council did not do enough to make sure she had the correct legal protection to remain in the country and she lost contact with her only remaining relatives.

        Foster with Rainbow in 2021.

        Rainbow pays generous allowances and fees and we will train you in whatever area of fostering interest you. Fostering is a career which has different paths however each one needs a professional, caring and dedicated response. At the current time, there is a demand for people to foster teenagers, support Parent and Child placements or provide therapeutic foster care for children recovering from trauma.

        Who is eligible to foster?

        Fostering is open to people who are (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. You can foster whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background. We have streamlined our recruitment process and are holding initial interviews online via Skype. This means there is nothing to stop you from applying right now. It’s easy to do and a member of our recruitment team will help you.

        You do not need special skills or qualifications to foster or direct experience of working with children or young people. You do need, however, to have a spare room. Most important of all, you need to be interested in children and young people and the passion, dedication and commitment to help them turn their lives around.

        Call our team on 0330 311 2845 to find out more about the different careers in foster care. Opportunities are available now in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. We are conducting interviews over Skype and we can help you to set up a call with us as soon as you are ready.

        And in other news… https://www.itv.com/news/london/2021-01-08/sadiq-khan-declares-major-incident-as-covid-deaths-in-london-exceed-9000

        Social work students’ experiences of representation and cultural sensitivity on courses to be assessed

        3rd December 2020

        Foster care and the world of social work and care provision are intertwined. This means keeping abreast of trends and developments in these areas as they relate directly to the experiences of vulnerable children and young people, is important to the fostering sector: Social Work England will be investigating students’ experience of representation and training in anti-discriminatory practice on their courses. Cultural sensitivity course content will also be probed. Last week the regulator issued a tender for research involving both education providers and students.

        Questions students will be asked include what their feelings and direct experiences are of representation and cultural sensitivity are in relation to their courses and work placements. Their views will also be sought on anti-discriminatory practice in training.

        The background to this is the recent focus on issues relating to the representation and experience of students from Black and ethnic minority groups along with others with protected characteristics on training courses.

        Join Rainbow Fostering.

        Rainbow pay generous allowances and fees and offer an extensive range of training courses. Fostering is a career which can offer many different choices: fostering teenagers, supporting Parent and Child placements, fostering asylum seekers or caregiving for children and young pole with complex needs. Whatever your particular ambition is, we will support you every step of the way.

        Who can foster?

        We have many opportunities for foresting for people who are (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. And you can foster whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background.

        Rainbow would like to recruit more foster carers from the various ethnic communities as this facilitates the arrangement of well-matched, culturally sensitive placements.

        We have streamlined our recruitment process in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This means we are holding initial interviews online via Skype. So if you’re ready fro a friendly, informal chat about becoming a foster carer, you can apply right now. A member of our recruitment team will be pleased to help you.

        No special skills or qualifications are needed to foster. You will require a spare room. The most important thing of all is your commitment and dedication to supporting a child or young person placed in your care.

        Call us on 0330 311 2845 to find out more about about the varied fostering career opportunities we have in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

        And in other news… https://www.channel4.com/news/uk-parliament-to-vote-on-tougher-covid-tiers-as-study-suggests-virus-cases-fell-by-third-in-november

        Foster carers in Scotland overlooked says leading charity

        1st December 2020

        The leading charity, The Fostering Network, is claiming that foster carers in Scotland have been treated as “second class” participants in the social care workforce. The charity says this is because the Scottish government has decided to exclude their foster carers from receiving a £500 bonus.

        Over 300,000 National Health Service and social care workers will benefit from the bonus. Also included are residential child care workers, children’s social workers as well as a staff who have been required to shield, or who have since retired. The 4,000 plus foster cares in Scotland will not be receiving the bonus. The Charity has stated these are -

        “foster carers who have been caring for children since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak and who have been obliged to mix with multiple households during this pandemic to ensure all children in their career able to maintain relationships with their birth families. Many foster carers have done this while sacrificing time with their own family and friends due to the rule of six restricting them to their larger household.”

        There are so many reasons for choosing to foster with Rainbow.

        First of all, we are an independent agency that has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. This means you can have complete trust that we will support you through the process of application and beyond to your career in fostering. And this will always be in a way that will give you and your family complete confidence. This is what foster carers need on a daily basis to meet the challenges fostering presents. But these are what makes being a foster carer so rewarding, and if you know we will be with you every step of the way 24/7, 360 days a year, you will grow into the role and make a valuable difference to some particularly vulnerable children.

        Rainbow pay generous allowances and fees and whatever training you are interested in having, we will provide. Fostering is a career which has different paths but each one requires a professional, caring and dedicated response. There is a demand for people to foster teenagers, support Parent and Child placements or provide therapeutic care for children with complex needs. Wherever your ambition takes you, we will provide a wide range of training opportunities.

        Who can foster?

        Fostering is open to people who are (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. You can foster whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background. We have streamlined our recruitment process and are holding initial interviews online via Skype. This means there is nothing to stop you from applying right now. It’s easy to do and a member of our recruitment team will help you.

        You do not need special skills or qualifications to foster or direct experience of working with children or young people. You do need, however, to have a spare room. Most important of all, you need to be interested in children and young people and the passion, dedication and commitment to help them turn their lives around.

        Call us on 0330 311 2845 to find out more about the different careers in foster care. Opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. And in the words of one of our foster carers:

        “Certainly, the supervising social worker we were assigned was just so good. We felt she really took the time to get to know our family and the individual characters of the boys. She could see the way our house was run and the “amazing bond” the boys have was obvious to her."

        And in other news… https://www.itv.com/news/2020-11-25/covid-vaccine-what-happens-next-and-how-do-you-roll-out-a-vaccine

        Response to Court of Appeal ruling

        28th November 2020

        Foster carers, parents and everyone with an interest in protecting the rights of children will be encouraged by the Response to the Court of Appeal ruling on Article 39 challenge. This has been described by the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, as ‘an important victory for children’s rights in England’. The ruling found that it was “unlawful for the Secretary of State for Education to bypass the Children’s Commissioner, as well as other bodies representing the rights of children and young people in care, when introducing The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus Amendment Regulations 2020) in England.

        The Fostering Network stated:

        “We believe that it is important that the current pandemic does not create an environment in which protections for our most vulnerable children are allowed to be removed in haste at a time when thy are even more vulnerable. Lessons must be learnt and action must be taken to ensure that future consultations are robust & fit for purpose. This includes gathering the views of all stakeholders, especially care experienced people, foster carers, children’s social care teams, and representative organisations”.

        Rainbow Fostering is an independent fostering agency covering the London area, Birmingham, Manchester and the Hampshire region. Team Rainbow comprises of experienced, dedicated people all passionate about making sure our children and young people feel safe, secure and cared for.

        Rainbow has been established for over twenty years. You’ll find we are a supportive and friendly team of professionals with wide-ranging experience. We have foster carers who have been with us for ten years and some even more. Everyone who joins Rainbow feels welcomed and valued as part of our Rainbow community.

        An outstanding agency

        Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. We take great pride in this and in the work all our carers do supporting children. This means you can be confident that we will always do our best for you and your fostering family.

        At Rainbow, we welcome applications from people of all ages (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. Whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background, a member of our team would be delighted to guide you through our application process. And, you can apply today. We are processing applications and holding initial interviews online via Skype: very easy to do and we will guide you in setting this up.

        You do not need special skills or qualifications to foster. But you will need to have a spare room. Call us on 0330 311 2845 to find out more about fostering and the kind of difference you can make.

        And in other news: new lockdown rules

        bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-52530518

        Foster care charity responds to report from the Children’s Commissioner for England

        14th November 2020

        The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has responded to reports from the office of the Children’s Commissioner for England. Its chief executive, Kevin Williams stated:

        “We welcome the reports from the office of the Children's Commissioner for England. The vast majority of children in care in the UK are living with fostering families and it is essential that all children who need a foster family are able to live with one. They should never find themselves placed in an unsuitable setting which is unable to meet their needs, be this on a short- or long-term basis. It is essential that every placing authority has a sufficient population of foster carers to choose from so that children can be matched with families that meet their needs.”

        Kevin Williams went on to stress the importance of improving the recruitment and retention of foster carers. His view is this is vital and - “This can be achieved by ensuring foster carers are supported and recognised as childcare professionals. This support and recognition will also improve stability for children in foster care by reducing the number of fostering arrangements which break down.”

        Who can become a foster carer with Rainbow?

        You’d be surprised - but almost anyone can consider becoming a foster carer. One of the problems is the misconceptions people have i.e. you have to have had your own children or worked professionally with children. Not true at all. People of all different ages, backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations and marital status can foster. There are some minimum requirements - you need:

        • to have a spare room for the sole use of a foster child/young person;
        • to be dedicated and willing to commit to a child over the long-term;
        • to be prepared to complete a DBS confirming you are safe to work with children;
        • be prepared to engage in the fostering assessment process including the ‘Skills to Foster’ course;
        • to be prepared to undergo a health assessment confirming you are fit to carry out the role;
        • to confirm at least one carer will be available (if a joint application) that one of you will be available to foster full-time.
        Transfer to Rainbow.

        Because we are getting more children with complex needs to care for, we are interested in foster carers looking to train to provide therapeutic care. Particularly people with existing experience of working with children in any setting. Especially if that meant contact with youngsters who had experienced trauma and displayed challenging behaviour.

        Call 0330 311 2845 and we’ll explain how we make the process of transferring easy, quick and efficient.

        And in other news…New Laboratories for Covid testing https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54953677

        The Fostering Network creates new ‘sustainable’ model of foster care

        12th November 2020

        The leading fostering charity in the UK announces that its Mockingbird Programme offers “increased capacity, normality and good value.” The claim is that it offers a more sustainable model of foster care with greater capacity to care for children than other fostering models.

        A particularly noteworthy finding from the report into the programme published by the Department for Education, was for every £1 invested by a fostering service there has been a saving o 99p. This impressive return on investment has several reasons that include savings made from young people spending less time in the criminal justice system or residential care.

        What is extremely significant is - given the problems of recruiting and retaining foster carers when there is already a national shortage - the Mockingbird Programme found 82% of carers who participated were unlikely to de-register compared to those not participating. The charity states that:

        “A reason for this is the integral element of peer support for foster carers within the programme, 90% of whom rated it as good or excellent. This was further demonstrated in interviewees’ responses describing the essence of Mockingbird as being ‘an extended family’, ‘community’, and ‘person-centred’. One foster carer said: ‘If I didn’t have Mockingbird, these children wouldn’t be long-term with me.”

        The Head of the programme, Lillian Stevens, stated:

        “We are delighted that Mockingbird is seeing such positive results which can be sustained into the future. ‘The positive impact the programme has had on the children and young people, foster carers and fostering services over the past five years is fantastic to see.”

        And the Children and Families Minister, Vicky Ford, reacted by saying:

        “I am immensely proud of the benefits the Mockingbird programme is bringing for so many foster families, because every child deserves a safe and loving home life where they feel valued. The safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children remains our priority. That’s why we have made significant investments to improve services for these children, including over £12 million in extra support during the pandemic through our Innovation Programme, designed to help councils share approaches and practice to decide what works best.”

        Rewarding fostering careers with Rainbow.

        If you live in London, Birmingham, Manchester or South Hampshire, we can offer you a varied career in foster carer. There are different types of fostering: caring for teenagers, children and young people with complex needs, sibling groups as well as parent and child fostering. Whatever line of fostering interests you, we will provide all the training required. Some of our foster carers are currently training to foster therapeutically. This means that they will be equipped with the skills to provide care for children who have been traumatised due to abuse and/or neglect.

        Therapeutic foster carers receive enhanced rates of pay in recognition of the additional training and skills required to give this type of care.

        We welcome applications from people of all ages (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. Whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background, we would be delighted to guide you through our application process. You can apply today. We are processing applications and holding initial interviews online via Skype. This is very easy to do and out a member of our recruitment team will guide you in setting this up. It really is very straightforward.

        You do not need special skills or qualifications to foster. You do need, however, to have a spare room. Call us on 0330 311 2845 to find out more about about fostering and how you can make a real difference for a vulnerable child.

        And in other news…How to get a coronavirus test https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51943612

        Foster care charity welcomes Ofsted’s report on matching

        10th November 2020

        The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has welcomed the latest research on matching in foster care carried out by Ofsted. It highlights that good matches are not down to “luck and chemistry” but can result from the development of good practice. The charity’s view is that stability for foster children is essential and is why matching is so fundamental. Where the matching is poor foster placements can quickly breakdown. And for some children this instability is repeated causing damaging effects. It can also result in foster carers having to take breaks or give up fostering altogether.

        The most significant challenge in relation to making successful matches is; according to Ofsted, the shortage of the right type of foster carers. This makes it difficult to match the needs of looked after children. The report identified that there were other areas of improvement that could be made that did not depend solely on recruiting more foster carers. The findings show that best practice when matching children and foster carers includes the following: “children being involved in the decision making and planning as to where they are going to live; foster carers feeling empowered and confident in their role as part of a wider professional team; basing the matching process on timely information sharing, together with a detailed understanding and analysis of children’s individual needs, and the foster carers’ skills and experiences; birth families and previous foster carers being involved in making the matching decisions, in order to support their lasting relationships with the children.

        The Chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated:

        “We were pleased to see the importance of confident and empowered foster carers and how this improves the matching process and other aspects of the fostering experience for the child. We also strongly welcome the consideration of maintaining relationships with previous foster carers in the matching process; relationships between children and their previous foster carers are too often overlooked, and more needs to be done to support these relationships.”

        Foster with Rainbow right now!
        Rewarding fostering careers with Rainbow.

        If you live in London, Birmingham, Manchester or South Hampshire, we can offer you a varied career in foster carer. There are different types of fostering: caring for teenagers, children and young people with complex needs, sibling groups as well as parent and child fostering. Whatever line of fostering interests you, we will provide all the training required. Some of our foster carers are currently training to foster therapeutically. This means that they will be equipped with the skills to provide care for children who have been traumatised due to abuse and/or neglect.

        Therapeutic foster carers receive enhanced rates of pay in recognition of the additional training and skills required to give this type of care.

        We welcome applications from people of all ages (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. Whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background, we would be delighted to guide you through our application process. You can apply today. We are processing applications and holding initial interviews online via Skype. This is very easy to do and out a member of our recruitment team will guide you in setting this up. It really is very straightforward.

        You do not need special skills or qualifications to foster. You do need, however, to have a spare room. Call us on 0330 311 2845 to find out more about fostering and how you can make a real difference for a vulnerable child.

        And in other news…Push for flu jabs

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55003389

        Foster carers and all parents should be aware of NSPCC report into the effects of lockdown

        9th November 2020

        The NSPCC is warning that rising stress levels are taking a serious toll on the emotional and mental wellbeing of young people. The charity, Childline, has received almost 43,000 calls between March and October. NSPCC counsellors have reported children are telling them they feel cut off and isolated from their social support networks. New figures released show worries about mental health are rising to nearly a third of all counselling sessions.

        It appears the pressures of lockdown have resulted in some children developing disorders. these include bulimia and binge eating. There has been a rise in counselling sessions for body image disorders of 32%. Significantly more children have wanted help with gender identity issues and sexual matters.

        The founder of the ChildLine helpline, Dame Esther Rantzen, stated - many children had been cut off from the reassurance they need by the pandemic:

        “When young people are facing mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, or are struggling with eating disorders or self-harm, they often hide it from their parents and families. A lockdown intensifies stress in all our lives, and the ChildLine team know from past experience that it has made many children feel especially isolated.”

        Come and foster with Rainbow.

        Rainbow are now urgently looking for people to train to foster with us. If you enjoy good health and are seeking a new career path in life fostering might suit you. It has a great deal to offer: Carers enjoy job flexibility plus the chance to work from home. You need to be committed to providing the best care and emotional support for vulnerable children and young people.

        All our foster carers are all dedicated to the idea of building their knowledge, skills and experience. We support their ambitions by providing high-quality training and a wide choice of career opportunities.

        Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. We take great pride in this and in the work all our carers do supporting children. This means you can be confident that we will always do our best for you and your fostering family.

        The children we are supporting in London, Birmingham, Manchester and in parts of Hampshire are diverse and all ages. We need foster homes for teenagers, sibling groups and children with complex needs as well as parent and c hold placements.

        You do not need special skills or qualifications to foster. You do need to have a spare room. Call us on 0330 311 2845 to find out more. If you like the sound of what fostering can offer, we can start the application process by contacting you over Skype. It’s very easy - a member of our team will give you all the help you need.

        Leaving care can mean confronting a “care cliff” for many young people

        2nd November 2020

        National Care Leavers Week finished last week. The annual campaign is intended to create awareness of the issues - as well as pressures young people face when they move out of the care system. Every year approximately 10,000 youngsters in the UK leave care and for some, this is experienced as a sudden break with little support thereafter. The aim of the week is to also highlight the successes of people who have been in the care system. National Care Leavers week campaigns for improvements to be made to the care system. Not all youngsters leave care aged 18. The ‘Staying Put’ scheme enables many young people to remain with their foster carers.

        The organisation IMO is a voice for teenagers in care as well as care leavers. It states on its website: “National Care Leaver’s Week is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the successes of care leavers from across the UK, and to inspire them to reach their full potential. It’s also an opportunity to challenge negative perceptions and change the narrative of the care system.”

        Come and foster with Rainbow.

        Making the decision to become a foster carer means choosing a unique career. Perhaps you have experience working professionally with children or young people. Or looked after the children of friends or relatives. people can foster if they haven’t had these experiences. What we look for are people who are kind, patient and determined to do their best to help a child or young person. Fostering, though challenging, should also be fun: childhood is a very special time - something we never forget. We will provide all the training you need.

        At Rainbow, we welcome applications from people of all ages (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. Whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background, a member of our team would be delighted to guide you through our application process. And, you can apply today. We are processing applications and holding initial interviews online via Skype: very easy to do and we will guide you in setting this up.

        You do not need special skills or qualifications to foster. But you will need to have a spare room. Call us on 0330 311 2845 to find out more about fostering and the kind of difference you can make.

        And in other news: new lockdown rules

        bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-52530518

        Charity publishes webpage providing information about child trafficking

        22nd October 2020

        Childline has produced a webpage which provides information about child trafficking and exploitation. It explains what trafficking is and the various forms of exploitation to give children an understanding. It is a resource for children and young people enabling them to get help and support. It warns that traffickers might: try to befriend you online or in person; be a family member; promise you or your family a better life elsewhere; be someone who’s befriended your family; threaten you or your family or suggest you owe them a debt.

        The page also has information as to what to do if you are concerned that someone else is at risk and lists the key indicators to look out for.

        Rewarding fostering careers with Rainbow.

        Varied careers in foster carer are available if you live in London, Birmingham, Manchester or Hampshire. We offer training in different types of fostering - caring for teenagers, children and young people with complex needs, sibling groups as well as parent and child fostering. Whatever kind of fostering interests you, we will support you. Some of our foster carers are currently training to foster therapeutically meaning they will be equipped with the skills to provide care for children who have been traumatised due to abuse and/or neglect. Therapeutic foster carers receive enhanced rates of pay in recognition of the additional training and skills required to give this type of care.

        We welcome applications from people of all ages (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. Whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background, we would be delighted to guide you through our application process. You can apply today. We are processing applications and holding initial interviews online via Skype. This is very easy to do and out a member of our recruitment team will guide you in setting this up. It really is very straightforward.

        You do not need special skills or qualifications to foster. You will need to have a spare room. Call us on 0330 311 2845 to find out more about about fostering and the kind of difference you can make.

        And in other news: Covid warning from the prime minister

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54773196

        Foster care sector needs a cultural change to recruit those with a disability

        16th October 2020

        Campaigners are urging that a “significant cultural change” is needed to recruit more disabled foster carers. Research produced by the the University of Worcester together with Shaping Our Lives - a disabled people’s organisation - indicates that interview panels “too readily question the ability of disabled people to care for children.” This is often driven by the concern over fears that foster children could end up in the position of having to care for their disabled foster parent.

        A report into the research also discovered that IFAs (Independent Fostering Agencies) are “doing little to encourage disabled people to apply to foster.” It was also found that many people with disabilities do have “significant skills” to become foster carers. This research - which was carried out over the last two years - also included the views of fostering agencies, foster carers and disabled people.

        Dr Peter Unwin - principal lecturer of social work at the University of Worcester stated: “Recruitment to foster care has been at crisis point for some time. The huge pool of disabled people in England could make a significant difference to closing that gap if only they are given the opportunity. Yet disabled people appear to be largely absent from the fostering workforce and the foster parents we interviewed reported initial difficulty during the recruitment process.”

        Talk to us about a career in fostering.

        Rainbow Fostering welcomes everyone with a commitment to providing the best foster care for vulnerable children irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, gender identity, race or religion. In order to foster, you must have a spare room to make available for a child or young person.

        We provide all the training you will need to progress your career in fostering. This comes with extensive support and all the guidance you will need; we also pay generous allowances and fees; we offer short and long-term placements for babies, children and teenagers of all ethnicities age between 0 and 18. And with us, you can train to specialise in whatever kind of foster care that appeals to you.

        Call 0330 311 2845 so we can help you to set up a Skype call to get your application underway today.

        Foster care provision in Wales to see updated guidance

        15th October 2020

        Updated guidance has been produced by the Welsh government on how best children’s social care providers can adapt their services in order to support children and young people through the Covid 19 pandemic. This revised operational guidance is targeted at adoption services, foster care agencies and those running children’s care homes. It is intended to:

        promote flexibility and pragmatism whilst maintaining support for ‘looked after’ and vulnerable children during the outbreak of coronavirus and as measures are relaxed - recognise those areas of provision where councils will find it difficult to meet their statutory requirements - and provide guidance on measures that will be needed whilst conforming to the spirit of the law. The effort should be made to minimise the impact of coronavirus on Children’s Services - and partners as the available resources are reduced whilst at the same time alternative working practices are introduced. Partnership should be promoted amongst all working across the breadth of services tasked with supporting families.

        The original guidance was introduced as a temporary measure back in July in response to the unprecedented circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. It is intended that the application of the guidance is carried out on a case-by-case basis - ensuring the best outcome for children is central to all planning and decision making. Recording and evidencing why and how decisions have been reached will remain a key responsibility fro those applying the guidance. Identifying the wishes of children - together with their feelings - must remain paramount to social work practice. When decisions are reached - together with the reasoning behind the decisions should always be clearly communicated to children and young people.

        A career in foster care with Rainbow Fostering.

        We provide all the training you will need for your career as foster carer. This comes with extensive support and guidance; we also pay generous allowances and fees; we offer short and long-term placements for babies, children and teenagers of all ethnicities age between 0 and 18. And with us, you can train to specialise in whatever kind of foster care that appeals to you. Call 0330 311 2845 so we can help you to set up a Skype call to get your application underway.

        Remember: foster carers are ordinary people - just like you and me - but every day they are doing extraordinary things for vulnerable children. Foster carers come from all walks of life - you don’t have to have worked with children to be a foster carer.

        Rainbow welcome everyone with a commitment to fostering irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, gender identity, race or religion. In order to foster, you must have a spare room for a child or young person.

        And in other news…

        Liverpool considering extending half-term

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-54551207

        London Tier 2 Alert

        https://www.itv.com/news/london/2020-10-15/covid-tier-2-for-london-sadiq-khan-calls-for-support-package-for-business

        Marcus Rashford says more compassion needed

        https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/oct/15/marcus-rashford-urges-more-compassion-for-poorest-children

        Foster care professionals will note new research on contact.

        12th October 2020

        The Nuffield FamilyJustice Observatory has recently published a new briefing paper. It has researched into contact between adopted children or children in care and their birth families. the paper concentrates on six key messages:

        • a focus on the quality of contact;
        • listening to the views of children and young people;
        • recognising the significance of siblings, grandparents, wider family and friends;
        • ensuring that all who are involved are clear about the purpose of contact;
        • ensuring that contact plans are tailored to each child and regularly reviewed;
        • ensuring skilled professional support is available.

        Children and young people can benefit from good quality contact as it helps by enabling them to return home when this is in their interests, manage the issues of separation and loss, make sense of past experiences and maintain family relationships. The healthy development of a child’s identity can be facilitated by good quality contact. Poor quality contact can have a detrimental effect on outcomes for children. Where children are too young to be able to articulate their feelings and wishes, it is particularly important to pay heed to their potential long-term contact requirements.

        Fostering with Rainbow is all about career opportunities.

        The first question we are usually asked is “What is fostering?” And it’s a very good question because it should be noted, there are actually different types of fostering. Every foster carers experience will always be unique to them and their families. But whether fostering siblings, teenagers or young people with complex needs, our foster carers will always get the very best in training and support.

        It can be easy to think that fostering can be an isolated thing to do. We always stress this is far from the case: at Rainbow, we have a real team mentality. Why? Because we do so much to support our foster carers and the children and young people they look after. At the heart of our thinking is that foster care is a partnership that works best when addressing the needs of the child or teenager. This provides a focus for the best efforts of parents, social workers and the foster carers themselves.

        Rainbow weill provide all the training you will need - along with extensive support and guidance; we also pay generous allowances and fees; we offer short and long-term placements for babies, children and teenagers of all ethnicities age between 0 and 18. With us, you can train to specialise in whatever kind of fostering that appeals to you. We hope you will call us soon at 0330 311 2845 so we can help you to set up a Skype call to start your application.

        Remember: foster carers are ordinary people - just like you - but daily doing extraordinary things for vulnerable children and young people. Carers come from all walks of life. We welcome everyone with a commitment to fostering irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, gender identity, race or religion. Foster carers must have a spare room for a child or young person.

        And in other news…

        Broadcast on latest Covid trends

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-54505193

        Exams in England delayed but will still go ahead

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-54508851

        Coronavirus can survive on surfaces for four weeks

        https://www.itv.com/news/2020-10-12/coronavirus-can-survive-on-surfaces-including-phone-screens-for-four-weeks-scientists-claim

        Foster Kinship Care: parliamentary taskforce publishes report

        7th October 2020

        A report following an inquiry into kinship care has been published by a cross-party parliamentary taskforce chaired by Catherine McKinnell MP. The aim of the inquiry was to raise awareness about children in kinship care who are unable to live with their parents. The taskforce also wanted to highlight the importance of this option and identify ways of providing support. Since it was set up in 2018 by Anna Turley - the former MP - along with the Family Rights Group, thousands of kinship caregivers have reported their experiences. Children and young people have also shared their experiences with the taskforce.

        The report makes some specific recommendations which include: the government should extend the Adoption Support Fund. Doing this will mean that all the children and young people in kinship care will have the same rights to therapeutic support, as well as access to counselling services presently available to children who leave care and are adopted. The taskforce also recommends that local authorities should make comprehensive information available to kinship carers about their options for additional support including advice and guidance in relation to benefits they may qualify for.

        There are currently more than 180,000 children and young people across the country who are being brought up in kinship care. They are supported by relatives who might be aunts, uncles, grandparents, older siblings - sometimes family friends who have stepped in to help. Catherine McKinnell states in the foreword to the Report -

        “Many more children are raised in kinship care than in the care system and many more than are adopted, yet awareness of this element of children’s social care is low and support for families is variable and often very limited. This crucial third pillar of the children’s social care system is an afterthought.”

        The report draws particular attention to the idea that for children in and on the edge of care, “the wider family and community is often an untapped resource. A greater focus and commitment to exploring these families could safely avert more children from having to come into care, which is in the interests of the children themselves, society and the taxpayer.”

        Fostering with Rainbow provides a range of career opportunities.

        The first question we are usually asked is “What is fostering?” And it’s a very good question because there are many different types of fostering and every foster carers experience will always be unique to them and their families. It can be easy to think that fostering can be an isolated thing to do. We always stress this is far from the case as at Rainbow we have a team mentality. That is because we do so much to support our foster carers and the children they care for. At the heart of our thinking is that foster care is a partnership that addresses the needs of the child. This brings together parents, social workers - sometimes therapeutic specialists - and the foster carers themselves.

        At Rainbow we provide all the fostering training you need along with extensive support and guidance; we pay generous allowances and fees; we have short and long-term placements available and babies, children and teenagers of all ethnicities age between 0 and 18. You can train to specialise in fostering teenagers, sibling groups or children with complex needs. As a therapeutically trained foster carer you will receive enhanced payment rates. There’s a lot to talk about - we hope you will call us soon on 0330 311 2845. We can help you to set up a Skype call to start your application if you decide to foster. Remember: foster carers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things for vulnerable children and young people. And they come from all walks of life. We welcome everyone with a commitment to fostering irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, gender identity, race or religion. The basic requirement is that you have a spare room for a child or young person.

        Foster care sector will welcome the National Crime Agency targeting county lines drug networks successfully.

        5th October 2020

        The NCA (National Crime Agency) has recently reported that following a week of law enforcement efforts across the UK between 14th Sept to 20th September targetting county lines drugs networks has met with measurable success. Vulnerable children and young people can be at particular risk form getting caught up with the gangs involved in county lines. The activity - coordinated by the Home Office funded National County lines Coordination Centre and the National Crime Agency - led to 1,041 arrests and 1,551 vulnerable people engaged for safeguarding purposes as well as 69 referrals to the National Referral Mechanism. This assesses young people as potential victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.

        NCA County Lines leas & Director of Investigations, Nikki Holland, stated: -

        “The violence, exploitation and utter misery caused by County Lines networks can be felt all the way from the top of the chain in the countries where the drugs are produced, right to the bottom on the streets of the UK. The NCA targets the international organised criminal groups who smuggle the drugs into the country that are filtered down to the children being forced to transport them across the UK. By focusing on those at the top of the chain and effectively cutting off the head of the snake, we reduce drugs supply to the UK, making it an unviable business for the criminals involved.”

        For those concerned about County Lines, the police can be reached on 101 or 999 in an emergency. A young person with worries of or concerns about involvement in County Lines - or is aware of someone with concerns, help and guidance can be found at www.fearless.org

        What is foster care like? Rainbow Fostering can provide the answers.

        Perhaps you have been considering fostering for quite a while; if so, you’ll almost certainly have a lot of questions. We value any enquiry made - especially as there is a significant shortage of foster carers right now. Call us on 0330 311 2845 and we can arrange to ‘meet’ with you over Skype - we’re welcoming and processing applications. We’re proud Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted - your guarantee that you will provide the best in training and support throughout your fostering career.

        Some of the most common questions we are asked: how old do you have to be to foster? Are foster carers entitled to universal credit? Are foster parents paid? Are foster carers self-employed? Why foster and not adopt? The answers to such questions - and many others can be found on our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        The children we are placing currently are with families in London, Birmingham, Manchester and parts of Hampshire. The young people are diverse: different ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. People who are eligible to foster can be married, divorced, unmarried, in same-sex relationships or single. But to foster a child or young person you must have a spare room.

        Foster care providers likely to be impacted by a 50 per cent rise in domestic abuse during the lockdown

        2nd October 2020

        It has been reported that there has been a fifty per cent increase in calls to the NSPCC about children being damaged by domestic abuse during the lockdown. Emily Hilton - a senior policy and public affairs officer at the charity - stated: “The pandemic has shone a spotlight on children who are living with the daily nightmare of domestic abuse.” She also said that the government had taken an “important step” as they had amended the Domestic Abuse Bill. The change recognised that in situations where there is domestic abuse, children are victims in their own right.

        The NSPCC is asking that the government creates a legal requirement for funding for councils to provide support services for children living with domestic abuse or having been removed from such settings. The charity has also asked that agencies sign up and support its community-based recovery service called DART (Domestic Abuse Recovering Together). This service works to support mothers and children who have been the victims of abuse.

        As the lockdown slowly eases, the full extent of the impact of Coronavirus on children and families will almost inevitably lead to an increase in referrals to children’s social care and other specialist services such as independent fostering agencies.

        What is foster care like? Rainbow has all the answers.

        However long you might have been considering fostering you will inevitably have plenty of questions. We value any enquiry made - especially as there is such a shortage of foster carers at this time. This means we will be happy to take all the time you need to feel confident about the process of becoming a foster carer. Call us on 0330 311 2845 and we can arrange to ‘meet’ with you over Skype because we are welcoming and processing applications from people wanting to foster. Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted - your guarantee that you will provide the best in training and support throughout your fostering career.

        Some of the most common questions we are asked: are foster carers entitled to universal credit? Are foster parents paid? Are foster carers self-employed? Why foster and not adopt? The answers to these and many others can be found on our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Better still, why not give us a call today to find out about the challenges and rewards becoming a foster carer. Currently, the children we are placing are with families in London, Birmingham, Manchester and parts of Hampshire. The children are diverse in terms of their ages, ethnicities and cultural traditions. People who foster can be married, divorced, unmarried, in same-sex relationships or single. To foster you must have a spare room for a child or young person.

        Foster care services may face a surge in demand in Wales

        30th September 2020

        The government in Wales has made preparations to increase the support given to facilitate face-to-face services for the victims and survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence. It is anticipated there will be a surge in demands coronavirus restrictions are slowly eased. This will mark a resumption of the therapeutic services for children - as well as adults - who have been victims of violence and/or abuse. Additional funds of £1.575m will be in place to provide the support - especially for face-to-face meetings. Jane Hutt, the Deputy Minister and Chief Whip stated -

        “Covid 19 and the changes to daily life have increased the risk and severity of VAWDASV. Perpetrators of domestic abuse used lockdown measures to increase their controlling behaviour, preventing victims and survivors from having the privacy and space they needed to access advice and support.

        Welsh Government’s Live Fear Free helpline saw a worrying drop in calls earlier this year, but silent methods of contact increased, and the number of chats and emails to the helpline remained high.

        As lockdown measures ease and children return to school next week, victims and survivors will have more opportunities to confide in friends, family and professionals, and to seek the support they need. Calls to the helpline are exposing increasingly complex needs, and higher levels of risk.”

        Rainbow Fostering is welcoming applicants in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire

        Anyone considering fostering will have a great many questions: pay, support, training as well as the different types of fostering. Rainbow has been providing answers to these and many other questions about fostering for well over twenty years. Our recruitment team has people with a wealth of experience always happy to share their knowledge and answer questions. They make a point about being realistic about the challenges of fostering. It can be hard work but incredibly rewarding for those who it suits.

        Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer will know they are making a choice that will help meet a desperate need at this most challenging of times. We need to find homes today for teenagers, sibling groups and children with a range of complex needs. We also face a demand to find secure, stable home settings to support parent and child placements. So there are many roads that can be followed on a fostering journey and we are there every step of the way.

        Rainbow are an independent fostering agency that has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. This means whoever you are and whatever your background you may well be eligible to foster. People who can foster include same-sex couples, single people, employed or unemployed people, married or unmarried couples, homeowners and non-homeowners and people aged over 65. Apart from these criteria, you will need to have a spare bedroom, a commitment to attend regular training, respect for diversity and an optimistic outlook.

        More than anything, the most important qualifications are a natural ability to show empathy and listen in order to understand the needs of a child or young person.

        Interested in finding out more? Call Rainbow Fostering on 0330 311 2845. Apply now - we are welcoming applications and can meet over Skype to start the process. It’s easy and straightforward for us to arrange.

        We would also like to hear from qualified and suitable experienced Form F assessors as well as any social workers who would like to work within an ‘Outstanding’ team.

        Foster care charity welcomes children’s rights decision

        10th September 2020

        The Fostering Network has welcomed a decision made by the Scottish Government to enshrine the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scottish law. And this will be effected by the end of the current parliamentary term. It will guarantee that the rights of children and young people - as well as their families, will be built into every aspect of Scotland’s public life.

        The Director of The Fostering Network in Scotland; Sara Lurie, stated -

        “This is an amazing and significant step. It is becoming a reality- children and young people’s rights will be incorporated into Scottish Law! Huge thanks to all the children, young people and organisations who have campaigned to bring us to this day!”

        Rainbow Fostering is welcoming applicants

        We are a well established - over twenty years - fostering agency rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. We work with local authorities in London, Birmingham, Manchester and in Hampshire. We need to find carers to look after children and young people from different backgrounds. Foster homes are needed for individual children as well as sibling groups and teenagers.

        So if you have ever been curious about fostering or perhaps made the decision to become a foster carer., why not give us a call: 0330 311 2845. We are welcoming applications now. Meet face to face with us over Skype to start the process. It’s easy and straightforward to arrange.

        “I have been fostering with Rainbow for over ten years. In that time they have supported me in every way possible. With their guidance I now have a career that has made the difference to my life and to the lives of all my foster children.”

        At Rainbow, we respect, value and celebrate difference. We welcome everyone; whatever walk of life they come from, with a commitment to fostering irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, gender identity, race or religion. And you can expect the best in training and support to develop your professional career in fostering.

        We would also like to hear from qualified and suitable experienced Form F assessors.

        Foster care sector will note response to ruling from Glasgow tribunal

        6th September 2020

        A tribunal case between James and Christine Johnstone; foster carers with Glasgow City Council has led to a ruling being upheld in which the couple were judged to be employees of the council. This was because of the specific nature of the working arrangement. In response to the ruling, the chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated:

        “Even though this judgement does not set a precedent for all foster carers, we will continue to call for foster carers to be given the status, respect, training, support and remuneration that they deserve and require in order to look after the children in their care. This is not only crucial for the recruitment and retention of foster carers but, equally importantly, for the tens of thousands of children who are fostered every day.”

        The charity’s 2019 ‘State of the Nation’ survey revealed the difference in the ways foster carers in the country are remunerated. The charity’s view is that pay must be seen as a key factor in recruitment and retention because the demographic pool of carers ‘will inevitably be limited to those who can afford to foster without fee payments or with minimal fee payments.’

        Why foster with Rainbow?

        We take great pride in seeing all our foster carers as part of one wider family. The dedicated services we provide to children and their foster carers are a reflection of Rainbow’s priorities and aspirations for our young people. We never forget we are a team and this is how we achieve our objectives. Everyone is considered to be of equal importance and value: foster carers, social workers, managers and our recruitment and duty staff. Our commitment and contribution will ensure your contribution will be the best it can be.

        We are keen to recruit applicants from all communities. But figures from 2018/19 show that 99 of the 146 local authorities that provide fostering services had a shortage or undersupply of carers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. So we would very much like to encourage applications from individuals from these communities.

        At Rainbow, we respect and celebrate difference. We will never discriminate because of a person’s gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, gender identity, race or religion.

        We are welcoming applications now. Meet face to face with us over Skype to start the process. It’s easy and straightforward to arrange. Call us on 0330 311 2845. We have been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted which means you can expect the best in training and support to develop your professional career in fostering.

        Fostering with Rainbow means making a heartfelt difference to people’s lives.

        Foster care provision coming under increasing pressure in Kent

        1st September 2020

        Kent local authority has announces that it is not in a position to accommodate the numbers of new unaccompanied asylum seeking children that have crossed the Channel so far this year. This is because the number of arrivals has doubled this year alone. The authority said that 448 unaccompanied asylum seeking children had in Kent up to the 17th August this year. This is more than the 12 month totals for each of the previous four years. And the number compares against 199 who arrived up to the end of August in 2019.

        The UASC’s are now being accommodated at the Border Force intake centre in Dover. They will remain here until, under The National Transfer Scheme, they can be sent to other local authorities. The Association of Directors of Children’s Services has been warning that local authorities will need more funding from the government to pay for placements as well as mental health support to make provision.

        The president of the ADCS, Jenny Coles, stated:

        “Local authorities want to play their Martin responding to they humanitarian crisis, but in order to do so we need the government’s help and support. Many children have already been settled across the country vis the national transfer scheme, however the challenges we all face, from not being fully funded for our important work in this area and a shortage of suitable placements to the dearth of mental health support, are still the same as in 2016 when the French authorities cleared the camps in Calais.”

        Fostering with Rainbow.

        Have you been considering fostering? If the answers yes, then we’re be delighted to talk with you. We’ll take all the time needed to explain all the aspects of fostering: the kinds of placements there are as well as the free training opportunities we offer. A vital part of our ethos is ensuring all our foster carers can develop their careers with us in the ways they want. At the moment there is a pressing need in relation to fostering teenagers, foster care for sibling groups and parent and child fostering. We provide many opportunities for mainstream fostering too. We will need to reach an understanding of your preferences and what will for your particular family arrangements.

        Foster carers benefit from job flexibility and the chance to work from home. All carers must be committed to providing the best care and emotional support for vulnerable children. Rainbow have been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted - source of great pride for us. It’s the guarantee that we will always strive to support our foster carers.

        Currently the children we are supporting are in London, Birmingham, Manchester and in parts of Hampshire. They are diverse in terms of their ages, ethnicities and cultural traditions.

        You do not need special skills or qualifications to foster. You do need to have a spare room. Call us on 0330 311 2845 to find out more. If you like the sound of what fostering can offer, we can start the application process as soon as we receive your call. You can speak with us face-to-face over Skype It’s very easy - one of our friendly advisors will give you all the help you need.

        Foster carer aged just 21 is the youngest in Somerset

        26th August 2020

        Rachel James is aged only 21 and lives in the Mendip area of Somerset has just fostered a sibling group. A brother and sister both aged under two. Rachel’s own parents were fostering before she was even born. It was “part of my childhood”, she said and she had been prompted by the pressures of the pandemic after hearing emergency short-term foster carers were urgently needed: “When COVID happened and I saw the opportunity and the need, I decided ‘yes’ I could do that.”

        Somerset County Council’s spokesperson, Frances Nicholson said:

        “We are always keen to recruit foster carers and, and it’s particularly important during these difficult times. Coronavirus has presented so many challenges, especially for the young.”

        Rachel is still living with her parents in the family home so she has access to a lot of experience and support. Rachel said:

        “I haven’t found my age to be a barrier in any way. If you’ve got the heart for it, if you’ve got the enthusiasm and love to give, I don’t think that age necessarily matters.”

        Fostering with Rainbow.

        Rainbow are urgently looking for people to train to foster with us. If you enjoy good health and might be looking for a new career path in life, then fostering might suit you. It has a great deal to offer: Carers enjoy job flexibility and the chance to work from home. No daily commute or mixing with crowds at what is a worrying time for us all. You do need to be committed to providing the best care and emotional support for vulnerable children. Our foster carers are all dedicated to the idea of building their knowledge, skills and experience to be the best they can be. And we support their ambitions by providing high-quality training and a wide choice of career opportunities. Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. We take great pride in this and in the work all our carers do supporting children. This means you can be confident that we will always do our best for you and your fostering family.

        The children we are supporting in London, Birmingham, Manchester and in parts of Hampshire are diverse and all ages. We need foster homes for teenagers, sibling groups and children with complex needs. We are also getting asked to provide homes for young mothers and their babies - known as parent and child fostering. Whatever path you take, you will know you are making a tremendous difference - possibly all the difference in the world - to children who need stability, love and a second chance.

        You do not need special skills or qualifications to foster. You do need to have a spare room. Call us on 0330 311 2845 to find out more. If you like the sound of what fostering can offer, we can start the application process by contacting you over Skype. It’s very easy - our advisors will give you all the help you need.

        Foster care agency found to have discriminated against LGBTQ+ parents

        20th August 2020

        A Sunderland based fostering agency has been found to have discriminated against gay parents in a report by Ofsted. The agency, Cornerstone North East Fostering Service, it is reported, told potential parents to “refrain from homosexual conduct.” This after a judge told the agency to change its rules a month ago. The ruling is being appealed. Inspectors at Ofsted accepted that the agency was successfully placing children and young people in ‘stable and nurturing homes’, but found other practices to be ‘insufficient and inconsistent.’

        According to the report - “The agency’s recruitment policy is discriminatory, in that it excludes prospective carers who are not heterosexuals. Although this had not directly impacted on the experience and progress of children and young people in cases seen, it does not ensure that prospective carers are considered without prejudice and with appropriate emphasis on their capacity to care for children.”

        The agency is now seeking leave to appeal the judgement on the question of legal compliance with the Equalities Act 2010 read in conjunction with articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

        Rainbow Fostering is now recruiting via Skype in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

        If you chose to foster with Rainbow, you’ll be with an agency that’s multi-cultural and celebrates diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to meet our children’s needs by providing secure, stable and loving foster homes. We are a supportive, friendly and committed team of professionals. Rainbow ensures that everyone feels welcomed and part of our family straightaway. We welcome applicants whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity or marital status. You must have a spare room to be able to foster a child.

        At the heart of everything we do is our child-centred approach that enables both our children and carers to reach their full potential. Fostering can be a challenging but rewarding job. Rainbow provide outstanding training and support for our foster carers. Our training includes specialist areas such as therapeutic fostering. We provide dedicated social work support, competitive fostering allowances and the chance to grow and develop. And we provide back-up at all times of the day and night - 365 days a year.

        Find out more about the opportunities foster carers have by calling 020 8427 3355. Alternatively, use our National Line 0330 311 2845. Remember, there’s absolutely no obligation if you contact us. We’d love to have a chat with you about your motivations to foster. We can help you to set up a Skype call with us.

        Rules and advice in relation to the coronavirus pandemic are changing. Information and guidance is being regularly updated - so to make sure you remain safe please visit - https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        People considering fostering always have many different questions - it’s always helpful to visit our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ If you care…foster care!

        Foster carers will appreciate letter from Children’s Commissioner

        17th August 2020

        Foster carers, like so many parents, will have been worried about the current examination results situation and the potential of this to impact on ‘looked after children.’ There is concern from many quarters. This now includes the Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield, who has written jointly with UK Children’s Commissioners to the Chair of Universities UK, Professor Julia Buckingham. The request has been made that there should be flexibility and that offers to students should be honoured as decisions made now “will have life-long consequences for young people.’

        Extract: ‘Dear Professor Buckingham - we write to issue a pleas on behalf of the United Kingdom’s young people to ask all UK Universities to be highly flexible in the unique circumstances of the Coronavirus Pandemic and to honour the offers of a place they have already made to prospective domestic students prior to Higher, Advanced Higher, A-level and equivalent qualifications results in 2020.’

        Rainbow Fostering is now recruiting via Skype in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

        Fostering is a challenging job but it’s nonetheless highly rewarding. Rainbow provide outstanding training and support for our foster carers. We provide back-up at all times of the day and night - 365 days a year. Over 8,00 new foster families are needed this year alone.

        Find out more about the opportunities foster carers have by calling 020 8427 3355. Alternatively, use our National Line 0330 311 2845. Remember, there’s absolutely no obligation if you contact us. We’d love to have a chat with you about your motivations to foster. We can help you to set up a Skype call with us. It’s very easy and has proved very popular with our applicants. Rainbow has been finding safe, secure and loving foster homes for well over twenty years. We have been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. We trust this will give you the confidence of knowing you are making the right choice of agency to build your fostering carer.

        Remember, take a look at the rest of our website - there’s plenty of general information. For example - learn more about a specific fostering topic such as:

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-and-birth-children/

        We also have an archive of many blogs that cover many of the general issues that relate to fostering as well as the more specific ones.

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/time-foster-new-realisation/

        Foster care professionals will note the rise in restrictions placed on children

        12th August 2020

        The shortage of suitable foster care settings and accommodation arrangements is seeing a rise in the numbers of children having restrictions placed on them. There has been a tripling of this number in the last two years. So-called ‘Deprivation of Liberty Orders’ are being used increasingly to detain children when they cannot be found suitable accommodation. These orders have been used mostly in the past for adults who are unable to make decisions in relation to their own care and safety. It appears their use is growing for children where safeguarding concerns are the issue. These orders are usually secured from the High Court or the Court of Protection by a local authority with concerns over the risks to a child or young person. They can cover detention in a place of residence through to the removal of a mobile phone. Freedom of information requests revealed that 91 out of 170 councils in England and Wales saw a rise from 43 in 2017 to 134 in 2019. The bulk of these will relate to children in care. Over the last five years, more than a quarter of the orders were where concerns existed about a child absconding not whether they had a mental health issue.

        Applying to foster with Rainbow It couldn’t be easier!

        Ways you can apply include: filling out our online form. This will enable you to arrange a call back at a time to suit you. Or you can get in touch with us directly on 0330 311 2845 One of our experienced team members will have some initial questions fro you and will, of course, be happy to answer any you have. Before the pandemic, we would at this point - providing you wanted to proceed and we felt fostering would be right for you - arrange an initial home visit. Over recent months we had been doing these online using Skype. It has proved effective and popular. So there is nothing to delay your application. Following this initial process, you will need to fill out an application form. Once we are able to we will make a visit to your home - only when the guidance says it is safe to do so. We will also allocate you your own social worker who will provide support through each stage of the application process. It normally takes around sixteen weeks from initial call two being ‘Approved’ to foster. Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas ‘ by Ofsted. We have been established for well over twenty years so you can be confident your application will be handled quickly and efficiently. Find out more about the process of becoming a foster carer at our webpage

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/becoming-a-foster-carer/

        And all our applicants are advised to take a look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care children may be at risk of truancy

        4th Aug July 2020

        The charity Buttle UK is warning that some disadvantaged school children may be too anxious to go back to school in September. This is because of a growing attainment gap. Disadvantaged children are likely to be suffering from anxiety over having fallen behind their peers during the lockdown. The consequence could be a rise in rates of truancy. The charity is deeply concerned that some children believe that they have fallen so far behind in their work that it will be impossible for them to catch up so they will truant. Many vulnerable pupils have had “ either no homeschooling at all, or have found it incredibly difficult to learn at home.” This emerged from a survey conducted by Buttle UK which canvassed the views of 1,000 teachers and other frontline staff working with schoolchildren. It’s known that there has been trouble ensuring all disadvantaged pupils have had access to the laptops and tablets they need - as promised by the government. In Scotland, it has already been reported that nearly three-quarters of disadvantaged children had had difficulties doing school work during the lockdown.

        Rainbow is looking for people to foster teenagers, sibling groups or offer a home for parent and child placements. We can provide plenty of opportunities to build a career in fostering at Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Birmingham. We are also recruiting in the Hampshire area.

        Call 020 8427 our National Line 0330 311 2845. We can help you to set up a call on Skype to start your application right now - it’s very easy and straightforward. One of our advisors will guide you through what is involved.

        Please visit https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus for all the latest advice and guidance in relation to the lockdown and keeping safe.

        And all our applicants are advised to take a look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        The Fostering Network responds to inquiry into the impact of coronavirus

        1st Aug July 2020

        The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has been liaising with a range of organisations and charities in the sector to, as they describe it, “advise and influence decision making.” This covers a range of areas including foster care finances; campaign actions; country updates for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales; Keyworker status and statutory instrument amendments in England.

        At Rainbow Fostering, we need to find people to specialise in fostering either teenagers, sibling groups or to offer a home for parent and child placements. We can offer plenty of opportunities to build a career in fostering at Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Birmingham. We are also recruiting in the Hampshire area.

        Call 020 8427 our National Line 0330 311 2845. We’ll start your application process today. we can help you to set up a call on Skype - it’s very easy and straightforward. One of our advisors will guide you through the process. You can also follow us on social media and discover more about what fostering with Rainbow is like.

        Please visit https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus for all the latest advice and guidance in relation to the lockdown and keeping safe.

        And all our applicants are advised to take a look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster carers now needed in Wiltshire

        30th July 2020

        In line with large parts of the UK, Wilshire is experiencing a shortfall in the number of foster carers needed to meet the rising demand for places. The latest ‘Fostering in England’ statistics report from Ofsted revealed the slow decline in the number of foster carers coming forward just as the number of children and young people needing foster homes continues to rise. And this year the coronavirus crisis has exacerbated the shortage of foster carers.

        Recent figures from The Fostering Network published 14th May indicate that 8,100 foster families are needed in the UK: 6,800 in England, 200 in Northern Ireland and 550 in both Scotland and Wales.

        Rainbow - an independent fostering agency that’s supported carers and children for over 20 years

        Could you be part of a dedicated team committed to supporting the children we place and helping them to fulfil their potential? Because our expert team - we’ve been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted - are committed to meeting everyone’s professional and emotional needs, our foster families create strong and enduring relationships. If you’re thinking of fostering for the first time, we will give you all the advice and guidance to reach the right decision for you and your family. Fostering is not for everyone, but for those who it suits, there are unique rewards.

        Fostering provides the flexibility and security of working from home. It also offers many different options. These can be explored on our website; a good place to start is -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ Contact Rainbow Fostering on 020 8427, our use our National Line 0330 311 2845. One of our advisors will take all the time needed to discuss what you are looking for from a career in fostering and the initial training involved. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are contacting our applicants over Skype for an initial chat. We can help you to set this up - it’s very easy - just call one of the above numbers.

        Keep safe during the pandemic. There is information available at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Foster care provision set to come under more pressure in Kent.

        28th July 2020

        Kent County Council has recently warned it could face an increase of 250% in referrals. These are for children whose circumstances are cause for concern and need investigating. Many are likely to need to be kept safe when the lockdown is eased further. The corporate director for children and young people at the council is Matt Dunkley. He stated -

        “What we are looking at is a huge surge in September in children needing to be seen, families needing to be assessed, when they are at the end of their tether after six months being locked down or being out of the eye of their school…that leaves us with a huge budget problem.”

        At this point in time, there are more than 10,000 families in Kent being supported by a social worker.

        Foster care - creating chances and opportunities for vulnerable children.

        The country faces a shortfall of 8,000 fostering households. Could you be a foster carer with Rainbow? We are looking for applicants from London, Birmingham, Manchester and the Hampshire region. Rainbow Fostering has been rated as ‘Outstanding in all areas’ of its practice. This means, as anew foster carer, you can be confident of the support and training you will receive. And you can rely on this throughout your fostering career.

        Fostering can definitely suit those who want the flexibility and security of working from home but would like to be part of a team. Contact Rainbow Fostering on 020 8427, our use our National Line 0330 311 2845. One of our advisors will take all the time needed to discuss what providing foster care entails.

        Call us and we’ll arrange an online ‘meeting’ with you. This is very easy to arrange and all the feedback we have is that it is a popular way for new applicants to engage with us and find out about fostering. There’s a lot of background information on our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) website page. It covers topics such as uk fostering, fostering and adoption, private fostering agencies and how much do you get for fostering.

        Visit - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Keeping safe at all times during the pandemic: up-to-date information and guidance is available at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Foster care children should be helped individually to return to school

        27th July 2020

        A report has been published by the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, which calls for ‘tailored transition arrangements’ to be put in place for every foster child going back to school. The charity also advises that the emphasis should be upon the mental health and well being of each child. A recent survey found that seventy-four per cent of foster carers were unaware of there being any specific provision for looked after children. The survey also found that eight in ten fostered children did not go to school during the lockdown. A significant number of foster carers reported a lack of support tailored to the needs of foster children. It has emerged that sixty-two per cent of foster carers said they had not received any support from their virtual school. Thirty-six per cent of carers reported children receiving laptops or tablets to facilitate learning.

        The report highlighted some of the particular benefits of the lockdown: the opportunity for foster carers and their children to develop stronger relationships. The main concerns now reported by carers are how children will readjust to returning to school and the demands of a formal curriculum; the impact on mental health; how children will catch up academically and socially.

        The three types of support foster carers would most like to see in place for looked after children are: extra tuition - including one-to-one tuition; transition arrangements that are individualised and flexible; mental health support.

        Following the report, Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, stated -

        “The evidence shows that the education offer that children in foster care have received during lockdown has not been sufficiently tailored to their looked-after status. The experience of educating during lockdown has brought to the for the need for more individualised education plans for looked after children.”

        Foster care - making a difference - life-changing career opportunities with Rainbow

        Rainbow fostering needs applicants from London, Birmingham, Manchester and the Hampshire region. If you have a spare bedroom plus energy, dedication and enthusiasm you could become a foster carer with us.

        Rainbow Fostering has been rated as ‘Outstanding in all areas’.This means you can be confident of the support and training you will receive throughout your fostering career.

        Remember: Fostering can suit those who want the flexibility and security of working from home but would still like to be part of a team. Contact Rainbow Fostering on 020 8427, our use our National Line 0330 311 2845, to find out more about fostering. Apply today and we’ll arrange an online ‘meeting’ with you - one of our advisors will be more than happy to help you set up the call.

        We want everyone to keep safe at all times during the pandemic. There is plenty of information and guidance available at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        There’s a lot of useful information on our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) website page. It covers uk fostering, fostering and adoption, private fostering agencies and how much do you get for fostering. and much, much more. Visit - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care experienced student becomes the first looked after child to graduate from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University.

        21st July 2020

        This is a story to inspire all foster carers and everyone working to support the country’s looked after children. Aged sixteen, Kashmir Kincaid was homeless and had missed out on half her high school education. She is now the first-ever care leaver to graduate from her college at the renowned university with a 2:1 degree in English Literature. And this is a historic achievement since it marks her out as the first care leaver to graduate from the college in its 668-year history.

        Kashmir is certainly in a select group when it is considered that only around 6% of care leavers progress into higher education. And the numbers are even smaller for those who gain an Oxbridge place. Her accomplishment has been singled out by the author Lemn Sissay MBE. He sent a message: “Dear you! We spoke a long time ago. And look at you now. You bright brilliant star.”

        Dr Marina Frasca-Spada is a Senior Tutor of Corpus Christi College. Of Kasmira’s achievement, she said: “Kasmira is an exceptionally talented young woman who has succeeded after living through very difficult experiences. It has been a pleasure to come to know her and to be able to support her during her years at Corpus.”

        Foster care: a new life-changing career opportunity with Rainbow

        Rainbow fostering are looking for applicants in London, Birmingham, Manchester and the Hampshire region. If you have a spare bedroom in your house, plenty of dedication, energy and enthusiasm, we’d love you to get in touch. Rainbow Fostering has been rated as ‘Outstanding in all areas’ so you can be entirely confident of the support you will get throughout your fostering career.

        Fostering may be of particular appeal to those who want the flexibility and security of working from home but would like to be part of a team. Please contact Rainbow Fostering on 020 8427 our National Line 0330 311 2845 to find out more. Apply today and we’ll arrange a ‘meeting’ with you on Skype - one of our advisors will help you set up the call.

        Keep safe at all times during the pandemic. There is plenty of Information available at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Visiting our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page - there’s a lot of useful information on uk fostering, fostering and adoption, private fostering agencies and how much do you get for fostering.

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care likely to feel the impact of child neglect as cases of child malnutrition double in six month period.

        20th July, 2020

        Foster care service providers will be bracing themselves for a dramatic rise in referrals when children return to school. Just under 2,500 children have been hospitalised in the first six months of 2020 having shown signs of malnutrition. This is double the number compared with the same period in 2019. There is widespread concern that the pandemic has increased pressures on families that were already facing difficulties providing food.

        Following requests for Freedom of Information from around fifty Trust in England representing one-hundred-and-fifty hospitals, it has emerged that over 11,500 children and young people have been admitted to hospital suffering the effects of malnutrition since 2015.

        Layla Moran MP, the Liberal Democrat leadership contender, registered her shock at the figures stating -

        “These figures shocked me and make me angry that in Britain, in 2020, people can be hospitalised due to malnutrition. We need to move forward and create a system of social security that helps everyone and makes sure no one goes hungry in our country.”

        Foster care; a career opportunity with Rainbow

        Rainbow fostering are at this moment looking for carers in London, Birmingham, Manchester and the Hampshire region. If you have a spare bedroom, plenty of energy and enthusiasm, we’d love you to get in touch. Rainbow Fostering has been rated as ‘Outstanding in all areas’ so you can be confident of the service and support you will get.

        Fostering may be of particular appeal to those who want the flexibility and security of working from home, but still, be able to be part of a committed team. All our staff have been trained to the highest professional level meaning the support they give to our foster carers - day and night, 365 days a year, is outstanding.

        Please contact Rainbow Fostering on 020 8427 our National Line 0330 311 2845 to find out more. You can apply today and we’ll arrange a ‘meeting’ with you on Skype - it’s very easy and straightforward and one of our advisors will help you set up the call.

        Keep safe during the pandemic. Information available at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        And, we always recommend to all our applicants the value of visiting our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care agency found to be discriminating against LGBTQ carers.

        14th July, 2020

        A Christian fostering agency has been told it must cease discriminating against gay prospective foster carers. Cornerstone (North East) Adoption and Fostering Service put forward a legal challenge to Ofsted after their inspectors criticised the service provider’s policy of only accepting heterosexual applicants. A High Court ruling said that Cornerstone was in breach of the 2010 Equality Act, which prevents discrimination based upon sexual orientation.

        Mr Justice Julian Knowles recorded in his judgement:

        “It hardly needs to be said, but I categorically reject any suggestion that gay men and lesbians cannot make wonderfully loving foster and adoptive parents, whether they are single or in same-sex partnerships.”

        He also said that while the agency is “permitted to exclusively recruit evangelical Christian carers’, to specifically exclude gay foster carers is not legal.

        The Christian Institute, which has long opposed same-sex marriage, responded to the ruling - a spokesperson, Simon Calvert, stated - “we believe the judge was mistaken.” The ruling of the court was, by contrast, welcomed by Amanda Spielman, the Ofsted chief inspector who said -

        “We are pleased with the outcome of this case. The court agreed that Cornerstone independent fostering agency’s recruitment policy discriminates on the grounds of sexual orientation and is unlawful. As a public body, Ofsted has a duty to consider whether the organisations we inspect comply with equality and human rights law. This outcome offers much-needed clarity in what is a difficult, complex area of law.”

        Foster care - a choice of options with Rainbow.

        Rainbow fostering are currently looking for cares in London, Birmingham, Manchester and the Hampshire region. If you have a spare bedroom, plenty of energy and enthusiasm, we’d love you to get in touch. Our foster carers flourish at our agency -indeed some have been with us for well over ten years. We like to think this is because ours is a culture of transparency and openness enabling our foster carers to achieve the highest professional standards. It also helps that Ofsted has rated Rainbow Fostering as ‘Outstanding in all areas’. Our carers are given the opportunity to attend regular training courses so they can build their knowledge, skills and experience. And those who train to foster therapeutically - caring for children with complex needs - receive enhanced payments. The same is true for those caring for sibling groups and parent & child placements. In short, Rainbow will help guide you down whichever fostering avenue your ambition takes you.

        Fostering may particularly appeal to those who want the flexibility and security of working from home, but still be able to be part of a team and make new friends. All our staff have been trainee to the highest professional level which means the support they give to our foster carers - day and night, 365 days a year, is second to none.

        Central to our ethos is providing security and stability to all members of our Rainbow community. That way we know the children and young people we care for have the best ‘forever homes’ we can provide.

        Please contact Rainbow Fostering on 020 8427 our National Line 0330 311 2845 toccata about your fostering career. You can apply today and we’ll arrange a ‘meeting’ with you on Skype - very easy and straightforward. One of our advisors will guide you through setting up the call.

        You can also follow us on social media and discover more about what the fostering experience with Rainbow will be like.

        In this unsettling times, you can access the latest information about keeping safe during the pandemic at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus Keep yourself and family members safe.

        And, we recommend all our applicants to visit our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care providers will note the effects of Covid-19 on BAME children and young people.

        13th July, 2020

        Based on UK demographics, it has been known for quite a while that members of BAME communities are overrepresented in recorded cases of coronavirus. It’s a fact that the virus poses a lower risk to children and young people. BAME youngsters are, nonetheless, experiencing the pandemic differently from their peers. This is largely because of the disproportionate economic, social and psychological impacts on their communities.

        Dr Zubaida Haque is the Interim Director at the race equality think tank, the Runnymede Trust. She stated -

        “School closures have had a big impact on BAME children, these children are disproportionately from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and overcrowded and multi-generational homes. They are suffering the most while being least able to socially distance, and it’s taking a psychological toll. Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Black children, in particular, are more likely to lose a loved one and less likely to have proper access to online learning.”

        This will have consequences, particularly in educational terms, for BAME children. The Runnymede Trust has expressed concerns over the use of predicted grades in place of exams. This situation has been caused by the pandemic. The Trust fears that school children from lower socioeconomic groups are more likely to have grades under-predicted than their peers from more advantaged backgrounds. This will have implications for those about to start A-levels or applying to University. The ultimate concern of the Runnymede Trust is that the inequalities that existed before the pandemic will have been exacerbated. And that this could have the effect of widening the gap along the line of race, class and opportunity.

        At Rainbow Fostering, there is an urgent need to find people to foster either teenagers, parent & child or a sibling group. There are opportunities with Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Birmingham. We are also recruiting in the Hampshire area.

        Call 020 8427 our National Line 0330 311 2845. We’ll start your application process today and arrange to ‘meet’ with you on Skype. It’s very easy and straightforward. One of our advisors will guide you through setting up the call. You can also follow us on social media and discover more about what fostering with Rainbow is like.

        Please visit https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest advice and guidance in relation to the lockdown. This way you can keep yourself and family members safe.

        And all our applicants are advised to take a look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care crisis in Wales says a leading children’s charity

        6th July, 2020

        Barnardo’s Cymru has stated that Covid-19 has brought about a “crisis” fro fostering in Wales. They report seeing a 45% increase in the number got children and young people needing foster care, whilst at the same time there has been a 51% reduction in the level of inquiries about fostering during the lockdown. This double whammy has resulted in the charity declaring a “state of emergency”. The charity thinks that the lockdown has increased the pressures on vulnerable families due to unemployment and poverty. These, in turn, have led to more people suffering from mental health problems.

        Javed Khan, the chief executive of Barnardo’s, said -

        “The coronavirus pandemic has hit vulnerable families hardest, with many reaching crisis point. This has created a state of emergency, as more children than ever need a safe and loving foster family, while fewer adults are coming forward as potential foster carers.”

        The fear is that children are falling victim to abuse and neglect while they are waiting for a foster care placement. This problem is getting worse the longer the lockdown continues.

        Rainbow Fostering is recruiting right now: opportunities to foster a teenager; foster a sibling group, foster a child with complex needs or foster a parent and child. We’ll provide all the training and support to start your career in fostering.

        Call 020 8427 or you can use our National Line 0330 311 2845. We can start your application process today and ‘meet’ with you on Skype. It’s easy and straightforward - we’ll guide you to set up the call. We have opportunities in different parts of the country: Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Birmingham; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Hampshire - so depending on your location, contact one of our offices and talk to one of our friendly and professional advisors.

        And remember, keep yourself and your family safe, please visit for the latest advice and guidance in relation to the lockdown -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        All applicants should take a look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster carers will heed the warnings of charities that childhood is being disrupted by coronavirus

        30th June, 2020

        A number of charities are warning that children are faced by “unprecedented threats” to their futures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. And in a quote agreed by 146 organisations children are “in an eerie world, full of uncertainty.” Included in this group are Barnardo’s, Action for Children, Unicef UK and the NSPCC. A letter sent to the prime minister urged the government to stop the life chances of the country’s children from being derailed. Children’s needs, they say, should be put on a par with health and the economy. The Child Poverty Action Group stated:

        “Covid-19 threatens to cast its shadow” over children and young people for many years to come, and: They do not know when they can go back to school. They worry about when they can see friends and family. They are anxious about family finances.”

        “The government has responded by saying: Throughout the pandemic we’ve prioritised children’s safety and wellbeing.”

        The letter sent to Boris Johnson comes as Barnardo’s released a survey the results of which indicate the lockdown has affected the mental health and well being of youngsters.

        Rainbow Fostering is recruiting: foster a teenager; foster a sibling group, foster a child with complex needs or foster a parent and child. We’ll provide all the training and support needed.

        Call 020 8427 or you can use our National Line 0330 311 2845. We can start your application process today and ‘meet’ with you on Skype. It’s easy and straightforward - we’ll guide you to set up the call.

        We have opportunities right now at Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Birmingham; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Hampshire - depending on where you live, contact one of our offices to get your fostering career underway.

        Keep yourself and your family safe, please visit for the latest advice and guidance as the lockdown is eased -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Make sure you take a look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care providers are seeing the number of referrals rising dramatically

        23rd June, 2020

        It is being reported that foster care is in a” state of emergency”. One of the largest fostering organisations, Barnardo’s, has reported a forty-four per cent increase in the number of referrals. This is at the same time as the number of people prepared to offer foster homes for vulnerable children has halved during the coronavirus pandemic. The view of other charities and social workers is that this extremely worrying situation is the result of additional pressures on families caused by the lockdown. These have resulted in increased levels of child abuse and neglect. The lockdown has also resulted in delays in family court proceedings meaning that the process of placing a child with a foster family is taking longer. Adding to the emergency is the number of existing foster placements breaking down caused by pressures linked to the pandemic.

        Lewis Roberts is a social worker with a local authority in the North East. He is reported as saying by a national daily that - “some of the care proceedings that local authorities might have planned for issues such as neglect aren’t proceeding through the courts’ system as they would, so we’ve got some children living within quite risky family situations during this pandemic.”

        He also said: “The pandemic has come after a decade of austerity and children’s services couldn’t be more stretched and strained.” Iryna Bona - policy and research manager at the Children’s Society stated the shortage of foster placements was “deeply worrying.”

        She added: “We know that many young people have spent lockdown hidden from the view of professionals - and referrals to council-run children’s services, whilst they have fallen recently are expected to rise.”

        Rainbow Fostering is recruiting: foster a teenager; foster a sibling group, foster a child with complex needs or foster a parent and child.

        Do you want to find out how to foster? Or perhaps you might be thinking of transferring agencies. Rainbow will be able to answer all your questions. We have been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted and we believe what makes the difference is our child-focused approach and focus on support. Our experience has been built over twenty years and making us one of the leading independent foster care agencies.

        We invest heavily in our carers providing them with opportunities for them to develop their careers. Some of our foster carers have specialised in areas such as therapeutic fostering, parent and child care, care for children with complex needs and the care of sibling groups.

        We think one of the best ways of finding out what Rainbow is like is to ask our foster carers:

        “Rainbow has guided us to fulfil our potential. We are caring for a sibling group long term and have the happiest family life we could have ever hoped for.”

        Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Birmingham; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Hampshire - depending on where you live, contact one of our offices to start your fostering career.

        Call 020 8427 or you can use our National Line 0330 311 2845. We can start your application process today and ‘meet’ with you on Skype. It’s easy and straightforward - we’ll guide you to set up the call.

        Make sure you remain safe please visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest advice and guidance as the lockdown is eased.

        People considering fostering always have many different questions so it’s a good idea to see these on our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        If you care…foster care!

        Foster carers will be concerned lockdown is increasing the risk of mental health problems amongst the young.

        15 June, 2020

        Leading psychologists have written an open letter to the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, warning that the isolation brought about by the lockdown is harming young people who are already vulnerable. Their view is that their mental wellbeing is being put at risk. The letter, published in The Sunday Times, states – “As experts working across disciplines, we are united as we urge you to reconsider your decision and to release children and young people from lockdown. Allow them to play together and continue their education by returning to preschool, school, college and university, and enjoy extra-curricular activities including sport and music as normally, and as soon, as possible.”

        The communication – signed by over one hundred specialists in mental health, psychology and neuroscience highlights the low risk to children of Covid-19.

        Signatories to the letter include Professor Rory O’Connor, chair in health psychology at Glasgow University and Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, professor of psychology at the University of Cambridge.

        Rainbow Fostering is recruiting.

        Do you want to find out how to foster? Or perhaps you might be thinking of transferring agencies. Rainbow will be able to answer all your questions. We have been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted and we believe what makes the difference is our child-focused approach and focus on support. This has been built over twenty years and makes us, we believe, stand out from other fostering agencies.

        We invest heavily in our carers providing them with opportunities for them to develop their careers. Some of our foster carers have specialised in areas such as therapeutic fostering, parent and child care, care for children with complex needs and the care of sibling groups.

        We think one of the best ways of finding out what Rainbow is like is to ask our foster carers:

        “Rainbow is a very caring agency – it really is like being part of one big family.”

        “Rainbow has guided us to fulfil our potential. We are caring for a sibling group long term and have the happiest family life we could have ever hoped for.”

        Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Birmingham; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Hampshire - depending on where you live, contact one of our offices to start your fostering career.

        Call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845. We can start your application process today and ‘meet’ with you on Skype. It’s easy and straightforward - we’ll guide you to set up the call.

        Rules and advice in relation to the coronavirus pandemic are changing. Information and guidance is being regularly updated - so to make sure you remain safe please visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        People considering fostering always have many different questions so it’s a good idea to see these on our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        If you care…foster care!

        Foster carers and parents will be concerned about warning from the Children’s Commissioner

        10th June, 2020

        Foster carers and parents will be concerned by the fears the children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield has expressed that children’s education is being overlooked as the government places an emphasis on getting business up and running again. It’s been reported Ministers have been warned children’s education is being forgotten while shops, pubs and theme parks are being allowed to reopen. This follows an admission from the government that most pupils will not now be returning to school until September at the earliest. Anne Longfield stated to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme -

        “I am worried that education has not had the priority that the economy has, business and jobs, or indeed the NHS. I also think children are in danger of being forgotten in this lifting of lockdown. We’re seeing a situation where theme parks are going to be opened in a month, shops, pubs, restaurants but still children not back in school.”

        The commissioner also said of the lockdown that it was a - “disruption we’ve not seen since the second world war,” as well as highlighting her anxiety “the education divide is broadening.”

        Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Birmingham; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Hampshire - call us on our National Line 0330 311 2845.

        Rainbow will help you to arrange a Skype call to get your application underway immediately. It’s easy and straightforward to set up with us. We particularly need more foster carers to provide care in the following categories: parent and child foster care, fostering siblings, fostering teenagers, fostering children with complex needs.

        And consider Transferring to Rainbow.

        We know how much foster carers do for the children and young people they look after. We think your fostering provider should be committed to doing their best for you as well. If you are considering making a move from your local authority or fostering agency - Rainbow have over twenty years experience and we’ve been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

        Parent and child foster care.

        Right now there is a very real need to find carers to support parent and child placements. Rainbow will provide the training and support for this specialised type of fostering. Transfer to Rainbow: if you already have experience in parent and child foster care and have been thinking of a move, we make the process easy and simple.

        Rules and advice in relation to the coronavirus pandemic are changing. Information and guidance is being regularly updated - so to make sure you remain safe please visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        People considering fostering always have many different questions so it’s a good idea to see these on our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ If you care…foster care!

        Foster carers and parents are given tips on how to cope with the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic

        9th June, 2020

        Foster carers along with all parents can now benefit from the efforts made by Kings College London, Maudsley Charity and NHS Maudsley Hospital to relieve some of the pressures on families caused by the pandemic. A series of twelve short films have been produced - the series is called ‘Families Under Pressure’ - offering tips and advice on coping. The tips have been based on many years of research conducted by some of the UK’s leading experts and originate in the experience of NHS teams working with families. Much of the advice has also been based on direct feedback from parents. Such support is timely as interim results from a RAMP study by King’s College has found that seventy per cent of parents with youngsters under the age of sixteen are reporting increased symptoms of anxiety and depression since the pandemic began.

        Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke and his team developed the first eight tips originally as a response to helping support families coping with the pressures of ADHD ad other behavioural problems. They are judged to be helpful and relevant for families facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

        Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke said - “We are hearing that many families are struggling with restrictions. This comes as no surprise as research shows that bored and worried children are more likely to play up and cause disruption, and frustrated parents can over-react to these challenges. very quickly, these sorts of behaviours can escalate and lead to the breakdown of relationships and exacerbations of problems. The idea of Families Under Pressure came when I was thinking about how my poor old mum might have coped with me in this situation, as I was quite a handful as a child. What advice would she have found helpful.”

        The films have been voiced over by some well-known celebrities including Sandi Toksvig, Rob Brydon, Shappi Khorsandi and Olivia Colman.

        Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Birmingham; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Hampshire - our offices where our experienced staff are on hand to help you start your fostering career. .

        Call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845. You’ll find out just what a difference you can make at this important time. So, if you’re thinking about fostering for the first time, please take that all-important first step today. Rainbow urgently need to find foster homes for some very vulnerable youngsters. We’ll help you to arrange a Skype call to get your application underway immediately. It’s easy and straightforward to set up with us.

        Transfer to Rainbow.

        We know how much foster carers do for the children they look after. we think your fostering provider should be committed to doing their best for you. You might be considering making a move from your local authority or fostering agency - Rainbow have over twenty years experience and we’ve been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted.

        Parent and child foster care.

        There is a particular need to find carers to support parent and child placements. Rainbow will provide the training and support for this specialised type of fostering. Transfer to Rainbow: if you already have experience in parent and child foster care and have been thinking of a move, we make the process easy and simple.

        Rules and advice in relation to the coronavirus pandemic are changing. Information and guidance is being regularly updated - so to make sure you remain safe please visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        People considering fostering always have many different questions so it’s a good idea to see these on our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ If you care…foster care!

        Foster carers in Kansas see education bill vetoed

        8th June, 2020

        Foster carers, not just in this country, can find it challenging to ensure the children and young people they care for reach their potential. In Kansas, a Bill has been vetoed that was specifically designed to tackle the poor graduation rates of those in foster care. This is despite the claims of lawmakers and advocates that addressing this problem is long overdue. Governor Laura Kelly vetoed the Bill; despite recognising that it had “valuable provisions”, on cost grounds. She said the state could not afford it saying -

        “Although well-intentioned, House Bill 2510 as a whole would annually deplete millions from state funds at a time when Kansas faces a $1.3 billion budget shortfall. I cannot in good conscience sign a bill establishing a new discretionary spending program that is unrelated to Kansas COVID-19 response efforts when such severe financial strain looms in the months ahead. I have made Kansas children in foster care one of the top priorities of my administration. At this time of fiscal crisis, we must focus on preserving the foster care programs and services already in place.”

        It was reported at the end of May that just 35% of these care experienced youngsters in Kansas graduated High School. And in a recent press investigation a survey of prison inmates nationwide discovered that of the almost six thousand who responded across twelve states, one in four said they had been in foster care. Across the US, the graduation rates for foster children have been found to be significantly lower than for other disadvantaged groups - including those students with disabilities and those that are homeless.

        Many foster children report that when dealing with so much trauma in their lives it’s hard to make education a priority.

        Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Birmingham; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Hampshire - depending on where you live, contact one of our offices to start your fostering career.

        Call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845. You’ll find out just what a difference you can make at this important time. We’ll help you learn new skills so you can benefit from a well-rewarded career. Rainbow promise - as we have been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted -anyone starting their fostering journey with us is promised unrivalled training and 24/7 support.

        So, please at this unprecedented and challenging time, take that all-important first step today. Rainbow urgently need to find foster homes for some very vulnerable youngsters. We’ll help you to arrange a Skype call to get your application underway immediately. It’s easy and straightforward to set up with us.

        Parent and child foster care.

        There is a particular need to find carers to support parent and child placements. Rainbow will provide the training and support for this specialised type of fostering. Transfer to Rainbow: if you already have experience in parent and child foster care and have been thinking of a move, we make the process easy and simple.

        Rules and advice in relation to the coronavirus pandemic are changing. Information and guidance is being regularly updated - so to make sure you remain safe please visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        People considering fostering always have many different questions - it’s always helpful to visit our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ If you care…foster care!

        Foster carers play their part in encouraging more people into fostering

        5th June, 2020

        Foster carers across the eastern region of the country have; it has been reported in an ITV News Anglia report, been using their time during the lockdown to highlight the “desperate need for fostering.” They have also been sharing images of their lives in lockdown. The report mentions foster carers were a scarce resource before the pandemic, but due to its effects fewer youngsters are able to leave temporary care for more permanent placements. This is because a significant number of foster carers cannot accept children as they are having to isolate. There are already over six thousand youngsters young people living with foster carers in this region. In Essex, existing foster carers have been asked to take more emergency placements because of demand.

        With local authorities in the East facing a rise in the number of children and young people coming into care as the lockdown eases, carers across the region have been looking at ways to encourage others to think about fostering. Hertfordshire County Council has also said that it is expecting a steep rise in demand. The leading charity, The Fostering Network, is estimating that in the East of England alone, there will be a need to recruit an additional 650 new foster carers to meet the demand. The charity’s chief executive - Kevin Williams - stated -

        “Foster care transforms the lives of children and young people as well as those of foster carers and their families. This has never been more important. Foster carers help children and young people flourish and fulfil their potential, as well as provide a vital service to our society. Because this happens mainly in the privacy of their own homes - especially at the moment - their contributions too often go unnoticed."

        Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Birmingham; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Hampshire - all our offices are welcoming applications to foster.

        Call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845 to find out just what a difference you can make at this important time. Learn new skills, begin a flexible, challenging and well-rewarded career. We promise that anyone starting their fostering journey with Rainbow is promised unrivalled training and 24/7 support.

        So, please at this unprecedented time, take that all-important first step today. We’ll help you to arrange a Skype call to get your application underway immediately. It’s easy and straightforward to set up with us.

        And remember, the rules and advice in relation to the coronavirus pandemic are changing. Information and guidance is being regularly updated - so to make sure you remain safe visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        People considering fostering always have many different questions - it’s always helpful to visit our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ If you care…foster care!

        Foster care couple call for more Somali fostering homes in Bristol

        3rd June, 2020

        The only Somali foster carers living in Bristol - the Burale family - have made a call for other Somalis to become foster carers. They said this was needed because of the “importance of matching a child’s cultural and religious identity.”

        Over the last nine years, the Burale family have fostered more than ten children - at the same time as bringing up their own four children. Saed’s wife Zaynab said she thought successfully matching children with families that shared their cultural identity was necessary to “avoid shock caused by the culture differences.”

        At present, there are twenty-thousand Somalis living in Bristol. They form the largest UK Somali community outside London and Birmingham.

        Saed Burale before he became a carer worked alongside Bristol council to help support non-Muslim foster families to support foster children’s dietary requirements and religious practices. The council said that it aimed to increase the number of applicants from the Somali community through outreach projects. And that it was “continuously working” to develop its relationship with the community.

        In 2016, Saed and Zaynab received an award for providing outstanding foster care.

        In 2017 The Muslim Fostering Network was established to try and get more Muslims to consider fostering. It has estimated that there are presently between five thousand and even thousand Muslim children being fostered in the region.

        Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Birmingham; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Hampshire - all our offices are welcoming applications to foster.

        Call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845 to talk to one of our skilled and knowledgeable advisors. Learn new skills and start a flexible, challenging, well rewarded and interesting career with us. Anyone starting their fostering journey with Rainbow can look forward to unrivalled training and 24/7 support.

        So, please take that all-important first step today. We’ll help you to arrange a Skype call to get your application underway immediately. It’s easy and straightforward to set up.

        And remember, the rules and advice in relation to the coronavirus pandemic is changing. Information and guidance is being updated - so to make sure you remain safe visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        People considering fostering always have many questions so it will be helpful for you to visit our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        If you care…foster care!

        Foster children need support to have higher educational expectations

        1st June, 2020

        A report, produced by What Works for Children’s Social Care, looking into care leavers and higher education has been published. This is from research carried out by Cardiff University and it indicates a gap between the expectations of care experienced young people and their peers. It shows thirty-one per cent are less likely in Year 9 to expect to progress to university. This increases to forty-three per cent by the time they reach Year 13.

        In terms of fostering expectations, the report highlights the importance of children getting support both from schools and social workers. It also refers to the significance of the input from a key mentor or advocate in “shaping a positive path” for a young person. Where such support was missing, expectations were lower.

        Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Birmingham; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Hampshire. All our offices are handling applications to foster.

        Call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845 and we’ll assist you in making the right decision about whether fostering is for you. You can talk today to our skilled and knowledgeable teams based in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. So if you are aiming to learn new skills and begin a flexible, challenging and interesting career then fostering might be for you. Anyone starting their fostering journey with Rainbow can look forward to unrivalled training and 24/7 support. There is also a highly competitive fostering allowance.

        Take that all-important first step today - contact us right now and we will help you to arrange a Skype call to get your application underway immediately. It’s very easy and straightforward to do.

        The situation relating to the coronavirus pandemic is changing. Information and guidance is being updated so to make sure you keep yourself safe and your family protected visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        And, if you want to find out more about becoming a foster carer, remember to check out our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster carers could be in short supply warns Children’s Commissioner

        29th May, 2020

        The Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield, has recently warned about the ongoing concerns she has for the arrangements in place for children the care system:

        “I have asked the Government for reassurance that councils are preparing for shortages of staff in children’s homes and among foster carers as more people become unwell. Social workers will also become unwell, meaning the hundreds of thousands of children who are not in care but who rely on social workers, family workers and others for help may not get the support they need.”

        And whilst the government is now taking steps to ease the lockdown in certain areas - the opening of car showrooms, as an example - any return to normal life will be slow. This means that the reality for many vulnerable children could deteriorate as the economic consequences of the pandemic are felt. There will be those youngsters whose parents could lose their employment. Many such children were already living in low-income families. The Children’s Commissioner says:

        “It is vital that the benefits system is able to respond quickly to protect their needs.”

        Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Birmingham; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Hampshire. All offices handling applications to foster.

        Call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845 and we’ll assist you in making the right decision about whether fostering is for you. You can talk today to our skilled and knowledgeable teams based in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire

        Rainbow has now been training foster carers, supporting their families and finding foster homes for children and young people for over 20 years. The agency has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted -providing all our applicants - and foster carers - with the reassurance and knowledge they will benefit from high-quality training and support throughout their fostering careers.

        Take that all-important first step today - contact us right now and we will help you to arrange a Skype call to get your application underway immediately. It’s very easy and straightforward to do.

        Foster carers: transfer to Rainbow: foster carers living in Hampshire, London, Birmingham or Manchester can talk to us to discover how easy we make transferring.

        For up-to-date government information on the coronavirus pandemic and how to keep yourself safe and your family protected visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Remember to check out our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care costs for Dorset County Council mounting

        27th May, 2020

        Most local authorities are finding their budgets are being squeezed and their costs are rising. Dorset children’s services have said they have had to deal with more children coming into care than had been anticipated at the beginning of the financial year. The authority has said it has been unable to recruit enough foster carers in the Dorset area to help cope with the demand. This is despite the authority’s aim at the beginning of the year to reduce the number of Dorset children in their care. The authority instead saw a rise in the numbers from 427 in April 2109 to 470 at the end of December 2019. And the latest report is indicating that numbers will continue to rise. The situation is especially concerning as it is reported that the care costs for three children cost Dorset children’s services almost £2 million. The breakdown of the official figures revealed that the charge for their specialist care was £1.98m. This resulted in an average of £661,561 for each child translating to a weekly cost of £12,772. These payments form part of a projected overspend of around £9 million for the financial year just ended. The payments for these three cases are described as ‘alternative placements’ but cannot be discussed further by the authority: a spokesman said -

        “Alternative placements include secure placements and other arrangements when we are unable to find a mainstream residential or foster care placement that is able to meet the needs of the child or young person. as these are a small number of children in these placements, unfortunately we cannot provide a detailed description as this may enable them to be identified.”

        Rainbow Fostering London; Rainbow Fostering Birmingham; Rainbow Fostering Manchester and Rainbow Fostering Hampshire. All offices handling applications to foster.

        To assist you in making the right decision about whether fostering is for you, call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845 to talk to our skilled and knowledgeable teams in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire

        Rainbow has been training foster carers, supporting their families and finding foster homes for children for over 20 years. And our agency has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. This provides all our applicants with the reassurance and knowledge they can expect high-quality training and support throughout their fostering careers.

        If today happens to be the day you have decided to take the plunge, that’s great - contact us right now and we will help you to arrange a Skype call to get your application underway immediately. It’s easy and straightforward to do.

        Transfer to Rainbow: foster carers living in Hampshire, London, Birmingham or Manchester can talk to us to discover how easy we make transferring.

        For up-to-date government information on the coronavirus pandemic and how to keep yourself and all your family safe visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Remember to check out our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care as a career choice is beginning to appeal to younger people

        26th May, 2020

        At a time when everyone who is involved in fostering provision knows how challenging it can be to recruit new foster carers, it is heartening that there is a reported rise in younger people applying to foster. The numbers of such enquiries about fostering vulnerable children has trebled in just a year. This is according to TACT, the biggest fostering and adoption charity in the UK.

        The CEO of TACT, Andy Elvin, is reported in the National Press saying -

        “People of all ages can become foster carer. The most important criteria is your ability to listen and empathise, to provide a stable and loving home, and to speak up for the children you care for.”

        It is an obvious fact that every year more people retire from fostering so it is extremely welcome news that younger people are giving serious consideration to fostering. And it is a very positive step that such a trend is being reported in the national press. Today there is a still a national shortfall of around 8,000 foster carers.

        Are you in your twenties or thirties and interested in finding about what fostering has to offer?

        To assist you in making the right decision about whether fostering is for you, call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845 to talk to our skilled and knowledgeable team.

        Rainbow has been training carers and finding foster homes for children for over 20 years. Our agency has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted meaning you can expect high-quality training and support throughout your fostering experience. If today happens to be the day you have decided to take the plunge, that’s great - contact us and we will help you to arrange a Skype call to get your application underway immediately. It’s easy and straightforward to do.

        Next month we will be focusing on sibling groups in foster care. Becoming a foster carer can certainly be a daunting prospect, let alone taking on multiple young people into your home, but we’ll be able to show just how it’s possible as well as being uniquely rewarding. You can participate in the conversation on our social media channels. And you can also read some of our real-life foster carer stories on our blog pages.

        Rainbow is recruiting right now in Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester!

        For up-to-date government information on the coronavirus pandemic and how to keep yourself and all your family safe visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Remember to check out our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster carers likely to be affected by confusion over the return to school date

        22nd May, 2020

        There has been considerable debate in recent days over when children can start returning to school. Apart from the very real practical concerns, many parents remain worried. And now some councils look set to defy the government’s plans of reopening on June 1st. Thus far eighteen local authorities have produced alternative plans for reopening after this date. Solihull local authority has said that the government aim of seeing pupils in nursery, reception, Year 1 and Year 6 back on June 1st, are “ambitious.” It released a statement saying -

        “Schools will only invite pupils back once the protective measures outlined by the government have been put in place. This means that places in schools will vary across the borough at different times. Schools will be contacting parents in the year groups mentioned in the government guidance once they have completed their risk assessments, to explain when children will be invited back into school.”

        The leader of CalderdaleCouncil, Tim Swift, cast doubt on whether the five key tests for reopening set by the government had been met -

        “The council has major concerns that the government’s tests are not currently being met within Calderdale, and for this reason, we are advising our schools against reopening more widely on the 1st of June.”

        It is also being reported that the independent SAGE committee of scientists are saying June 1st is too soon for schools to re-open safely.

        Rainbow is recruiting in the following areas: Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

        Age, sexuality, religion, marital status, job and background aren’t important when it comes to applying to be a foster carer. What matters most to us is that you have the determination, personal qualities and strengths to want to make a real difference to a child’s life. To assist you in making the right decision about whether fostering is for you, call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845 to talk to our skilled and knowledgeable team.

        Rainbow has been training carers and finding foster homes for children for over 20 years. Our agency has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted meaning you can expect high-quality training and support throughout your fostering experience. If today is the day you have decided to take the plunge, contact us and we will help you to arrange a Skype call so we can get your application underway immediately. It’s easy and straightforward to do.

        Next month we will be focusing on sibling groups in foster care. Becoming a foster carer can certainly be a daunting prospect, let alone taking on multiple young people into your home, but we’ll be able to show just how it’s possible as well as being uniquely rewarding. You can participate in the conversation on our social media channels. And you can also read some of our real-life foster carer stories on our blog section.

        For up-to-date government information on the coronavirus pandemic and how to keep yourself and all your family safe visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Remember to check out our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care leads to the adoption of two teenagers by Australian singer Sia

        21st May, 2020

        The Australian singer has now revealed that she adopted two eighteen-year-old boys who were “ageing out” of the foster care system. This is after she had tweeted in March 2019 that she wanted to adopt a sixteen-year-old boy called Dasani. He had appeared inane HBO documentary all about the foster care system in Los Angeles. The documentary was called ‘Foster’. And the singer’s tweet to her 3.8 million followers: “Hey Dasani from ‘FOSTER’ on @HBO! I’d like to adopt you and we’re just trying to find you and get my house check done.”

        Rainbow is recruiting in Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

        Amazing foster carers come from all walks of life. Age, sexuality, religion, marital status, job and background aren’t important. What matters to us is that you have the qualities and strengths to make a real difference to a youngster’s life. To assist you in making the right decision, call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

        Rainbow has been finding foster homes for children for over 20 years. And we have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. This means you can expect the very best in training and support throughout your fostering experience. And we will help you to arrange a Skype call with us so we can’t your application underway immediately. It’s easy and straightforward to do.

        Next month we will be focusing on sibling groups in foster care. Becoming a foster carer can certainly be a daunting prospect, let alone taking on multiple young people in your household, but we’ll be able to show it’s possible and uniquely rewarding. You can participate in the conversation on our social media channels. You can also read some of our real-life foster carer stories on our blog section.

        For up-to-date government information on the coronavirus pandemic and how to keep yourself and all your family safe visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Remember to check out our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster carers and all parents will have new educational guidelines

        20th May, 2020

        The government has produced new guidelines for early years settings, schools, special schools as well as alternative education provision. This applies to England. These institutions will be allowed to open to more children as form June 1st. 3 and 4 year-olds - as well as children in Year 1 and Year 6 will be the first to take up childcare as well as school places. These measures will be part of the phased plan for returning which is a part of the Prime Minister’s plan for easing the lockdown. This is detailed in a fifty-page document which gives details of the 3 phases Boris Johnson aims to ease restrictions.

        Meet the need to foster vulnerable children with Rainbow.

        Rainbow is to looking to help the most vulnerable children by finding loving, secure homes. Our online technology - arranging to talk to you over Skype - is allowing us to work effectively at recruiting people during the lockdown. In times of considerable uncertainty, fostering provides excellent job security - there will always be a need to care for vulnerable youngsters - as well as the flexibility to work from home.

        Call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845 to find out what an amazing difference you could make. Rainbow has been finding foster homes for children for over 20 years. And we have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. This means you can expect the very best in training and support throughout your fostering experience

        For up-to-date information on the pandemic and how to keep yourself and all your family safe visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Finally, please make sure you take a detailed look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster more support for kinship carers

        19th May, 2020

        The government is coming under pressure to provide more support for kinship carers during the pandemic. this is to avoid a rise in placement breakdowns. Research commissioned by a cross-party Taskforce of MPs and carried out by Family Rights Group - a charity - has found that the crisis is adding to the pressures already felt by vulnerable kinship care families. MPs and Peers have added their voices and written to the Prime Minister. This latest survey of more than 650 kinship carers in the UK - bringing up over 1,000 kinship children - has revealed many of these families are facing a real struggle and need additional support from the government.

        At the present moment in time, there are roughly 200,000 children in the UK who do not reside with their parents. instead, they are being brought up by relatives, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles or family friends. And all are known collectively as kinship carers. These carers are often older and more vulnerable themselves to issues like chronic health conditions. A great many kinship carers have also given up work to provide full time care for children. This makes these carers likely to be poorer or at a greater risk of isolation themselves.

        The Chair of the Taskforce, MP Catherine McKinnell stated -

        “Many kinship care families were already facing difficulties before the crisis, and our research shows that the pandemic has made it worse for the most vulnerable. The Government has put some welcome measures in place to support some families, but many kinship carers are not eligible and we think ministers need to go further.”

        Meet the need to foster vulnerable children with Rainbow.

        Rainbow is to looking to help the most vulnerable children by finding loving, secure homes. And in line with current government advice, our offices are closed, but our online technology is allowing us to work effectively at recruiting people into fostering. In times of considerable uncertainty, fostering provides job security - there will always be a need to care for vulnerable youngsters - as well as the flexibility to work from home.

        We can arrange to talk to you over Skype - we make it easy to set up providing all the help and guidance. To discover what a difference fostering can make to your life and the lives of vulnerable children, call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845. Rainbow has been finding foster homes for children for over 20 years. And we have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted so you can expect the very best in training and support.

        Remember, It’s clearly vital we all take care of one another during these challenging and difficult times. For up-to-date information on the pandemic and how to keep yourself and all your family safe visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Finally, please make sure you take a detailed look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster Care charity continues to pay tribute to work of carers during the pandemic

        15th May, 2020

        The leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, continues to pay tribute to the commitment from the 55,000 foster families across the UK continuing to offer young people a secure and stable home during the pandemic. The charity’s annual awareness campaign is reaching the end of its first week. This year, because of the exceptional difficulties created by coronavirus, the charity wants to draw attention to the “extraordinary dedication and work of foster carers at this time.”

        The charity is also calling for more people to consider becoming foster carers. And as it states:

        “Foster carers accomplish incredible things every day, even in the face of a global crisis that has affected every one of us and impacted on all aspects of our society. Despite the practical and emotional challenges that the coronavirus is bringing, foster carers continue to provide day-to-day support, love and stability to children and young people who can’t live with their birth families. They support children and young people’s education, health, and social wellbeing, and also help to maintain the children’s relationships with the people who are important to them but who they cannot currently see in person.”

        At Rainbow are working to recruit more foster carers

        Rainbow is currently recruiting in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester. Should you decide to become a foster carer we’ll be right by your side every step of the way. Children come into care for a whole variety of reasons. Many will be hurting and needing help and care to heal. Being a foster carer can be challenging but can be uniquely rewarding. But if you can develop a loving and supportive relationship you can help children to overcome their experiences and grow up into happy well-rounded individuals.

        Rainbow provides many different fostering options. There is a particular demand for people to foster either teenagers, sibling groups or children with complex needs.

        Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Rainbow has introduced special measures so we can continue with the vital work of recruiting new foster carers. Our staff can help you to set up a Skype call with us to start the application process - we have made it very easy: call 020 8427, or you can use our National Line 0330 311 2845 for details of how to proceed.

        If you need more information on coronavirus and how to stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Please remember to take a look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) we hope you find it helpful. If you have another question or query please contact us and we will be delighted to answer.

        Foster Care has “never been more important” than during the pandemic

        14th May, 2020

        This is the view of the director of The Fostering Network in Wales - reported by ITV News. And this during the most high profile annual fortnight for the leading charity. Foster Care Fortnight aims to bring to the attention of the nation the life-transforming work done by foster carers all over the country. In Wales, 3,700 foster families provide care for 4,800 children and young people. The director, Colin Turner, who also happens to be a foster carer said that The Fostering Network is appealing urgently for more people to become foster carers during this difficult time. He also stated:

        Foster carers help children and young people flourish and fulfil their potential, as well as provide a vital service to our society. Because this happens mainly in the privacy of their own homes - especially at the moment - their contributions too often go unnoticed.”

        The Fostering Network stated that “carers have also been helping to maintain the children’s relationships with the people who are important to them but who they cannot currently see in person.”

        At Rainbow we’ll train you to care with skill, love and understanding

        Rainbow is currently recruiting in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester. And we’ll be right by your side every step of the way. children come into care for many reasons. But so many will be hurting and needing help to heal. Being a foster carer can be challenging. But if you can develop a loving and supportive relationship you can help children to overcome their experiences and grow up into happy well-rounded individuals.

        We can train you to foster therapeutically or receive therapeutic support when called for by a particular placement. Our therapeutic experts will support you and the child you care for from day one. This means you will be able to fully understand their needs and thereby meet them from the start. Your life will be enriched as you see the difference you make as your understanding grows. This is incredibly rewarding.

        Can I foster?

        To foster, you will need certain personal qualities. These are necessary for your approach to helping vulnerable children. We look for people who are accepting, empathic, curious and with a playful sense of humour. And most importantly, anyone who fosters must like children and young people and will enjoy doing in with their activities.

        There are some basic criteria that have to be met: people can foster if they are British citizens or have permanent leave to remain. To foster with us you must also be over twenty-one years of age and have a spare room. You don’t have to be straight - you can foster whatever your sexual orientation. And we welcome people of all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds to take up fostering. You will need to be reasonably fit and very committed to supporting a child or young person through their education. Everyone at Rainbow cares passionately about making brighter futures for our children. Foster carers come in all shapes and sizes and with all kinds of different life experiences. It’s not who you are, more what you are ambitious to achieve for a child or young person.

        Because of coronavirus, Rainbow has introduced special measures so we can continue with the vital work of recruiting new foster carers. Our staff can help you to set up a Skype call with us to start the application process - it’s very easy: call 020 8427, or you can use our National Line 0330 311 2845 for details of how to proceed.

        And we should all remember how important it is we all carry on taking care of one another and our families during this pandemic. If you need more information on coronavirus and how to stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Please remember to take a look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about fostering on our website.

        Foster care being provided by Ofsted inspectors

        13th May, 2020

        It has been reported recently in the national press that Ofsted inspectors are offering to provide homes of vulnerable children and young people who are not able to remain in their foster homes because of the risk of contracting coronavirus. Ofsted is working closely with Local Authorities to match qualified personnel with children residing with foster carers who need to self-isolate or have become unwell due to coronavirus.

        It’s reported that since national school closures, around 150 of the 1,800 staff at Ofsted have offered to provide temporary accommodation for vulnerable children. This is being provided on an emergency foster carer basis.

        In March the education watchdog in England ceased the routine inspections of schools and children’s social care. This was to alleviate the pressures being experienced both by teachers and local authorities.

        You can start your application to foster with Rainbow today

        Rainbow is recruiting in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester. It’s possible to foster if you are a British citizen or have permanent leave to remain in the country. To foster with Rainbow, you must also be over twenty-one years of age. You will also need to have a spare room.

        Because of coronavirus, we have special measures in place to continue with the vital work of recruiting new foster carers. We can help you to set up a Skype call with us to start the application process. It’s very easy and straightforward: call 020 8427, or use our National Line 0330 311 2845, for details of this service we are providing.

        And it’s very important we all continue to take care of one another and our families during this challenging time. For more information on coronavirus and how to stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Please remember to take a look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on the website. This covers the main questions people have about foster care. We hope you find it useful. Obviously, if you have other questions, we will be delighted to help provide answers.

        Foster Care Fortnight launched by leading charity

        11th May, 2020

        Today sees the launch of the annual Foster Care Fortnight run by the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. In the charities words, the aim of the campaign is to: “raise awareness of the transformational power of fostering and to celebrate the fostering community.”

        This year the theme for the campaign is ‘This is Fostering’. the goal is to convey a varied and genuine picture of the contributions and commitment of people involved in fostering up and down the country. It’s also hoped to show how foster care really does transform the lives of vulnerable children and young adults. The charity says:

        “We want wider society to understand and value fostering and the positive difference it can make to young people’s lives. We hope this increased awareness will build support for fostering, challenge stigma surrounding children in foster care and encourage more people to consider fostering.” And continuing:

        “Ultimately we want to create the momentum for change, both inside and outside of the fostering community, that we know is needed to make foster care the very best it can be.”

        Apply to Rainbow and change lives and make brighter futures for vulnerable children

        Rainbow is now recruiting in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester. It’s possible to foster if you are a British citizen or have permanent leave to remain in the country. And to foster with Rainbow, you must also be over twenty-one years of age. You will also need to have a spare room. You don’t have to be straight - you can foster whatever your sexual orientation. And we welcome people of all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds to take up fostering. You will need to be reasonably fit and very committed to supporting a child or young person through their education. Everyone at Rainbow cares passionately about making brighter futures for our children

        Because of coronavirus, Rainbow has introduced special measures so we can continue with the vital work of recruiting new foster carers. Our staff can help you to set up a Skype call with us to start the application process - it’s very easy: call 020 8427, or you can use our National Line 0330 311 2845 for details of how to proceed.

        And we should all remember how important it is we all carry on taking care of one another and our families during this pandemic. If you need more information on coronavirus and how to stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Please remember to take a look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about fostering on our website.

        Foster carers and all parents will benefit from new a home-schooling helpline

        7th May, 2020

        There is now expert help available online for those looking after school children. A group of schools in England are providing a national helpline to help youngsters with answering questions that probably don’t trip of the tongue of the average hard-pressed foster carer or parent. The new StarLine service will also provide guidance on behaviour and mental health - as well as more academic questions. The founder of Mumsnet, Justine Roberts, is backing the service. It will also include guidance with behaviour and timetabling - along with help for people caring for children with special educational needs or disabilities.

        Justine Roberts stated: “On our forums we’re seeing thousands of discussions, covering everything from anxiety about the impacts on GCSE and A-level pupils, or questions about key stage one literacy, to worries about children’s socialisation and mental health, to frustration about having to make one laptop stretch between three kids.”

        A group of multi-academy trusts and Oak National Academy will be providing support. The new helpline will be launched officially this Friday. The chief executive of the Star Academies schools trust - the organisation behind the helpline - is Hamid Patel who stated: Together with our partners, we want to use our educational expertise to support parents and carers who are grappling with the challenge of trying to maintain their children’s learning.”

        The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, as also given his support: “StarLine represents another inspiring example of teachers and education experts working together to share their knowledge, resources and expertise with schools and families.”

        The site can be reached at - https://www.starline.org.uk/

        You can start your application to foster with Rainbow today

        Rainbow is recruiting in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester. It’s possible to foster if you are a British citizen or have permanent leave to remain in the country. To foster with Rainbow, you must also be over twenty-one years of age. You will also need to have a spare room.

        Because of coronavirus, we have special measures in place to continue with the vital work of recruiting new foster carers. We can help you to set up a Skype call with us to start the application process. It’s very easy and straightforward: call 020 8427, or use our National Line 0330 311 2845, for details of this service we are providing.

        And it’s very important we all continue to take care of one another and our families during this challenging time. For more information on coronavirus and how to stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Please remember to take a look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on the website. This covers the main questions people have about foster care. We hope you find it useful. Obviously, if you have other questions, we will be delighted to help provide answers.

        Foster carer in York receives a nomination for Community Pride award

        4th May, 2020

        A foster carer living in York has had her work of supporting people struggling through the pandemic recognised. Justine Whitelam has organised a food bank for local people who are finding it difficult to get essential items. The foster carer runs the food bank form her own home. For those unable to travel, Justine has friends providing a local delivery service. It was one of her friends, Kirsty Green, who nominated Justine for the award. Justine’s food bank has received support from a number of local companies who send her fresh produce daily.

        Justine, who is fifty-one, stated “I just want to keep the community going. The communities are all working together through these tough times and it’s amazing. There are a lot of people struggling at the moment on this side of York so I set it up to help them.”

        You can foster with Rainbow

        We are recruiting in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester. You can foster if you are a British citizen or have permanent leave to remain in the UK. You must also be over twenty-one years of age and have a spare room to foster with Rainbow. These are the only initial requirements. If you want to find out more about what fostering involves, we are here to answer all the questions you have. And if, after that, the idea still appeals, we will give you all the support and guidance to get your fostering journey underway.

        Because of coronavirus, we have taken special measure to continue our recruitment process because there is such an urgent need for new foster carers. We are talking to applicants over Skype and taking all the information needed to start their applications. Call 020 8427, or use our National Line 0330 311 2845, for details of this service we are providing to anyone seriously considering fostering as a career.

        It’s vital we all take care of one another and our families during this pandemic. For more information on coronavirus and how to stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Please remember to take a look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on the website. This will give you an idea of the main questions people have about foster care. And we have provided a new page with information about coronavirus. You can also leave your contact details on our online form and arrange for us to call you back at a time that is convenient for you.

        Foster care providers will note temporary changes to children’s social care regulations in England

        1st May, 2020

        A week ago the Department for Education made temporary changes to ten sets of children’s social care regulations in England. The aim of the changes is to provide for greater flexibility for local authorities and service providers operating under the present challenging circumstances.

        The chief executive of the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated:

        “ The coronavirus pandemics creating an unprecedented set of circumstances for all sectors of society, including children’s social care. Given this, it is important that all those involved in ensuring the safety, wellbeing and nurturing of looked after children take a flexible approach wherever possible, but this must never be at the risk to the safeguarding or outcomes of children in care.”

        “Therefore, while we recognise the need behind the new social care regulations - to ease administrative burdens and to ensure that there is sufficient capacity within the fostering sector - we are extremely concerned that the new regulations risk undermining the essential safeguarding practices that have, until now, been in place.”

        Rainbow - rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted is recruiting foster carers through the pandemic.

        Rainbow is still actively recruiting foster carers. We are very much open and have contingency plans in place to keep our organisation running during these unprecedented times. Recruiting new foster carers and continuing to offer outstanding support to those we already have is what we do every day. This ensures we can continue to do our best for our children and young people.

        If you would like to find out more about fostering we are talking to applicants over Skype and provide all the support and guidance to make this an easy and straightforward. Want to get in touch? Call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845 - to discover what a difference becoming a foster carer with Rainbow can make to your life!

        It’s clearly very important that we all take care of one another and our families during this very difficult time. For more information on coronavirus and how to keep yourself and family members stay safe - as well as save lives and protect the NHS visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Please look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on the website. It provides a good idea of the main questions people ask fostering. There is also a new page available with information about coronavirus. We hope to hear from you soon.

        Foster care sector will endorse the thanks expressed to social workers

        30th April, 2020

        Matt Hancock and Gavin Williamson have written a letter to the county’s social workers acknowledging their unstinting and inspiring efforts to contuse to support vulnerable children and adults throughout the pandemic. Extract:

        “As a country, we are facing a challenge that is simply unprecedented in our history.

        We know that despite this collective challenge, our dedicated social workers on the frontline are continuing to support vulnerable adults, children and families every day. We owe you all a debt of gratitude for continuing to operate with such professionalism at a time that will be difficult for you and your own families.

        We wanted to thank the entire sector, including those returning to it, for stepping up to this challenge with such dedication and determination. Over the recent weeks we have been struck by extraordinary examples of social workers responding to these unparalleled circumstances.

        This will obviously be a difficult time for you and your loved ones. On to of this, you will naturally be anxious about the well-being of both your colleagues and the longer-term impact this crisis will have on the people who depend on your care and support.

        In order to alleviate some of these professional worries, we recently published initial guidance for local authorities and those working in local safeguarding partnerships to keep all social workers safe whilst promoting the welfare of children and adults in your area.

        Similarly, we also published guidance on Care Act easements to enable local authorities to relax some of their duties, where absolutely necessary, so that they can focus on meeting the most urgent needs of adults.”

        Rainbow are still recruiting foster carers.

        We want all the visitors to our website, or those who discover us on social media, to know we are actively recruiting foster carers. We are very much open and have contingency plans in place to ensure the smooth running of the operation during the pandemic. Recruiting new foster carers and supporting those we have are our twin priorities. This ensures we are continuing to meet the needs of our children and young people. If you are interested in fostering, our online enquiry forms and telephone lines all remain open. We are even interviewing applicants over Skype and provide all the support and guidance to make this an easy and straightforward step to take. You will still receive the same professional and dedicated level of service - as you would expect from an agency rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. Want to get in touch? Call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845 - to discover what a difference becoming a foster carer can make to your life!

        It’s clearly very important that we all take care of one another and our families during this pandemic. For more information on coronavirus and how to keep yourself and family members stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        And we recommend taking a detailed look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on the website. provides a good idea of the main questions people have about fostering. There is a new page with information about coronavirus. We look forward to hearing from you.

        Foster care providers will welcome an increase in vulnerable children attending school

        29th April, 2020

        Figures released by the government today indicate more at-risk children are returning to school. The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has given the news a cautious welcome tweeting: “I welcome the rise in numbers of vulnerable children attending school in today’s figures. the doubling of numbers is a testament to the hard work going on & I hope numbers continuing to climb sharply. These are still only 10% of children so much more to do.”

        On the 21st April it was being reported that just one in every hundred children went to school in the previous week. Looking at the numbers in relation to all school children, Ministers had expected roughly twenty per cent of pupils to continue at school. During the first week of the lockdown, a mere three per cent of children arrived in class. this despite the schools being open for vulnerable children as well as the offspring of key workers. Such low numbers had caused alarm in Whitehall fuelling fears parents might be reluctant to send their children back to school when the lockdown comes to an end.

        There’s never been a more urgent need for foster carers. ,p>Rainbow is continuing to recruit through the crisis. We are redoubling our efforts to reach out to people who might have considered fostering as a career path. A significant number of foster carers around the country are above sixty and therefore potentially vulnerable. More, younger foster carers are going to be needed to look after the 65,000 children and young people who are living in fostering households across the country.

        We are here for you! And we can arrange to talk with you over Skype - it’s easy to set up and we provide all the help and guidance. it’s a great way of finding out more about fostering and the amazing opportunities it has to offer. So to discover what a difference becoming a foster carer can make to your life call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

        We have been finding secure stable homes for children for over 20 years. Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. This means you can be reassured and expect the very best in training, support and career guidance from us at all times.

        Remember, It’s clearly very important that we all take care of one another during this pandemic. For information on coronavirus and how to keep yourself and family members stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        We always ask that you take a detailed look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on the website. This will give you a broad idea of the main questions people have about fostering. If you have others, great - we’d love the chance to hear them and tell you all about the difference you can make.

        Foster carers likely to be in short supply says Children’s Commissioner in update

        27th April, 2020,

        The Children’s Commissioner for England has produced an update on coronavirus and its likely effects. Anne Longfield has written to the Departments for Education and Communities and Local Government requesting they make clear the proportion of the £5bn allocation; announced at the Budget, which will be allocated to children’s social care. She stated.

        “I have asked the Government for reassurance that councils are preparing for shortages of staff in children’s homes and among foster carers as more people become unwell. Social workers will also become unwell, meaning the hundreds of thousands of children who are not in care but who rely on social workers, family workers and others for help may not get the support they need.”

        The commissioner identifies that schools are a ‘protective factor’ for vulnerable children and they must not: slip from view as attention is rightly focused on tackling the enormous public health challenges ahead.”

        There’s never been a more important time to foster vulnerable children.

        Rainbow are redoubling their efforts in asking the public to look at fostering as a career path to help the most vulnerable children caught up in the care system. In line with the government advice our offices are closed, but online technology is allowing us to work harder than ever to try and recruit more people to become foster carers. In times of considerable uncertainty, fostering provides job security - there will always be a need to care for vulnerable youngsters - and the flexibility to work from home. And you can develop a career that will allow you to specialise in different types of foster care. Many of these attract enhanced payment rates.

        We can arrange to talk to you over Skype - it’s easy to set up and we provide all the help and guidance. To discover what a difference fostering can make to your life and the lives of vulnerable children, call 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

        We have been finding secure stable homes for children for over 20 years. Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted so you can expect the very best in training and support from us at all times.

        Remember, It’s clearly vital we all take care of one another during these challenging and difficult times. For information on the pandemic and how to keep yourself and all your family members to stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Make sure you take a detailed look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care and adoption services in Bolton coming under increased pressure due to coronavirus

        24th April, 2020

        Reports from a local fostering service provider in Bolton claim far more referrals are now being received due to the impact of coronavirus. The increase is said to have been dramatic. Similar effects will be being seen up and down the country. One of the main reasons is friction in families - especially those where tension was already present - now rising due to the effects of the lockdown. The manager of a local fostering agency said: “Children at home with family problems have not gone away and we have seen more police interventions with children moved for their own protection.

        The government has announced measures to assist families who have fostered or adopted children at this challenging time. It has been announced by the Department of Education that up to £8m will be made available to fund different types of therapeutic support for families whose adopted children have suffered trauma already and are experiencing increased anxiety and uncertainty as a result of coronavirus.

        There’s never been a more important time to foster.

        If you are motivated to help vulnerable children and young people, we are currently seeing more and more vulnerable youngsters at risk. If you become a foster carer you will be making an incredible and timely contribution. Foster carers change lives and give hope. Supporting a child’s education - putting right all the things that have gone wrong for them - gives them a direction in life. Far too many of our young people are ending up in trouble. You can play a crucial role in stopping this happening by making a difference to just one child - and probably many more. Fostering is amazing and so will you be for doing it.

        Our dedicated team at Rainbow is still processing applications - so we’d love to hear from anyone with an interest in fostering. We can send information explaining how easy it is to set up a Skype call to contact you and discuss your motivations and ambitions in relation to fostering. Skype is very easy and we can guide you over the phone. Please call to find out more: our numbers are 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845. Once the lockdown finishes, we will then arrange a home meeting with you. But for now, we can begin enabling you to become ‘Approved’ to foster as quickly and efficiently as possible: starting with six steps:

        1. the initial enquiry to Rainbow - either online or by phone;
        2. we then arrange a Skype call for an 'initial home visit’ (IHV) to discuss your areas of interest;
        3. we then assist you to complete our application form - as well as checking your references. During this time you will also attend our three-day ‘Skills to Foster’ introduction to foster carer course;
        4. our fostering assessment is made;
        5. your preparation is finalised;
        6. meeting with our Panel. If you are successful, a decision will be made to ‘Approve’ you to foster. Usually, the process from initial inquiry to ‘Approval’ takes around sixteen to eighteen weeks.

        We have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted so you can expect the very best in training and support at all times.

        It’s clearly vital we all take care of one another during these difficult times. For information on the pandemic and how to keep yourself and your family stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS you can visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        We always recommend having a detailed look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster carers and parents have ‘Safer Schools’ app available in Northern Ireland.

        23rd April, 2020

        A safeguarding app has become available to foster carers, carers, parents and teachers in Northern Ireland. Called ‘The Safer Schools’ app, it has been developed by the iNEQE Safeguarding Group is being offered to the Department of Education.

        Peter Weir, the Education Minister, stated: “The COVID-19 crisis is impacting on every aspect of our lives. Many of our schools are open for vulnerable children and the children of critical key workers and I thank them for that. As our children and young people have more free time it is only natural they will spend more time online. We want to make sure that teachers, parents and carers have all the knowledge they need to keep children safe online.”

        He also stated: “That is why I am very pleased that the iNEQE Safeguarding Group, has offered my Department use of their Safer Schools app. This has been provided as a gesture of corporate and social responsibility on their part and is very welcome.”

        Those who use the app will be able to get advice covering information about social media platforms that are popular with their children and their friends. School staff members will be able to access a range of resources along with up-to-date safeguarding information.

        Rainbow can help you start your fostering journey today

        Rainbow is still processing applications despite the challenges we all face. We can send information explaining how easy it is to set up a Skype call to contact you and discuss your motivations and ambitions in relation to fostering. It really is very easy and we can guide you over the phone. Please call to find out more: our numbers are 020 8427 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845. Once the lockdown finishes, we will then arrange a home meeting with you. In the meantime, a Skype call will enable us to begin conveying all the support and guidance enabling you to become ‘Approved’ to foster as efficiently as possible. This starts with six steps:

        • step 1 - the initial enquiry to Rainbow - either online or by phone;
        • step 2 - we then arrange a Skype call for an 'initial home visit’ (IHV) to discuss your areas of interest;
        • step 3 - we then assist you to complete our application form - as well as checking your references. During this time you will also attend our three-day ‘Skills to Foster’ introduction to foster carer course;
        • step 4 - our fostering assessment is made;
        • step 5 - your preparation is finalised;
        • step 6 - meeting with our Panel. If you are successful, a decision will be made to ‘Approve’ you to foster. Usually, the process from initial inquiry to ‘Approval’ takes around sixteen to eighteen weeks.

        It’s obviously very important we all take care of one another. For information on the pandemic and how to stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS you can visit -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        We recommend always looking at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care providers will welcome online learning support package from Department for Education

        22nd April, 2020

        A significant online learning support package has been put in place by the Department of Education. The news was announced by the Minister Gavin Williamson. This move has been welcomed by the Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield:

        “We welcome the announcement of laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children. Tens of thousands of the most vulnerable children aren’t online and need intensive support to be able to access education and stay safe.”

        Apply to Rainbow to become foster carer today

        We are still able to process applications for anyone interested in fostering. Call for details of the simple and straightforward arrangements we can make to contact you via Skype. our numbers are 020 8427, or use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

        Once the lockdown is over, we will then arrange a meeting with you at your home. Rainbow will provide all the support and guidance to enable you to become ‘Approved’ to foster as efficiently as possible.

        • step one - the initial enquiry to Rainbow - either online or by phone;
        • step two - we arrange a Skype call for an 'initial home visit’ (IHV) to discuss your areas of interest;
        • step three - we assist you to complete our application form - as well as checking your references. During this time you will also attend our three-day ‘Skills to Foster’ introduction to foster carer course;
        • step four - our fostering assessment is made;
        • step five - your preparation is finalised;
        • step six - meeting with our Panel. If you are successful, a decision will be made to ‘Approve’ you to foster. Usually, the process from initial inquiry to ‘Approval’ takes around sixteen to eighteen weeks.

        It’s important we all take care of one another at this time. For information on the pandemic and how to stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        It’s always a good idea to look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster carers should have ‘vital funding’ say leading organisations.

        17th April, 2020

        Some of the leading fostering organisations in the UK are calling for foster carers who may not be being funded properly because of gaps in government schemes. The Fostering Network, TACT, the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers and Coram BAAF have produced an open letter to governments around the UK. In relation to the role of foster carers the letter says:

        “The role has never been more important as the coronavirus pandemic undermines and disrupts every aspect of family, education and community functioning. Despite this vital role they undertake, foster carers are facing financial insecurity.”

        The organisations are drawing attention to the need for additional funding to meet the needs of the sixty-five-thousand children at present in foster care. This is in recognition of the time they are now having to spend indoors and the need to keep up with their education. The funding could be used for resources such as homeschooling materials and laptops.

        The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, said:

        “we are calling for this to be addressed urgently. Funding must be made available so that foster carers can continue providing stable, loving homes to children and young people who need them."

        And the chief executive of the National Association of Fostering Providers, Harvey Gallagher said:

        “Foster carers are digging deep at these difficult times and getting on with things, which is what good foster carers do. They are resourceful and continue to offer a stable and supportive home life for children in care. I have every confidence in them but we need government to acknowledge this huge contribution with more than words. These are unique times and government should directly offer foster carers the funds they need and not rely on hard-pressed local authorities.”

        Apply to Rainbow we are processing applications throughout the coronavirus pandemic

        Applying to be a foster carer with Rainbow is straightforward. The six steps are shown below. Because of the lockdown, for step 2, we can set up an initial home visit over Skype. The feedback we are getting about this is extremely positive. Call for details - we provide guidance over the phone plus information about how easily this can be arranged.

        Once the lockdown is over, we will arrange a meeting at your home. For now, we can at least start the process. It should enable you to become ‘Approved’ to foster as soon and efficiently as possible.

        • step one - the initial enquiry to Rainbow - either online or by phone;
        • step two - we arrange a Skype call for an 'initial home visit’ (IHV) to discuss your areas of interest;
        • step three - we assist you to complete our application form - as well as checking your references. During this time you will also attend our three-day ‘Skills to Foster’ introduction to foster carer course;
        • step four - our fostering assessment is made;
        • step five - your preparation is finalised;
        • step six - meeting with our Panel. If you are successful, a decision will be made to ‘Approve’ you to foster. Usually, the process from initial inquiry to ‘Approval’ takes around sixteen to eighteen weeks.

        Find out more today by calling Rainbow Fostering on 020 8427, or use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

        It’s important we all take care of one another at this challenging time. For information on the pandemic and how to stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS -

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Finally, If you are seriously considering fostering, it’s a good idea to look at our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care may not have been an option for some of the most vulnerable

        15th April, 2020

        The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield is publishing a report today that looks into the different situations of hundreds of children locked up in institutions around the country. Entitled ‘ Who are they? Where are they? Children locked up’, the report collates all the data available about exactly where some of the most vulnerable children are in the system. It also assesses the costs and whether alternative decisions could have been made to stop children being locked away. In commenting upon the report, Anne Longfield stated:

        “There are hundreds of children in England growing up behind closed doors, locked away for their own safety or the safety of others. They should never be invisible or forgotten. Our research shows the system that detains them is messy and the state often lacks very basic information about who all these children are, where they are living and why they are there. Shockingly, we found over 200 children who would have remained completely invisible in the national data had we not asked about them.” She also stated:

        “These children are some of the most vulnerable and have often been repeatedly been let down by the state earlier in their lives, in some cases turned away from foster homes or excluded from school.”

        Apply to Rainbow we are processing applications throughout the coronavirus pandemic

        Rainbow make the process of applying to be a foster carer simple and efficient. The six steps are detailed below. Due to the lockdown, for step 2 we can offer an initial home visit over Skype - something that is working well. Call for details for setting this up - we provide guidance over the phone along with information showing how easily this can be arranged. Once the lockdown is lifted we will arrange to meet at your home but for now, we can start the process of application using this approach. It should enable you to become ‘Approved’ to foster as efficiently as possible.

        • step one - the initial enquiry to Rainbow - either online or by phone;
        • step two - we arrange a Skype call for an 'initial home visit’ (IHV) to discuss your areas of interest;
        • step three - we assist you to complete our application form - as well as checking your references. During this time you will also attend our three-day ‘Skills to Foster’ introduction to foster carer course;
        • step four - our fostering assessment is made;
        • step five - your preparation is finalised;
        • step six - meeting with our Panel. If you are successful, a decision will be made to ‘Approve’ you to foster. Usually, the process from initial inquiry to ‘Approval’ takes around sixteen to eighteen weeks.

        Just call Rainbow Fostering on 020 8427, or use our National Line 0330 311 2845, to find out more.

        Foster carers should be alert as gangs still targeting children for county lines.

        14th April, 2020

        It’s been reported that vulnerable children are still being forced by gangs to deal drugs over a network of mobile phones. Consignments of drugs and cash are still being intercepted despite the coronavirus lockdown. The head of intelligence and covert policing at British Transport Police, Detective Superintendent Gareth Williams, said in relation to activity during the lockdown -

        “We’ve not seen a reduction, but the reduction in train services and the requirement to have an essential purpose for your journey is making it incredibly easy for us. If you’ve got a 15-year-old from London in Bournemouth in the afternoon but hasn’t got an essential purpose, then they are easy to spot.”

        Considering there has been a reduction of ninety-four percent in rail travel it’s easy to see why this is the case. This has not stopped British transport Police identifying victims of county lines gangs on the railways.

        At Rainbow Fostering we are accepting applications throughout the coronavirus pandemic

        We make the process of applying to be a foster carer straightforward. These are the six steps. At the present time for step 2, we are conducting an initial home visit over Skype. This is working well and proving popular. You can call for details of how this can be set up. It’s very easy and we provide guidance over the phone - as well as having online information to help you. Once the lockdown is lifted we will arrange to meet with you in person. For now, we can certainly get things moving; our goal to enable you to become ‘Approved’ to foster as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

        • step 1 - the initial enquiry to Rainbow - either online or by phone;
        • step 2 - we arrange a Skype call for an 'initial home visit’ (IHV) to discuss your areas of interest;
        • step 3 - we assist you to complete our application form - as well as checking your references. During this time you will also attend our three-day ‘Skills to Foster’ introduction to foster carer course;
        • step 4 - our fostering assessment is made;
        • step 5 - your preparation is finalised;
        • step 6 - meeting with our Panel. If you are successful, a decision will be made to ‘Approve’ you to foster. Usually, the process from initial inquiry to ‘Approval’ takes around sixteen to eighteen weeks.

        We’ll take all the time you need to explain what fostering involves. Just call Rainbow Fostering on 020 8427, or use our National Line, 0330 311 2845. Remember, there is a shortage of 8,600 foster families in the country and there will be a lot of pent up demand for new foster carers in the system once the coronavirus pandemic is over. And the work you’ll be doing could really change the life of a vulnerable child for the better.

        For the very latest information on the pandemic and how to stay safe, save lives and protect the NHS you can visit - https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

        Foster carer clocks up fifty-eight years of caring for vulnerable children

        8th April, 2020

        A foster carer who lives in Lancing has now spent fifty-eight years his life providing foster care for nearly 300 children and young people. Tom Kent, together with his late wife, Janet, began fostering back in 1962. This was the result of seeing an appeal in the local press. Requests had gone out for people to look after ‘boat children’ from Vietnam. In the six decades that Tom and Janet fostered they provided a home for both long and short-term placements for children of any age. At one point they were even caring for five siblings.

        Tom’s view is that it is very important to have a child’s respect. But he also said “you have to adapt to the child. It’s stressful and you never know what the day is going to hold. You have to think twice before you say something in case it’s the wrong word.” And Tom also said “I’ve got foster grandchildren now - it’s unbelievable. It’s a fantastic life.”

        Rainbow wants to hear from anyone with an interest in fostering

        COVID-19 is presenting us all with many challenges. Nonetheless, the country still needs to find more foster carers. We would very much like to chat with anyone who wants to find out more about becoming a interested in fostering - then talk to us ‘in person’.

        COVID-19 has meant most of us are in lockdown. Nevertheless, the country urgently needs to find more foster carers. We would very much like to chat with anyone who wants to find out more about becoming a foster carer. Rainbow has revised our normal procedures and is now offering the opportunity to begin the process of application with us via Skype. Call us: our usual numbers - 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845 remain available. And we have produced information showing how easy it is to set up a Skype call which we can email and provide guidance over the phone. It’s really straightforward. Rainbow - rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ - are recruiting in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester.

        Make that life-changing call today! And we would also recommend visiting -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ as well as

        https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus "> https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus to make sure you have all the knowledge to stay safe.

        Foster carers can benefit from more resources for children with special needs

        6th April, 2020

        Foster carers and parents will be finding that more resources are being made available during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health has made a podcast available for people caring for children and young people during this challenging time. The National Autistic Society is also providing resources. The National Deaf Children’s Society has also produced information for carers, parents, families and professionals to support deaf children and young people during the outbreak.

        Rainbow wants to hear from anyone with an interest in fostering

        COVID-19 is presenting us all with many challenges. Nonetheless, the country still needs to find more foster carers. We would very much like to chat with anyone who wants to find out more about becoming a foster carer. Because of the pandemic and the government advice to stay at home, we have made some changes to our normal procedures. We are currently offering the opportunity to begin the process of application via Skype. You can still reach us on both our usual numbers - 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845. We have produced information showing how easy it is to set up a Skype call which we can email. Our specialist recruitment staff are also on hand to guide you. They can be reached on the above numbers. Rainbow; rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ are recruiting in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester.

        Make a life-changing call today! And we would also recommend a visit to -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care providers could see additional support

        2nd April, 2020

        Foster carer providers and others involved with the delivery of services for the protection of vulnerable children, could now see support from volunteer social workers. The call has been sent out by the Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield for help to cope during the coronavirus crisis. She said that 1m children in England had been put at risk during the Covid-19 crisis. She said - “The system of support for the most vulnerable children has been under strain for some time. We know the numbers going into care have been going up. We know councils have been saying they need £3bn extra just to stand still.”

        The goal is the recruitment of around two hundred volunteers in each local authority. This should create an army numbering some thirty thousand. All will have the necessary DBS checks as well as relevant experience in the education and children’s care sector. Anne Longfield is concerned that there could be as many as one million vulnerable children in England who were at risk of becoming invisible to social care services:

        “That’s a lot of children, those who are on the edge of services which are going to be under ever greater pressure. School for them is a real protective factor. They get a couple of hot meals a day, they get that structure, that support and that will be lost.”

        Rainbow will be continuing its recruitment drive through the COVID -19 pandemic

        COVID-19 has fundamentally changed day-to-day life for all off us. But once this pandemic is over, we will still be facing a significant shortage of foster carers. At Rainbow, we are hoping to communicate right now with people who have been seriously considering fostering. This means we have made some changes to our normal procedures and are offering anyone interested, the chance to discuss their reasons to want to foster and apply online with us via Skype. You can still reach us on both our usual numbers - 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845.

        Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. This means we can promise to give you the very best in guidance and support from the day you apply then throughout your fostering career. We need to recruit more foster carers in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester.

        We hope to hear from you soon!

        It’s a good idea to visit -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster care provision for vulnerable children could see additional support

        1st April, 2020

        Foster carer provision and everyone involved with the delivery of services for the protection of vulnerable children could see support from volunteer social workers. The call has been sent out by the Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield for help to cope during the coronavirus crisis. She said that 1m children in England had been put at risk during the Covid-19 crisis. She said - “The system of support for the most vulnerable children has been under strain for some time. We know the numbers going into care have been going up. We know councils have been saying they need £3bn extra just to stand still.”

        The goal is the recruitment of around two hundred volunteers in each local authority. This should create an army numbering some thirty thousand. All will have the necessary DBS checks as well as relevant experience in the education and children’s care sector. Anne Longfield worries that there could be as many as one million vulnerable children in England who were at risk of becoming invisible to social care services:

        “That’s a lot of children, those who are on the edge of services which are going to be under ever greater pressure. School for them is a real protective factor. They get a couple of hot meals a day, they get that structure, that support and that will be lost.”

        Rainbow will continue its recruitment drive through the COVID -19 pandemic

        COVID-19 is affecting us all - changing the way we work. There’s still a significant shortfall in the number of foster families in the UK. This means there is a great need to find new fostering families. If you want to find out more about becoming a foster carer, our expert advisors are available to answer your questions. You can reach us on 020 8427 3355 or our National Line - 0330 311 2845. We have been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted - so we promise to make your fostering journey the best it can be! We have career openings in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester. And we can begin the process of registering you so once the crisis ends, we can progress your application swiftly and invite you to our ‘Skills to Foster’ course.

        To get a good idea of the most common questions about fostering visit -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster carers children find family visits halted in parts of the US

        31st March, 2020

        Foster carers around the world are being affected by coronavirus. Courts in the US have called a halt to family visits. Policy changes relating to coronavirus brought in during March are halting supervised family visits. Those advocating for birth and foster families say it is understandable that isolation will be necessary but that it could result in irreparable damage:

        “It’s going to have long-lasting consequences that are going to hurt children - that bonding time is the thing we’re most worried about. You can’t get it back. The strength of a parent-child bond factors significantly into social workers’ decision about whether or not - and when - to return custody to biological families.” This is the view of Candice Brower, regional counsel for Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeals.

        Amanda Cruce is president of the Foster and Adoptive Parent Association. She is giving encouragement to child welfare agencies to enable online visitation. Cruce advises foster carers to make allowances and find ways to increase communication during this challenging period. Enabling more frequent FaceTIme calls is one option.

        Rainbow fostering is continuing to recruit through the COVID -19 pandemic

        COVID-19 is having unprecedented effects across the country. Because there is such a shortage of foster carers in the UK the need to find new fostering families remains pressing. To address this, we are encouraging applicants to register with us now and not wait until the crisis is over. We can start the process meaning essential referencing tasks can be got underway.

        Our website contains a great deal of information about fostering.

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ is a good section to visit as it features answers to the most common queries.

        Start your application with us today. Call 020 8427 3355 or our National Line - 0330 311 2845. We are proud to say we have been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. This means we’re confident your fostering journey will be the best it can be!.

        Rainbow is currently recruiting in the following areas: London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester. Choosing fostering changes lives.

        Foster care provision could come under strain due to the pandemic

        26th March, 2020

        Foster carers are very much in the front line due to Covid-19. It means there are likely to be fewer foster carers to pick up the pieces it has been reported today. And there could potentially be even more children who might need to come into the care of a local authority. Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, is estimating that up to 2.3 million children and young people are now at significant risk. They are could be living within days of coming to the attention of social services. Anne Longfield stated:

        “These children are in families that are already unstable, and this crisis is going to put them under even more pressure. For these children, school tends to provide one, and often two, hot meals a day; it provides structure and support from peers and teachers, and gives professionals direct line of sight to children, with a well-established escalation procedure. All this is lost if a child isn’t in school, and, even with the government’s announcement, most won’t be.”

        Rainbow fostering is continuing to recruit through the crisis…

        COVID-19 is affecting daily life across the country - changing the way most of us work. But there still remains a very significant shortfall in the number of foster families in the UK. This means the need to find new fostering families remains urgent. Many have now been forced to self-isolate or work from their homes. Some who may have been considering fostering may be discovering they now have more time - perhaps to give the idea more in-depth thought. If that’s you, we’d really like to hear from you. Our expert advisors can be contacted to answer any questions you might have. We can at least start the process of registering you so once the crisis is over, we can progress your application swiftly and invite you to our ‘Skills to Foster’ course.

        Our website contains a great deal of information on the many different aspects of fostering.

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ is a good place to start.

        You can reach us on 020 8427 3355 or our National Line - 0330 311 2845. We have been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted - so we ‘re confident we can make your fostering journey the very best it can be!. We’re currently recruiting foster carers in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester.

        Foster care support being scrutinized by Children’s Commissioner

        25th March, 2020

        Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has written to government departments expressing her concerns about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on care provision.

        “The arrangements for children in care are of particular concern. I have written to the Departments for Education and for Communities and Local Government asking them to make clear how much of the £5bn funding announced at the Budget for supporting public services in their response to COVID-19 is being allocated to children’s social care.”

        The Commissioner is requesting reassurance that councils are making preparations to cope with staff shortages in children’s homes - as well as amongst foster carers as the numbers of people becoming unwell increase. When social workers become unwell, this could mean children who are in care - as well as those who are not, but still rely on social workers - may not get all the support they need.

        She warns also of the potential impacts on the most vulnerable children as the wider economic effects of the virus are felt. Anne Longfield also says a focus must also be on older youngsters, living in semi-independent accommodation as it’s crucial they are kept informed and supported by local authorities through this time.

        Rainbow fostering is continuing to recruit…

        COVID-19 is changing the way huge numbers of us work. But there remains a very significant shortfall in the number of foster families in the UK. So the need to find foster carers remains as pressing as ever. Many people have now been forced to self-isolate or work from home. Some who may have been considering fostering may find they now have more time to give the matter in-depth thought. If that’s you, we’d really like to hear from you. Our expert advisors remain on hand to answer all your questions - as well as dispel a few myths. We have a lot of information we can email you. And there is also our website which contains a great deal of information on the many different aspects of fostering.

        We’d love to have a chat if you feel ready to take that first step. You can reach us on 020 8427 3355 or our National Line - 0330 311 2845. So whether you are new to fostering, or an existing carer wishing to transfer, you can be confident we’ll give you all the support you need. That’s what you’d expect from an agency with 21 years experience and rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. We’re currently recruiting foster carers in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester. Again, it’s a good idea to take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster carer comes first in annual ‘Mum of the Year’ competition

        23rd March February, 2020

        The Sun newspaper had over 3,000 entries - an incredible response. The judging panel was made up of a group of celebrities; best selling author Giovanna Fletcher, The One Show’s Angellica Bell, Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway and Sun columnist and author Deborah James. The winner was Jemma Lee Johnson, 57, who was nominated by her daughter Sammy Jay, 29. Sammy Jay stated: “Not only did Mum work in the NHS, she also brought up five kids, and for 13 years has fostered 16-18 year olds. She was a single parent, but never showed any stress, and is one of those people who, if you are in trouble, you can always go to. I’m so lucky to call her my mum.”

        Rainbow fostering is recruiting…

        Rainbow is a highly respected independent fostering agency recruiting foster carers in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester. Over 8,000 new foster families are needed in the UK so there is an urgent demand for new carers. We have been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. Rainbow is a progressive agency. We understand fostering is a vocation and so we offer excellent training which is free and provides many different options. If you train to be a therapeutic foster carer, your earnings could be up to £40k per annum. Some of our carers opt to foster teenagers whilst others specialise in caring for sibling groups. Whatever choice you make, we’re here to support you - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Foster care is a hugely rewarding career choice - not merely in terms of what you give but also what you get back from it. So to begin your fostering journey with us - simply call 020 8427 3355. We also have our National Line - 0330 311 2845.

        It’s always a good idea to take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        We have a great many interesting blogs in our archive. A recommendation:

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-files-glimpse-the-everyday-world-of-fostering-6/

        Foster children can get support from Childline if concerned about coronavirus

        20th March February, 2020

        Childline has now updated its website for children and young people with concerns about coronavirus. This is a useful resource to help parents deal with the problems there may be providing reassurance to their children. A significant part of the problem is the potential for youngsters to pick up misinformation from social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok. Rumour and speculation can spread almost instantly online making very difficult for parents to know exactly what their children are hearing. For information and support, children can visit - https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus/

        Rainbow is a fostering agency judged ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted - join us! We are recruiting in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire

        8,000 new foster families are needed in the Uk this year alone. It takes a special motivation and commitment to be a foster carer - but if you have it, we will provide the very best in training and support. Rainbow has been finding loving, secure homes for vulnerable children and young people for over 21 years. During that time, we have helped many carers to develop a rewarding career with us. We have foster carers who have been fostering with us for over ten years - some even longer!

        All our training is free. Should you train to be a therapeutic foster carer, your earnings could rise to £40k per annum. Alternatively, you might want to foster teenagers, sibling groups or manage parent and child placements. Whatever direction you choose, we’re here to support you - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

        To start your fostering journey with us, just call us today: 020 8427 3355 - or if this is busy call our National Line on 0330 311 2845. Remember, you can also complete our online application form. This will enable you to arrange a convenient time for us to call you. You can, of course, call us on the above numbers whenever you wish.

        It will also be helpful for you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page - compiled from the most common questions our applicants have asked us -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

        Foster children could be facing rejection by academies

        16th March February, 2020

        The Education Secretary has over the last three years been asked to intervene on seventy-two occasions as more headteachers refuse admittance to vulnerable teenagers. This has been revealed by a freedom of information investigation. ministers have been asked to make use of their powers to compel academies to allow looked after children to enrol - but some still blocked applications. This conflicts with the official guidance which says that children in care should be prioritised when it comes to admissions because they are vulnerable. Many will have faced neglect/abuse and been removed from a chaotic home life.

        Sam Turner who is from Become - the charity for children in care and young care leavers - stated: “Many refusals won’t be challenged and won’t go as far as direct intervention by the secretary of state - how many more children are being affected by this open discrimination. Care experienced young people are more likely to experience disruption to their education due to frequent changes in where they live - school can be the one stable and secure place in their lives that offers them structure and support.”

        Rainbow Fostering is looking for foster carers in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester.

        Have you ever considered fostering and wondered how to go about becoming a foster carer? There are a lot of questions we can help you with. Perhaps you know someone who is fostering - in which case you’ll have a head start in the knowledge stakes. But for most people, there are many things to consider. But they are all mostly straightforward and we are here to guide you step by step through the process. In fact, many of our applicants are ‘Approved’ to foster in around sixteen weeks.

        To foster, you don’t have to be a married couple. You don’t have to own your own home. You don’t have to be straight. And we welcome people of all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds to take up fostering. You will need to be reasonably fit and very committed to supporting a child or young person through their education. Everyone at Rainbow cares passionately about making brighter futures for our children. The way we support our foster carers and children has been recognised by Ofsted who have rated us as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. We trust that will give you the confidence to pick up the phone and have a friendly chat with a member of our expert recruitment team. There is a national shortage of lover 8,000 fostering families - but we promise to never apply pressure. The decision to foster is a very personal one and it has to be the right one for you and your family. We’re her to support you in making the right decision.

        So you can make a genuine difference to the life of a child today by simply calling 020 8427 3355 or use our National Telephone Line 0330 311 2845.

        Rainbow Fostering: always committed to keeping you informed about the issues that matter.

        We aim to keep foster carers and anyone with an interest in fostering up to date with the issues that touch upon foster care. Our website is regularly updated so if you are considering fostering, our website has plenty of information designed to help you.

        For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about/

        Try one of our blogs - here’s one to start with page number 70 - link below

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-sibling-groups/

        Foster carers get help to make the online world safer for children

        12th March February, 2020

        TikTok is a social video app that allows its users to share short videos. It is now introducing a ‘family safety mode’ whose purpose is to allow parents greater control over how their children’s the app. It has a safety feature which enables all parents - including foster parents - to link their account to their child’s. This will allow them to have direct control over the safety settings. The parents will have to open the app on both phones the go to the ‘Digital Wellbeing’ settings. They can then identify which phone is theirs and which belongs to their child. This will mean an adult’s phone will be able to turn on and off the setting for -

        • messages: these can be limited so they can only be received from friends - or turned off completely;
        • restricted mode: this is an automatic filter controlled by an algorithm which seeks to hide inappropriate content;
        • screen time controls: these place a set limit on how long the app may be used each day.
        Rainbow is urgently looking for foster carers in Hampshire, London, Birmingham as well as Manchester.

        At Rainbow, we can offer outstanding career opportunities in fostering. All the training is free and of the highest quality - as you would expect from an agency rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. Depending on the kind of foster care you train to deliver, you could, for example be earning up to £40,000 a year as a fully trained therapeutic foster parent. We also need carers to train to care for teenagers, sibling groups and to support mother and baby placements. These kinds of placements also paid at an enhanced rate.

        So you can make a genuine difference to the life of a child today by simply calling 020 8427 3355 or use our National Telephone Line 0330 311 2845.

        Rainbow: committed to keeping you informed about fostering issues.

        Our goal: to keep foster carers and anyone with an interest in fostering up to date with all the issues that impact on foster care. Our website is regularly updated with new information. If you are considering fostering, our website has plenty of information designed to help you make an informed choice.

        For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/record-keeping/

        And for more general interest: visit our blog page number 100 - link below

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-approach-education-benefit/

        Foster carer receives her MBE at Buckingham Place

        6th March February, 2020

        Andy hider is a Bristol-based foster carer who over the last thirty-five years has fostered more than one hundred and fifty children and young people. Her achievements were recognised in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List. But it was this week that Andy received the award from Her Majesty the Queen this week.

        Andy called on people to come forward and consider becoming foster carers as this would address the serious need to find more carers. She said -

        “Of course I enjoyed the occasion and I’m thrilled to be honoured this way - but at the back of my head is always the reality - I’m no more special than any of the other people who look after foster children.”

        Rainbow is looking for foster carers needed in - Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

        Rainbow is currently offering outstanding career opportunities. Take advantage of our ongoing training packages. You could be earning up to £40,000 per annum as a fully trained therapeutic foster parent. Rainbow also need foster carers to look after teenagers, sibling groups and to provide support for mother and baby placements.

        Simply call 020 8427 3355 or use our National Telephone Line 0330 311 2845 to start your journey as a foster carer.

        Keeping you informed about the issues that matter to fostering.

        We always try to keep foster carers - as well as anyone with an interest in fostering well informed. This means our website is regularly updated with information about fostering, foster care and related issues.

        For specific information regarding a particular fostering topic please visit -

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/staying-safe/

        And for general interest: visit our blog page number 100 - link below

        http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-sea-change-thinking/

        Foster carer shows a small age gap can be a good thing

        3rd March February, 2020

        One of the problems that fostering service providers understand well is the fostering workforce is ageing. Every year experienced foster carers are lost through retirement. It’s vital to interest much younger people in what fostering has to offer as a career. So the story of bride-to-be SallyAnn covered in a national daily will hopefully encourage other younger people. She and her husband Ryan were only twenty-two when they fostered a fifteen-year-old girl. Their feeling was the very small age gap “worked wonders” - so much so they asked the youngster to be their bridesmaid.

        Over the last three years, the couple have provided foster care for six other children. And they also have their own young son. This is a trend to be encouraged as there is a shortage of over 8,000 foster carers across the country. Britains largest fostering and adoption charity TACT, has stated that 3 times as many people in their twenties are making inquiries in about fostering than was the case only a year ago.

        Andy Elvin is the CEO of Tact and he stated:

        “Being younger is not a barrier to becoming successful foster carers. TACT has long recognised the skills and abilities that younger adults can bring to fostering. Having younger foster carers can work well with teenagers because the smaller age gap means they can relate to each other better and create a more trusting and open channel of communication.”

        Rainbow has career opportunities in fostering in Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

        Fostering is a great career. It offers flexibility and the chance to train at no cost in a variety of different areas. We are especially looking for people to train for:

        • therapeutic fostering;
        • fostering sibling groups;
        • fostering teenagers;
        • providing parent and child placements.
        • Foster carers looking after youngsters in these categories; or those who require therapeutic support qualify for enhanced payments. This means, for example, earning up to £40,000 per annum as a fully trained therapeutic foster parent.

          We people who can offer loving family homes and who can make a genuine difference to the life of a vulnerable child. We have been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted, which speaks for itself. You could be fostering in as little as 16 weeks by taking advantage of our ‘six-step’ application to approval process. Find out more right now by calling 020 8427 3355. You can also use our National Telephone Line 0330 311 2845.

          Rainbow: committed to keeping you informed about all the issues connected to fostering.

          We aim to keep foster carers and anyone with an interest in fostering well informed. Our website is regularly updated with information about fostering and foster care.

          For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about/

          And for interest, we recommend visiting our blog page number 82

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-children-committee-hearing/

          Foster children in Wales feel they are commodities.

          27th February, 2020

          Sally Holland, the Welsh children’s commissioner has said that children are feeling as if they are being “bought and sold” in the care system. The government in Wales is aiming to cut the number of children in care. It says that “rebalancing” towards public and not-for-profit providers is a priority. This comes at a time when it has been reported that six out of ten of the biggest providers of children’s homes and foster carers have large debts. The Local Government Association is worried that financial instability in the system could put vulnerable children’s care at risk. A significant number of authorities are reporting increasing difficulties in finding places for foster children near their birth families.

          Liverpool City Council reports facing difficulties in finding places locally. They say it is one of the major problems the care system faces.

          Rainbow is looking for foster carers needed in - Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

          We offer outstanding career opportunities - with our free ongoing training packages - this can mean you could be earning up to £40,000 per annum as a fully trained therapeutic foster parent. We also need carers to look after teenagers, sibling groups and to support mother and baby placements.

          Make a genuine difference to the life of a child by simply calling 020 8427 3355 or use our National Telephone Line 0330 311 2845.

          Keeping you informed about the issues that matter to fostering.

          We aim to keep foster carers and anyone with an interest in fostering well informed. Our website is regularly updated with information about fostering and foster care.

          For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-in-greater-london/

          And for general interest: visit our blog page number 100 - link below

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-children-art/

          Foster care experience built the resilience of Bournemouth striker.

          25th February, 2020

          Callum Wilson - Bournemouth Football Club striker - has spoken about how his brief experience of being in foster care has enabled him to cope with the challenges and setbacks of life as a professional footballer. The England star stated: “Having that kind of upbringing and those things happen to me as a kid, it’s made me a little less emotional.” Wilson talked about his childhood in an interview not long after getting his England call up fifteen months ago: “We got taken away by social services. I can’t remember the people we lived with. We went to this house, they said ‘You’re going to be living here for a while.”

          Gareth Southgate will be looking closely at the Bournemouth striker as the team may be missing Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane through injury.

          Despite these early experiences, Wilson is determined to meet the challenges life throws up. And at the moment in professional terms, that means ensuring Bournemouth will still be in the Premier League next season.

          Foster carers needed in - Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

          Providing a loving home for a vulnerable child is a challenge but also immensely rewarding. Foster carers come from all backgrounds and walks of life and do an amazing job supporting children and young people. If you are seriously considering fostering, we’d like to hear from you. We can offer you all the training and support to develop a career in fostering. We know we do this well as Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. This means you will have the peace of mind that goes with knowing you are with one of the leading agencies.

          The professional career opportunities we offer - with our free ongoing training packages - can mean you could be earning up to £40,000 per annum as a fully trained therapeutic foster parent. We also need carers to look after teenagers, sibling groups and to support mother and baby placements.

          If you have the desire and interest to make a genuine difference to the life of a child, you can call 020 8427 3355. The National Telephone Line 0330 311 2845 which you can also use to apply.

          Keeping you informed about the issues that matter to fostering.

          We aim to keep foster carers and anyone with an interest in fostering well informed. Our website is regularly updated with information relating to fostering and foster care.

          For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-in-birmingham/

          General interest: visit our blog page number 60 - link below

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/strengths-lgbt-foster-carers-offer/

          Foster carers likely to be caring for children with SEN (special educational needs).

          20th February, 2020

          A recent press report has looked into the level of SEN (special educational needs) support youngsters in the care system require. A team of researchers based at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health looked at data on around half a million children who started school in September 2005 and discovered that eighty-three per cent of the 6,240 youngsters who entered the care system during their school years needed additional SEN support. Further, around a quarter had an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan).

          Such findings point toward a far higher level of special educational needs in the ‘looked -after’ population than is suggested by the government’s annual data - based on only one year of schooling. Last year’s government data; based on a single year’s schooling, revealed that fewer than fifteen per cent of all pupils on England received support for SEN and 3.1% had an EHCP.

          The study’s lead author, Matthew Jay stated:

          “These findings highlight just how important provision for special educational needs is for many thousands of children. Special educational needs provision affects a large segment of the population - for some groups, the large majority. Special educational needs can affect a child’s ability to learn and develop and they may struggle with their reading and writing, making friends and concentrating. This type of support can be very important for vulnerable children in contact with social care services.”

          Co-author, Ruth Gilbert, stated:

          We know there are strong links between special educational needs, the need for social care support and health but we do not know whether changes in SEN provision in past years have impacted on the NHS or increases in social care referrals.”

          Fostering career openings: locations - Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

          Fostering is a very special job - and a very rewarding one. Foster carers come from all backgrounds and walks of life. We are now keen to talk with people who may seriously be considering fostering. Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted meaning the support and training our foster carers receive from us is second to none.

          Choosing to become a foster parent with Rainbow could well be one of the most rewarding things you could ever do. The professional career opportunities we offer - with our free ongoing training packages - can mean you could be earning up to £40,000 per annum as a fully trained therapeutic foster parent.

          If you have the desire to make a real difference to the life of a child please call 020 8427 3355. You can also use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

          Keeping you informed.

          An important part of our own remit is to keep foster carers and anyone with an interest in fostering informed. Our website is regularly updated with information.

          For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-in-manchester/

          General interest on an important topic visit our blog page number 54 - link below

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/therapeutic-fostering-resource-guide-1/

          Foster care for BAME children may not fully respect their culture, beliefs and identity.

          19th February, 2020

          The BBC has reported that two-thirds of councils in England have a shortage of black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) foster parents. This was after analysing the official figures and resulted in the Michelle Donelan stating - “I’m extremely concerned - Think we’re letting down children.”

          The figures are sourced from Ofsted based upon data from 146 of the 153 local authorities providing fostering services in England. The situation as of 31st march 2019 showed there were 54,870 children being fostered with 76% of these being white and 23% BAME. 68% of the LA’s - 99 of the authorities - were shown to have a shortage of BAME foster parents.

          Michelle Donelan - who was appointed as temporary children’s minister in only September stated: “I’m extremely concerned about it because I think we’re letting down children and that’s why we’re making sure we give a focus to adoption and fostering in general as well, because I don’t want any child going without a loving home and without that permanence and security that all the research shows gives them the best opportunity in life.”

          What makes a fostering partnership with Rainbow so special?

          Foster care can mean different things to different people. Caring for children will always require special skills. There are many independent fostering agencies, but we pride ourselves in the way we work in partnership with our foster carers. This is to ensure the welfare of our children. People are often confused about fostering and adoption. Our children are not adopted, they are fostered. Adoptive parents have full legal responsibility for a child. Foster care and adoption differ as a child who is fostered is the legal responsibility of their ‘corporate parent’ - the Local Authority in the area they came into care from. Some of the children we have do go for adoption if a long term placement has worked out well for all concerned. Adoptive parents are also in demand across the country.

          We develop the parenting skills of our carers so they can cope with the emotional demands a young person may place upon them. Children in foster care come in all shapes and sizes - children with disabilities need foster parents - as well as youngsters who have experienced neglect and/or abuse. The foster care system is likely to be a confusing place for individuals when they first apply.

          A foster family with Rainbow will always be able to count upon our total commitment to providing the very best support and training. This means we also offer plenty of respite care. Rainbow has a highly successful recruitment record - we understand that to become a foster parent will need plenty of ongoing support and guidance. This year there are still many more foster families needed to provide foster homes - over 8,000 additional families needed to provide love, security and advocacy for those children and young people they care for.

          Becoming a foster parent with Rainbow could well be one of the most rewarding things you could consider. And the professional career opportunities we offer - with our ongoing free training packages - can mean you could be earning up to £40,000 per annum - sometimes over - as a fully trained therapeutic foster carer.

          If you train and develop the expertise to foster teenagers, sibling groups or perhaps manage parent and child placements, your earnings are likely to rise significantly.

          Some of the children we have do go for adoption if a long term placement has worked out well for all concerned. Adoptive parents are also in demand across the country.

          If you have the desire to make a real difference to the life of a child please call 020 8427 3355. You can also use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

          Keeping you fully informed.

          An important part of Rainbow’s remit is to keep all our foster carers - plus anyone with an interest in fostering informed. This means our website is regularly updated with information.

          For specific information regarding opportunities in a particular area, visit -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-in-brighton/

          General interest on an important topic visit our blog page number 14 - link below

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-autistic-children/

          Foster carers have more information about why children’s referrals to CAMHS are rejected

          17th February, 2020

          The leading children’s charity, Barnardo’s Scotland has produced a paper - ‘Rejected Referrals’ -exploring the reasons why both looked after children and care leavers may be at risk from having their referrals to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services rejected. The paper forms part of the ‘Care in Mind’ series. This aims to highlight the mental health needs of both groups and then put forward practical policy solutions. This is part of Barnardo’s Scotland’s ten-year strategy aimed at drawing attention to priority areas for policy influencing. As this paper says:

          “We come from the perspective that everyone has psychological needs that must b met in order for them to thrive. Looked after children and young people are more likely to have a particular set of needs that require a particular set of responses from the sector.”

          Foster care: more career openings in fostering - Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

          Foster carers come from all backgrounds and walks of life. It’s a very special job - and a very rewarding one. We are now keen to talk with people who may be considering fostering. Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted meaning the support and training our foster carers receive from us is second to none.

          If you have the desire to make a real difference to the life of a child please call 020 8427 3355. You can also use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

          Keeping you informed.

          An important part of our own remit is to keep foster carers and anyone with an interest in fostering informed. Our website is regularly updated with information.

          For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-in-birmingham/

          General interest on an important topic visit our blog page number 14 - link below

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-is-providing-an-essential-service-to-society/

          Foster carers will welcome clarity charity’s report provides over Brexit

          11th February, 2020

          The country’s leading fostering charity is the Fostering Network. It’s Campaigns Manager, Vicki Swain has produced a report entitled ‘EU nationals: foster carers and fostered children’. Her conclusions are that:

          “EU citizens in the Uk will be able to apply to get settled or pre-settled status to enable them to continue living in the UK after December 2020. Brexit should not prevent those families form continuing to foster.” Vicki Swain also stated:

          “In regards to non-UK EU National who want to become foster carers, the deadline for applying for settled or pre-settled status is 30th June, so currently Brexit should not prevent those families form applying to foster.”

          There is more information available at https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

          Rainbow Fostering is looking to recruit in London, Birmingham, Manchester and the Hampshire area. It only takes six straightforward steps to become a foster carer with Rainbow.
          • register your interest - call or email us;
          • we arrange an initial home visit;
          • we make checks and gather references;
          • you are invited to our 3-day ‘Skills to Foster’ course;
          • one of our social workers will produce a home study report;
          • you meet our Panel members and if recommended, you will be ‘Approved’ to foster.

          We support you at every stage of your application. We also explain the numerous training opportunities available. The process takes on average sixteen to eighteen weeks from your initial enquiry to being ‘Approved’ to foster.

          Train to be a therapeutic foster carer and you will qualify for enhanced payment rates. For comprehensive and friendly advice on starting a fostering career with Rainbow, simply call 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845.

          Making sure you keep informed. For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about/

          General interest on an important topic visit our blog page number 92 - link below

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-skills-foster-initial-training/

          Foster carer looks after thirty children despite health challenges.

          8th February, 2020

          Julie Worsfield was a once told she could never expect to have her own children. But at the age of 36 she became pregnant and as a result of this blessing, she and her husband, John, made the decision to foster. Julie fosters full time whilst her back-up carer is her husband, John. He works for the Royal National Institute of Blind People. The couple comes from Droitwich in Worcestershire.

          The couple has raised up to seven children at one time. Julie prefers to take in children of any age, but her preference is to foster on a long-term basis. She says “It’s all about being consistent and giving them love. I’m there for them all the time and try never to let them down.”

          Along the way Julie, has had to contend with health scares. She has, however, continued to provide care and love for all the children she has looked after. Her remarkable fostering journey has now been given national exposure.

          Foster care: looking for a rewarding and unique career - we now have openings in fostering in Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

          We’re looking for foster carers to join us in 2020 and beyond. Foster carers come from all backgrounds and walks of life. And remember being LGBT+ is not a barrier to fostering. This is one of the biggest misconceptions there is about fostering.

          Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. Our driving ambition is to support our foster carers to use their life skills and experience to become expert carers.

          If you have the drive and ambition to make a real difference to the life of a child please call 020 8427 3355. You can also use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

          Keeping you informed.

          The information on our website is regularly updated - many of the subjects we cover are specifically about fostering; others cover more general subjects which have a major bearing on the lives and experiences of children and young people. Education is a good example as achieving the best outcomes for children in the care system is a priority for all of us involved in fostering provision. So Rainbow’s aim is to inform our foster carers. This means they can reach their full professional potential and be knowledgable advocates for the children they care for.

          For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-in-birmingham/

          General interest on an important topic visit our blog page number 14 - link below

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-is-providing-an-essential-service-to-society/

          Foster carer charity reacts to findings of there independent carer review.

          6th February, 2020

          The director of The Fostering Network in Scotland, Sara Lurie, stated in response to the widely anticipated review: “We welcome today’s publication of the findings of the independent care review, after three years of work and listening to care experienced children and young people in Scotland.”

          She went on to add: “ ‘It is really positive that the review placed the voices of care experienced children and young people so clearly at its heart, and we endorse the overall view of the ‘care system’ that is laid out in the review’s report, especially the idea that the purpose of care ought to be “protecting all safe, loving, respectful relationships” rather than “protecting against harm”.

          The review has produced key elements:

          • The Promise. This reflects what over 5,500 care experienced children and adults, families and other workers reported to the review to tell the nation what must be done to give vulnerable children the childhood they deserve.
          • The Plan. This outlines how this change must come about.
          • The Money. This explains how Scotland can invest better its children and families.
          • The Rules. This sets out how the current legislative framework has to achieve ‘The Promise’.

          The review also includes a special ‘Thank You’ to all who contributed.

          Thinking of becoming a foster carer? Yes! That’s great news as we have opportunities in Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

          Foster carers come from all backgrounds and walks of life. There is a current shortage of over 8,000 foster families so more carers are urgently needed. Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted so you can have confidence we will support your fostering journey in every way we can. Our ambition is to support our foster carers to use their life skills and experience to become highly proficient carers.

          If you have the compassion, drive and ambition to make a real difference to the life of a young person please call 020 8427 3355. We also have our National Line 0330 311 2845 you can use.

          Keeping you informed and up-to-date.

          Many of the subjects we cover on our website are specifically about fostering; others cover the more general subjects which have a major bearing on the lives and experiences of children and young people. Education is a very good example of this. Achieving the best outcomes for children in the care system is a priority for all involved in fostering provision. Rainbow’s aim is to inform our foster carers so they can reach their full professional potential and be knowledgable advocates for those they care for.

          For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-in-manchester/

          And for general interest on an important topic, visit our blog page number 64 - link below

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-cross-cultural-placements-3/

          Foster carer who has looked after more than 100 children retires after thirty years.

          4th February, 2020

          Andy hider; now 74 is a Bristol-based foster carer who is now retiring after thirty years. Over the years she has fostered over a hundred youngsters. Some of these have been particularly vulnerable and displayed challenging behaviour. It was after seeing an advert for foster carers in the local library that she decided she wanted to help teenagers who had had a tough start in life.

          Forty-seven-year-old Robert Fergusson was looked after by Andy from the age of thirteen to eighteen. Robert stated: She’s a brilliant foster carer and I am proud to call her mum as my real mum did not care for us but Andy did.”

          In recognition of her contribution, Andy is wet to receive an MBE. This is the result of her son nominating her. Although retiring this summer, Andy wants to continue helping to raise the profile of fostering and the vital work foster carers do.

          Foster care: looking for a rewarding and unique career - we now have openings in fostering in Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

          We’re looking for foster carers to join us in 2020 and beyond. Foster carers come from all backgrounds and walks of life. And remember being LGBT+ is not a barrier to fostering. This is one of the biggest misconceptions there is about fostering.

          Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. Our driving ambition is to support our foster carers to use their life skills and experience to become expert carers.

          If you have the drive and ambition to make a real difference to the life of a child please call 020 8427 3355. You can also use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

          Keeping you informed.

          The information on our website is regularly updated - many of the subjects we cover are specifically about fostering; others cover more general subjects which have a major bearing on the lives and experiences of children and young people. Education is a good example as achieving the best outcomes for children in the care system is a priority for all of us involved in fostering provision. So Rainbow’s aim is to inform our foster carers. This means they can reach their full professional potential and be knowledgable advocates for the children they care for.

          For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-in-birmingham/

          General interest on an important topic visit our blog page number 14 - link below

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-is-providing-an-essential-service-to-society/

          Foster care professionals update: LGBT+ bullying & hate crime resources for schools

          3rd February, 2020

          The CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) has brought out a LGBT+ bullying and hate crime resource for schools. This is for teachers of key stages 3 and 4. the resource; which can be downloaded is designed to help pupils to comprehend the impacts of homophobia and transphobia. It also gives guidance on how hate crime and identity-based bullying can be reported.

          Chris Long, Chief Crown Prosecutor and CPS national lead on hate crime stated:

          “We know lots of hate crime isn’t reported. We hope this refreshed schools pack can help to educate young people and support victims in reporting homophobic and transphobic abuse. Education and working with young people is key to tackling hate crime generally. This is not about prosecution of youths, but about prevention and educating future generations on homophobic and transphobic hate crime generally. This is not about prosecution of youths, but about prevention and educating future generations on homophobic and transphobic hate crime and supporting victims in reporting hate crime.”

          Foster care: looking for a rewarding and unique career - we now have openings in fostering in Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

          2019 saw Rainbow being rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. Our driving ambition is to support our foster carers to build their fostering careers and be the very best they can be. If you are ambitious to develop a career with us simply call 020 8427 3355. Alternatively, call our National Line 0330 311 2845. We’ll give you all the help and guidance to make an informed decision about what will be best for you and your family.

          Keeping you abreast of all the information. We regularly update the information on our website - many subjects covered are specifically about fostering; some cover more general subjects which have a direct bearing on the lives and experiences of children and young people. Rainbow’s aim is to inform our foster carers so they can reach their full professional potential. This means they can be knowledgable advocates for the children they care for.

          For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about/

          General interest on an important topic visit our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/therapeutic-foster-care-3/

          Foster carers can be encouraged by a report on the value of creativity

          31st January, 2020

          “Promoting curiosity in children, especially those from environments of economic disadvantage, may be an important, under-recognised way to tackle the achievement gap. Promoting curiosity is a foundation for early learning that we should be emphasising more when we look for academic achievement.” This is a quote from Dr Prachi Shah, lead researcher at Michigan University looking into creativity in children. Featured in a recent press article, it demonstrates that vulnerable children have a greater chance of catching up with their peers if their curiosity is encouraged. This means welcoming their questions and creating opportunities for imaginative play.

          Changing the environment of children can lead to some surprising results. A nursery school in Bristol recently decided to take away most of the conventional toys for two- year olds. These were replaced with random and interesting objects such as pots and pans, computers, cardboard boxes, old phones, keys and even old kettles. The children were enthralled by the objects which triggered rich imaginary play - as well as questions about individual objects. The headteacher, Matt Caldwell, says that both parents and teachers have noticed a noticeable rise in creativity and levels of conversation amongst the children. Matt Caldwell -

          “What children love is to copy what adults are doing with objects. What people and objects do makes them curious about their world.

          Foster care: a rewarding and unique career - openings now with Rainbow in Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

          In 2019, Rainbow was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. The agency has now been providing caring foster homes for well over twenty years. Our driving ambition is to support our foster carers to build their fostering careers and be the best they can be. So if you have been considering fostering and are ambitious to develop your career, we will be with you every step of the way. At this time we are offering people the chance to train to become therapeutic foster carers. This level of care attracts enhanced rates of payment. Whatever your goal, You’ll be provided with all the information you need to reach the best decision. Find out more about fostering with one of the longest established and professional foster care agencies by simply calling 020 8427 3355. Alternatively, call our National Line 0330 311 2845.

          Keeping you abreast of all the information.

          Rainbow has a very active website: it’s regularly updated - many of the different subjects covered are specifically about fostering. There are, however, also more general subjects which have a direct bearing on the lives, experiences and issues affecting children and young people. Rainbow’s aim is to inform our foster carers so they can reach their full professional potential - and become knowledgable advocates for the children in their care.

          For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/record-keeping/

          General interest on an important topic visit our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-key-considerations/

          Foster children in Scotland caught up in a postcode lottery according to a leading charity

          27th January, 2020

          A survey just published has led The Fostering Network to conclude that foster children in Scotland are subject to a postcode lottery. This is in relation to the amount of money provided for their day-to-day care. This is despite the Scottish Government promising for over ten years to end this geographical anomaly. Research conducted by the charity has revealed that the amount foster carers receive to look after 0 - 4 year -olds, can vary by as much as £6,000. And this is even in neighbouring local authorities.

          The allowances given to foster carers also varies widely from one Scottish local authority to another. It is the stated aim of the Scottish Government to make the country the best place in the world for children to grow up. The SNP has made a manifesto commitment to introduce a minimum fostering allowance but at the present moment, Scotland is the only country in the United Kingdom that doesn’t have one.

          The director of The Fostering Network in Scotland, Sara Lurie stated: “Our findings should be a catalyst for immediate action. Meeting the needs of children in care must be an absolute priority for there Scottish Government. The Scottish Government is the corporate parent of children and young people in Scotland - indeed Nicola Sturgeon referred to herself as “chief Mammy” and among her many important responsibilities, she noted none more important than her responsibility as chief corporate parent. Most parents would strive to do whatever it takes to ensure their children have what they need to flourish. Now is the time for the Scottish Government to do the same for children and young people in foster care.”

          Foster care: a different kind of career - openings in Hampshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester.

          In 2019, Ofsted rated Rainbow as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. Our agency has been providing loving foster homes for over twenty years. During this time we have supported our foster carers to build their fostering careers. If you are ambitious to develop your career, we will support you all the way. We are especially interested in recruiting people to train to become therapeutic foster carers

          We’ll provide you with all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family. You can find out more about fostering by simply calling 020 8427 3355. Alternatively, call our National Line 0330 311 2845.

          Keeping you informed.

          Rainbow regularly update the information on our website. Many of the different subjects covered are specifically about fostering. But there are also more general subjects which have a direct bearing on the lives, experiences and issues that impact on children and young people.

          Our goal is to inform our foster carers so they can reach their full professional potential - as well as become knowledgable advocates for the children in their care. For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/transfer-to-rainbow/

          or for more general interest on an important topic of the day visit our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/law-foster-children/

          Foster carers should be aware of safer internet day

          17th January, 2020

          Safer Internet Day falls on February 11th. It is important that children and young people are kept safe when they are online. The use of the internet is growing all the time. Keeping track of the activities of young people when they are using social media can be challenging. Safer Internet Day is the result of a global initiative aimed at raising awareness about internet safety. It is now celebrated in over 100 countries around the world.

          The campaign will see over 1,700 different organisations working together to raise awareness of the issues relating to online safety. There will be events and activities running across the UK.

          Foster carers needed in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

          Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted - we have been finding loving foster homes for children for over twenty years. This means that you can be really confident when starting your fostering career with us. We provide support and training which is second to none. If you are ambitious to build your skills, we will support you to train to foster therapeutically.

          When you call us we’ll give you all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family. In 2020, over 8,000 new foster families are still needed meaning you will be doing valuable work.

          You can find out more by simply calling 020 8427 3355. Alternatively, call our National Line 0330 311 2845 and speak with one of our recruitment specialists today.

          Keeping you informed.

          Rainbow regularly update the information on our website. Many topics are covered specifically about fostering - as well as more general subjects relating to the care of children. Our goal is to inform our foster carers so they can reach their full professional potential. And keep the children in their care safe at all times. For specific information regarding a fostering topic, visit -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/youth-participation/

          or for more general interest on an important topic of the day visit our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-notebook-the-annual-review-2/

          Foster carer in the US recognised for fostering 600 children

          14th January, 2020

          Linda Herring from Iowa has been looking after foster children for nearly fifty years in Johnson County, Iowa. She had always wanted a large family but never dreamed she would end up looking after more than six hundred children and young people over all those years.

          When asked about what inspired her, the answer is a simple one: “I would just love my foster kids like they were my own, probably more than I should.” She also said “ I cried when the kids would leave my home, no matter how long they had been there. It was so hard for me to say goodbye to them. I always questioned, ‘Why do I keep doing this?’ because it was never easy to say goodbye to a child. But I kept doing it because I had so much love to give to those children in need.”

          Last October, Linda had to stop fostering because of health concerns. She has been honoured for her achievements by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

          Join Team Rainbow and become a foster carer in 2020.

          Our agency has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. This means that you can be confident starting your fostering career with us as we provide support and training which is second to none. When you call us there will be no pressure - just all the information you need to make the right decision for you and your family. Over 8,000 new foster families are needed so you will be doing extremely valuable work. You can find out more by simply calling 020 8427 3355. Alternatively, call our National Line 0330 311 2845

          Rainbow regularly update the information on our website. We cover many topics specifically about fostering as well as more general subjects that relate to the care of children. Our goal is to inform our foster carers so they can reach their full professional potential.

          Therapeutic foster care.

          We are particularly keen to recruit people with an interest in training to care for children with more complex needs. Around sixty-five per cent of children coming into care are traumatised. They need specialist care and we provide high-quality training in this area. Call for more information.

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-in-greater-london/

          or for more general interest on an important topic of the day visit our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-appreciation-school-life/

          Coram Voice announces creative writing competition

          12th January, 2020

          This is a competition that Coram Voice runs for children in care and care leavers who are aged 25 or under. This year’s theme is ‘Dreams’. As Coram Voice says:

          “Voices is a celebration of the creativity, talent and imagination of Looked After Children and Care Leavers. The competition gives you a chance to tell people what you want to say about your experiences. Every year, young people write inspiring stories, poems, raps, and articles hoping to be shortlisted for our awards ceremony in the Spring.”

          The closing date for the competition is the 12th February 2020

          We are currently inviting applications to become a foster carer.

          Rainbow is currently expanding in Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. Just call us on 020 8427 3355 or our special National Line 0330 311 2845.

          Fostering is not adoption. If you are wondering exactly what being a foster carer entails, our experienced professionals will answer all your questions. There are many fostering agencies to make a choice from. At Rainbow, given our experience spans over twenty years, we feel we go that extra mile for our applicants and carers. We will answer all your questions such as how much training will you need, how much do you get for fostering - and levels of fostering pay.

          We welcome your feedback

          Rainbow adds regular news features to our website. We also publish blogs giving information and sometimes opinion covering the many issues connected to fostering and children in general.

          Rainbow suggestions -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-in-greater-london/

          or for more general interest on an important topic of the day visit our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-appreciation-school-life/

          Foster carers urgently needed due to the huge rise in the number of children coming into care

          9th January, 2020

          Foster carers and fostering service providers will be interested in the latest figures revealing that there are now 78,150 youngsters in care in England. This represents a rise of twenty-eight per cent in a decade. The official figures show these are up from 75,370 in 2018 and almost 20,000 more than in 2009 when the number of children being looked after stood at 60,900.

          The scale of this increase - in combination with funding shortages - is placing immense strain on local authorities and their abilities to support vulnerable youngsters. The Local Government Association has issued a warning about the situation: Judith Blake who is the chair of the LGA’s children and young people board stated:

          “The demands being placed on councils were ‘unsustainable’ - these figures show the sheer scale of the unprecedented demand pressures on children’s services and the care system this decade.”

          Available data is now showing that councils have experienced a fifty-three per cent increase in children being placed on child protection plans. This represents an additional 18,160 children over the past ten years.

          Rainbow Fostering has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. In 2020 we are inviting applications to become a foster carer.

          This story indicates the very real pressure for uk fostering. Just to be clear, fostering children is not the same as adoption. If you are wondering exactly what is fostering, our experienced professionals will answer all your questions. There are many fostering agencies to consider; at Rainbow, our experience spans over twenty years. We will answer all your questions including how much do you get for fostering - and levels of fostering pay.

          Rainbow is currently expanding in Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. Just call 020 8427 3355 for information or try our special National Line 0330 311 2845.

          We ensure that there are regular news features on the website. We also regularly publish blogs which cover many issues connected with fostering. We also produce blogs that comment and reflect on a broader range of issues that affect children and their families.

          Rainbow suggestions -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

          or for more general interest on an important topic of the day visit our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-and-teenagers-mental-health-issues/

          Foster carers in short supply in Stoke-on-Trent

          8th January, 2020

          Firstly a Happy New Year to all! We shall continue through this year to bring you the foster care issues in the news…Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced that it has lost more than seventy foster carers in the last four years. It’s been reported that the city’s ‘inadequate’ children’s social care department now faces an acute shortage of foster carers. More carers have been leaving than joining. probing further, the figures show that the council managed to recruit fifty-three foster carers since 2016, however, seventy-three have left the council over the same period. This represents in total a net reduction of twenty carers.

          That there is considerable pressure in the system is indicated by the fact that the council has been arranging placements in the independent sector. Ofsted issues a damning report in 2019 as it was found some of these had been made with unregulated providers. Making the situation worse has been a surge in numbers over the last two years of children coming into care.

          Rainbow Fostering have been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. In 2020 we are inviting applications to train with us to become a foster carer.

          As this recent story indicates, there remain problems for uk fostering in recruiting carers right across the country. So if you have been considering fostering as a career, we would love to hear from you. Fostering children is not the same as adoption. So if you are wondering what is fostering, we will take the time to answer all your questions. There are many fostering agencies to choose from but at Rainbow, we have built our expertise up over twenty years. Some of our foster carers have been with us well over ten years which tells its own story. How much do you get for fostering and levels of fostering pay will be explained by our experienced recruitment staff.

          Right now, there is an urgent need for people to care for teenagers, sibling groups as well as supporting parent and child placements. We offer mainstream fostering opportunities as well. Rainbow is currently expanding in Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. If you want to find out more about becoming a foster carer nothing could be more straightforward. Just call 020 8427 3355 for information or try our special National Line 0330 311 2845.

          There are regular news features on the website. We also publish blogs covering many issues about fostering. Some of these are about the ‘nuts & bolts’ of foster care - focusing on practical issues and the knowledge needed to be a professional and effective carer. We also feature blogs that reflect and comment on the wider issues affecting children and families in our society.

          Rainbow recommends -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ or for more general interest on an important topic of the day visit our blog http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/child-sexual-exploitation/

          Foster care statistics for 2018-19 released by Ofsted

          17th December, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          The latest annual dataset on fostering provision in England - both by IFAs (Independent Fostering Agencies - and local authorities) have now been released. The main findings show -

          • That there were 88,370 approved foster care places as of 31 March 2019, this represents an increase of 1.4% on the previous year. Places filled increased at a faster rate leading to a decrease in vacant places (16,080 vacant places at 31 March 2019 - which compares to 17,150 the previous year).
          • That there were 44,450 approved fostering households in England as at 31 March 2018 - this represented a 2.2% decrease on the previous year.
          • That 127,850 initial enquiries were received in 2018-19 - this compares to 117,335 in 2017-18, representing an increase of 8.9% (up 4% in the LA sector and 11% in the IFA sector): applications, however, dropped by 7.6% (9,740 in 2018-19 this compares to 10,540 in 2017-18).
          • 54,870 children and young people were in foster care placements at 31 March 2019, this compares to 53,040 the previous year - representing an increase of 3.5%). Of these children, 65% were in local authority fostering places with 35% being placed by Independent Fostering Agencies (IFAs). This continues the trend seen since the year 2015.
          Rainbow Fostering - rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted are inviting applications to train to be a foster carer in 2020.

          Rainbow has been placing vulnerable children in foster homes for over twenty-one years. For our children to thrive, we provide the very best in terms of support and training for our foster carers. We pride ourselves on this - just one of the reasons why many of our foster carers have been with us for over ten years.

          There is a particular need for people to care for teenagers and sibling groups. But there are always mainstream fostering opportunities with us. Rainbow is now expanding in Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. So if you want to find out more about becoming a foster carer nothing could be simpler. Just call 020 8427 3355 for information or try our special National Line 0330 311 2845.

          Rainbow publishes news features on the website as well as blogs about fostering issues. These are all updated regularly. We hope you will find all the content on our website informative.

          Rainbow recommends -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

          or for general interest visit our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-why-people-might-consider-fostering/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster families to get a new programme of support

          14th December, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          Much has been written about the Mockingbird programme of support for foster families and its influence is spreading. Surrey County Council has now launched the programme for foster carers. This helps to ensure that by providing support that fostering placements are at a greatly reduced risk of falling apart. The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has pioneered the introduction of the Mockingbird programme which sees foster carers work together as part of a hub, then offering advice, training and peer support.

          Foster care recruitment taking place in 2020 in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

          Ofsted recently rated Rainbow as ’Outstanding’ in all areas which means you can start your fostering career with complete confidence. Contact us on 020 8427 3355 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

          Rainbow has publishes news features online as well as blogs about fostering. These are updated regularly. Remember too, we also provide general information on our website.

          Rainbow recommends -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/events-and-awards/

          or for general interest visit our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-carers-need-to-help-with-money-management/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster children in Scotland under 12 can no longer face criminal charges

          11th December, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          It has been reported by the BBC that regulations have come into force effectively raising the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland to twelve. In the past, children as young as eight could be held responsible for criminal behaviour. This age was the lowest in Europe as well as being one of the lowest in the world.

          The view of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child states twelve is “the absolute minimum” and that anything lower should not be thought of as “internationally acceptable.”

          The charity ‘Action for Children’ stated that this would guarantee children in the justice system would be treated as children. The charity’s director for Scotland, Paul Carberry, stated: “We fully support the notion that no eight to eleven-year-old should ever be regarded as an offender, nor stigmatised in later life as a result of actions as a child, and now this will be enshrined into law.”

          Rainbow’ Fostering will be recruiting in 2020 in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

          Ofsted rated Rainbow as ’Outstanding’ in all areas in 2019 - so you can choose to start your fostering career with us in complete confidence. Contact one of our specialist recruitment advisors on 020 8427 3355 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845. You can also arrange for one of our recruitment advisors to call you by applying online.

          Rainbow has news along with our blogs that address issues relating to fostering. And these are updated regularly. Remember too, we also provide a great deal of detailed information on our website.

          Rainbow recommended -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/lgbt-foster-carers/

          or for general interest visit our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/strengths-lgbt-foster-carers-offer/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster care report published by Barnardo’s Scotland

          9th December, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          A report has just been published by Barnardo’s Scotland which focuses on ‘looked after children’ and care leavers’ access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Scotland. The report looks at the barriers ‘looked after’ after children and young people have to contend with when they are in need of support for mental health issues they have. it is a fact that care leavers are disproportionately affected by referrals to CAMHS services that are rejected. They can also experience problems accessing the kinds of therapies needed to address the particular needs of care experienced children and young people. As a group, they are more likely to be experiencing mental health problems as a result of trauma.

          This is only the first of what will be a series of reports looking into the mental health and wellbeing of care experienced children. Frontline services - as well as children and young people - participated in the production of the report.

          ‘Team’ Rainbow’ are looking for foster carers in 2020 in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

          Ofsted rated Rainbow as ’Outstanding’ in all areas - understanding this, you can be completely confident you are making the right choice in applying to foster through Rainbow. Contact one of our specialist recruitment advisors on 020 8427 3355 and they will be more than happy to explain what fostering involves along with the application process. We also have a National Line you can use 0330 311 2845.

          We have news - as well as blog sections that cover many issues relating to fostering children and young people. These are updated regularly. We also provide a great deal of general information on our website.

          Today’s recommendation -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

          or for general interest visit our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/therapeutic-foster-care-must-priority/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster care charity wins an award

          30th November, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          A project produced by The Fostering Network has won the Family Support Award at the Children and Young People Now Awards. The project is known as the ‘Step Up Step Down’ initiative and is a pioneering approach to supporting children to stay at home instead of ending up in the care system. The project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Its delivery is in conjunction with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. This innovative project has foster carers at its heart. In simple terms, they ‘step up’ when a family might be under pressure and require short term support and then ‘step down’ when the family is in a better position to manage.

          Kathleen Toner - the director of The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland stated - “We are very proud of Step Up Step Down which is unique in Northern Ireland. this service enables foster carers to use their fostering skills and experience to support families to stay together. Parents tell us that it makes a real difference and helps improve family relationships.”

          Consider becoming a foster carer with ‘Team’ Rainbow in 2020.

          Because Ofsted has rated Rainbow as ’Outstanding’ in all areas, you can have complete confidence you are making the right choice in fostering with us. You can call one of our specialist recruitment advisors on 020 8427 3355 right now to find out more and start the application process. Alternatively, you can use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

          We’d be delighted if you decide to begin your fostering journey with us and we can offer plenty of fostering opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester as well as the Hampshire area.

          We strive to ensure that our news and blog sections cover many of the issues that relate to foster care and are updated regularly.

          Today we can recommend you take a look at -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-in-manchester/

          or for general interest visit our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-cross-cultural-placements-3/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster care update - publication of UK Children’s Commissioners’ review

          18th November, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          The Children’s Commissioners for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have now published a review which assesses the progress of the government in relation to providing every child the opportunities and protections set out in the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child - UNCRC. The review records the priorities for each of the four UK nations including the incorporation of the UNCRC into law.

          Foster with ‘Team’ Rainbow in 2020.

          Ofsted has rated Rainbow as ’Outstanding’ in all areas. This means you can have complete confidence you are making the right choice of independent fostering agency. You can call one of our specialist recruitment advisors on 020 8427 3355 right now. Or you can use our National Line 0330 311 2845. We’d be delighted if you decide to begin your fostering journey with us. And we have plenty of fostering opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester as well as within the Hampshire area.

          Our news and blog sections cover many of the issues that relate to foster care. They are updated regularly - our commitment to keeping you informed about fostering.

          Today we can recommend -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-sibling-groups/

          or for general interest visit our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-teenage-experience/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster children are having key relationships blocked

          14th November, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          The leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, has just produced a report that claims foster children are being prevented from maintaining contact with people who are important in their lives. The report: ‘Not Forgotten: The importance of keeping in touch with former foster carers’ highlights that - despite the widespread recognition of the importance of relationships in the lives of foster children, over fifty per cent of carers feel they are given no support with maintaining links with the children they have cared for once these youngsters have moved on. One in four foster carers informed the authors of the report that they had been actively stopped from keeping in touch. And it was the fostering service, LA or adoptive parents who were responsible.

          The report recommends - amongst other measures - that local authorities encourage and support children and carers to keep in touch. This should also include other significant people in the lives of foster children.

          The chief executive of the charity, Kevin Williams, stated -

          “It’s especially important to prioritise relationships in foster care because it is common for fostered children to move homes, for example to other foster carers, adoptive families or wider family members, or return home. But our report shows that all too often their contact with their former foster family - who they may have lived with for many years - is cut off immediately.”

          The report also places considerable emphasis on the fact that stable continuing relationships are vital for those children in care who have had to face instability. Kevin Williams also stated -

          “Having these relationships severed can leave children and young people with a sense of loss and compound previous instances of perceived rejection. Ending these relationships also affects the fostering family, who may have lived with the children for many months or years. As well as feeling loss, foster carers and their families may also experience profound guilt that the child feels abandoned or forgotten by them.”

          Foster with Rainbow in 2020.

          Ofsted has rated Rainbow as ’Outstanding’ in all areas so you can be confident you are making the right choice in choosing to foster with Rainbow. Call now on 020 8427 3355, or use our National Line 0330 311 2845 to begin your fostering journey with us. We have plenty of fostering opportunities in London, Birmingham, Manchester and within the Hampshire area.

          Our news and blog sections cover issues relating to foster care. They are updated regularly. Today we recommend -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-sibling-groups/

          or for general interest visit our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-teenage-experience/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster carers should note Anti-Bullying Week begins today

          11th November, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          All children and young people can be at risk of bullying. Foster children sometimes are at more risk because of the stigma they feel. So this is an important week as it focuses attention on behaviours that should not be tolerated. Bullying can have a serious impact on self-esteem, a child’s education and their mental health. The week’s campaign is all about sending a positive and unambiguous message that bullying is unacceptable in our schools and communities. Past research by the Institute of Education has shown that children with special educational needs are twice as likely as other youngsters to suffer the effects of persistent bullying. Many children who arrive in the care system will have SEN needs making them vulnerable to bullying.

          The annual Anti-Bullying week is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance - ABA - and they have produced research showing that twenty-five per cent of children worry about being bullied. The Anti-Bullying week takes place in schools across England every November. The theme this year is ‘Change Starts With Us’.

          For further information - https://bit.ly/34T8KOu And Bullying Helpline number: 0808 800 2222

          Start your fostering career with Rainbow today?

          Thinking of becoming a foster carer is certainly a big step. What can make the difference is the level of support and training foster carers will need to make a success of the job. Rainbow has been established of over twenty years and is expert at providing the very best support and training. Ours is an agency where you will always feel a valued part of the team. And importantly, you’ll have the confidence to know your Supervising Social Worker is doing their best for you at all times.

          Ofsted has rated Rainbow as ’Outstanding’ in all areas so you can be confident you are making the right choice. Call now on 020 8427 3355 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845 to begin your fostering journey with us.

          Our news and blog sections feature many issues relating to foster care and are updated regularly. Today’s page recommendation is -

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/record-keeping/

          or for general interest - our blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-dignity-paramount/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster carers needed by Northamptonshire County Council

          8th November, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          The Local authority in Northamptonshire is attempting to increase the number of its ‘in-house’ foster carers. The hope is to achieve a planned £4m in savings over the next three years. The council says that this is due to the “lower average cost” of placing children with foster parents as compared with putting them in residential care. The Local Authority is setting itself the goal of recruiting additional foster carers. Recruitment will obviously be the key issue. At a meeting on the 25th September Councillor Chris Stanbra asked council officers about current recruitment plans. The Director for Sufficiency and Placements, Cathi Hadley, responded by saying -

          “I have started a review of the fostering service and the recruitment team and looked at performance indicators and our timelines. We receive about 35 enquiries a month, so I suppose there is a supply chain. How we manage that supply chain needs to be looked at. If you worked in an independent fostering agency they will be out visiting that enquirer within three days of enquiry. We are currently very slow. If you’re an independent agency you will be doing an assessment within four months, we probably average over six months. So there are things that we need to do. I don’t want to give the impression that the workforce aren’t working hard, but I would say that they’re not concentrating on the things we’d like them to concentrate on.”

          Everyone has a choice who to foster with - so why choose Rainbow?

          Becoming a foster carer is a big step. Foster carers look after a wide range of children and young people who have all had different life experiences. Our children also come from a range of backgrounds. But what really matters is the level of support and training that foster carers need to make a success of the job. Rainbow has been established of over twenty years and ours is an agency where you always feel, part of a team. Importantly, you’ll have the confidence to know your Supervising Social Worker is doing their best for you and the child you have in placement at all times.

          Being a foster carer with Rainbow means you’ll be at the heart of what motivates us - to provide the best training opportunities for professional career advancement as a foster carer. We know this is what ensures all our children and young people receive the very best care. And Ofsted has rated Rainbow as ’Outstanding’ in all areas. You have a choice - and we hope, after considering all that Rainbow Offer, you will choose us. Call our expert recruitment team now on 020 8427 3355 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845 to begin your fostering journey.

          Make sure you explore our web site there is a great deal of general information on fostering. And our news and blog sections feature many issues relating to foster care. A popular page is

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fit-to-foster/

          or for general interest, we recommend this blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-why-people-might-consider-fostering/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster care professionals will note: better access to legal aid for migrants now in place

          7th November, 2019

          The Legal Aid for Separated Children Order 2019 will have the effect of bringing non-asylum immigration and citizenship matters within the scope of legal aid, This will affect under 18s who are not in the care of a guardian, parent or legal authority.

          Before this Order, vulnerable youngster applying to remain in the UK were able to apply for legal aid only through the Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) scheme. Justice Minister Wendy Morton MP stated -

          “This is a positive step to make sure we are offering there right support and protection to some of the most vulnerable in our society. These changes will mean migrant children who have been separated from their carers can access the vital legal support they need faster and more easily.”

          The Ministry of Justice has collaborated with The Children’s Society as well as other children’s charities on this particular amendment. And they will continue to do so as it comes into effect. The CEO of the Children’ Society, Mark Russell stated -

          “We are delighted the government has acted on their promise to ensure separated and unaccompanied children can resolve immigration issues and secure their citizenship, without the stress of applying for exceptional case funding or trying to navigate complex human rights law all alone. We look forward to working closely with the Ministry of Justice to ensure that affected children and the professionals supporting them know about the vital change.”

          You have a choice who to foster with - why choose Rainbow?

          If you are considering becoming a foster carer it’s crucial you choose the right agency. It needs to be one that will offer you as much support as you need to do the best job as a foster carer. An agency where you always feel, part of a team but have the confidence to know your Supervising Social Worker is doing their best for you and the child you have in placement. You’ll be at the heart of what motivates us - to provide the best training opportunities for professional career advancement as a foster carer. We know this is what guarantees our children and young people receive the best care. We have been established for over twenty years and Ofsted has rated us as ’Outstanding’ in all areas. So, yes, you have a choice - and we hope you choose Rainbow Fostering.

          Call our team on 020 8427 3355 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845. Deciding to become a foster carer is a big decision: deciding who you foster with is the next biggest decision. We hope we’ve helped you make that decision.

          Please feel free to explore our web site in depth. There is a great deal of general information about fostering. Our news and blog sections feature many of the issues that relate to foster care. One of our most popular pages is

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/training/

          or for general interest, we recommend this blog

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/therapeutic-foster-care-3/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster carers should be aware of an important week in November

          6th November, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          Much has been written about the sad fact that a great many children have been; and continue to be, affected by bullying. This has escalated since the advent of social media with cyberbullying all too common. To counter this, and encouragingly, Anti-Bullying Week will be taking place on the 11th November - 15th November 2019. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children NSPCC Learning has put together a series of resources to protect children from bullying and cyberbullying. Included are podcasts and online courses.

          The effects of cyberbullying can be particularly damaging as it can happen anywhere - at school, at home which means there can be little or no escape. Bullying has to be tackled head-on. The effects of being bullied can encompass sadness, anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, and social isolation. Bullying can also seriously affect a child or young person’s school attendance and performance.

          People from various walks of life - like occupational therapy - choose to foster care with Rainbow

          If you are looking for a life challenge? And perhaps looking to use your professional skills and learning in a very different setting? If the answers to both questions are yes, then you could be about to transform the life of a vulnerable child. There is a country-wide shortage of foster carers - so you could be making a real difference.

          Call our Rainbow Team on 020 8427 3355 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845. You’ll be reassured to know that Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. This rather speaks for itself. The training and support you can expect will prepare you for a fruitful and rewarding professional career as a Rainbow foster carer.

          Our website features plenty of information on aspects of fostering.

          You can easily research a specific fostering topic such as:

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/training/

          or for general interest, we have a great many different issues about fostering and fostering related topics in our blog section

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-therapeutic-series-1/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster carers form the LGBT+ community in Wales being sought

          31st October,2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          A charity in Wales has criticised local authorities for not keeping accurate records of the numbers of foster carers that they recruit from the LGBT+ community. The Association for Fostering and Adoption stated that whilst it appears that there has been an anecdotal increase LGBT+ foster carers in Wales, it is proving difficult to monitor the situation as not all local authorities are keeping an accurate record. This makes it almost impossible to measure what progress is being made.

          A spokesperson for the AFA said: “we must ensure that each local authority can report on the demographics of their fostering workforce from the data we have collected over the past three years we know that recruitment numbers are improving, however, not all local authorities are measuring the numbers of LGBT+ foster carers coming into fostering so we do not know the impact of this work as yet.”

          The most recent data from Barnardo’s Cymru from March 2018 records there were 6,405 children in care across Wales. Of this number, 74% were being looked after in foster homes.

          The need to monitor such demographics is a part of the Welsh Public Sector Equality Duties and important as it means LAs can keep on track in terms of promoting equality. It also means, given there is a shortage across the country of foster carers, recruitment advertising campaigns can be more accurately targeted. And this could have a big effect. The founders of LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week, Consortium, have estimated that it would only require one per cent of the LGBT+ community to foster or adopt and no ‘looked -after-children’ would be left needing a home.

          People from all walks of life - like nursing - choose to foster with Rainbow

          Looking for a challenge? And perhaps looking to use your skills in a different setting? If the answer to both these questions is yes and then, most importantly of all, if you want to transform the life of a vulnerable child, fostering could be the answer. Give us a call on 020 8427 3355 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845. Rainbow has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted which speaks for itself. One of our experienced advisors will be happy to tell you all about the ways you can help a vulnerable child find a future for themselves. The training and support we offer will prepare you for a fruitful and rewarding career as a foster carer.

          Our website features plenty of information on all the different aspects of fostering.

          You can investigate a specific fostering topic such as:

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

          or for general interest, we have a great many different issues about fostering and fostering related topics in our blog section

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-carers-christmas-activities/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster carers will note an increase in funding for ‘Staying Put’

          25th October, 2019

          The Department for Education has recently announced that there will be a further investment of £10m in ‘Staying Put’. This is the name given to the programme that enables foster children to stay with their foster parents after the age of eighteen. The chief executive of the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, is Kevin Williams: in reacting to this news he stated:

          “Staying Put has the potential to change the lives of generations of young people leaving care in England for the better. Almost a year ago, The Fostering Network released our ‘Staying Put: An Unfulfilled Promise report in which we identified a number of issues which were preventing young people from remaining with their former foster carers and benefiting from the continued relationships, stability and support they need when turning 18. One of the major issues was funding and we are therefore very pleased that the Government has listened to our calls and is providing significant additional funding for Staying Put in 2020/21. We hope that by enabling more young people to stay put this funding will also help create a culture where it is the norm for young people to remain living with their foster family after 18.”

          Train to foster with an agency rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted - Rainbow Fostering

          After twenty-one years, Rainbow is now one of the leading independent fostering agencies in the UK. Applicants are being sought in to foster in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Milton Keynes and the Hampshire areas. Rainbow provides outstanding training and many different career development opportunities. You could foster children with complex needs, disabled children, teenagers, sibling groups and mother and child placements. Your fostering journey starts by simply giving us a call on 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845.

          Our website features plenty of information on all the different aspects of fostering.

          Look into a specific fostering topic such as

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/training/

          or for general interest, we have many different issues covered in our blog section

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-ifa-2/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster care costs contributing to financial problems in Birmingham

          22nd October, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          Both demand and costs are rising for Birmingham Children’s Trust. the number of children coming into care in Birmingham has risen dramatically. The figure now stands at roughly 2,000. This has meant that the trust has been left with a ten million pound ’black hole’. The trust only took over responsibility for children’s services from the council in April 2018. Improvements have been made: the trust has been rated ‘Requires Improvement to be Good’ by Ofsted. children’s services had previously been rated ‘Inadequate’ by the watchdog for 12 years.

          The situation has been exacerbated by a shortage of foster carers combined with funding shortfalls to deal with youths caught up in the criminal justice system. The council’s Finance and Resources chief - Cllr Tristan Chatfield - stated: “There are demand issues within that service, it is under pressure and that is a national issue that there is increasing pressure on children’s services generally through rising numbers of children entering the system. Our officers are working very hard with the children’s trust to balance it out by the end of the year and they are working hard to achieve that. It is a subject of ongoing discussion we are aware of the position.”

          Join the agency rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted - Rainbow Fostering

          Rainbow is one of the leading independent fostering agencies in the country. We are hoping to attract people into fostering in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Milton Keynes and the Hampshire area. There are many advantages to a career in foster care. We provide outstanding training and many different career development opportunities. To start your fostering journey, simply give us a call on 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845.

          There is a lot of information about the many different areas of fostering you could consider on our website - as well as plenty of general information.

          You can research a specific fostering topic such as:

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/refugees/

          Our blog section has a large archive of pieces on fostering and related topics such as: http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster care children thought to deserve lifetime support

          15th October, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          The very first care Experienced Conference held in April has made a dramatic call for the government to ensure that ‘lifetime support’ is made available for care experienced children. The call is contained in the conference summary’s report which concluded that the help that is available beyond the age of 25 is inadequate. it is at this age that statutory support comes to an end.

          The report finds that: “Despite the significant life challenges care experienced people face, governments have yet to recognise, consult and engage directly with these experts with lived experience, or seek to better understand their challenges in life after the age of 25,”

          It asks that government recognise in policy that the care experience is a “continuous lifetime process” and does not come to an end when a person reaches certain ages such as 16, 18 or 25.

          Because of their childhood experiences, a significant number of carer experienced people go into higher education at a later age. The report states they should be given access to financial support so they can finish their education if they are over 25.

          What is radical is the call on the government to address the mental health and emotional welfare needs of care experienced people over a lifetime. And that they be addressed as a single issue.

          The government is coming under more pressure to do more for care experienced young people. In October 2018 it launched a ‘Care Leaver Covenant’. This requested businesses to create ten thousand internships, training sessions or work placements for care leavers.

          Rainbow Fostering Services - an agency rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted.

          If you want to find out more about becoming a foster carer, we would be more than happy to have a conversation with you about all the different aspects of fostering. It is a challenging but rewarding career. We are currently looking for applicants in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. Please have a look at the rest of our web site where you find plenty of information on all aspects of fostering: just one example

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-sibling-groups/

          Blogs which cover a wide range of issues relating to foster care: just one example

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-and-caring-for-autistic-children-3/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster care children contribute to UK’s first storybook written by children in care.

          10th October, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          Leicestershire County Council has just published a unique publication: a storybook written entirely by children in care. Entitled ‘Superheroes’, the book is the first of its type ever published by a UK local authority. It features a collection of forty-eight stories produced by youngsters aged between 4 and 15. Children have been given the opportunity to let their fertile imaginations run riot. They have had the choice if writing about existing characters and putting them into new and novel situations or inventing their very own characters.

          the idea behind this project is aimed at closing the gap between children in care and their peers. And this is timely: in a recent report, 12 by 24, The Centre for Social Justice has released plans to increase the number of care leavers attending university to 12% by 2014 for 19 to 21-year-olds. And many would argue not before time as the figures for ‘looked-after-children’ progressing to higher education have only been 6% for the past decade.

          This is a great opportunity for children to actually produce a book. They will be able to see themselves as writers with their stories in print. The book will be launched next week and each of the budding authors will be presented with their own copy by children’s writer Steve Cole. He is well-known for the ‘Astrosaurs’ book series along with several ‘Young James Bond’ stories. Steve Cole stated:

          “For children, who can sometimes feel invisible or unheard, a writing project that allows them expression is a way to boost confidence and self-esteem – and celebrating it gives them a real sense of achievement.”

          Join Rainbow - an agency rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted.

          Being a foster carer is challenging. But the role is changing. Today there are many opportunities within fostering. We train people to specialise in fostering sibling groups or mother and baby placements. Or if you would like the challenge of caring for children with more complex needs, you can train to foster therapeutically.

          There is always back-up: 24/7 - 365 days a year. To find out more about the opportunities we offer, call 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845. Please look at the rest of our website - there’s plenty of general information. For example - learn more about a specific fostering topic such as:

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-and-birth-parents/

          Plus there are many interesting blogs which cover a wide range of issues relating to foster care:

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-children-awareness-obesity/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster carer receives The Fostering Network in Wales top award…

          4th October, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          The 30th of September was a red-letter day for graham Clifford as it saw him being presented with The Fostering Network in Wales’ inaugural President’s Award. It was given to recognise the outstanding contribution he has made over the years to foster care.

          Along with Rose - Graham’s partner - the pair have fostered children with Bridgend Council for over twenty years. Over this period of time, they have looked after 11 children - as well as young people of varying ages. The youngsters came from widely different backgrounds all with differing needs. They are currently caring for two siblings who have been with them since 2008. They are also looking after a child who arrived in September of this year.

          Colin Turner is a director of The Fostering Network in Wales and he said: “Graham is an exemplary foster carer who is totally committed and dedicated to the children in his care. He consistently goes out of his way to speak up on behalf of children and young people and he and Rose have made a huge difference in the lives of the children that they have fostered. ‘However, Graham is also passionate about helping to see fostering be the very best it can be for all involved. He has supported our work at The Fostering Network for over 10 years, contributing to a number of our projects, campaigns and events. He regularly advocates on behalf of his fellow foster carers in Wales and is an integral part of the fostering community.”

          The Fostering Team Manager from Bridgend County Borough Council - Jo Lloyd-Jones stated:

          “Graham and Rose are a wonderful couple. They provide a secure and nurturing home environment for their young people and ensure that all of their care needs are met. They support the young people as individuals, encourage them to pursue their individual interests and enable them to reach their full academic potential. The couple are strong and positive advocates and have actively fought for equality of outcome for their fostered children.”

          Rainbow Fostering is looking to recruit new foster carers in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

          Most people know that fostering is a challenging job. Not so many realise just how rewarding it can be. At Rainbow, we commit to providing the very best in terms of training and support. Our foster carers know that they can depend upon this. And there is back-up at all times of the day and night - 365 days a year. Find out more about the opportunities we offer by calling 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845.

          Remember, there’s no obligation if you contact us. we hope you will make the decision to foster - if it is right for you and your family. There is a national shortage of over 8,000 foster families in the UK.

          Take a look at the rest of our website - there’s plenty of general information. For example - learn more about a specific fostering topic such as:

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/staying-safe/

          And there are many interesting blogs covering a wide range of issues relating to fostering:

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-good-reading-habits/

          Remember: if you care…foster care!

          Foster carers to note youngsters at risk of prosecution from county lines involvement.

          1st October, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          It has been reported that youngsters are being failed by the system when they get caught up in county lines drug operations. Young British who have fallen victim to human trafficking have been pressured to sell drugs in county lines operations. Guidelines exist to prevent them from being prosecuted but they are not being followed - resulting in youngsters being charged. This is despite the fact the Modern Slavery Act gives young people the right to amount a ‘Section 45’ defence. This states that as they have been victims of trafficking they have been forced to commit offences.The policy of the Crown Prosecution Service states that if a child or young person might have been the victim of trafficking and then drawn into criminal activity, there is a public interest in halting a prosecution.

          A number of cases have emerged where the CPS has in fact prosecuted British children for county lines involvement. This has happened even when the national referral mechanism NRM has designated them as being victims of human trafficking - or there has been strong evidence this was the case.

          The concern has to be that children in care can be at heightened risk - especially if they are vulnerable to being groomed by gangs.

          Rainbow Fostering is recruiting in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

          Fostering is a challenging job but it’s nonetheless highly rewarding. Rainbow provide outstanding training and support for our foster carers. There is back-up at all times of the day and night - 365 days a year. Over 8,00 new foster families are needed this year alone.

          Find out more about the opportunities foster carers have by calling 020 8427 3355. Alternatively, use our National Line 0330 311 2845. Remember, there’s absolutely no obligation if you contact us. Take a look at the rest of our website - there’s plenty of general information. For example - learn more about a specific fostering topic such as:

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-and-birth-children/

          There are many blogs that cover issues related to fostering such as

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/time-foster-new-realisation/

          Foster care Excellence Awards: sponsors announced

          24th September, 2019

          The UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, has announced the sponsors of this year’s ‘Fostering Excellence Awards’. These are to mark excellence and outstanding achievements in fostering in 2019. The list of organisations and individuals proud to be sponsoring this years awards are: The Mortgage Brain - supporting the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution by a Foster Carer Award’ - this celebrates an outstanding contribution by foster carers; ‘Jon and Kathy Broad Award’ - this is given to a foster carer in recognition of their outstanding work caring for children with learning disabilities; William Giles supports the ‘Outstanding Contribution by Sons and Daughters Award’ - this recognises the birth children of foster carers who have pulled out all the stops to support their family, or children being fostered in a family and the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Education Award’ is sponsored by The Exilarch’s Foundation which celebrates the educational success of young people in foster care.

          The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated:

          “We are excited to welcome both new and established sponsors to this year’s Fostering Excellence Awards, the UK’s only national fostering awards. We would like to thank them for their support, which enables them to shine a spotlight on some of the exceptional foster carers, young people and social workers in the fostering community. Their support also gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the transformational power of fostering among wider UK society.”

          Haven and partridges also contribute to supporting the awards which will be held at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall the 23rd October.

          Join our Rainbow Fostering Community.

          Our agency is looking to recruit new foster carers in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Hampshire. It’s a challenging job but highly rewarding. We provide the very best in training and then support our carers at all times of the day and night all year round. More children are coming into foster care than ever before. the need to find more people to foster is pressing.

          If you want to find out more about the opportunities that fostering can offer, please call 020 8427 3355 or Call use our National Line 0330 311 2845. Remember, there’s absolutely no obligation or pressure. At Rainbow, we want to make sure you are making the right career decision.

          In the meantime, there is plenty about all aspects of fostering on our website - so please have a good look around. You can find out more on a specific fostering topic such as:

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about/

          Foster care and kinship carers should be aware

          20th September, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          A briefing paper has been published by the House of Commons Library which has examined the level of help that is made available for grandparents, other family members and friends who are caring for ‘looked after’ children. Also known as ‘Kinship Carers’, they play a vital role in looking after children unable to be with their parents. The remit of the paper covers England and Wales with links made to address the situation in Scotland.

          There is a range of different types of possible arrangements for family and friends care. these include private arrangement - fostering provision from the local authorities, special guardianship orders (SGOs) and child arrangement orders. Financial help can be made available for family and friends kinship carers via the local authority and, or, the tax credit or social security systems. Both the eligibility and the scale of any payments made for financial assistance may be means-tested.

          The paper emphasises that - “any individual considering taking responsibility for a child or young person should seek legal or professional advice.”

          Foster care offers a great future.

          We urgently need people in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Hampshire who are interested in a career in foster care. These days more and more vulnerable children are arriving in care traumatised as a result of their experiences. Looking after them can be challenging. But if you can give them hope and settle them into a new more stable and secure life, you will be giving them an incredible fresh start. How many people get the chance to give a lonely - often fearful - child a fresh start in life. Few things can be as rewarding.

          We take it for granted you will have commitment and dedication. Both qualities are needed. And we will provide you with the best in support and training. If you want to find out more, please call 020 8427 3355 or Call our National Line 0330 311 2845. There’s no obligation or pressure - we want to make sure you are making the right decision.

          You can find out more on a specific fostering topic such as:

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/therapeutic-foster-carer/

          And for general interest:

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-the-idea-of-university-as-a-choice/

          Foster carer in Scotland given ‘President’s Award’

          18th September, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          A leading member of Scotland’s fostering community has been given special recognition by The Fostering Network for her work. Kay Jackson has been awarded The Fostering Network’s President’s Award. This is part of the leading charity’s Fostering Excellence awards which also saw the TV personality and foster carer Debbie Douglas recognised. Kay and her husband David who is also a foster carer have provided secure, loving and stable homes for many children over the years they have been fostering. Kay has a wealth of experience and knowledge which she has used over the years to support other foster carers. Her depth of knowledge is such that she contributes to the national debate around fostering and plays a part in influencing policy-making decisions.

          Kay’s reaction to the Award was:

          “I was surprised and humbled to be nominated for such an award. Fostering is and has been, part of our lives for such a long time. The children and young people, the exceptional foster carers we meet, The Fostering Network, and all the other team members who work tirelessly every day, should also be recognised for the fantastic work they do in improving the lives of the young people who are looked after away from their families. Our lives have been filled with love, laughter and challenges and we wouldn’t want it any other way.”

          Kay will be accompanying other winners at The Fostering Network’s annual Fostering Excellence Awards to be held in London next month.

          Want to foster? Reasons to choose Rainbow

          • All the support and training you’d expect from a fostering agency rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted;
          • Making an enormous difference for often lonely and vulnerable children;
          • Opportunities to foster in London, Birmingham, Manchester & Hampshire;
          • A generous fostering allowance with many opportunities to increase your earnings: enhanced pay rates - up to £40k pa - for therapeutically trained foster carers;
          • 24 hr support 24/7 365 days a year;
          • Being part of an active dedicated community of fostering professionals.

          These are just some of the reason that fostering can be such a good career choice if you are seriously committed and have the dedication always be there for a vulnerable child, young person or indeed sibling group. You will need a spare room for a child in order to foster. We encourage people to foster whatever their status: married, divorced, single, cohabiting - or whatever their sexual orientation. We also welcome applications from people whatever their religion, ethnicity or cultural background. Find out more by calling 020 8427 3355 or Call our National Line 0330 311 2845.

          Specific knowledge on a fostering topic:

          http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/who-can-foster/ http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-requires-being-able-to-communicate-effectively/

          Foster carer and TV personality Debbie Douglas receives a prestigious award

          12th September, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity has awarded it ‘President’s Award’ to the podcaster, TV personality and foster carer Debbie Douglas. She is best known to people for appearing in ‘The Only Way is Essex’ and the podcast ‘The Brights’.

          Over the last twenty-five years, together with her partner Dave Bright, she has looked after a great many foster children. Apart from the dedication and commitment she has shown all these youngsters, she has played a huge part in helping to raise the profile of fostering in the country. She has done much of this through her role as a Government fostering ambassador. over the years she has made appearances in the media - as well as attending events - aimed at bringing attention to the important work foster carers do.

          Debbie was presented with the award by the vice-president of The Fostering Network, Darren Harman-Page who said:

          “Making children feel loved and settled and helping them to flourish is one of the most important things anyone can do. As a foster carer, Debbie has done this for over 250 children which is, in itself, an amazing thing to have done. However, Debbie is also a fantastic ambassador for fostering, using the fact she is a well-known personality to shine a spotlight on how fostering can change futures. Debbie speaks so eloquently and with heartfelt emotion about her own positive experience as a foster carer and, without a doubt, there will be many foster carers today and in the future who can trace their interest in fostering back to her passion. This is so important given the ongoing need for more people to come forward to foster.”

          the leading fostering charity estimates that this year alone, an additional 8,6000 new foster families are needed in the UK. This means that the contribution made by Debbie Douglas of spreading awareness of this need remains particularly important.

          Rainbow invites you to consider a career in fostering.

          Rainbow Fostering - established for 21 years, and rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted - is keen to talk to people interested in becoming foster carers. The training and support we provide is of the highest quality. We also offer different career options - caring for sibling groups or looking after vulnerable mothers and their and babies. - as just two examples. Most important of all, you have to have the commitment and dedication to want to support a child and help them get off to a good start in life. This means supporting them at school and encouraging them to fulfil their potential.

          At Rainbow, our highly professional staff are skilled at matching our foster carers preferences to the referrals we receive. And once you have a child or young person in placement, you can rely on around the clock support 365 days a year.

          If you feel like finding out more, please give us a call for an informal, friendly chat without any obligation. The numbers are 020 8427 3355 or our National line 0330 311 2845. You can also apply online and arrange us to call you back at a convenient time for you.

          Thank you for visiting our website. We work hard to make it as informative a possible.

          Blog recommendations: http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-files-glimpse-the-everyday-world-of-fostering-6/ http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-mother-and-baby-placements-explained/

          2nd September, 2019

          I have been working for an independent fostering agency for four years. This was the latest step in a career rooted in marketing and recruitment. With a shortage of 8,500 foster families this year, the focus for everyone in fostering provision is to recruit more foster carers. Easier said than done. 65% of children now coming into care arrive having suffered some form of neglect and/or abuse. They are traumatised: in the jargon having complex behavioural and emotional needs.

          Blindly appealing to peoples good intentions to become foster carers is running out of steam. This is because the reality is fostering demands high levels of resilience. Without these, placements routinely breakdown causing fresh psychological problems to some already pretty damaged youngsters. And, in quite a few instances, well-motivated people then give up fostering as a consequence. For them, it too will have been a distressing experience.

          Overall, we cannot claim to have a system that is fit for purpose. How can it be when only 6% of care experienced children go on to higher education? This is against 49% of the general population. It has been argued recently the true figure is 12% only because this draws in young people graduating at a slightly older age. Such figures are far from satisfactory. They do not look like improving soon as children with behavioural problems are now running the gauntlet of being ‘off rolled’ by schools. When this happens, the possibility of educational attainment becomes negligible. And even more troubling is the increased risk of involvement with gangs with the inevitable scrapes with the law.

          The general situation is becoming alarming. The Children’s Commissioner for England last year wrote ‘Risks to Children ‘the biggest social justice challenge of our time’. And this May the Commissioner warned in her own report “vulnerable children with learning disabilities are stuck in mental health hospitals for long periods and in poor conditions.”

          Recruitment is the key - but who are we trying to attract?

          Foster children are already amongst the most vulnerable in society. The fostering industry has recognised in the face of such findings and statistics, that a new breed of foster carer is needed: the therapeutically trained carer. This person will have received special training enabling them to create a supportive environment for a child or young person who has suffered trauma. The carer will be able to appreciate the experiences of the child and their negative impacts. Understanding what has gone wrong, means the carer will have the skills to support the child’s emotional, psychological and social development.

          Work has been done - supported by the leading charity The Fostering Network - to identify the ideal traits looked for in foster carers. And there is cause to be optimistic. This research highlights that seventy-three per cent of foster carers have a ‘values set’ in common with being described as a ‘Pioneer’. The national average in the country of other people in the country sharing such values is around thirty per cent. Pioneers, it emerged, are individuals with a highly developed sense of the difference between right and wrong. Perhaps, most significantly of all, they are extremely concerned about the environment and the nature of the society we live in. They are people with powerful desires to really make a positive difference in the world.

          The decision to not have children must be one of the most profound a woman or man can make. Nonetheless, we now have BirthStrike which is a group for those who have decided against having children. The reason: the impending climate catastrophe and the breakdown of civilisation likely to follow in its wake. Begun by one Blythe Pepino, BirthStrike seems to have motivated at least 140 individuals - mostly woman - to reject having their own children. This is sad; but clearly for some, an understandable response to climate change. Such fears could mean we now have a growing number of people with all the right ‘motivations to foster’ - as the well-worn phrase goes. Individuals - clearly pioneers of a sort - denying themselves the opportunity of having their own children - but who could make a profound difference in the lives of children already here: a climate cloud with a silver lining - perhaps.

          William Saunders
          Marketing: Rainbow Fostering

          Foster care children could benefit from new ‘well being’ resource

          30th August, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          'Children in Scotland’ have brought out a new educational resource for teachers and other related professionals aimed at supporting children and young people’s understanding of their own wellbeing. This is defined as being about ”developing as a person physically, emotionally and socially.”

          The initiative has been designed as a direct response to the views and ideas of teachers, children and young people. The author is Linda Young: the forward states: “Children and young people told us they wanted activities that were fun, creative, engaging and suitable for their age group. Teachers and practitioners emphasised the need for clear, practical and accessible resources and activities linked to wellbeing indicators.”

          Consider being a foster carer with Rainbow Fostering

          There is no doubt that fostering is a life-changing decision for anyone to consider. And there are will certainly be many challenges: high points as well as low points. You will, on the other hand, always have the satisfaction of knowing you are making a genuine and lasting difference to the life and experience of a child or young person.

          Rainbow Fostering has been training people from all kinds of backgrounds to become foster parents for over 21 years. As a long-established Independent Fostering Agency IFA, we have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in all areas. One of the things we are most effective at accomplishing is ensuring all our foster carers receive the best in training - as well as support.

          With this in place, they are able to build rewarding careers in fostering. If you now want to find out more about becoming a foster carer, Simply call 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845. It’s also worth taking a detailed look at the rest of our website.

          Rainbow is always adding new information to the website to keep all who visit up to speed with all aspects of fostering. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/training/ for more information on the different types of options to be considered if you want to become a foster parent.

          Foster care can be improved in five key leading charity says

          4th August, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          There us a new Children’s Minister at the Department of Education - Kemi Badenoch. She sees herself as having a key role in making foster care in England as good as it can be. The leading charity, The Fostering Network, have identified five particular issues that need to be addressed as a matter of priority if the Minister’s aim is to be achieved:

          • the initiation of a thorough review of foster care allowances and expenses;
          • the introduction of a central register for all foster carers in England;
          • an improvement to the status of foster carers;
          • help to enable children and foster carers to ‘Keep Connected’;
          • much better implementation of ‘staying put’ arrangements.

          Regarding her role, Kemi Badenoch said -

          “It is a privilege to be asked to serve in the new prime minister’s government. Especially as this role provides so much room to make a difference, whether it be for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, care leavers or parents.”

          And -

          “I look forward to building on his successes of my predecessor Nadhim Zahawi MP. He once described this job as the best in government, and I am sure he is right.”

          You could be a foster carer with Rainbow Fostering in 2019

          Fostering is a life-changing decision. There are many challenges: lows as well as highs - but You will have the satisfaction of knowing you are making an incredible difference to a child or young person’s life.

          For well over 21 years now Rainbow Fostering has been training people to become foster parents We have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in all areas. We ensure that all our foster carers receive the very best in training and support. This is so they can build rewarding careers in fostering.

          Our ethos is underpinned by the belief that if our foster carers are successful, so too, will our children be. If you want to be a part of our success and go on to achieve considerable success for you and your family, then call us today. We will commit to helping you find out if becoming a foster carer is the right career move for you. Simply call us on 020 8427 3355 or 0330 311 2845.

          Please take a detailed look at our website. We are always adding information to it so there is much to inform. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/training/ for more information on the range of options that you can consider if you become a foster carer.

          Foster carers in Scotland see universities offer guaranteed places to care leavers.

          25th July, 2019

          In a major new initiative, Scotland’s universities are to make places available to students who have been in the care system at any time in their lives. Youngsters who will be covered are those who have been in residential care, foster or kinship care as well as those as who have been adopted.

          Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has backed the announcement of the initiative by the country’s eighteen higher education institutions. the situation at the moment is that only four per cent of ‘looked after’ school leavers progress to university. This compares to over forty per cent of their peers in the rest of the country.

          The principal of Glasgow Caledonian University, Pamela Gillies, stated:

          “This announcement demonstrates that universities across Scotland recognise the importance of those who have had an experience of care and the huge potential they have.”

          Why choose to foster?

          Making the decision to become a foster carer will be life-changing.You will have the knowledge that you are making an incredible difference to the lives of vulnerable children. Sadly, such children may have been exposed to violence, drug or alcohol addiction or mental health issues within the family home. Foster carers play a crucial role in stabilising these damaged lives.

          Rainbow Fostering has been training people to become foster parents for over 21 years. The agency has considerable experience in creating well-matched placements. And we are now rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. All our foster carers benefit from the very best in training and support. We want them to build successful professional c careers in fostering. Their success means our foster children can enjoy success. Please give us a call today and we will help you to discover if becoming a foster parent is the right thing for you and your family. The numbers to call are 020 8427 3355 or 0330 311 2845.

          Take the time to look around the rest of our website. You will pick up a lot of information about the many different aspects of foster care provision. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/our-assessment-process/ for more information on our assessment process.

          Foster carers should be aware there are now ‘pioneering’ new tools to fight against child abuse

          24th July, 2019

          Foster care issues in the news…

          Foster carers, like all parents, will be reassured that there are now new”game-changing” innovations that will improve the capability of the Child Abuse Image Database. This will have the effect of dramatically speeding up child abuse investigations.

          The revolutionary software is intended to increase the number of child sexual abusers brought to justice and safeguard victims.

          The Home Secretary Said David said:

          “vile predators who are creating, viewing or sharing indecent imagery of children are constantly adapting their tactics to evade capture. We must move at the same pace and evolve to ensure we catch these paedophiles bring them to justice and protect vulnerable victims.”

          The National Police Chief’s Council Lead for Child Protection, Chief Constable Simon Bailey stated

          “There have been year on year increases in reports of people accessing indecent images of children and as a service, we are searching more properties, arresting more suspects and safeguarding more children than ever before.”

          Apply today to foster with Rainbow

          Did you know? Many more people will be needed to become foster parents in 2019. If it is something you are giving thought to, it’s a big decision for anyone to make. So quite naturally, you’ll have a lot of questions. Our friendly recruitment team will be happy to help you - whatever questions you have.

          Some of the more common questions we are asked include - what are the different types of foster care? Or how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance?

          Please call 020 8427 3355 or 0330 311 2845 and speak with one of our advisors today. You can; if it is more convenient, schedule a call back for a time that is suitable for you.

          Why you should foster with Rainbow?

          These are just a few of the many reasons that people choose to foster with us - apart from the fact we have been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted.

          • complete round the clock support - 365 days a year;
          • always careful and sensitive matching of placements with our foster carers preferences;
          • professional and friendly staff to undertake your assessment and be on hand to answer all your questions;
          • our foster carers are professionals and we offer further specialist training to help build their careers in fostering. This means we are especially keen to hear from people who want to foster teenagers, sibling groups or accept mother and baby placements.
          • At Rainbow, we celebrate diversity and welcome applications from people regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, religion or cultural background.

          Foster carers to receive training to help deal with the stigma experienced in education by care experienced youngsters

          15th July, 2019

          Foster care in the news…

          A project to raise awareness of the need to reduce stigma concerning care experience in educational settings is underway in Scotland. The announcement was made by the director of The Fostering Network, Sara Lurie. ‘The Young Advocates’ project has been funded by the Life Changes Trust and the Young Start Fund - supported by the National Lottery Community Fund. It will see youngsters from a care experienced background, creating learning opportunities for teachers and trainee teachers. These will focus on the day-to-day realities of school or college experiences that children in care have.

          The young advocates have also set themselves the task of training foster carers so they can strengthen their awareness of how best to support the youngsters in their care. Sara Lurie expressed delight at the funding that had been made available to drive the project forward:

          “We hear so often from young people that their experience of education would be much more positive if all school staff had a better understanding of what it is like to be in care. We hope therefore that this project will help address this and, as a result, see young people with care experience be even more aspirational and inspired within education.”

          Rainbow will be there to support and guide you throughout your fostering career.

          Rainbow have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. That’s because we strive so hard for our children and foster carers. So if you have been giving some thought to the idea of becoming a foster carer, please give us a call. We’d love the chance to start a conversation with you about what a rewarding - and yes; at times challenging - career fostering offers. Arrange for us to give you a call at a time to suit you. The numbers are 020 8427 3355 or the agency’s National line 0330 311 2845. There is no

          We work hard to provide plenty of information about fostering on our website: practical points as well as news and views. Try visiting Rainbow’s assessment process http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/our-assessment-process/

          Foster care needs to think about a new language

          11th July, 2019

          Foster care in the news…

          Words matter…a single word has the power to empower or render invisible. This explains why a group of youngsters - all with experience of being in care - have given themselves the vision of changing some of the language that is used to refer to them.

          The children have the support of the children’s charity Voice of Young People in Care. The idea is to develop a dictionary using new words to be used instead of terms used by social workers and civil servants that seem “cold and distant”.

          Examples include LAC for ‘Looked After Children’. They feel that this suggests there is something lacking in them as individuals; ‘Contact’ - here the feeling is this should be replaced with ‘Family Time’ especially s this describes what it actually is; ‘Placement’ this, children thought, did not suggest ideas of home with one commenting that it even made you feel you had to “grow up more quickly”. You could have a bright future as a foster carer with Rainbow Fostering

          At Rainbow Fostering, we strive to make the process of becoming a foster carer easy and rewarding.

          We’ll take all the time you need to explain how. Just call Rainbow Fostering on 020 8427, or use our National Line, 0330 311 2845. There are only six steps to becoming a foster carer - we support and guide you through each of them:

          • step 1 - the initial enquiry to Rainbow - either online or by phone;
          • step 2 - we arrange an initial home visit to discuss your areas of interest;
          • step 3 - we assist you to complete our application form - as well as checking your references. During this time you will also attend our three-day ‘Skills to Foster’ introduction to foster carer course;
          • step 4 - our fostering assessment is made;
          • step 5 - your preparation is finalised;
          • step 6 - meeting with our Panel. If you are successful, a decision will be made to ‘Approve’ you to foster. Usually, the process from initial inquiry to ‘Approval’ takes around sixteen to eighteen weeks.

          Call today. There is a shortage of 8,600 foster families in the country. The work you’ll be doing could change the life of a vulnerable child for the better.

          Foster care ‘Young People’ financial education report from leading charity

          10th July, 2019

          Foster care in the news…

          The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has welcomed the publication of the report ‘Care to talk about Money’. This was produced by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Education for Young People. The APPG in their report fully recognises the key role played by foster parents in supporting young people with money management. The charity recommends that foster parents themselves be given training and support in matters financial so they can best support the youngsters their care. The Fostering Charity stated:

          “In our written and oral evidence to the APPG’s inquiry into children in care and financial education we focused on the issues faced by foster carers in supporting young people to open up a bank account. Many of these barriers, such as parental responsibility residing with the local authority rather than the foster carer, young people not necessarily holding their original birth certificate or having a passport, can be overcome with banks having a better understanding of the care system and foster care. Therefore we welcome the report’s recommendation that banks should have clear policies in place to ensure children in care can get access to bank accounts and that these policies should be applied consistently with clear signposting for foster carers.”

          Foster carers make all the difference.

          Around 8,000 new foster families are now needed. This shortage means many teenagers and sibling groups urgently need to be found foster homes.

          Our agency, now rated Outstanding by Ofsted, would welcome a call from you if you are interested in finding out more about fostering. It’s easy, call 020 8427 3355 or our National line 0330 311 2845 It’s a good idea will be valuable to visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/our-assessment-process/ to find out more.

          Foster care in Scotland requires urgent action

          22nd June, 2019

          Foster care in the news…

          The leading charity, The Fostering Network, is stating that too little progress has been made in relation to the issues affecting foster families in Scotland. The warning comes in the charity’s publication ‘State of Scotland’s Foster Care Report’. Five hundred foster carers in Scotland were surveyed for the report. Responses show there has been no improvement in key areas since the survey was last produced two years ago. These areas include:

          • Six in ten foster parents - no change since 2016 - report the fostering allowance which is the money provided to spend on a child they are caring for does not meet the full costs. Many foster carers say they are having to ‘dip into their own pockets’. National minimum allowances have been established in England, Northern Ireland and Wales: notwithstanding years of campaigning plus a promise from the Scottish Government that is now over 10 years old, there’s still no recommended minimum allowance for children who are in foster care in Scotland.
          • Slightly over a quarter of foster parents (27 per cent compared with 26 per cent in 2016) report they do not feel able to make day-to-day decisions about the children in their foster care. This can mean that children and young people living in foster care can miss out on normal family, social and school activities.
          • Far too many foster parents report not feeling they are treated as an equal by their fostered child’s social workers, with only 63 per cent (down from 74 per cent in 2016) reporting that they do. They also say they do not feel valued.
          • When a request is made to look after a child that is outside the age range the foster parents have been assessed and approved for, nearly three-quarters of foster carers (73 per cent compared to 70 per cent in 2016) feel they are not given the additional support - or training to help them best accommodate the child’s particular needs.
          • Rainbow Fostering is one of the leading foster care agencies - rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted - are keen to speak with you!

            Thank’s for taking the time to read our latest foster care news article. If you have been thinking about becoming a foster carer - please complete our contact form. We will then get in touch - at the time you can specify on the form that will be convenient for you. Or, if you’re really keen at this moment, just give us a call: 020 8427 3355 or our National Line is 0330 311 2845.

            To foster a child or young person, you will need to have patience and understanding - lots! You will also need to have a spare room for the exclusive use of the child or young person you are fostering. Most importantly of all, you need to have a passion to help and support a vulnerable child to overcome their experiences and make a success of their lives.

            Foster children in Slough not protected

            14th June, 2019

            Ofsted has just reported that a trust has placed foster children at risk because of a number of “serious failures”. The report went on to say:

            "There are serious and/or widespread failures that mean children and young people are not protected or their welfare is not promoted or safeguarded and/or the care and experiences of children and young people are poor and they are not making progress.”

            Slough Children's Services Trust's (SCST) stated that it was “extremely disappointed” in the findings. It was claimed by the SCST that progress was now being made. It also said that it: "strives to make all our children safe" and was addressing the issues “immediately.”

            You could have a bright future as a foster carer with Rainbow Fostering

            At Rainbow, we commit to making the process of becoming a foster carer simple and rewarding. It’s not complicated, but you do need to have a spare room for a child. Call us on 020 8427, or our national line, 0330 311 2845 and we will explain how easy it is to start fostering. There are only six steps and we support and guide you through each of them:

            • step one - the initial enquiry to Rainbow - either online or by phone;
            • step two - we arrange an initial home visit to discuss your areas of interest;
            • step three - we assist you to complete our application form - as well as checking your references. During this time you will also attend our three-day ‘Skills to Foster’ introduction to foster carer course;
            • step four - our fostering assessment is made;
            • step five - your preparation is finalised;
            • step six - meeting with our Panel. If you are successful, a decision will be made to ‘Approve’ you to foster. Usually the process from initial inquiry to ‘Approval’ takes around sixteen to eighteen weeks.

            Blog recommendation: http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-carers-now-sought-35-age-group/

            Foster mother is made an MBE in Queen’s Honours list

            11th June, 2019

            The Queen’s Birthday Honours list has just recognised a foster mum who has fostered more than two hundred and fifty children over fifty years. Now aged 74, Christine Marie Lunn, is still fostering children and has promised to “go on as long as I possibly can’. Christine, originally got involved in fostering when a close friend told her that she would make a ‘brilliant’ foster carer. She was supported over the years by her her husband Peter, who passed away in 2017.

            On hearing the news of her MBE, Christine said she “trembled in shock all weekend”. Her view is that “if you’ve got love in your heart and time to give to children then it’s wonderful, I’d recommend it to anyone”. Christine has kept a photograph of every child she looked after and said “The first is still in touch, which is wonderful. They’ve grown up, had a good life and had their own families, so it’s very rewarding”.

            Fostering can be a life-changing choice.

            At the present moment in time, around 8,000 new foster families are needed in the UK. If you decide to foster, you can be assured you will be making a vital and significant difference to the life of a vulnerable child. There are also many teenagers and sibling groups that urgently need to be found foster homes.

            Our agency, now rated Outstanding by Ofsted, has been finding foster homes for children and young people for twenty-one years. We have certainly ‘come of age’ and are hugely experiences in training and supporting all the foster carers in the important work that they do. And we must be doing something right as quite a few of our foster carers have been with us for over ten years and more. If you want to find out more about joining our dedicated and caring community contact us today: 020 8427 3355 or our National line 0330 311 2845 will put you through to our recruitment team. It will be valuable to visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/our-assessment-process/ for what you can expect when you apply. But, as we always say, there’s nothing like a good chat so we’d love to hear from you today.

            Foster care award for Hollie George

            May 31st, 2019

            The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland gives the inaugural President’s Award to Hollie George. Hollie, who is 24 years of age has received The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland’s President’s Award. This has been given to recognise her outstanding contribution to foster. Hollie said: “Foster care gave me a future.” Talking about her experiences, Hollie - who had been in foster care since the age of nine - praised her carers Trevor and Heather. She is sure that they changed her future for the better.

            The Fostering Network recognised that Hollie had shown tremendous determination to take up every opportunity that came her way and make the best of it. This, despite a challenging start in life which resulted in her missing a full year of school as she was looking after her younger brother. In Hollie’s view they had always “come as a package”.

            Trevor and Heather gave Hollie huge encouragement with her education. when she reached the age of sixteen, she was the deputy head girl at her school. From that achievement, she went on to get a degree in sociology and criminology at Ulster University. Hollie is now working with a prestigious consultancy in Belfast.

            The President of The Fostering Network, Libby Thornhill said - “It is a great honour to award Hollie with the first President’s Award in Northern Ireland. Not only has Hollie built a promising future for herself, she has contributed significantly to promoting the importance of a stable, caring home life with a fostering family. She has consistently supported her local Health and Social Care Trust and The Fostering Network in demonstrating the importance of a stable, loving foundation to enable a child to reach their full potential.” And “She is the embodiment of this year’s Foster Care Fortnight message. Fostering really can “change a future”. Hollie is a great role model to young people and an inspiration to all of us.”

            Why choose to foster?

            Deciding to become a foster carer means the care you provide can really change the life and future of a young person. Sadly, many vulnerable children come into care because of events over which they have no control. They can be devastating. Children will typically have been subjected to a breakdown in their home life. The causes can be various. Often there has been violence, drug or alcohol addiction or mental health issues within the family. Stabilising these damaged lives and offering stability and security can make all the difference in the world to a vulnerable child.

            Rainbow has been finding foster homes for children for over 21 years. We are rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Quite a few of our carers have been with us for over ten years - some longer. We think this illustrates the quality of training and ongoing support we provide for our carers. Please give us a call and we will help to discover if fostering is right for you. Our numbers are 020 8427 3355 or the agency’s National line 0330 311 2845.

            We are always adding information to our website. Please have a good look around it. It should give you a very good idea about fostering generally. It’s a good idea to take a look at Rainbow’s assessment process http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/our-assessment-process/ But there’s nothing like a good chat, so we’d love to hear from you.

            Foster care: a life-changing moment for three foster carers

            May 22nd, 2019

            Bridgend County Borough Council is another authority joining the ranks of those keen to take advantage of The Fostering Network’s annual campaign, Foster Care Fortnight. This is because like so many other authorities, they are hard-pressed when it comes to attracting new people into fostering. This year they are working to boost the profile of their own foster carers and make it plain just what an incredible job they do for some very vulnerable children.

            One important message the authority wants to get across is the myth about fostering that results in a great many people thinking that they would not make suitable foster carers. The authority says the reverse is true and that many people would make good foster carers.

            The council has decided to promote three people who decided to become foster carers. Kay Gamble, Supported Lodgings Provider: “A supported lodgings provider is someone who helps an 18-21-year-old who might need some support before living independently. When I first started, I was working full-time as a baker, so it worked for me as I couldn’t be in the house all day. It also gave the young adults a situation where they could learn how to look after themselves. I mostly look after boys as I have two sons myself, and over the years I have lost count of how many people that I have supported. Sometimes it might only be a matter of weeks, and in some cases it’s been two years.”

            Rebecca Walsh, Foster Carer: “I always knew I wanted to foster since I was 11 years old. I used to look after my siblings and I was the oldest child out of four, so I wanted to do more to help other children. I remember when I was 18, I rang Bridgend Council and asked to be a foster carer. They told me to call back when I was 21, so when I was 21 and two months I phoned them back and that was the start of the process.”

            Will Howells, Foster Carer: “I had a lad who had been with us for three years and he is 22 now. He rang me recently and said, "Thank you for everything you’ve done for me." I told him I hadn’t done anything for him and he replied, "You were always there." The conversation then made me remember going to his parents evening and his teacher telling me he was so excited as he had never had a parent attend before.”

            Perhaps this last poignant observation from a young person really does show that what might seem a small thing, can make all the difference in the world to them. Foster a child and you could be making that special difference.

            With our help and support a great career in fostering awaits?

            Rainbow are extremely proud of the fact that we have been rated as an Outstanding agency by Ofsted. What matters most, is that it means anyone applying to become a foster career with us, will have the peace of mind that they will be with an agency that offers the best in support and training. If you have been considering fostering for quite some time, or are responding because of The Fostering Network’s annual Foster Care Fortnight, please give us a call. You can arrange for us to give you a call at a time to suit you if calling during the day is difficult. The numbers are 020 8427 3355 or the agency’s National line 0330 311 2845.

            There is plenty of information about fostering on our website. One suggestion explains Rainbow’s assessment process http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/our-assessment-process/

            More foster carers sought in Cheshire as Foster Care Fortnight is now firmly underway

            May 17th, 2019

            Foster care is firmly on the news agenda this week as Foster Care Fortnight gathers momentum. There is a shortage of foster carers around the country. Now Cheshire West and Chester Council together with other nearby local authorities, is focusing attention on the need to find more foster carers. Foster 4 is a new recruitment service for foster carers used by the council and it is highlighting the stories of eight youngsters in foster care on its website.

            The director of children’s services at Cheshire West and Chester Council is Emma Taylor. She said:

            “Our care leavers’ stories show what a difference our foster carers have made to their lives. We currently have 167 fostering households who foster directly with the Council and do an amazing job helping to care for some of our borough’s most vulnerable children and young people. But, with over 240 children in foster care in the borough, we need even more local people to come forward and foster with us.”

            Foster Care Fortnight is the biggest foster care recruitment drive in the UK. It is run by the leading charity, The Fostering Network. The theme of this year’s campaign is #changeafuture

            Have you considered how rewarding foster care can be?

            At Rainbow, we have been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. We are very proud of this and it means you can expect the very highest standards of professionalism throughout your fostering journey. We will take all the time you need to be sure that you are making the right decision and that fostering will be right for you. Today, more children are coming into care than ever before and foster carers are needed as never before. you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing an incredibly important and much needed job. Another 6,800 foster families are needed in England alone this year.

            If you are seriously thinking about fostering, give us a call on either 020 8427 3355 or use our National Number 0330 311 2845. You can call us to arrange a chat at a time to suit you - we’d love to hear from you. We have provided plenty of background information on fostering on our website. These are two of our most popular pages which we hope will give you more of an idea about fostering. Frequently Asked Questions about fostering http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ Becoming a Foster carer http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/becoming-a-foster-carer/

            The call goes out for more foster carers in Essex

            May 13th, 2019

            It is the goal of the council to attract more people into fostering. They are putting on a drive to find more 100 new foster carers during Foster Care Fortnight. This is the annual campaign run by the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. The fostering team manager at Essex County Council is Corrie Castleman. She stated - “We need more people to welcome a child into their family as every vulnerable child in Essex needs and deserves a safe, supportive and fun-loving home to inspire our children to become well-adjusted young adults that can positively contribute to society.”

            She added - “Whatever your background you can become a foster carer. It is not a box ticking exercise. there are no stereotypes. It’s just the generosity of your soul.”

            The council is hoping to interest people by recounting inspirational stories of the work of foster carers: carers like Sylvie and Franck Dambrine. This couple has provided a foster home for ten children via the council’s fostering service - this is at the same time as raising their own sons Theo,11 and Mattieu,14. As Sylvie Dambrine said “ When you see the children grow and blossom under your roof; when you see angry, miserable, tormented children become more balanced and happy and achieving their full potential - it makes me feel like I am doing the right thing.”

            It’s Foster Care Fortnight so please; if you’re considering fostering, contact Team Rainbow.

            We know fostering is a life-changing decision. This means we understand the importance of giving people as much information on which to base such a potentially enormous decision. At Rainbow, we provide our foster carers with the highest levels of support delivered in the most professional, friendly manner. You are never alone. We are with you on your fostering journey 24 hours a day 365 days a year. If you call us on 0330 311 2845, our National Line, we will take us much time as you feel you need to have all your questions answered. If this line is busy, call on 020 8427 3355. We are actively recruiting foster carers in London, Birmingham, Manchester and the South Coast.

            Rainbow is an independent fostering agency rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. This means you can be assured of the very best in terms of training, support and opportunities to develop your career in fostering. We are happy to arrange a call-back to you if that is more convenient. Visiting the following pages will give you more information about a career in foster care.

            http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/
            http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/becoming-a-foster-carer/

            Looked-after children discriminated against by school admissions

            May 10th, 2019

            It has been claimed by campaigners that looked-after children’s right to education is being breached. This was the conclusion after survey results indicated many schools may not be respecting the admissions code. The Department for Education has been asked to intervene by ICHA - The Independent Children’s Home Association. They want the DfE to do a lot more to support admissions after fifty-eight per cent of children’s home providers stated they didn’t think the Schools Admission Code for Looked-After Children was being properly honoured.

            The chief executive of thew ICHA, Jonathan Stanley said that the survey revealed how “looked-after children in children’s homes are discriminated against by many schools”.

            The code specifies that looked-after-children ought to be given the highest priority in school admissions. And that this should be implemented even when there is an over subscription for places. This is according to the ICHA. The organisation polled 53 of its members.

            Fostering is life-changing so let Rainbow advise and guide you.

            Rainbow is an independent fostering agency (IFA) rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. And we are very proud of the fact. It means that we adopt the highest standards of professionalism in every aspect of our operation. Certainly, when you call us, we will take all the time required to inform you about what precisely fostering involves. We understand the importance of giving people as much information on which to base this potentially life-changing decision.

            Rainbow webpages offering additional information.

            Frequently Asked Questions about fostering
            http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/
            Becoming a Foster carer
            http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/becoming-a-foster-carer/
            The Fostering Network estimates that in England alone, fostering services are going to need to recruit another 6,800 foster families. Be one of them! We are actively recruiting in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. Call Rainbow are 0330 311 2845 or 020 8427.

            Foster carer experienced youngsters now have a peer led digital platform

            May 8th, 2019

            IMO - which stands for ‘In My Opinion” is a new website that has been created by teenagers with support and guidance from the Children’s Commissioner for England. This is described as a peer led digital platform which enables care-experienced youngsters to share their experiences and achievements - as well as stories about their day to lives. The site will also provide advice on life in as well after being in care. One important aim of the initiative is to challenge misconceptions about the care system. The site provides access to a lot of freebies as well as exclusive opportunities/ IMO will also be able to link children in care across England around campaigns. The website of the Children’s Commissioner describes the new platform -

            “IMO gives teens in care and care leavers the space to tell the world their story. It offers a powerful insight into what life in care is really like, told from the perspective of those directly experiencing it. Many of the stories we receive highlight the myths that sadly still exist about the care system. Contributors to IMO are often motivated by the opportunity to share their successes, strengths and achievements, and show others what they are capable of. These positive posts challenge negative perceptions and fight against the stigma experienced by looked-after children.”

            Why foster with Rainbow?

            Rainbow fostering is one of the leading independent fostering agencies. And we have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted. When you call us, we will take all the time necessary to discuss your ambitions to foster. You can call us back at any time for more information. We know how important it is that people have as much information on which to base such a potentially life-changing decision.

            We place the welfare of our children and foster carers first at all times. Rainbow has now been finding foster homes for children for over twenty years. Over that time, we have come to understand that our organisation is always learning and progressing. We know just how enriched we are by the positive and varied experiences of everyone in our diverse Rainbow community.

            Call today and one of our advisors will take all the time needed to guide you and hopefully schedule a home visit to meet you and your family. The numbers to call Rainbow are 0330 311 2845 or 020 8427. Remember, you can ask us to call you back at a time to suit you, We just hope you will put that initial call in.

            These pages on our website that can provide you with additional specific information.

            Transferring to Rainbow http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/transfer-to-rainbow/

            Frequently Asked Questions about fostering http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

            Becoming a Foster carer http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/becoming-a-foster-carer/

            Update: around 8,000 new fostering families need to be found this year to meet the demand for loving, stable homes.

            Foster care means siblings are increasingly separated

            May 3rd, 2019

            The charity Action for Children has responded to the news that forty per cent of siblings are separated in Wales by stating - ‘the impact of splitting brothers and sisters can be deeply distressing, with children feeling angry and upset by the process.” Action for Children also said that there were simply not enough foster carers in Wales available to look after sibling groups.

            With around four thousand four hundred children already being fostered in Wales, there is a pressing need to attract more people into fostering. The operational director from the charity, Stacey Burnett, said that children coming into care had already experienced “a huge sense of loss”. In an interview with BBC Radio Wales, she said “ You are separated from your family, your friends, your community and experiencing that without your siblings as well is a sort of double blow if you like.” She also said: “So often, children at home care for one another. They are the people who they can rely on to support them within often chaotic surroundings so when they lose that there is a massive sense of abandonment often for a lot of children.”

            A spokesman for the West government said “local authorities had a duty to ensure that they have a sufficient range of placements and carers to meet the diverse needs of children in their area. Foster carers look after and provide a home to some of the most vulnerable children and young people in Wales.”

            Why foster with Rainbow?

            In a word ‘pride’ for that is what we take in the standard of services we offer - in terms of training and support to our foster carers. We are one of the leading independent fostering agencies - rated Outstanding by Ofsted. So you should expect nothing less from us right from your very first call. It’s important to understand that we have the highest aspirations for the children we care for. All our foster carers appreciate this. They get a huge sense of reward from working in partnership with us to enable our children to reach their full potential.

            Rainbow puts the welfare of its children front and centre at all times. Although we have now been finding foster homes for children for over twenty years, we understand that our organisation is always learning and progressing. We know we are all enriched by the positive and varied experiences everyone in our diverse Rainbow community contributes.

            Call today and speak with one of our advisors who will take all the time needed to help you to understand what fostering involves - and hopefully schedule a home visit with you. Rainbow numbers 0330 311 2845 or 020 8427

            Additional information links well worth taking a look

            Frequently Asked Questions about fostering http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

            Becoming a Foster carer http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/becoming-a-foster-carer/

            Transferring to Rainbow http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/transfer-to-rainbow/

            Foster care leavers get support to learn to drive

            May 2nd, 2019

            Foster children leaving care will be given support to learn to drive. This is an initiative from a new charity ‘Live Unlimited’. The charity was set up last year with the aim of offering additional support to ‘looked after’ children and care leavers in the borough of Brent. Their ‘Driving Ahead’ programme was the result of findings produced in a pilot scheme. The study was entitled ‘Driving outcomes: learning to drive, resilience and young people living in residential care’. Significantly, it revealed that learning to drive raised foster children’s self-esteem as well as their confidence. It also had the effect of improving their relationships with other adults and their foster carers.

            The scheme in Barnet is funded by the charity and delivered by AA driving instructors. This will enable twelve young people to have thirty hours free driving lessons as well as take the driving test. Live Unlimited said that all applicants for the scheme would be rigorously selected. preference would be shown to those youngsters in employment, training or education.

            The chair of the board of the trustees, John Hooton, stated: “looked after children and care leavers were particularly under-represented amongst newly qualified drivers - due to the high costs involved. We want to equip Barnet’s looked-after children and care leavers with the life skills they need to reach their potential.”

            Choose a thriving foster care agency to launch your career. Call Rainbow today!

            Rainbow is an independent fostering agency rated Outstanding by Ofsted. We are expanding rapidly and our fostering service operates in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. Rainbow has been helping to ‘turn-around’ the lives of vulnerable children and young people for over twenty years. Many of our foster carers have been with us for over ten years - which tells its own story. Because of our reputation and considerable experience, local authorities in the areas we operate trust us to provide stable and caring foster homes. To do this, we need to recruit more foster carers. People who, with our support and training, will rise to the challenge of fostering. they will also be people who we will ensure also experience the rewards that fostering can offer.

            If you would like to find out more about working for an organisation that will always do its best for you, call 020 8427 3355 - or make use of our National Line is 0330 311 2845. We have provided a lot of useful general information about what fostering involves by reading our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

            Are you already Fostering?

            If you already foster children and are looking for opportunities to develop your foster =ing career, we can certainly provide these. We are especially keen to meet people who would be interested in training to become a therapeutic foster carer. This attracts enhanced payments and you could be earning up to £40k per annum. Call, or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/transfer-to-rainbow/ for more details. To spark your interest, we operate a bonus incentive scheme for anyone transferring to Rainbow. We also commit to making it a smooth and trouble-free process.

            Foster carers sought by Midlothian Council

            April 30th, 2019

            It is a sad fact in the United Kingdom every twenty minutes a child enters the care system. They need to be found a foster home, and at the present time there is a shortage of over 8,000 foster carers. This year’s ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ is fast approaching - starting on May 13th - and Midlothian Council, like many others, will be aiming to attract people into fostering.

            In England 6,800 foster families needed. The figure is 550 for Scotland and 550 for Wales.

            They will be hoping that one fostering family in the area - whose story has been publicised - will provide a boost to the recruitment effort. The Haggartys have their own children of school age and are also presently caring for a brother and sister. Carrie Haggarty commented - “They came to us in between Christmas and New Year. Their mum and dad were just not coping.” She also said “Watching them enjoy family activities for the first time has been wonderful. They’d never had a paddling pool, never eaten a barbecue outside, never been to the cinema. Nowadays most kids take these simple family things for granted so it’s just great to watch their faces.”

            The children they are now looking after came from a chaotic home. Despite this they are coping well: “They’ve got their issues but they’re lovely kids, no bother and they have settled in really well.” said Carrie.

            Rainbow fostering offer a range of different fostering options

            If you are looking to foster a child or young person, you could quickly be earning around £20k. It’s possible to earn as much as £40k if you train as a therapeutic foster carer - able to look after children with complex needs. However you see your fostering career developing, we’ll be on hand to support you all the way. All you need is a spare room and a commitment to helping a vulnerable child make something of their lives. And you could be fostering very soon! From the initial application, you could be receiving your first foster placement in as little as 18 weeks.

            Speak to one of our advisors today by calling 020 8427 3355 - you can also use our National Line is 0330 311 2845. You can get a lot of useful information about what fostering involves by taking a look at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

            Team Rainbow would love to hear from you soon!

            Foster children now have an App to facilitate communication with social workers

            April 26th, 2019

            The charity, Action for Children, has begun rolling out a new ‘tailored’ App designed to help children to communicate with their social workers, the technology is being introduced to its fostering services in England. It will also be made available for some residential services in Wales. Called the ‘Mind of My Own’ App, it aims to help and encourage children to share their feelings and thoughts with their social workers on a more regular basis.

            The key benefit of the App is that it will help children to avoid face-to-face conversations that could be difficult or awkward. It will be possible for children to send messages which will be delivered to a central administrator at Action for Children. They will then assign the message to an appropriate social worker.

            The new App has been adapted after a pilot trial during 2018 with Bolton Children’s Rights Services. The results indicated that children found it comfortable as an alternative way to vocalise problems, or difficult issues they were facing. It also revealed that children used the App to record positive events in their lives.

            One youngster said: "It's brilliant as it helps you say the things that you want to say without being afraid. I can tell people what I want and when, so it helps them to understand my point of view and what’s really going on in my life.”

            The potential benefits of the App were underscored when it enabled one child; who was not part of the trial, to reveal they were being sexually abused - rather than share this in a face-to-face setting.

            Thinking of joining a fostering agency? Then start your fostering career with Rainbow: we’ve been rated Outstanding by Ofsted

            Considering fostering? Or, perhaps you are already an experienced foster carer? Whichever: we’d like the chance to tell you the benefits you’ll experience fostering with our agency. For a start, Rainbow will provide the very best in support and training. This means you will be well placed to start making a real difference to the lives of the children you look after.

            Rainbow is one of the most successful independent agencies. many of our foster carers have been with us for over ten years - some longer. We are expanding in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

            Find out how you can earn up to £40k as a trained therapeutic foster carer

            It’s a sad fact, but increasing numbers of children come into care having been traumatised. To give them a chance to recover they need a specialist form of care. This is called Therapeutic foster care - and it requires additional skills. We have made much more detailed information about therapeutic fostering available at - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/therapeutic-foster-carer/

            To get your fostering journey underway, simply call 020 8427 3355 - you can also use our National Line is 0330 311 2845 if the line is busy. We would also recommend you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

            We would be so pleased to hear from you as there is currently a shortage of 8,000 foster families in the country. This means there are a great many sad and vulnerable children desperate for a loving home.

            Marathon tribute to foster carers who have cared for seventy youngsters

            April 24th, 2019

            Anne and Kerry Dally, who live near Scunthorpe, originally thought they would foster only one child. Things turned out very differently though. The couple simply kept on going. Now they have fostered an amazing seventy children. They began fostering before their own daughter Sarah was born. In recognition of their achievement, Sarah will be participating in the London Marathon to raise money fro TACT - the largest fostering and adoption agency.

            Sarah stated - "I don’t know how it feels to grow up in a house without foster children as this is the only reality I know. They say their reason for fostering was simply because they love children and they knew that there were so many crying out for help, who needed a loving and secure family and a place to call home. "Initially, they thought they would foster one child, but after the first one came the second one, then the third one and 25 years later the number of children they have cared for reached an incredible 70!"

            Join Rainbow - Ofsted’s view: Outstanding in all areas

            Thinking of fostering? Or already experienced in providing foster care? We’d like to hear from you. All the support and the training you will require to build a career in fostering is at hand. You’ll be helping to change a young person’s life for the better. Rainbow are actively looking to recruit new foster carers as we expand in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire.

            Train to be a therapeutic foster carer with Rainbow

            Sadly, increasing numbers of children are arriving in care having been traumatised by their experiences. They need to be cared for therapeutically to give them a chance of recovering. This does require additional skills: If you think this might appeal to you - and are ambitious to build a rewarding career in fostering - you can earn up to £40k pa as a therapeutically trained foster carer. Much more information is available at

            http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/therapeutic-foster-carer/

            To commence your fostering journey just give us a call today: 020 8427 3355 - our National Line is 0330 311 2845. You also have the option of completing our online application form. Then you can easily arrange a convenient time for one of our recruitment team members to call you.

            It’s also a good idea to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ This has been compiled from many of the questions our applicants have asked us over the years. And we regularly add to it - but we are more than happy to answer any of your questions if what you read does not provide guidance.

            A list of 100 inspirational individuals who have been adopted, fostered or cared for in children’s homes is published.

            April 22nd, 2019

            The poet and former care leaver, Lemn Sissay, has compiled a list of one hundred exceptional and inspirational individuals who have either been fostered, adopted or looked after in children’s homes. The list includes best selling authors and top comedians. Sissay says: “ I have compiled this small list of 100 people from the UK who were fostered adopted or in children’s homes. I have met most of them on my travels.”

            The list includes the TV producer and presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin; Michael Gove - Cabinet Minister - and Steven Berkoff, actor. Those included come from a all walks of life - the full list is available to see at -
            https://bit.ly/2GBIz5u

            Foster care opportunities with Rainbow - an independent agency judged Outstanding in all areas
            Join Rainbow - a fostering agency judged Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted

            If you are completely new to fostering, or already an experienced foster care, we’ll provide you with all the support and the training you will require to help change a young person’s life. Every foster carer is different - as is every child. The needs of children and young people very greatly. At Rainbow we understand the needs of foster carers also vary.

            We are actively recruiting in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. If you are reasonably fit and are inspired by the idea of helping child reach their potential in life, we would like to hear from you. And if you have professional experience working with children, we can train you to foster therapeutically. This will involve caring for children suffering from trauma as a result of their experiences before coming into care. If you find this appealing and are ambitious to build a career you can earn up to £40k pa fostering therapeutically with Rainbow.

            All our different career options come with ‘round the clock’ dedicated support 365 days a year. To start your new fostering journey give us a call today: 020 8427 3355 - our National Line is 0330 311 2845. You can also complete our online application form. You can then arrange a convenient time for one of our knowledgeable recruitment team members to call you back.

            Our aim is to provide all new applicants with as much information as possible about what is involved in foster care. For a start, did you realise that as in as little as 18 weeks, you could be receiving your first placement.

            Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ which will give you a lot more basic information. We have many interesting blogs covering the specifics of fostering as well as its broader themes. These will provide some useful background -

            http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/child-fostering-mental-health-young/

            Foster care charity responds to the Department for Education’s latest report

            April 18th, 2019

            ‘Outcomes for children looked after by local authorities: 31 March 2018’ has just been published by the Department for Education. Kevin Williams is the chief executive of the leading charity, The Fostering Network, he responded to the publication by saying:

            “It is heartening to see that these figures support previous research from the University of Oxford that care can have a positive impact on the education of some looked after children. The figures in the report for looked after children in England’s attainment in key stage 2 relative to children in need is positive, as are the low number of absences and exclusions among looked after children.”

            Kevin Williams stressed that the effort to support the education of children in foster care had to be maintained. He said that this was because looked after children generally experience lower attainment than their peers in school. The vital role that foster carers play was also mentioned: ‘Foster carers play a crucial role in their fostered children’s education in their role as “first educators”. We must ensure that foster carers are given the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop their child’s educational aspirations, opportunities and achievements.”

            Join Rainbow - a fostering agency judged Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted

            There is a real shortage of foster families across the UK. There is a particular need to recruit and train people to foster teenagers and sibling groups. If you have professional experience working with children and young people, perhaps consider being trained by us to foster therapeutically. This means looking after children who are suffering from trauma as a result of their experiences prior to coming into care. If you are ambitious to build a career you can earn up to £40k per annum as a skilled, trained therapeutic foster carer.

            If you want to make a mark, change someone’s life for the better and know that you made the difference, then fostering could be the answer.

            We can offer many different career options. They all come with dedicated support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To begin your fostering journey call us today: 020 8427 3355 - or if this is busy, please don’t give up - call our National Line on 0330 311 2845.

            You can also fill in our online application form and arrange a convenient time for us to call you.

            We are dedicated to providing as much information about fostering and how in as little as 18 weeks you could be receiving your first placement. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

            And for one of our most popular general interest fostering blogs try - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-care-healthy-lifestyles-matter/

            We look forward to hearing from you!

            Foster family in Sheffield appeals to keep more siblings together

            April 15th, 2019

            Over the past four years foster carers Usma Saeed and her partner Ghulam - along with their own three children aged 18,20 and 22 - have provided a home for 18 foster children, The placement types have varied between short, medium, long term and respite. At the present time there are 4 foster children living with Usma - including two brothers aged 12 and 14. The family has decided to share their story to focus attention on National Siblings Day later this month. This is particularly timely as recent reports indicate that almost 2,000 children in foster care have been split up from their brothers and sisters.

            Usma - who also works part-time as a teaching assistant - says: “Currently there is a nationwide shortage of foster carers which includes a current shortfall of 720 carers across Yorkshire and the Humber.” Commenting specifically about providing foster care for siblings, Usma also said:

            “There are so many cases where siblings are separated from one another. When I first started the fostering process, I noted in my application that I could foster anyone in need. The two siblings, regardless of the length of their placement, are part of our family. When the brothers first arrived, they were both very quiet and reserved, and did not leave each other’s side.”

            Join Team Rainbow as a foster carer in 2019?

            Whatever your religion, background or personal situation, we would like to offer you the chance to train as a foster carer. We are especially keen to meet people interested in providing care for Teenagers and siblings. The training Rainbow offer is outstanding. The support is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

            We can answer any questions you might have concerning foster care. We cover aspects including:

            • how long it takes to become a foster carer;
            • who can foster;
            • Why children require foster care;
            • the different types of foster care;
            • therapeutic foster care;
            • is there an age limit to be a foster carer?
            Visit the rest of our website and you will find a lot more information about fostering.

            Automatic British citizenship should be given to EU foster children

            12th April, 2019

            The leading charity Coram is arguing British citizenship should be given to EU foster children. This is because there is a risk that such children in the care system could face difficulties providing the evidence needed to allow them to stay after the country leaves the EU. This could affect thousands of children. The charity is highlighting their situation so that they don’t become the new ‘Windrush generation’. Coram is warning that when the UK leaves the EU, children’s cases may be undocumented properly as they are unaware of the EU settlement scheme.

            Alexandra Conroy-Harris is Coram’s childcare lawyer said:
            “To get status they would have to prove they were from an EU country, if they don't have the paperwork then they can't, or if they were born in this country they will have to prove that their parents were from an EU country. Again, if a child has been taken into care often we don’t know what has happened to their parents. A child would get to age 18 and come out of foster care without too much of the paperwork they would need and we can’t tell them what will happen to them. There is just a huge gap that these children are going to fall through.”

            Rainbow are looking for people from all walks of life to consider fostering as a career. If you have been giving consideration to the idea, we can answer any questions you might have. From foster care payments through to foster care requirements - and how long does it take to become a foster carer - we can guide you to make the right choices appropriate to your circumstances.

            If you want to find out more about the important difference you could make and the rewards you can expect, call us now on 020 8427 3355 or 0330 311 2845. Foster families are urgently needed for sibling groups, teenagers and children with special needs. You can find out more about fostering by visiting our website http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ We are particularly interested in meeting people who want to train to become therapeutic foster carers. You can earn up to £40k p.a. as foster carers looking after children with complex needs are paid at an enhanced rate. Talk with us about the range of training opportunities we provide to enable people to build a career in fostering.

            Remember: if you are an existing foster carer looking to transfer - we make the process simple and straightforward. Again, call for details.

            Foster care charity responds to BBC news article about teenagers living independently

            18th March, 2019

            The Fostering Network is the country’s leading foster care charity and it has just responded to the BBC article ‘Thousands of teenagers in care living without adults’. The chief executive of the charity, Kevin Williams, stated -

            “I am shocked at the number of looked after children living independently in England, especially those under 16. It is difficult to imagine a situation where this would be in the young person’s best interest and I therefore believe this situation must be driven either by a lack of other preferable living arrangements, a lack of funding, or a combination of both. Every instance highlighted in the article is another example of local authorities in their role as corporate parent acting differently to a birth or adoptive parent, and we believe that no child aged 14 or 15, or even 16 or 17 years old, should be living away from home independently, having to support themselves and fend for themselves.”

            The charity also states that for youngsters to transition successfully into adulthood, they need to have stability with in an environment of love and support. More than anything they need to have role models.

            The problem is that more and more young people are coming into local authority care. The budgets are becoming increasingly strained so providing the support to enable foster carers to look after young adults is becoming far more difficult.

            ‘Outstanding’ in all areas is Ofsted’s judgement - so join us today!

            We train foster carers to provide high-quality care across a range of different placement types: sibling groups, mother and baby placements and therapeutic placements as examples. Where children have experienced trauma and present with complex needs, we provide access to psychiatric and psychological services. Our goal is to achieve positive outcomes for all the children in our care.

            We take great pride in all aspects of the learning and development, support and safeguarding we offer. We want to reward all our foster carers for the important, vital work they do. As an experienced therapeutic carer, you can earn up to £40k p.a. There are great career opportunities with Rainbow Fostering. Call us on 020 8427 3355 - or, alternatively, use our National Line on 0330 311 2845.

            You can also complete our online application form and arrange a convenient time for us to call you. It will be helpful for you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page compiled from the most common questions applicants have asked us - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/ Most importantly, you will need the resilience, energy and passion to really want to make a difference for children and young people. Consider fostering - it may be the best thing you do with your life!

            Foster care charity launches ‘Keep Connected Principles’

            15th March, 2019

            The leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, has launched its ‘Keep Connected Principles’. These are intended to assist all young people moving on from foster care to maintain links with those who have cared for them. - as well as with other ‘significant’ people in their lives.

            The principles - totalling seven - from part of the Network’s wider ‘Keep Connected’ campaign. At their heart, they recognise the importance of a child or young person’s relationship with their foster carers - and that this should not just come to an abrupt ending. The Campaigns Manager at The Fostering Network, Vicki Swain, stated:

            “Moving on in foster care – to adoption, back home or to wider family, to another foster family, to residential care or to adulthood – is a time for a proper ending, not a forever goodbye, as abrupt endings are likely to lead to separation and loss issues for the child. Foster carers play a critical role in supporting a child in the transition to their new family or living arrangements, and they should be a supportive and positive presence throughout and beyond the transition process.”

            Rainbow are a fostering agency judged ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted - join us!

            8,000 new foster families are needed in thew Uk this year alone. It takes a special motivation to foster - but if you have it, we will provide the very best in training and support for you. Rainbow has been finding loving homes for vulnerable children for over 21 years. During that time, we have helped many foster carers to develop a rewarding career with us. In fact, we have foster carers have been fostering with us for over ten years.

            All training is free and, as one example, should you train to be a therapeutic foster carer, your earnings could rise to £40k per annum. Alternatively, you might want to foster teenagers, sibling groups or manage parent and child placements. We can offer many different career options - all with dedicated support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

            To start your fostering journey with an outstanding agency, just call us today: 020 8427 3355 - or if this is busy call our National Line on 0330 311 2845. Remember, you can also complete our online application form and arrange a convenient time for us to call you. It will be helpful for you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page compiled from the most common questions applicants have asked us - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

            Rainbow - it’s official - now rated ‘Outstanding’ in ALL areas by Ofsted

            4th March, 2019

            Following the most recent inspection by Ofsted, Rainbow Fostering Services can now proudly announce they have been rated “outstanding’ in all areas.

            Afshan Ahmad, Managing Director at Rainbow, said -

            “So, I am delighted and proud to share with you all that our highly skilled and compassionate ‘Team Rainbow’ has achieved Ofsted outstanding in all areas.

            The key findings from the inspection, which led to the agency being rated outstanding in all areas were:

            • From their starting points, children are enabled to make exceptional progress in many different aspects of their lives;
            • children can make excellent progress because they are found well-matched, safe and stable homes. The “determination” of the staff to accomplish this was highlighted;
            • Rainbow’s foster carers were judged to be resilient and dedicated, meaning the rate of unplanned endings to placements is low. This means that many children do find their “forever home’ as a result of the agency’s efforts;
            • Rainbow has demonstrated a high value on making sure children’s health and educational needs are met;
            • the agency has well-supported, highly motivated staff who work to make sure the interest of the children are always at the heart of the service.

            The chance to develop a fostering career with an ‘Outstanding’ agency.

            You can now join Rainbow and be part of an outstanding agency committed to improving the lives of our children by empowering our foster carers to be the best they can be. Being a foster parent with Rainbow means many opportunities to develop a professional career in fostering. We are looking for individuals with the passion, dedication and commitment to care for and support a vulnerable youngster.

            All training is free and, as one example, should you train to be a therapeutic foster carer, your earnings could rise to £40k per annum. Alternatively, you might want to foster teenagers, sibling groups or manage parent and child placements. We can offer many different career options - all with dedicated support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

            Currently, there are many more foster families needed to provide loving, stable homes. There is a shortfall this year of over 8,000 foster families.

            To begin your fostering journey, please call us today. We have two numbers - 020 8427 3355 - or if this is busy call our National Line on 0330 311 2845. You can also complete our online application form. this will give you the opportunity to arrange a convenient time for us to call you. Remember as well, it will be useful to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page compiled from the most common questions applicants have asked us. Simple visit - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

            ‘FosterTalk’ receives acknowledgement of excellence

            28th February, 2019

            Foster talk has learned the organisation has again retained its Customer Service Excellence standard kite mark. The organisation’s stated aim is to “provide good quality independent support to foster families across the UK.” In the recent assessment, fifty areas were tested and FosterTalk was found to be compliant across all of them with seven of the areas judged to be worthy of the highest recognition - ‘Compliance Plus’.

            Information relating to the standard.

            The government’s intention is for all services to be “efficient, effective, excellent, equitable and empowering – with the citizen always and everywhere at the heart of service provision.”

            More information about the organisation can be found at - https://www.fostertalk.org

            Develop a career in foster care with Team Rainbow.

            Becoming a foster parent with Rainbow could well be one of the most rewarding things you have ever done. And the professional career opportunities we offer - with our ongoing free training packages - means you could be earning up to £40,000 per annum as a fully trained therapeutic foster carer. If you develop the expertise to foster teenagers, sibling groups or manage parent and child placements, your earnings will rise as you become more experienced.

            At the moment there are many more foster families needed to provide foster homes - some 8,000 additional families to provide love, security and advocacy for those children and young people they care for.

            To start your fostering journey and ensure the welfare of children in your care call Rainbow today. We have two numbers - 020 8427 3355 - or if this is busy call our National Line on 0330 311 2845. You can also complete our online application form and arrange a time for us to call you if that is more convenient. It might be useful to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page: this is updated regularly and is compiled from the most common questions applicants have. Simple visit - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

            Foster carers’ charter revamped and launched

            26th February, 2019

            The leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, has just launched its revamped ‘Foster Carers’ Charter’. It has made a call for all fostering services to implement a charter in 2019.

            The chief executive of The Fostering Charity, Kevin Williams, stated -

            “We believe that, if implemented properly by every fostering service, the charter could make significant inroads into improving the practice issues that our recent State of the Nation’s Foster Care survey highlighted – especially in regards to foster carers being better supported financially and practically and more respected and valued as a key member of the team.”

            Various organisations have been involved in the revamped charter. These include CoramBAAF, FosterTalk, TACT, ADCS, NAFP and the Department for Education.

            The goal of the charter is to ensure that all parties work toward ensuring the implementation of best practice in relation to the foster care children and young people receive.

            Nadhim Zahawi - the Children and Families Minister - in response to the launch of the charter stated -

            “Fostering provides a lifeline to thousands of children around the country, and without dedicated foster families some of the most vulnerable children around the country would be left without the support they need. That is why the Foster Carers’ Charter is so important, providing a clear ambition the sector can get behind and giving foster families the recognition they deserve.”

            Inspire ‘Team Rainbow’ with the reasons why you want to foster a child or young person

            You could start the process of becoming a foster carer very simply. Call us on 020 8427 3355 - or use our National Line 0330 311 2845. if you are on our website - simply complete our online enquiry form and you will receive a callback. We’ll take all the time you nee to discuss fostering as a career opportunity for you - as well as understand your motivations for wanting to become a foster carer.

            Fostering can be challenging, but it is also one of the most personally satisfying and rewarding things one can do in life. The most important reason to foster is to want to give a vulnerable child the love and support to make something of their lives. You must have the personal qualities to want to inspire and motivate children - to make them see that they can regain control of their own lives and plan a future for themselves.

            Think you have what it takes? Give us a call and we’ll do everything else in terms of training and support to make sure you have a great career in fostering.

            In the meantime - please explore our website as it is packed with information about foster carer.

            A good place to start are our pages ‘Becoming a Foster Care’ - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/becoming-a-foster-carer/ and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/frequent-asked-questions/

            Foster care places are now decreasing in England

            22nd February, 2019

            In 2017 to 2018, around 43,475 new household were approved to foster children. This number was down when compared to the previous year by 460. The figures are published in ‘Fostering in England’ - a report produced by Ofsted. Worryingly, despite there being a rise in the number of children being placed in foster homes, the supply of foster carers is not sufficient to meet a rapidly growing demand. In 2018, the numbers of youngsters entering foster care rose by roughly 1,000 compared against 2016/2017. The report says: “Filled places increased more than approved places increased, leading to a 5 per cent decrease in vacant places.”

            In light of the reports findings, the chief executive of the leading charity, The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated: "While recruitment has remained steady, the number of foster carers leaving the profession has risen. Our concern is that this may be due to foster carers leaving because they feel undersupported, underpaid, and underappreciated, as we so often hear from our members."

            Natasha Finlayson is the chief executive of the the charity, ‘Become’. whilst welcoming a slight increase in placements felt it was still necessary to warn against an attitude of complacency. She stated - "The increase is being driven by approvals for larger sized households, rather than an increase in total number of households, so there's no room for complacency about the need to recruit more foster carers.”

            Significantly, the number of fostering households with emergency foster care placements as their primary offer has risen dramatically - a doubling from 190 to 385. All this increase is found with Independent Fostering agencies (IFAs).

            You can investigate a career in Foster Care with Rainbow today!

            If you’re enthusiastic, motivated and fit to foster - then follow our Rainbow today. Join with us at ‘Team Rainbow’. Our promise to you is plenty of rewarding opportunities - for all who train and build their fostering careers with us.

            To foster a child or young person all you need is a spare bedroom. But that’s just the start. You will have to have the commitment to support a vulnerable child or young person. We will be delighted to answer any queries you might have right now. At Rainbow we have been finding placements for children for over 21 years now - a very special anniversary.

            You’ll find we are a friendly, down-to-earth recruitment team keen to help you make the right decision. Call us on 020 8427 3355 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845

            Foster care news update: Toolkit produced by The National FGM Centre

            21st February, 2019

            Another in our series of updates which cover topics we judge will be of interest to our foster carers. This is because they relate to issues that can affect children and young people as well as everyone else with an interest in childcare provision.

            The National FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) Centre has brought out a ‘Toolkit’ which aims to assist social workers to work with families and girls who might be at possible risk of FGM. It is also planned that it will help those who have undergone FGM. The Toolkit facilitates sessions which are aimed at children of seven and beyond.

            The National FGM Centre is a partnership forged between Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association (LGA). Funding has been made available via the department of education as part of its Children’s Social Care Innovation programme. The National FGM Centre works alongside key partners in the fields of health, education - as well as the police, local authorities and voluntary sector organisations. In 2017 the remit of the Centre was expanded to in crude Breast Ironing/flattening as well as Child Abuse linked with Faith or Belief.

            Explore a career in Foster Care with Rainbow

            If you’re fit to foster - then follow our Rainbow. Join ‘Team Rainbow’: we promise rewarding opportunities for all those who train with us. All you need is a spare bedroom and the commitment to support a vulnerable child. We would be delighted to answer any queries you might have. Rainbow have been finding placements for children for over 21 years. You’ll find we are a friendly, down-to-earth recruitment team keen to help you make the right decision. Call us on 020 8427 3355.

            Just a few things to bear in mind before thinking of fostering:
            • Can You Love a ‘Looked After Child As Your Own’ as if it were your own?
            • Remember to ask all the questions you can think of before you make the decision to foster.
            • Will you have the time and personal resources to foster a child who may have behavioural issues?
            • Would you consider yourself to be a team player?
            • Do you possess the patience and emotional resilience to foster children children?

            Foster care news update: youth cautions no longer to be disclosed in criminal record check

            20th February, 2019

            It has been ruled by the Supreme Court that both warnings and youth reprimands must not be disclosed to employers when criminal records checks are made. The Court has confirmed that the system as it currently stands is unlawful. This is because it breached the human rights of children who are handed down cautions.

            'Just for Kids Law’ challenged the Home Office Rules so that when deciding if a caution will be disclosed or not disclosed (filtered) - they stated - “the same test applies to those who received reprimands or cautions as children to those who receive cautions as adults. We argued that offences committed as children should be treated differently to offences committed as adults.”

            ‘Just for Kids’ argued that when children commit offences they should be treated differently from adults. This is because children are still developing and that any incidents occurring during childhood will most likely be less relevant to a potential employer than an offence carried out when someone is older.

            ‘Team Rainbow’ are inviting applications to train to be a foster carer

            Rainbow is an independent fostering agency. We have been placing vulnerable children in foster homes for over tweet-one years. For our children to thrive, we know we have to provide the very best in terms of support and training for our foster carers. We pride ourselves on this - which is why many of our carers have been with us for over ten years.

            There are more children coming into care all the time. This means the need to find foster homes is pressing. We can talk you through the many different options a career in foster carer offers. There is a particular need for people to care for teenagers and sibling groups. But there are always mainstream fostering opportunities with us.

            Rainbow is now expanding both in Manchester and Birmingham. So if you want to learn more about becoming a foster carer nothing could be easier. Just call 020 8427 3355 for information or try our special National Line 0330 311 2845. We are adding new information all the time to our website. More detailed information can be found at ‘Becoming a foster carer’ -

            http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/becoming-a-foster-carer/ And if you know someone who might also be considering fostering a child or young person, please put them in touch with us: 8,000 new foster families are needed this year.

            Foster carers must be at the ‘heart of children’s social care’

            13th February, 2019

            The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has said that the lack of support for foster cares - combined with the failure to recognise the crucial work they do - is affecting their ability to adequately meet the need so foster children. This view is contained with in the 2019 ‘State of the Nation’s Foster Care’ recently published by The Fostering Network. They have found that too many foster carers do not feel they are properly supported - or indeed treated as an equal and ‘valued’ member of the social care team assigned to caring for a foster child.

            The survey to the annual report captured the views of over four thousand foster carers. It is seen as being the most accurate reflection of the UK’s foster carers. The ‘State of The Nation’s Foster Care’ has put forward a number of recommendations addressed at both investment from the government - as well as legislative improvements.

            Kevin Williams is the charity’s chief executive; he stated -

            “Every day foster carers are looking after 65,000 of the UK’s most vulnerable children, many of whom have had very traumatic starts to life and need expert and loving care to help them turn their lives around. A decade of austerity and subsequent cuts to early intervention and key family support services have led to more children coming into care with more challenging needs. At the same time these budget cuts also mean that, at the time when they most need it, foster carers are not receiving the support, training and respect that they need to do this difficult role to the best of their ability.”

            The report also highlighted that rising numbers of foster carers are looking after children with much more complex needs than children outside the care system. Very clearly, the burdens being placed on the nation’s foster carers are increasing: from the report -

            “In the past 24 months, 43 per cent of foster carers have looked after a child who has either had involvement with the police, caused violence in their home or gone missing from home. According to a YouGov survey of 1,000 parents, this compares with just eight per cent of parents coping with the same three challenges from any of their children. And 48 per cent of foster carers say that they are supporting fostered children with mental health needs who are not accessing specialist support.”

            You can be very special - join ‘Team Rainbow’ in 2019

            We aim to be special every day because the goal we set ourselves is to do our very best for our foster carers and their children. If we know our foster carers can be the best they can be, then our children will thrive.

            Rainbow is an independent fostering agency that this year celebrated its 21st anniversary. In all that time we have been recruiting, training and supporting foster carers. We have some very special people - many have been fostering with us for ten years or more. But because there are so many more children coming into foster carer we need to find more people to look after them.

            If you apply to us, it normally takes between four and six months to become an ‘Approved’ foster carer. that is fairly standard. What is not, is the quality of our training and support. We can offer you different career options with us: train to be a therapeutic foster carer -

            You might wish to specialise in parent and child - or caring for sibling groups. We can promise you a challenging and rewarding experience whichever path you choose.

            Rainbow is one of the leading and most successful fostering agencies - now expanding in Manchester and Birmingham. If you want to find out more about becoming a foster carer - simply call 020 8427 3355 or try our special National Line 0330 311 2845 if the first number is engaged. We don’t want to lose you! Please feel free to explore the rest of our website where there is plenty of information about foster care - and we are adding to our site all the time.

            Foster care charity responds to fostering statistics

            7th Febraury, 2019

            Ofsted have now released the latest fostering statistics. They cover the period 1st April 2017 - 31st March 2018. Kevin Williams is the chief executive of the leading foster carer charity - The Fostering Network - and he responded to the figures by saying: “‘The figures make informative reading and help paint a picture of fostering and fostered children in England.” He also expressed concern that the number of foster carers giving up fostering has risen. Kevin Williams said that this may be for a number of reasons. These include foster carers reporting that they feel unappreciated, unsupported and underpaid.

            Kevin Williams also expressed disappointment that many siblings are still being split up when they come into care: “We are disappointed to see that the number of siblings not being placed in line with their plan has risen significantly in the last two years. Sibling relationships are some of the most important in our lives, particularly for children who don’t live with their parents.”

            One of the main objectives of the charity is to improve the perception of foster carers in the country. Kevin Williams stated: 'We will continue to push for improvements in the status of, and support for, foster carers.”

            Team Rainbow would love you to join us

            Rainbow are one of the leading Independent Fostering Agencies in London. We now have a presence in Manchester, Birmingham and the South-Coast region. With over twenty years plus experience delivering quality care for youngsters, we have plenty to offer. Join us and you’ll be part of a team of skilled professionals.

            There are now around ninety children coming into care every day. If you want to make a difference, give us a call: the numbers are 020 8427 3355 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

            Don’t forget - there are plenty of interesting pages on our website covering many different aspects of foster care - ‘Becoming a foster carer’ is at http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/becoming-a-foster-carer/

            Foster carers urgently needed as figures soar

            21st January, 2019

            The figures are shocking: the numbers of children needing foster homes have soared. the charity, Barnardo’s, has reported that in Scotland alone, the number of children and young people in foster care has risen by almost a third in the last ten years. At the last assessment, there were some 5,252 children being looked after on a temporary basis. Barnardo’s is calling for more people - whatever their background - to step forward to foster.

            The Director of Barnardo’s in Scotland, Martin Crew, stated:

            “Being a foster carer can be a challenge but it’s also incredibly rewarding and gives children the love, care and life skills they need to build better and brighter futures. I want to thank all of our amazing foster carers for helping us transform children’s lives. And I would urge anyone considering becoming a foster carer to get in touch to find out more.” And I would urge anyone considering becoming a foster carer to get in touch to find out more.”

            Team Rainbow invites you to consider a career in foster care

            Rainbow Fostering Services are one of the leading Independent Fostering Agencies in London, Manchester, Birmingham and the South-Coast region. We have over twenty years delivering the highest quality of care for youngsters. Join Rainbow and you’ll be welcomed in to our team of professionals. Our goal is to offer foster carers the chance to build a career - helping them to develop the skills needed in a friendly and welcoming agency. We provide mentoring and the chance to participate within local support groups.

            We are a dedicated, supportive community. Many of our foster carers have been with us for over ten years. We feel this tells its own story.

            Fostering is a journey - every child is different - as is every foster carer. Knowing this, we tailor all our services to meet individual needs. We want our foster carers to thrive as this means the youngsters they care for will also reach their full potential.

            With around ninety children coming into care every day, it’s important you give us a call to find out how you can make a difference to the lives of some very vulnerable children. The numbers are 020 8427 3355 or use our National Line 0330 311 2845. If the lines are busy leave a message and we will certainly call you back. Don’t delay - make a difference today! For more information on the process of becoming a foster carter visit - http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/becoming-a-foster-carer/

            Foster carers sought by Lancashire County Council

            14th January, 2019

            With roughly twenty children coming into care each week in Lancashire, there is a pressing need to recruit new foster carers in the area. Lancashire County Council is now launching a campaign aiming to find out more about what fostering involves. Susie Charles is the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools and she said - "We are pleased to run this campaign. It is certainly necessary, as in Lancashire, we have 2083 children in our care and we need more people to provide the support and stable homes that these children and young people need to really thrive.” She also stated - "We are always looking for new foster carers to look after the range of children who come into our care each week. The greatest need is for foster carers for older children, sibling groups, and children with additional needs.”

            Susie Charles stressed that people do not have to have formal experience or qualifications to become foster carers. They need to have a spare room and most importantly, “a desire to make a difference to a local child's life.”

            Make a real difference to your life - become a foster carer in 2019

            Join Team Rainbow and we will help you to develop a career in fostering. We will offer a variety of options for you to consider. There is a need, especially at this time to find people to foster sibling groups and teenagers. You might also want to consider therapeutic fostering: this is means caring for children with complex needs. There is plenty more information on our website at -

            http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/therapeutic-foster-carer/

            Rainbow is one of the UK’s leading fostering agencies and have twenty-one years of experience finding caring homes for youngsters. many of our foster carers have been fostering with us for over ten years - which tells its own story. We are also recruiting in Manchester and Birmingham as well as London. If you would like to have a friendly chat with one of our recruitment team members, please call us on 020 8427 3355 or you can use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

            If you have been considering fostering - please make that call. We’d love to have a chat. There is an urgent need to find more foster carers right across the UK as around ninety children come into care every day.

            Foster children and their peers will benefit from additional mental health support

            31st December, 2018

            It has been reported that 1 in 8 youngsters under nineteen have a mental health disorder. This has been revealed in official statistics - the first to be published for thirteen years. The Department for Education and the Department of Health and Social Care are stating that the NHS and schools in England will provide expert mental health support. This will be delivered by specialist teams based in or close to schools and colleges in twenty-five designated areas. The service will start in 2019.

            Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, stated: “ Children and young people with mental illness should receive the same level of support as those with physical illness made possible by the extra £20.5 billion we are investing in the NHS, today’s announcement will see the health and education systems come together so our children can access the help they need at school, and takes us a step closer to achieving our goal of parity between mental and physical health.”

            Begin 2019 with Team Rainbow - start your fostering journey

            2019 looks like being another year which will see pressure for more foster families to be found. If fostering is something you might have been considering, we would like the chance to highlight all the benefits of a fostering career with Rainbow. This year we will be offering opportunities to train in therapeutic foster care. So, if you would like to find out more from one of our friendly recruitment team members, please call us on 020 8427 3355 or, alternatively, use our National Line 0330 311 2845. You can always check out our website for more information on fostering.

            Foster care teenager finds ‘forever home’ after 4,057 days

            17th December, 2018

            A heartwarming tale all the way from Indiana: last month Scarlet - a seventeen year old - ended her fostering journey by being adopted. She had been in and out of fostering since she was a baby. And now, finally, she has her ‘forever home’ just in time for Christmas. Her new mum, Patty, told Good Morning America -

            "Me and her, we had a hard time keeping the tears in. When she said this was going to be her first official holiday with her real family and that she never had that before, that really tore me up."

            Patty and her husband Mike met Scarlet at an Indiana Adoption ‘Meet and Greet’ programme. This event was hosted by the Children’s Bureau, which provides potential adoptive parents with the chance to meet youngsters.

            Join Team Rainbow and start your fostering journey in 2019

            If you have been thinking about becoming a foster carer, there is no better time. At the current moment, 93 children come into the care of a local authority every day in this country in this country. There is a shortage of foster families to provide care for them. So you could make a real difference to the life and future prospects of a vulnerable child.

            We have twenty-one years experience and are now recruiting in Manchester and Birmingham as well as London. If you would like to have a friendly chat with one of our recruitment team members, please call us on 020 8427 3355 or you can use our National Line 0330 311 2845.

            If you would like to arrange a callback to at a time to suit yourself, you can do this very easily on our website.

            Foster care figures for 2017 - 18 released in Wales

            11th December, 2018

            The director of The Fostering Network in Wales, Colin Turner, has responded to the recent publication of ‘looked after children figures' for Wales:

            “These figures show a significant rise in the number of children coming into care and a commensurate rise in the number of children living with foster families. It reinforces the urgent requirement for investment in foster care from the Welsh Government as well as the need for the 550 more foster families The Fostering Network estimates are needed in Wales over the coming year.”

            He also registered concern that ten per cent of foster children had experienced three or more different placements during the year. Colin Turner also highlighted the fact that placement instability has an adverse effect on the outcomes for foster children and must therefore be of considerable concern:

            “Welsh Government, local authorities and fostering services, together, must get to grips with the causes of this instability and put actions in place to combat them. We are encouraged that through the Ministerial Advisory Group, and the work of the National Fostering Framework, attempts are being made to address this problem and progress is being made.”

            The charity also expressed the point that stability is also important in the lives of looked after children who turn eighteen, and was concerned that only twenty-five per cent of young people once over eighteen remained with their foster carers.

            Decide on a career in foster care and Team Rainbow will be with you every step of the way.

            Rainbow is a forward thinking and progressive fostering agency. We have a wealth of experience - established over twenty-one years - providing high-quality foster care placements in London, Manchester, Birmingham and the South Coast. We provide a dedicated service to a large number of local authorities. We are finding increasing numbers of vulnerable children are coming into foster care having suffered various forms of abuse or neglect. This means many are traumatised. For this reason, we are especially interested in meeting people who want to take advantage of the specialist therapeutic foster care training we provide. We expect all our foster carers to commit to the training opportunities provided. All our varied courses are conducted in a relaxed and friendly way: our foster carers tell us how enjoyable they are.

            You can get in touch with us on 020 8427 3355 - alternatively use our National Line - 0330 311 2845. Hear about the considerable advantages of a career in fostering - the flexibility of working from home for example.

            Remember: you will need to have a spare room for the exclusive use of a child or young person -and be committed to supporting them through their education.

            For more information on becoming a foster carer, please visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/becoming-a-foster-carer

            What to read next…visit our comprehensive blog section which features many articles on issues and subjects relating to foster care http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/

            Foster carers have financial support reinstated

            3rd December, 2018

            In 2014 Bedford Borough Council applied for an SGO (Special Guardianship Order) relating to a couple fostering two siblings. The couple had understood that they would continue to receive the allowance rate they had been being paid as foster carers. In 2016, the council means tested the family and reduced the allowance advising them to calcium welfare benefits. The ombudsman has ruled that the council failed to properly explain to the couple the financial consequences of the change. The council was also criticised for poor record keeping.

            As a result of the findings of the ombudsman, the couple have received £500 in compensation. The council has undertaken to ensure changes will be made to its policies so all Special Guardianship Orders are transparent about the conditions of soft financial support.

            Decide on career in foster care and Team Rainbow will support you all the way.

            Please call us today on 020 8427 3355 or alternatively our National Line - 0330 311 2845. This will allow us to explain the considerable advantages of becoming a foster carer: there is the flexibility of working from home; but most important of all, will be the knowledge you will have that you will be making an incredible difference to the life and prospects of a child or young person.

            Rainbow is one of the leading fostering agencies. We have been finding loving and secure homes for children for over twenty years. If you are thinking of fostering you will need plenty of patience and enjoy a challenge - a sense of humour helps as well! But the rewards are considerable.

            We expect our foster carers to commit to the training that we provide. This way they can build their knowledge and experience. All our courses are conducted in a friendly way and our foster carers report how much they enjoy them.

            You will need to have a spare room for the exclusive use of a child or young person. For more information on becoming a foster carer, please visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/becoming-a-foster-carer/

            Foster carers to be encouraged by businesses

            29th November, 2018

            Businesses who are signed up to North Lincolnshire Council's ‘Foster Carer Friendly Employers’ scheme are committing to provide staff who become foster carers, support across a range of fronts. These include flexible working arrangements, emergency leave and time off for training. The council is hoping to attract more businesses to the scheme - British Steel is one of a number of companies of all sizes that are supporting the scheme.

            The leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Rob Waltham, stated: "We already have some fantastic local businesses signed up to our Foster Carer Friendly Employer scheme but are encouraging others to get on board as well.” He also stated: “We recognise that some businesses won't be able to make all the changes but we would ask that you consider the needs of foster carers and support them as much as you can.”

            Join us at Team Rainbow and start your foster care journey with us today.

            We are an independent fostering agency with over twenty years experience. We work with local authorities to help in finding foster homes for youngsters who - for whatever the reason - are unable to continue living with their birth parents. Currently, there are more vulnerable children than their are foster homes for. So there is an urgent need across the country to recruit foster carer - we hope you will consider fostering with Rainbow.

            Fostering is a highly rewarding career. It can be challenging - but most things that are worthwhile probably are. And with our training and support, you will be in a position to reap the benefits and rewards fostering offers. Simply call 020 8427 3355 or alternatively our National Line - 0330 311 2845. Whatever your questions - how long does it take to become a foster carer; foster carers payments; benefits of fostering; foster carer payments and types of fostering - we will be happy to provide detailed answers. Fill in your details on line and we will arrange to call you back free of charge. Pick up the phone and help a vulnerable child to have a future with prospects.

            Foster care organisation launches paper on fostering to adoption

            28th November, 2018

            A paper on fostering to adoption will be launched today by the IFCA - Irish Foster Care Association. Last year, legislation was introduced which opened the door to the adoption of foster children when clearly demonstrated to be in their best interests. The 2010 Adoption Act was amended so that; for the first time, children in foster care could be adopted with the consent of their parents or under the direction of the High Court.

            The intention of the IFCA is to create a dialogue about the specific needs of children and young people in foster care for whom adoption is a possibility. It also aims to open up a debate on the needs of foster cares now seeking to adopt children and young people.

            In Ireland, ninety-two percent of the children who are in care are growing upon in state care.

            Team Rainbow will open the door to all the advantages of a career in foster care.

            Give us a call today on 020 8427 3355 or alternatively our National Line - 0330 311 2845. We can let you know that the unique advantages of becoming a foster care will be. Firstly, there is the flexibility of working from home. But most importantly, will be the understanding that you are doing something hugely valuable. By helping a child or young person to make the most of their talents, you will enable them to have a chance of living a life of purpose and happiness. Fostering can have a positive affect down the generations. Helping one child can have an amazing ‘knock-on’ effect: helping them make the most of their lives will, hopefully, give them the motivation and skills to care for their own children in the future. So being a foster carer can transform the lives of many people in the most positive way.

            Rainbow is a leading agency. We have found loving and secure homes for youngsters for over twenty years. We know how to train and support our foster carers - some have been with us for over ten years - some even longer which tells its own story.

            If you want to foster, all you need is to have patience and understanding. a sense of humour helps as well! We would also want you to commit to the training courses we provide. They are interesting, varied and geared to helping our foster carers build their professional careers with us.

            Finally, you need to have a spare room for the exclusive use of a child or young person.

            Foster care report published in Wales is welcomed

            27th November, 2018

            A report, ‘Care experienced children and young people’, has been published by the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly for Wales and has been commented on by the communications and public affairs director at The Fostering Network - Jackie Sanders:

            “We welcome the recommendations of this child-focused report and its concentration on ensuring that there is an emphasis on improving stability and outcomes for care experienced children. We also welcome the focus on prevention and investment in edge of care services and CAMHS.”

            Jackie Sanders also stated that the charity had raised concern over the apparent lack of ‘end of placement' reviews. In Wales, these are a statutory requirement. She stated -

            “We believe end of placement reviews are key to improving stability and to ensuring the voice and wishes of the child are heard. We therefore welcome the recommendation that the Welsh Government should evaluate how often end of placement reviews take place and how effective they are, with a particular focus on the impact on looked after children.”

            Rainbow - one of the leading foster care agencies is interested in speaking with you!

            Thank you for taking the time to read our latest foster care news article. If you are interested in becoming a foster carer - please fill out our contact form and we will be in touch. Or just give us a call: 020 8427 3355 or alternatively our National Line, which is 0330 311 2845 We would be delighted to answer all your questions and then proceed from there.

            We’ll describe how as a Rainbow foster carer you’ll experience the life-changing rewards of fostering a child - and be safe in the knowledge that one of the UK’s leading foster agencies is there to support you every step of the way. Foster carers can also be known as foster parents: they provide a safe and nurturing home environment. Most importantly, foster carers invest their time and energy in ensuring the well being of a child or young person.

            To foster, you simply need to have patience and understanding - as well as to commit to the interesting and varied training courses we provide. You also need to have a spare room for the exclusive use of the child or young person you are fostering.

            Foster care and the option of staying put in some doubt

            26th November, 2018

            The ‘Staying Put’ legislation was introduced in 2014. The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has produced a new report claiming that “too few young people are taking advantage of the opportunities that the change in the law provides.” The charity asserts that this is the result of inadequate funding combined with poor implementation. This is compounded a failure in support and planning at a local level.

            This “flagship” legislation intended to allow foster children to remain living with their foster carers until the age of twenty-one is not helping nearly enough youngsters. The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated:

            “The change to the law in 2014 was a huge step forward but, to give those leaving foster care the best possible life chances, Staying Put must be properly implemented and funded. The unfulfilled promise must become a reality.”

            Team Rainbow invites you to become a foster carer today

            Rainbow are a leading fostering agency - now established for twenty-one years. This year we have been building on our success and are now looking for people interested in becoming foster carers in Manchester and Birmingham - as well as London. We are particularly keen to talk to individuals who are interested in training to become therapeutic foster carers. This might suit people who already have professional experience working with children and young people. For more details on therapeutic foster care - which pays an enhanced rate, please visit our website -

            http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/therapeutic-foster-carer/

            Call 020 8427 3355 today - or alternatively our special National Line 0330 311 2845. We welcome all applicants - whatever their ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, status or cultural background.

            Please note: to foster, you must have a spare room for a child/young person

            Foster carers in Merton recognised by leading charity

            6th Novemer, 2018

            A bus driver and a nurse who live in Merton and who have been foster carers for nine years have been given the award of Outstanding Contribution by a Foster Carer at the Fostering Network Awards in London. The dedication shown by the couple, Hannah Ntow and Kojo Ntow was recognised by the chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, who said:

            "They are completely committed to the children in their care, even when that has a physical and emotional toll on them. Their faith is clearly important to them, as it is to many foster carers, and we need more people like them, from all faiths and none, to consider offering a loving, stable home to children and in particular to children with complex needs.”

            The Fostering Network Awards have been running for five years. They are to mark the “exceptional contributions” made for fostering. They recognise contributions made by foster carers, social workers - as well as the children of fostering families.

            The Ntow’s were nominated by Susan Harrisi, who is the couple’s supervising social worker. She stated: "The Ntows have radically changed their lives for the little boy in their care, and have looked beyond his disabilities to care for the young child within."

            Team Rainbow is expanding across London, Birmingham and Manchester.

            Be special. Be a foster carer. Be one of us…start your fostering journey today. At the moment there are thousands of vulnerable children looking for a fresh start with a caring foster family. Team Rainbow exists to find, train and support people from all walks of life who feel they now want to make a crucial difference in a child’s life. People decide to foster for a whole range of different reasons. Find out more about what is involved in becoming a foster carer in Team Rainbow by visiting https://bit.ly/2OkgCzS We are also interested in meeting foster carers who are thinking about making the move to another agency - to find out more about this career option visit https://bit.ly/2RnQrdd

            Foster carers now sought in Cheshire

            31st October, 2018

            A new project aimed at recruiting foster carers is being launched by Halton Borough Council, along with other local authorities in Cheshire. ‘Foster 4’ is aiming to boost support and training for existing foster carers whilst looking for new people to take up the challenge of fostering. Councillor Tom McInerney is Halton’s executive board member for children and young people; he stated -

            “This new project gives us the opportunity to recruit more foster carers on a much larger scale, which in turn allows us to provide the best possible care to our vulnerable children and young people.”

            Cllr McInerney reported that there had already been a twenty per cent rise in the number of fostering enquiries. And the aim is for authorities is to pool resources to give greater impact to the message that more foster carers are urgently needed.

            Team Rainbow are inviting anyone interested in foster care as a career to contact us

            Be special. Be a foster carer. Be one of us! We have a landmark anniversary coming up - our twenty-first! Over the years we have trained and supported a community of dedicated foster carers who make an incredible difference to the lives of vulnerable youngsters. We are searching for motivated and committed people to join our team. You can find out more about how to become a foster carer with us at https://bit.ly/2OkgCzS Perhaps you are currently fostering and would to find out more about the very real benefits of transferring to Rainbow - visit https://bit.ly/2RnQrdd

            Call 020 8427 3355 or our special National Line 0330 311 2845. We welcome all applicants - whatever their ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, status or cultural background. If you already have professional experience of working with children, you might want to find out more about the opportunities we have for people interested in therapeutic foster care. You visit https://bit.ly/2N4L0Bn to discover more about this specialist area of fostering.

            Foster children can benefit from new website supporting mental health

            30th October, 2018

            A new website has been launched by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. The aim is to offer young people access to and engagement with mental health support. It is also intended that they are given a greater say in relation to the treatment they receive.

            The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a mental health charity which has been developing and delivering mental health care and support for over sixty years. In their own words, the aim of the charity is “to build resilience and to help children, young people and families who are in distress.”

            Be special. Be a foster carer. Be one of us! Join Team Rainbow. We have been training and supporting foster carers for over twenty years. That means we have a made positive difference to a lot of lives. We are looking for motivated people to join is and provide foster homes for some desperately vulnerable children and young people. Find out more about the process of becoming a foster carer with us at https://bit.ly/2OkgCzS And if you are already fostering and would like information about the benefits of transferring to Rainbow - visit https://bit.ly/2RnQrdd

            Please contact us if you are interested to find out more. There is no obligation if you make an enquiry - we will do our best to answer any questions you might have - call 020 8427 3355 or our special National Line 0330 311 2845. You will need to have a spare room. And we welcome applicants - whatever their ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, status or cultural background.

            Foster carers in South Australia may be offered salaries in the future

            26th October, 2018

            In a move likely to be noticed by the UK government, the South Australian Government is now giving serious consideration to a move that would see people being offered a tax-free salary to relinquish their careers and become foster carers. Taking such a step would mean fostering some of the state’s most troubled and difficult to place youngsters. The trial for this foster care scheme was announced last month. It will see around thirty children between the ages of seven and seventeen participating.

            The Minister for Child Protection in South Australia, Rachel Sanderson, stated that the Liberal Government there would be monitoring the trial - which will last for two years, commencing this December, closely. She also said that “What we do know is that child protection in South Australia is not working.” Her view was also that “We’ve had very, very poor results and we’re paying a lot of money to get very poor outcomes for our children.”

            Foster carers in South Australia currently receive a fortnightly support payment which is not a salary. It varies according to the age of the child.

            The South Australian Government recognises the need for the scheme - to be most effective - will need to target people with relevant experience. Rachel Sanderson said: “This is aimed at professionals that might have the experience, whether they’re nurses or teachers or psychologists or social workers that may be retiring or near the end of their career.”

            Be special - be a foster carer with Rainbow

            At Team Rainbow we aim to be special every day because our goal is to do our best for some very special people - our foster carers and their children. We provide outstanding training and support so that our foster carers can go that extra mile in looking after vulnerable children. Rainbow have now been recruiting and supporting foster carers for twenty-one years. We have the expertise that enables us to offer our foster carers choice so they can build their careers with us in a way that suits their own ambitions. They can be trained to foster sibling groups, parent and child, teenagers as well as children with complex needs. You can even train to be a therapeutic foster carer with Rainbow and qualify for enhanced rates of payment.

            We are searching for new foster cares in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Please contact us if you wish to find out more about a professional career in fostering. There is no obligation if you make an enquiry - we will devote the to answer any questions you might have. Make the decision to find out more. Be special - call 020 8427 3355 or our special National Line 0330 311 2845

            Foster care and adoption service in Suffolk identify difficulties they are facing

            22nd October, 2018

            The fostering and adoption service is highlighting the children they find hardest to place in foster homes. The council has been running event to focus attention on the issue as part of National adoption week. A social worker, Andreia Kolozsvari, stated “From our experience children over the age of four are always harder to find adoptive families for. Children who come as brothers and sisters, perhaps they spend a longer amount of time in care because there are less adopters or people who feel able to commit to two or more children.”

            It is also a fact that children from black and ethnic minorities can wait longer before being fostered or adopted. The team has put out a series of videos focusing on the experiences of foster carers and adopters in Surrey - the latest one is all about sibling groups.

            Team Rainbow is looking for foster carers in London, Birmingham and Manchester

            Have you ever considered foster care as a career? There is a lot to think about - types of fostering, foster care pay, fostering allowances and benefits, foster carer requirements and how long does it take to become a foster carer…at Rainbow we make all this simpler for our applicants. We manage every stage of the application process so that is simple and straightforward. You can call us today and request our information pack. There is no obligation - our foster care experts will explain our six easy steps to fostering.

            Be special join Team Rainbow today - call 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845

            Arts and ‘culture’ aim to make a difference to those in foster care

            19th October, 2018

            A Culture Cares Conference will be taking place in Derby on the 30th October - during Care Leavers’ week. This is being put on in partnership with the Family Arts Campaign with the support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation - an organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life for communities in the UK. The event is designed to focus on how the arts and culture can have a positive impact - as well as create pathways - for young people currently in the care system as well as those leaving it. care leavers themselves are producing the conference, which will feature workshops and presentations. Derby’s award-winning program ‘Plus One’ will be evaluated. Under this scheme leading arts organisations have combined with care services in Derbyshire to provide wider access to the arts for foster children and care leavers - as well as their families.They will have the chance to see live performances and films. There will also be the opportunity to participate in a wide range of arts based activities.

            Central to the conference is the theme that all children, no matter their background, should have the chance to lead happy and fulfilled lives. There are statistics available that indicate if you grow up in care, you are five times more likely to be convicted of a criminal offence. In general, the sad truth is that children in care are far more at risk of unemployment, teenage pregnancy and homelessness.

            Be special - be a foster carer with Rainbow

            At Team Rainbow our ethos is to be special because every day we work with some very special people - our foster carers and children. All of us want to secure the best outcomes for the children that we care for. It means the training and support we give our foster carers is second to none. Our expertise has been built up over twenty-one years. This means we can offer our foster carers choice and variety so they can develop their careers with us in a way that suits their ambitions.

            We are now looking to recruit new foster cares in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Joining Rainbow means becoming a valued member of a dedicated team. Please contact us if you wish to find out more about a career in fostering. There is no obligation and we will devote the time to give you as much information as possible. We will then guide you in making the right decision for you and your family. Fostering is not for everyone: it is challenging - but the rewards can be like no other. Be special - call 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845

            Review of the effects of social media likely to inform foster care

            15th October, 2018

            Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social care, is warning of the potential dangers posed by social media to the mental health and well being of children. A comparison has been drawn which states the threat is similar to that of sugar on physical health. The Chief Medical Officer - professor Dame Sally Davies - has been tasked to review what impacts the excessive use of social media can have on the mental health of children.

            The CMO’s review will publish interim findings in December. The review will also be covering sleep problems, ‘internet addiction’, cyberbullying and online gaming where there is a social media element. There is evidence to show that children and youngsters who spend more than three hours a day using social media sites on a school day are twice as likely to report high scores for mental health problems.

            Join Team Rainbow - 8,000 new foster families are urgently needed

            If you decide to become a foster carer with us it will mean becoming a valued member of Team Rainbow. We make sure our carers appreciate that becoming a Rainbow foster carer is special…it means being able to rely on the kind of support that ensures our children experience the best outcomes possible.

            For our team, It doesn’t matter if a child is placed on an emergency, short term or long term basis. The foster carers in Team Rainbow always dedicate themselves to doing their very best for that child or young person. We are now looking to recruit and expand our numbers of foster carers in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

            If you are over twenty-one, have a spare bedroom - but more importantly feel you have the motivation and resilience to take up the challenge of becoming a foster carer, then we would love to hear from you. We are coming up to celebrating our twenty-first anniversary so have long experience in caring for our children and supporting their foster carers. Call us on 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845 to find out more about how being a foster carer with Rainbow is special.

            Foster carers in Devon protest at changes to allowances.

            12th October, 2018

            Devon County Council has just voted to bring in a new system of allowances and fees. Described as being “fairer and equitable”, it has nonetheless triggered protest from foster carers. At what proved to be a rancorous meeting in a council chamber boos rang out. The results of the changes mean fifty per cent of foster carers would receive an increase in fees, ten per cent would see no difference, but for forty per cent there would be a reduction. Foster carers say that making these changes could result in some carers losing between £5,000 and £15,000 annually.

            Devon County Council released a statement saying:

            “We’re protecting the allowances of those who would lose out for as long as their placement lasts - not just two years as originally proposed. This is not about making cuts - we’re putting in an extra £1m. We want our foster carers to be paid an appropriate fee based on the needs of the child they look after.”

            Rainbow are always looking for people interested to start a career in foster care. Our carers come from different cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. That includes single people, LGBT people, couples - married or living together - with or without children.

            You must have at least one spare bedroom to foster and be committed to supporting a child in terms of achieving their education goals and general progress in life.

            Rainbow Fostering - established for twenty one years!

            Rainbow Fostering is one of the leading foster care agencies in the UK. We have been established for twenty-one years during which time we have supported many foster carers to enjoy rewarding careers making a lasting difference to young people’s lives. Rainbow are now recruiting in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Please call 020 8427 3355, or our National Line 0330 311 2845 if you would like to find out more about becoming a foster care professional. If you talk to us, there is no obligation: we are happy to give plenty of advice and guidance as we want people to make the decision that is right for them.

            New research evaluates children moving from residential homes into foster care.

            8th October, 2018

            The ‘Step Down Programme’ has been running since July 2014 and is a partnership between Birmingham City Council and Core assets. It aims to move young people from residential homes and place them in foster homes. The Programme is supported by a Social Impact Bond contract which is funded by ‘Bridges Ventures’ aiming to improve outcomes for children and young people.

            The Rees Centre, based at the University of Oxford’s Department of Education has; as part of its research into the programme, conducted 213 interviews with youngsters, their foster carers, mentors and supervising social workers. The subsequent analysis has shown that many of the young people experienced increased stability. It has also indicated that youngsters being fostered engaged in a much higher level of activities.

            Could you meet our requirements to foster at Rainbow?

            We are looking for people, aged over 21, to foster youngsters. You need to have a spare bedroom and be committed to providing a stable environment for a child. It is important that you enjoy good physical health - fostering can be demanding. It is also important to be able to work with other care professionals. Supporting a vulnerable child to reach their potential is highly rewarding.

            We provide a wide range of training opportunities for our foster carers. Rainbow are one of the leading foster care agencies in the UK and are now recruiting in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Please call 020 8427 3355, or our National Line 0330 311 2845. We are waiting to tell you more about the rewards a career in foster care can offer. You can explore the rest of our website where you will find a wide range of information covering: becoming a foster carer, what makes a foster carer, therapeutic foster care, foster care for sibling groups, how long does it take to become a foster carer, fostering allowance and benefits and types of fostering.

            Leading charity recognises sons and daughters of foster carers.

            4th October, 2018

            The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has announced awards for six sons and daughters of foster carers. The award is for ‘Outstanding Contribution by Sons and Daughters’ and is part of the annual Fostering Excellence Awards organised by the charity each year. The role played by foster carers birth children is a vital one. The winners have been announced at the commencement of the charity’s campaign - ‘Sons and Daughters Month’ - which runs every October. As part of the campaign, there will be a special competition #OurGreatestMemory - visit https://bit.ly/2hxcqyl for details.

            The Trophies for the winners will be given at The Fostering Network’s ‘Fostering Excellence Awards’ to be held in London on the 24th October. In recognising the contribution of this year’s winners, the chief executive of the charity, Kevin Williams, stated:

            “It’s impossible to overstate the role that the children of foster carers play in a fostering family, welcoming fostered children into their homes and ensuring successful fostering placements. Many people say that the potential impact on their birth children is one of the major barriers to becoming a foster carer. the reality is that seeing life from another’s perspective can be an enriching experience and can help a child learn and develop as an individual.”

            8,000 new foster families needed in the UK- foster with Rainbow

            If you want to foster with Rainbow, you must be over twenty one. You also have to have a reasonably sized bedroom available for a foster child. Fostering with Rainbow means being a team player so you must be open and willing to working with other care professionals. Most importantly, you need to be able to empathise with youngsters who could be upset because they have been separated from their birth families. At Rainbow we recruit foster carers from all walks of life. Whatever your background, experience, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation, we will be delighted to welcome you to our community of caring professionals.

            Rainbow has been established for over twenty years. We are one of the leading foster care agencies and are now actively recruiting in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Call 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845 to find out more about what fostering can offer you.

            LGBT foster families look for more support from schools.

            27th September, 2018

            Studies conducted by Goldsmiths, University of London and Nottingham Trent University indicate that schools need to work harder at ensuring LGBT parents feel welcome. The research involved interviewing twenty-six LGBTQI parents and nineteen children. It emerged that the existing support that schools offer concentrates mostly on the issues associated with bullying. This ignores the importance of working to create a greater sense of inclusiveness. The situation can be improved, it is suggested, by adopting a few simple changes. These could include making sure that school forms avoid specifying only the terms mother and father. Other ideas were to display LGBTQI posters in schools highlighting how families can differ and raising awareness in sex and relationship classes.

            Rainbow welcome LGBT foster care applicants

            At Rainbow Fostering our goal is always to be inclusive: we welcome applicants - whatever their ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or cultural background. We celebrate the fact, LGBT foster carers make a fantastic contribution to looking after vulnerable children and young people. And we would like to attract more people from this community to come forward and join with ours.

            Applicants have decided to foster with Rainbow because:
            • we give provide our foster carers with around the clock support;
            • we offer our foster carers generous allowances;
            • ensure that all our foster carers can rely placements being carefully matched with their preferences;
            • active participation in our foster carer awards ceremonies;
            • support from our youth participation team - ensuring we offer a range of activities through the year for foster children;
            • generous provision of respite care.

            There are many more reasons to foster with Rainbow. Please call us today on 020 8427 3355 - or use our National number 0330 311 2846. There are many aspects to foster care and we will take all the time you need to make the right decision for you. What is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements, foster care payments, and what are the different types of foster care available? These are just some of the many different questions we are regularly asked - perhaps you can think of some more!

            Shortage of advocates in Arizona foster care system

            26th September, 2018

            The foster care system is feeling the strain in countries other than the UK. In the state of Arizona, there are 15,869 children and young people in the foster care system. Each is supposed to have an advocate - an individual to represent their interests and provide support. Currently, only ten per cent of these young people are benefiting from this support. This has been caused by a shortage of volunteers in the court-appointed special advocates - CASA - programme. This has created a gap in the child-welfare system.

            Deidre Calcoate - programme manager for CASA in Arizona - stated: "Children that have advocates spend less time in care.”

            Foster with Rainbow: there are children needing caring homes now

            Rainbow are an established and highly respected foster care service led by highly motivated and qualified professionals. Our goal is to improve the lives of ‘looked after’ children and young people. We know it is our dedicated foster carers who so positively influence the lives and futures of our foster children. We are looking to recruit more people to join our fostering community and take advantage of the generous allowances and benefits we provide.

            It only takes sixteen to eighteen weeks to become an ‘Approved’ foster carer. Call us today on 020 84257 3355. Alternatively, ring our National Line on 0330 311 2845. As a foster carer you could be making all the difference to a vulnerable child: open your heart, open your mind and open your home to a world of new possibilities.

            House Project supports those leaving foster care

            24th September, 2018

            It has been reported that the number of vulnerable children who now require support from Greater Manchester’s social services is rising dramatically. A number of problems have contributed to the situation. These include increasing levels of family poverty and neglect, drug addiction problems and mental health problems. This has resulted in more referrals with children needing to be found foster homes. This is contributing to a financial black hole for the authorities to try and manage.

            Manchester is not alone. Other authorities have been reported having to cut their services due to funding pressures. These include East Sussex, Torbay and Northamptonshire. The children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, is reported as saying many youngsters are not now getting the basic help needed early enough due to the pressures on children’s services departments.

            Budgets for children’s services across Greater Manchester have been analysed. The picture that has emerged is one of a failure to balance the books and a shortfall of around £25m a year.

            Discover the opportunities in providing foster care with Rainbow

            Rainbow are a successful and long established agency - now well over twenty years. During this time, we have been recruiting foster carers who have provided secure and loving homes for children and young people. Today, we provide fostering services in several regions as well as London, Birmingham and Manchester.

            We need you! This year there is a serious shortfall of people coming forward to foster. Fostering offers many different career options. And we provide the very best in training and support. On average it takes around sixteen to eighteen weeks from an initial enquiry to a person being ‘Approved’ to foster. If you would like to talk to us about different types of fostering, other options for fostering uk, teenagers or maybe even fostering babies, call today on 020 84257 3355. If lines are busy, please ring our National Line on 0330 311 2845. We have a team of experts ready to take your call and discuss the options open to you. At Rainbow We’ll certainly help you to open your mind, your heart and your home to the rewards and joys of being a foster carer.

            Pioneering scheme in West Lothian could benefit foster children leaving care

            21st September, 2018

            The Rock Trust is behind a new housing scheme in West Lothian. It is requesting that housing providers and councils organise what they term a “housing first” scheme aimed at providing homeless young people with a permanent home. The idea is that a young person does not have to prove they are “housing ready” after being progressed through the different stages of temporary accommodation.

            So far under the Trust’s youth project, five young people who were formerly in care now have permanent homes that are furnished. What is key, is that there are no conditions or time limits that apply. Youngsters are provided with stability and support: they have a roof over their heads and can access support services for health, education and employment. The Rock Trust says that the scheme can bring to an end the reliance on temporary accommodation which they warn, can be “unsafe and unsuitable” for young people.

            Foster with Rainbow and take a new path in life

            We are an agency that has been finding loving, caring foster homes for vulnerable children for well over twenty years. In that time, we have grown so our services cover London, Manchester, Birmingham - and other regions in the UK.

            There are different types of foster care and foster care allowances. If you have been giving serious consideration to becoming a foster carer, we would certainly like to hear from you. We will train and support you at each and every stage. It usually takes between sixteen to eighteen weeks from your first enquiry to being ‘Approved’ to foster. Call us now on either 020 84257 3355, or ring our National Line on 0330 311 2845. We’ll help you to open your mind, heart and home to the rewards and joys of fostering.

            Numbers of foster children in higher education in Scotland now analysed

            19th September, 2018

            One of the most damning of statistics that has been given prominence recently is the low number of children who have been in care going on to Higher Education. The foster care stocktake did allude to this in its report as considerable attention is being placed on the educational outcomes for foster children - not least by Ofsted.

            The leading charity, The Fostering Network has now welcomed a report by the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) which has explored the educational prospects of foster children in Scotland, and throws a light upon the stigma and misperceptions affecting care experienced young people in relation to education. The response of Sara Lurie, the director of The Fostering Network in Scotland, to this recent report was:

            “We have long known what this report reiterates - that the stability of relationships in care is fundamental to improving outcomes for looked after children and that fostering is a protective factor for many young people. Foster carers are playing an increasingly important role in supporting young people to fulfil their potential, including encouraging them to consider further or higher education as an option.”

            It only takes six straightforward steps to becoming a foster carer with Rainbow. 1) register your interest - call or email us; 2) we arrange an initial home visit; 3) we make checks and gather references; 4) you are invited to our 3 day ‘Skills to Foster’ course; 5) one of our social workers will produce a home study report; 6) you meet our Panel members and if recommended, you will be ‘Approved’ to foster.

            We support you at every stage and explain the training opportunities available. The process takes sixteen to eighteen weeks from enquiring to being ‘Approved’ to foster. It’s a great time to consider becoming a foster carer - especially with Rainbow! Train to be a therapeutic foster carer and you will be paid an enhanced rate. For comprehensive and friendly advice on a fostering career with Rainbow, simply call 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845. We will answer all your queries: examples - to how to foster a child uk; foster carer pay; different types of fostering; how long it takes to become a foster carer as well as general foster carer requirements.

            The Scottish government drags its feet on foster care allowances

            17th September, 2018

            The leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, has been critical of the recommendation from the Scottish Government’s care allowances working group. this is because it falls short of recommending a national minimum allowance.

            Sara Lurie is the director of The Fostering Network in Scotland - she expressed disappointment:

            “The working group was in fact itself established to consider a national approach to allowances, but it has failed to make a clear and and effective recommendation on their implementation, meaning we are no nearer a solution than before.”

            Sara Lurie accuses the government of “procrastinating” and falling short of its stated ambition to ensure “Scotland is the best place in the world to grow up.”

            You could start your career in foster care today with Rainbow.

            We are currently looking to recruit people to become foster carers in London, Birmingham and Manchester. All you need is a spare room along with the interest and passion to help a vulnerable child succeed. We provide training and support for our foster carers 24/7, 365 days a year. Rainbow are committed to helping our carers develop their careers in fostering. There are different types of foster care such as looking after sibling groups, babies or teenagers. We train people to foster therapeutically which means they acquire the skills to care for children who have been traumatised by their experiences before coming into care.

            For advice and guidance on the options that might suit you best, please call 020 8427 3355. You can also contact our recruitment team via our National Line 0330 311 2845. Rainbow have over twenty years experience - we provide a fast and efficient service so that on average, it only takes 16 - 18 weeks from an initial enquiry to being ‘Approved to Foster’.

            We are regularly updating our website with the latest information about all aspects of foster care. You can also register your details online with us and arrange for us to call you at a convenient time for you.

            Leading foster care charity responds to the Observer “cash crisis” article.

            10th September, 2018

            The director of communications and public affairs at the Fostering Network, Jackie Sanders, has responded to a recent article in the Sunday Observer focusing on the funding crisis affecting child services. She stated - “it comes as absolutely no surprise that the local government association in England and others are calling for urgent investment into the children’s social care system.”

            The situation has become increasingly pressured with children now coming into care at the rate of ninety a day. The result has been that councils have had to increase the amount spent on social care for children by approximately ten percent in four years.

            There has been a government response which was to say £200bn has been made available to councils up to the year 2020 for local services.

            Think of a challenge! Think of becoming a foster carer

            Rainbow have a reputation for looking after their foster carers so all their efforts can go into supporting the children we care for. The is why fostering with Rainbow is simple and rewarding. Being a foster carer is challenging, no doubt, but there are few things that can be as satisfying. Our placements are well matched and we aim to meet our foster carers preferences. There are also many opportunities to develop a career in fostering through specialising in a number of different areas. Whatever the professional career aims our foster carers have, we ensure they are supported to achieve them. Rainbow’s carers look after sibling groups, parent and child, teenagers - as well as children with complex needs. We also offer the chance to train in the area of therapeutic foster care. This is where foster carers look after children with complex problems and behavioural issues. Increasing numbers of children are coming into care having experienced abuse or neglect. The trauma this causes means they have to be cared for therapeutically. For more information on this specialised area of foster care visit our website.

            County Council seeks more foster carers

            6th, September, 2018

            At present there are approximately two hundred fostering families in the Cumbria area. There are, however, around seven hundred children in care in the county. This means that there is a pressing need to find more foster carers. One potential group from which to recruit are the so called ‘empty nesters’. The council is pushing the message that a house can seem an empty place for parents when their own children have left for university. They are saying to such parents that foster care can provide a great way to continue their parenting skills. Julie Kirkham is a ‘Homestays’ provider for Cumbria council who looked into what fostering had to offer when her own children left home - she stated: “I had serious empty nest syndrome after my own children left home four years ago and started to think about fostering. I initially thought it would be great to foster younger children but I heard about Homestays, a way of supporting older children and teenagers.” Julie also said that this was something that would fit very well with her lifestyle.

            There are a planned series of events in Barrow to let people know that if they are feeling the effects of empty nest syndrome, providing foster care could be the answer.

            You could have a career in foster care all it takes is a phone call!

            Rainbow have been established for over twenty years. We are actively recruiting in the London, Manchester and Birmingham areas. You need a spare room for the exclusive use of a child as well as the interest and dedication to help a vulnerable youngster get off to a good start in life. Many more foster carers are needed to come forward. If you are looking for an agency that will provide the best in terms of support, training and professional career development, then contact us on 020 8427 3355. If the line is busy, we don’t want to lose you so you can also call our National line 0330 311 2845.

            At Rainbow we are skilled at matching our placements to our foster carer’s preferences. And you are never alone: the support provided is on a twenty four hour a day basis all year round.

            We will answer all your foster care queries

            Whatever the topic, we will do our best to provide comprehensive answers. The kinds of questions we are frequently asked are “how long does it take to become a foster carer?” “What is the main fostering allowance?” “Can I foster if I have own dogs?” “What kinds of foster care are there?”

            At Rainbow we are committed to finding our foster carers the best fostering opportunities to suit them. Give us a call today - we look forward to hearing from you.

            Cumbrian foster carers celebrate fostering for twenty five years

            29th, August, 2018

            A Cumbrian couple, John and Mary Hayden - aged 86 and 82 have just celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. It was a very special day as the celebrations were shared by some of the thirty five foster children John and Mary have cared for. The couple also received a congratulatory card form the Queen. they have thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Some of the children that they cared for only stayed for a short period - but one child was with them for sixteen years. Other special memories include John giving away three of the girls they fostered when they got married.

            A career in foster care could be just around the corner!

            There are roughly 55,000 foster care families in the UK. But there is a total of 27 million households in the country. This means that just 0.2% of homes have provided accommodated a vulnerable child or young person in need. If you have a spare room, and; most importantly, the time and dedication to improve the circumstances of a child in need, we would like to hear from you.

            You can contact us on 020 8427 3355, or our National Foster Care Line 0330 311 2845. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Benefits” enhanced pay rates - up to £40k*pa; 24 hr support 365 days a year; specialist foster care training; generous respite care; the chance to train as a therapeutic foster carer and plenty of invites to social events and foster care support groups.

            Appeal for more foster carers in Flintshire, Wales

            21st, August, 2018

            Flintshire council is working hard to attract new foster carers. The fostering team has set up number of information sessions in the locality aimed at encouraging more people to consider foster care as a career. The cabinet member for social services, Cllr Christine Jones, stated -

            “Our problem is that our wonderful experienced foster carers are full. They are already caring for children long term and we have new children coming into foster care who need a loving, safe, caring home.”

            She identified that the issue is experienced foster carers are retiring and there is a pressing need to replace them. Last year a total of sixty nine children were fostered with the majority being looked after by the one hundred and twenty three local authority foster carers. Cllr Christine Jones also stated -

            “We are looking for people who, ideally have some experience of working with children, perhaps in their job in a school, nursing or event as a scout leader or experience of raising their own children.”

            It’s time to make a difference! Foster with Rainbow.

            At Rainbow Fostering we have twenty years experience supporting and training foster carers so they can make a lasting difference to the lives of some very vulnerable young people. More children are coming into care who have experienced abuse and neglect. They need love and security. If you can offer a stable home and want to support a child with their education, please contact us today on 020 8427 3355 - National Line 0330 311 2845.

            Fostering is a rewarding and amazing journey. Joining Rainbow will mean you will receive a generous financial allowance, around the clock support and superb training opportunities. Rainbow is a leading and highly respected agency that has been caring for carers and children for over twenty years. Therapeutic foster care: we offer the chance for you to receive enhanced payments if you train to be a therapeutic foster carer with us. This is a type of specialized foster care looking after children with complex problems and behavioural issues. Turning around the lives of such children can be extremely rewarding.

            Foster care news updates and stories that affect the lives of all children

            16th, August, 2018

            Findings have just been published by the Welsh Government from a consultation which has been made looking into plans to bring in legislation aimed at removing the defence of reasonable punishment of children in Wales. The effect of this could be that any adult looking after a child would not be allowed to use physical punishment.

            Responses to the consultation will be published in the form of a summary, by the Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies. The Minister said:

            “As a government, we are committed to introducing legislation to remove the defence of reasonable punishment, which will prohibit the physical punishment of children by parents and those acting in loco parentis. This reinforces our long-standing commitment to children’s rights.”

            The consultation itself received over 1,890 responses. 50.3% people agreed with the proposed change as it would protect the rights of children - 48.1% disagreed. The exercise involved consulting with a range of organisations and individuals. Over 270 people also attended one of the special engagement events held across the country.

            A Bill will now be introduced by the First Minister, of the Welsh Government removing the defence of reasonable punishment.

            Show you can make difference and foster a child or teenager with Rainbow

            It sometimes seems hard for us to believe, but Rainbow Fostering has been providing loving, stable homes for children in difficult circumstances for over twenty years. Along the way, we have developed unrivalled experience in knowing how to recruit, and then support people to deal with the daily challenges foster care presents.

            An imam in Halifax, Nova Scotia, works to get more Muslim foster carers.

            13th, August, 2018

            The challenges of attracting new foster carers are not confined to the UK. In Halifax, The Department of Community Services, is Muslim communities in an attempt to increase the number of foster carers. their gas been a significant decline: 6 years ago, there were approximately 800 foster homes - last year that number had dropped to 580.

            Imam Abdallah Yousri, responding to the need to find more foster families said about fostering - “We believe that this is an act of worship in Islam.” This was after the DCS contacted the Ummah Mosque and Community Centre in Halifax with the goal of attracting more families into fostering.

            The problems of recruiting foster carers are shared by many nations. Declines in available numbers are caused by experienced foster carers retiring and the challenges associated with recruiting younger people into fostering.

            You could foster a vulnerable young person with Rainbow

            Fostering can be an amazing, rewarding experience. Rainbow Fostering has been looking after youngsters from a diverse range of backgrounds for over twenty years. The care we offer is second to none and delivered by skilled foster carers. They are members of our dynamic team of child-focused professionals. We need more people to join us! Can we tempt you? Simply call 020 8427 3355 or call the Rainbow Fostering National Line 0330 311 2845. Whatever questions you may have regarding the types of fostering, or how long does it take to become a foster carer? Or the fostering allowance - we’re here to help and guide you.

            Foster care crisis in the West Country.

            8th August, 2018

            A Bristol based foster agency has gone on the record stating the number of children and young people needing foster homes has grown at its highest rate in seven years. In the week just gone, there were over one hundred and ninety four enquiries requesting foster homes. This is at a time when the region is contending with a growing shortage of foster carers in the region. The situation is particularly worrying as the number of people coming forward to apply to be carers has declined by around a third. The result of this is to leave many youngsters in short-term placements. Things have reached the point where the shortage means,; it is claimed, that some children are having to return to homes where they were judged to be at risk.

            Experience fostering the Rainbow way.

            Twenty years is the length of time that Rainbow Fostering Services have been finding homes for vulnerable children and teenagers. In recent years, the number of children needing foster placements has been rising. This means that there is a pressing need to find more people to take up fostering. If you are passionate about making a real difference for a child that needs a stable, loving home - and everything that goes with that - we would like to talk with you. Your past experiences, skills and approach to life is what matters to us. Your age, sexuality, ethnicity or marital status is not important. We need foster carers from all backgrounds and cultural traditions. Please call us on 020 8427 3355 or 0330 311 2845 - we’ll do our best to answer all your questions.

            Foster care concerns in Kent.

            6th August, 2018

            In Kent, out-of-area placements have become a controversial issue. Fears have been expressed that there are risks in East Kent areas on the coast, which have the potential to cause the kinds of problems faced in Rotherham. The risks of gang violence and sexual exploitation are considered to be so serious, that some local head teachers informed the government that school places would no longer be offered to foster children sent to the area by other local authorities.

            Currently there are over 1,300 looked-after-children living in Kent sent from other local authorities. This is according to Kent county council’s director for children, young people and education - Matt Dunkley. This figure represents more than a third of all the youngster in the care system in the UK.

            In England, finding accommodation for foster children away from their home boroughs has now become a widespread practice. The numbers of youngsters now placed in residential homes away from their LAs have risen dramatically by around two thirds in the last 5 years.

            Find your calling in life - become a foster carer

            Rainbow Fostering has now been caring for both children and their foster carers for over twenty years. This means we have the expertise that will enable you to develop a career in fostering. Whatever questions you may have regarding types of fostering, or how long does it take to become a foster carer? Just call us as we have a knowledgeable recruitment team able to answer all your questions. Simply call 020 8427 3355 or call the Rainbow Fostering National Line 0330 311 2845. Our website is packed with information on all aspects of foster care - we welcome any feedback you might care to give us.

            Focus children, carers and all youngsters will benefit from new online safety website.

            2nd August, 2018

            CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) works alongside various child protection partners, both in the UK and overseas to keep track of threats to children. They are dedicated to tackling child sexual exploitation and abuse - online and offline. CEOP’s ThinkuKnow has now launched ‘Band Runner’. This is an interactive game aimed at eight to ten year olds. It is intended to help them to build their awareness of the risks that can be encountered online. ‘Band Runner’ assist children in:

            • feeling confident enough to seek the help of a trusted adult when they feel they need it;
            • distinguishing between safe and unsafe behaviours on the internet;
            • acquire familiarity with the Thinkuknow 8 to 10’s website so they are able to use it to seek advice and support for remaining safe online visit https://bit.ly/2LeU4DM for details.

            You can be reassured that because Rainbow Fostering has been caring for both children and their foster carers for over twenty years, we have all the expertise you will need to build a career in foster care. At the moment we would like especially to speak with people with an interest in fostering sibling groups and teenagers. We provide in-depth training and around the clock support. Whatever questions you have regarding the various types of fostering, or how long does it take to become a foster carer as examples, we have a knowledgeable team on hand to provide the answers to all your questions. Just call 020 8427 3355 or the Rainbow Fostering National Line 0330 311 2845

            Focus on foster children in Scotland will be maintained by ‘Falling through Cracks’ report

            1st August, 2018

            The director of The Fostering Network in Scotland, Sara Lurie, has responded to MSP Kezia Dugdale’s report ‘Falling Through the Cracks’: “We welcome the findings of the Falling Through the Cracks report and commend Kezia Dugdale for maintaining a focus on looked after children in Scotland. The Scottish Government has an aspiration for Scotland to be the best place in the world for a child to grow up, but the figures reflected in this report show that there is a long way to go until that aspiration becomes a reality for looked after children.”

            Sara Lurie expressed concern that the number of young people taking advantage of ‘Continuing Care’ (the option to remain with foster carers after the age of 18), is disturbingly low. The figures within the report indicated that only 177 youngsters took the opportunity. This situation was described as being “woeful’’ by Sara Lurie, who identified adequate resourcing being a major concern: “Funding is at the heart of why Continuing Care is not working. We agree with the report’s recommendations regarding the Scottish Government ensuring that the funding of Continuing Care is ring-fenced, but the Scottish Government must also increase the amount of money they are giving to local authorities to making Continuing Care work.”

            Start your career in foster care today

            Rainbow Fostering is one of the leading independent foster care agencies with twenty plus years experience. Whether you are new to foster care or an experienced carer, Rainbow will provide you with first class training and support. Our carers come from a whole variety of backgrounds and circumstances. They all relish being a part of our welcoming and vibrant community. We provide a generous financial package and extend opportunities for training. This means anyone joining us will be supported to build a career in fostering through developing their professional skills. Find out what it takes to be a foster carer with Rainbow by calling 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845. Visit our website where you will discover plenty of information about fostering relating to: the fostering allowance and benefits; types of fostering and how long does it take to become a foster carer.

            Foster carers and parents given advice for online safety for children

            30th July, 2018

            The long summer holidays are here again which means children and young people can find themselves with time on their hands. The UK Safer Internet Centre’s published guidance in the form a blog for parents and carers to make sure that children can stay safe online.

            It advises those looking after youngsters should - “learn more about the apps, games and services children are using you can spend some time on them, familiarise yourself with their reporting and blocking features and ensure that you have the knowledge to be able to help them if they face a problem over the summer holidays or in the future.”

            Foster with a leading agency today

            Are you are looking for a leading independent fostering agency? Yes, then make sure you give our expert recruitment team at Rainbow fostering services a call: we’ll give you a comprehensive idea about what fostering children involves.

            We provide both our applicants and foster carers excellent support and training. If you are interested in fostering uk, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies, please get in touch. Just call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for lots more general information about fostering which covers; amongst many other subjects how long it takes to become a foster carer and foster carer requirements.

            Government response to foster care stocktake and education select committee inquiry

            27th July, 2018

            Following the fostering stocktake and the education select committee inquiry on foster care, the government has been responding. It has said that it agreed foster care ought now to be considered as part of the whole care system. Following the creation of an Adoption Leadership Board in 2014 and a Residential Care leadership Board in 2017, there will now be a National Stability Forum for Children’s Social Care. This will be chaired by the director general at the Department for Education.

            The government response says: "Over time, we hope that the forum will provide the department and government with crucial advice and leadership at national and local level to promote stability, better life chances and outcomes for children in the care of the state.”

            Apply to be a foster carer with Rainbow.

            You could be experiencing the rewards of fostering a child or young person right now. We particularly need people to provide foster homes for teenagers and sibling groups. Rainbow provide training and support to enable you to get the most from your fostering experience. We are there 24/7, 365 days a year. Call us now on 020 8427 3355 or on our National Line 0330 311 2845 - we’d love to hear from you. when we discussed your motivations to foster, we will send you an information pack which provides a wide range of advice and guidance on all the options available for fostering. It will cover how to foster a child uk; foster carer pay; types of fostering; how long it takes to become a foster carer and foster carer requirements. In the meantime, there is also a lot of information about fostering on our website.

            Children in foster care need to experience loving and stable homes, says government

            25th July, 2018

            The government has in the last few days responded to recent reviews examining the state of fostering. Measures have been announced by Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi. There is a requirement to provide foster families with clearer advice around the area of physical affection. The aim is to enable foster carers to feel more able to comfort and hug the children in their care.

            Nadhim Zahawi stated: “We want every child in foster care to have a loving, stable home and trusted relationships so they can have the ‘normal’ life they desperately want and experience the same opportunities as other children.” He also stated: “We want every child in foster care to have a loving, stable home and trusted relationships so they can have the ‘normal’ life they desperately want and experience the same opportunities as other children.”

            The Department for Education, responding to the ‘Foster care in England’ review by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers, has identified six areas to be prioritised. These include:

            • improving the experience of children in foster care;
            • greater stability for children in care;
            • empowering foster families;
            • driving improvements in fostering practice;
            • establishing better ways of matching children with families.
            Find out more about fostering with Rainbow

            Visit our website and you will see we have included a significant amount of information on providing foster care for teenagers, sibling groups as well as for the category of parent and child. However, there is a particular need for people who may already have experience of working with children in a professional capacity - such as in the field of youth work. This is because we are interested in finding people who want to train to be therapeutic foster carers. This type of fostering involves caring for children who come into care with complex problems because they experienced abuse of one kind or another. This can come in different forms, from neglect to sexual abuse - or having been in an environment where they have been subjected to, or witnessed violence. Such children can have varying degrees of trauma resulting from their experiences. This can mean they need to have clinical support to help them to recover. Therapeutic foster carers receive specialist training to support the work of clinicians, who devise therapeutic treatment programmes which will be tailored to the individual needs of a child or young person.

            If you would like to find out more please register your interest online via our Rainbow website. If you prefer, we would be delighted to receive your call: 020 8427 3355, or our National Line 0330 311 2845.

            Foster care charity hugely disappointed by government response

            23rd July, 2018

            The Westminster Government has; in its response to the foster care stocktake, disappointed The Fostering Network. The central charge made by fostering’s leading charity is that the response “lacks teeth.” The charity states that there is little that they disagree with - indeed there are certain recommendations that they support, overall its judgement is this a wasted opportunity.

            The Fostering Network has not pulled any punches: it accuses the government of fundamentally misunderstanding the role of foster carers and what they need in order to do their best for the foster children they care for.

            The charity believes that what is needed is a “systemic change” throughout the fostering sector. It believes because there is no ambitious plan for the future, such change will not be facilitated. This is a damning response from the largest fostering charity in the UK:

            “There is no sense of the Government taking ownership of improving fostering, nor of the urgent need for change. The voices of foster carers have largely been ignored and the tens of thousands of children and young people in their care have been let down.”

            Could your skills and life experience equip you to be a foster carer?

            We are constantly looking for foster carers from a range of different backgrounds: same sex couples, married couples, single people - as well as divorced people. And whatever your cultural background, education, religion or status, we would like to talk with you - today! What you will need, apart fro a spare room, is an interest in children and young people. Plus the character to do your best for a child you are looking after. If this sounds as if it could be you, call us today on 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845.

            In the meantime…

            Take a tour around our website. Here, you will find a lot of information on fostering: from levels of foster carer pay, the different types of fostering, just how long does it take to become a foster carer criteria for fostering and the fostering assessment process.

            Nationwide foster care survey launched by leading charity

            16th July, 2018

            The leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, has just launched its biennial survey of foster carers: ‘The State of the Nation’s Foster Care 2018 Survey’. This is intended to be the most comprehensive ‘snapshot, of the attitudes, views and opinions of foster carers in the UK. The aim is to canvass views across a wide range of fostering topics such as remuneration and status. It allows the charity to assess progress, or otherwise, from when the last survey was conducted. It also plays a vital role in helping The Fostering Network to formulate future campaigns.

            The Fostering network’s policy manager, Kate Lawson, stated:

            “This survey is crucial to my work, as well as to that of my campaigns colleagues, because the findings of the survey will form the basis of our policy and campaigning work over the coming couple of years.”

            The last time the survey was conducted in 2016, over 2,500 foster carers took part. The results were used to compile a report which was used to bring pressure to bear upon decision makers. This year’s survey will continue that effort, so that a focus can be maintained on the needs of foster carers and the children they care for.

            Consider becoming a foster carer with Rainbow.

            If you like children and young people and want to make a crucial difference to some vulnerable young lives, call us today on 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845. We can provide advice on a range of topics. These include fostering sibling groups, parent and child and fostering teenagers. We are seeing increasing numbers of children coming into care who have suffered various types of trauma as a result of their experiences. Such children are looked after by therapeutic foster carers - we urgently need more people to train for this specialist area of fostering.

            Foster care: new guidance on safeguarding

            11th July, 2018

            Revised statutory guidance has been published by the Department for Education for agencies and organisations that have involvement with children. It covers what they must do in terms of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in England under the age of eighteen.

            Statutory guidance is provided on:
            • assessing need and providing help including early help;
            • organisational responsibilities;
            • multi-agency safeguarding arrangements;
            • local and national child safeguarding practice reviews; and child death reviews.

            The DfE has also published transitional guidance and advice on information sharing for people who are involved providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

            How to be a foster carer with Rainbow

            Simply call 020 8427 3355 or our National Line 0330 311 2845. We’ll spend all the time necessary to inform you about what foster care involves. This ranges from: training that foster carers need; how long it takes to become a foster carer; what foster carers can expect to be paid and what background experience you need to be a foster carer. Therapeutic fostering: we are encouraging people to consider this type of foster care as there is an urgent need to support children coming into care who are suffering from trauma. This is mostly the result of abuse or neglect. Therapeutic foster carers need additional training. They are paid enhanced rates. Find out more by visiting our website.

            New foster care survey for Scotland

            9th July, 2018

            A new study has been launched in Scotland examining the many aspects involved in foster care. The aim is to determine what a good relationship between a child/young person and a foster carer looks like. Foster carers, especially male carers are being invited to participate in a qualitative study - ‘Relationships in Foster Care Professional Role’ - being organised by researchers from CELCIS. This is being done in collaboration with the Slovak Academy of Sciences. CELCI are an organisation committed “making positive and lasting improvements in the wellbeing of Scotland's children living in and on the edges of care.”

            Have a care…foster care

            At Rainbow fostering we have an important goal: this is to identify people who have experience of working with children in a professional capacity, who might want to become therapeutic foster carers. This will require dedication and a willingness to attend regular training. A therapeutic foster carer is someone who is trained to able to support vulnerable children whilst they are being helped to recover from trauma. So many children are coming into care having been the victims of abuse or neglect. It takes a very special kind of person to support a child to recover. And then inspire them to go on and make a success of their lives. If you think you have the interest and skills to join our Team at Rainbow, please get in touch today on 020 8427 3355 (National Line 0330 311 2845).

            We can provide assistance with all your queries that might include: types of training that therapeutic foster require; the different aspects of therapeutic fostering; rates of pay and the enhanced rates violable to therapeutic foster carers and can you become qualified as a specialist therapeutic foster carer. Our training facilitates helping to create stability and attachment for a child or young person by using a range of therapeutic techniques. Some children may need weekly therapy with a specialist trauma and attachment therapist: no two cases are alike - as a therapeutic foster carer, you will be trained to support the treatment programme devised by a therapist.

            Some head teachers in Kent announce they will no longer look after foster children

            3rd July, 2018

            A group of head teachers in Kent has said that they will no longer accept looked after children from London. There is a caveat: ministers would have to take personal responsibility for the safety of children coming from the capital. The announcement drew a response from The Fostering Network - the leading foster care charity - their chief executive, Kevin Williams, stated:

            “Moving fostered young people from their local area is a decision that should not be taken lightly and in the majority of cases it will be more beneficial for the young person to have the stability of staying near family, friends and their wider support network. This is one of the reasons we are calling on the Government to prioritise the funding of foster care and the recruitment and retention of foster carers around the UK.”

            Kent is a local authority that has seen a large influx of foster children. The concern of The Fostering Network is that head teachers may well be reinforcing the stereotype that all foster children pose challenges and have behavioural issues.

            Foster carers need across the UK

            We agree with Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, that the answer to the issues raised in this news article, is simply to find more foster carers throughout the UK. If you would like to become a foster carer, you would be helping to change the lives of some groups of very vulnerable young people: sibling groups, teenagers - and youngsters with special needs are currently waiting to find a loving and supportive foster home.

            As a trained therapeutic foster carer your earnings will be enhanced: £25k - £40k - depending on the type of therapeutic placement you have - and your experience. What is satisfying, is the knowledge you can rebuild a young, damaged life. We have a lot of information on our website covering more about what is involved in being a therapeutic foster carer. We get many questions ranging from:

            • the various types of training that therapeutic foster carers need to have;
            • the different kinds of therapeutic fostering that is available post training;
            • How much one can expect to earn as a therapeutic foster carer;
            • Do you need to do exams to become a therapeutic foster carer?

            Call our friendly team of recruitment specialists for the answers to any questions you might have: 020 8427 3355 - or our National number 0330 311 2845

            A new bursary for apprenticeships will benefit those leaving foster care

            29th June, 2018

            Care leavers aged between sixteen and twenty four can now expect to receive a new £1,000 bursary if they decide to take advantage of an apprenticeship. This will be available from August 2018. This financial help is designed to help them in the first year of their apprenticeship as they move into the workplace to commence their practical studies.

            When this change comes into effect in 2018 it will be one of a series of adjustments which will include increasing the number of apprenticeship funding bands. The chief executive of The Children’s Society Matthew Reed commented:

            “It can be hugely difficult for children leaving care to manage their finances for the first time without the family support enjoyed by other young people and they are more likely than their peers to not be in education, employment and training.”

            Anne Milton, who is the Apprenticeships and Skill Minister stated: “We know those leaving care can experience additional barriers to getting an apprenticeship.” she also said -

            “Everyone should get a chance to be able to start an apprenticeship and change their life, so I’m really pleased that as we see how we can make the apprenticeship system work better we are able to offer this extra support for those leaving care.”

            Changing times for foster care.

            In recent years there has been a significant rise in the number of children coming into foster care who have complex needs. There has been a real spike recently in those who are traumatised because of the abuse or neglect they have suffered. Such children need very special foster care in order for them to recover and start to make progress in their lives. Therapeutic foster carers are trained to support a child, or young person on their road to recovery. It takes a special person to provide this kind of foster care. It is challenging but ultimately rewarding in so many ways.

            As a trained therapeutic foster carer your earnings can be between £25k - £40k. But most satisfying of all is the knowledge you will have played a huge part in rebuilding a young, damaged life. We have a dedicated page on our website which provides more information about what is involved in therapeutic foster care. Some of the questions we are asked cover -

            • various types of training for therapeutic foster care;
            • the kinds of therapeutic fostering that are offered;
            • why Rainbow offers so much to therapeutic foster carers.

            At the end of our particular Rainbow you will find: the opportunity to get qualifications to build your career; extremely competitive allowances - the rewards can be significant for well trained foster carers; particularly generous respite care and 24 hour support.

            Report from LKMco will bear upon the experiences of foster children

            26th June, 2018

            The education and youth ‘think-and-action’ tank LKMco together with the mental health organisation Minds Ahead, have just produced a report which examines the role of schools in addressing factors affecting children and young people’s mental health care. As a significant number of youngsters coming into care have arrived with varying degrees of trauma, the issues of mental health and how problems can be picked up in schools are now likely to gain more prominence.

            The report has made fifteen recommendations which combines the views of experts as well as findings from academic research. Significantly, it is proposed that a new school-based mental health development programme should be created. The aim will be to make available support from pre-clinical mental health specialists who will work in Personal, Social and Health teaching.

            Again, this is to be welcomed, as many of the children entering care should; at the very least be assessed by mental health professionals. They have been removed from their home, separated from their immediate family - very often after experiencing persistent physical, mental abuse and neglect.

            Calling anyone interested in fostering a child with special needs

            Over recent weeks, Rainbow has attended the Autism Show in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Here we have met professionals with direct experience of autism and - most encouragingly, amongst the attendees - had a significant number of enquiries. This is because we communicated just how rewarding it is to provide foster care for children with special needs. If you would like to find out more about how rewarding fostering can be, please call our experts on 020 8427 3355, or if busy, our national number 0330 311 2845. Fostering now offers a great career opportunity if you have dedication, and a genuine commitment to making a significant difference to the lives of vulnerable children. If you train to be a therapeutic foster carer, you will be paid enhanced rates. The training will cover: the kinds of therapeutic fostering courses we run; types of training for therapeutic foster care and how to acquire the certificate in therapeutic foster care.

            Foster children in England to receive fifteen extra hours free childcare

            25th June, 2018

            The Government in Westminster has now announced it will be introducing fifteen additional hours of free childcare for foster children. This will commence in September. In response to the announcement, the chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams stated -

            “‘We warmly welcome this announcement which comes following a campaign led by The Fostering Network and our supporters. We were dismayed when we first realised that fostered children aged three and four in England were initially excluded from the additional 15 hours of free childcare a week that had been made available to parents since September 2017. Today’s announcement is an important milestone in rectifying that exclusion and we welcome the receptiveness of the Department for Education to our campaigning.”

            Whilst welcoming the announcement, Kevin Williams made reference to the fact that for the foster children to have been originally excluded from this had been “discriminatory and inexplicable.” He also commented that the announcement would also be “particularly good news for the recruitment of foster carers.” This is because it signals a consistent message from the Government that it is possible to foster and combine this with other work.

            Foster a child or young person with Rainbow

            It’s easy to become a foster carer and start making a huge difference to the life of a vulnerable child or young person. Give our friendly team a call and we’ll be happy to talk through what fostering babies, children or sibling groups involves. You might like the idea of providing a foster home for a teenager - there are many looking for a secure and loving home.

            Simply call 020 8427 3355 today, or you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for general information about foster care: this covers a wide range of topics including - what is fostering? the fostering allowance, how long does it take to become a foster carer, types of fostering, foster care requirements and foster carer payments.

            We are also looking to train people to become therapeutic foster carers. This is a specialist area of fostering aimed at providing care for children who have become traumatised. In most cases, this is a consequence of being abused or neglected. Again, please call if you would like to find out more.

            Stability Index reinforces the need for continuity of care from social workers for foster children

            21st June, 2018

            The “most common” cause for instability experienced by foster children is their being subjected to frequent changes of social worker. This has been determined by a report just produced by the children’s commissioner. The Stability Index monitors changes in schools, placements and social workers experienced by children looked after by local authorities in England. the findings indicate that 19,000 youngsters in care had experienced frequent changes of social worker between April 2016 to March 20178. This equates to around 1 in 4 of the national total. The report also found that around 4,400 had experienced high rates of change two years running.

            The children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, stated “far too many children are leading unstable lives, in particular children entering care in their early teens - “This puts them at greater risk of falling through the gaps in the education system and opens them up to exploitation by gangs or to abuse.”

            The Stability Index produced this year is only the second: this is the first time a “reliable national picture” has been produced describing social worker stability rates. The data came from seventy eight local authorities with just over half of those having statutory social work responsibilities.

            Could you be a therapeutic foster carer?

            A great many children enter the care system having been exposed to various forms of abuse and neglect. This means many are traumatised. It takes a special kind of foster carer - a therapeutically trained one - to start to right the damage done to these young lives. We offer the specialist training needed to start this important work. It is challenging, but extremely rewarding as such a difference can be made. We also need people to train to foster teenagers and sibling groups: again we provide the highest quality training for people interested in these categories of care.

            To learn more, just call our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355 or our national number 0330 311 2845. For people thinking of becoming therapeutic foster carers, these are our most frequently asked questions:

            • the kinds of therapeutic fostering courses offered;
            • therapeutic fostering agencies to contact;
            • types of training for therapeutic foster care;
            • how to get the certificate in therapeutic foster care - plus therapeutic foster care training available online.

            Increase in educational attainment for foster children in Scotland

            20th June, 2018

            The Scottish Government has released figures that indicate educational outcomes for ‘looked after children’ - particularly foster children - are improving. Figures reveal that they are closing the gap when compared to all school children. In the year 2009/10 the gap was 45 per cent in contrast to 17 per cent in the year 2016/17. What has emerged is that it is the stability of relationships that links directly to educational outcomes.

            The director of The Fostering Network in Scotland, Sara Lurie, reacted to the figures by stating -

            “We are very pleased to see how much the gap in educational outcomes has closed over the last few years. There is still, of course, work to be done but these figures really are moving in the right direction and reflect years of targeted hard work by looked after young people, foster carers, social worker and educationalists. ‘The figures show that looked after children with the most positive outcomes are in foster care, and this reflects what is already well known – that foster care is a protective factor, that foster carers have a vital role to play as first educators and that a secure family environment, with foster carers who prioritise education, gives young people every opportunity to flourish educationally.”

            Interested in becoming a therapeutic foster carer? Talk to Rainbow Fostering

            Rainbow are a No 1 Agency: we are so because of the care we provide for our foster carer - as well as our children. We are currently offering significant opportunities for those interested in fostering sibling groups or teenagers. Our children and young people come from many different backgrounds - all are desperate to find a secure, loving home.

            If you foster a teenager, the professional fees can be as much £700 a week. A high proportion of the children we need to find foster homes for have been traumatised - as a result of abuse or neglect. Therapeutic foster carers can, with specialist training, make a real difference to the lives of these children. These carers also qualify for enhanced rates of pay. Find out more about this specialist area of foster care by calling our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355 or, alternatively, our national number 0330 311 2845. Topics you may wish to have specific information on include:

            • therapeutic fostering courses offered;
            • therapeutic fostering agencies;
            • training for therapeutic foster care;
            • therapeutic fostering models;
            • the certificate in therapeutic foster care;
            • therapeutic foster care training available online.

            Pressure on foster care placements in Birmingham

            14th June, 2018

            The number of children in need is growing in Birmingham. The supply of foster homes is not keeping up with demand with the result there is a risk of youngsters being placed further away from home. This is according to a Government report on the latest figures. Children are also at risk of being in placements that don’t meet all their needs.

            There were at March 2017, 8,605 approved fostering placements in the West Midlands area. This actually represented a one per cent increase when compared to 2016, when the records show there were 8520. But, the number of available foster care places recorded as not available on the date, rose by 30.7% - measured over the same period - from 945 to 1,235. This means that the proportion of unavailable places increased from eleven percent to fourteen percent.

            It appears that the fostering sector is struggling to keep pace with the rising demand. This is because the number of children going into care rose at a faster rate than the number of available fostering places. England saw a 3.2% rise in numbers from 70,450 in March 2016 to 72,670 in March 2017.

            The Fostering Network’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Jackie Sanders stated: “With the rise in the number of children coming into care and the fact that three-quarters of children in care live with foster families, there is an increasing demand for fostering services. The Fostering Network estimates that 8,100 new fostering households need to be found in the coming year.”

            Meet the challenge and become a therapeutic foster carer in 2018

            Whatever your religion, background or personal situation we would be delighted to make you aware of the considerable benefits of becoming a therapeutic foster carer. We are also keen to meet people interested in providing care for a vulnerable parent and child - or a teenager. These are all specialist placements, however, with the right training and support they can certainly be rewarding. Train to be a therapeutic foster carer able to look after children who have experienced trauma, and you will qualify for enhanced rates of pay.

            Remember, there are many thousands of youngsters who desperately need a home with foster carers who make them feel they are cared for.

            We are more than happy to address questions you might have about fostering. We can offer guidance in relation to -

            • how parent and child fostering assessments are conducted;
            • the legal issues associated with mother and baby placements;
            • what are the rules relating to mother and baby foster carers?

            Welcome news for foster parents: call for more support for those leaving care

            11th June, 2018

            A government advisory body has said that there must be improvements to the support given to care leavers. They also recommended that the system of paying benefits to care leavers should be simplified. The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has produced a report which looked into young people living independently. It found that housing problems are most likely to be experienced by carer leavers. The report says efforts need to be made to make sure this group of young people do not slip through the net and become homeless - or end up being forced to share accommodation with troubled adults.

            The report also states: "Care leavers are a group known to have complex needs who are much less likely to have family support networks than other young people and are more likely to live independently at a young age.”

            Twelve thousand young people leave care every year: one in five of them end up homeless within two years, the report says, it also advances a study by Centrepoint, which found that “a quarter of care leavers (26 per cent) had "sofa surfed" and 14 per cent had slept rough, with losing their tenancy a key factor.”

            Rainbow are a No 1 agency seeking people to be therapeutic foster carers

            We provide opportunities to foster children of all ages from all kinds of different backgrounds. For example: If you foster a teenager, you can receive much as £700 a week. Foster carer looking after sibling groups can earn more. Once trained to parent therapeutically, foster carers can earn higher rates.

            Because there are so many vulnerable children who have experienced abuse or neglect, we see high levels of trauma as a result. To help such children move on from such experiences, a special kind of carer is needed: a therapeutic foster carer. You may wish to discuss aspects of therapeutic fostering that may include: therapeutic foster care training online, therapeutic fostering models - and certificate in therapeutic foster care, therapeutic fostering courses or training for therapeutic foster care.

            To learn more about helping a child to recover from the effects of trauma, abuse or neglect, call 020 8427 3355 or, you can use our national number 0330 311 2845.

            Foster care services in Suffolk need more carers

            8th June, 2018

            More people are being invited to consider becoming foster parents in Suffolk. Fostering services there have stated that they need to find twenty five new foster carers annually for children aged over eleven. The county council runs Suffolk Fostering and Adoption and the goal is now to encourage more people to think about fostering irrespective of their personal circumstances. The organisation considers that it is important to debunk certain myths about fostering and who may or may not be allowed to be a foster carer.

            The practice manager, Claire Gwatkin, stated - “11+ is the main group – we need to be growing that by 25 placements a year, and these are placements that don’t take into account other ages.”

            Rainbow now looking for therapeutic foster carers

            Rainbow are a No 1 Agency. We offer opportunities to foster children of all ages and young people from all kinds of backgrounds. If you foster a teenager, the professional fees can be as much as £700 a week. And foster carers; once trained to parent therapeutically, can earn higher rates. Areas you may wish to discuss with us about therapeutic fostering may include: therapeutic foster care training online, therapeutic fostering models - and certificate in therapeutic foster care, therapeutic fostering courses, training for therapeutic foster care, therapeutic fostering agencies.

            We have specialist recruitment advisors able to provide information on all of the above areas. Have a chat about what therapeutic foster care involves on a day to day basis. To learn more about assisting a child to overcome the effects of trauma, abuse or neglect, our team can be reached on 020 8427 3355 or, alternatively, use our national number 0330 311 2845. We’re looking forward to your call!

            Leading foster care charity responds to stability index

            5th June, 2018

            The Children’s Commissioner in England has drawn a response from The Fostering Network after producing a second Stability Index report. This is an annual report which monitors the experiences of children in care. It collects data from local authorities in England to establish how frequently children in care are ‘pinging’ around the care system. This means either changing home, school or social worker over the period of a year. This data shows that over two years, over 3,000 children had to move home four or more times.

            Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, acknowledged that the vast majority of children are in a stable, nurturing foster home, but that “the Children’s Commissioner’s Stability Index show that too many children and young people are experiencing instability as a result of a move of home or school, or a change in social worker. This is of great concern and simply isn’t good enough. Everyone within the fostering sector must work to improve the situation as a matter of urgency.”

            Kevin Williams also made a call for more people to step forward to become foster parents. There is a particular need for people to offer homes for teenagers and sibling groups.

            Rainbow need therapeutic foster carers and foster carers for teenagers

            Rainbow are a No 1 Agency offering many opportunities to foster children and young people from many different backgrounds. Foster a teenager and the professional fees can be up to £700 weekly. Therapeutic foster carers can, with specialist training earn higher rates. Points to consider in relation to this type of care are:

            • therapeutic fostering courses;
            • training for therapeutic foster care;
            • therapeutic foster care training online;’
            • therapeutic fostering agencies;
            • therapeutic fostering models; certificate in therapeutic foster care.

            Our specialist recruitment advisors can provide information on all of the above - as well as have a chat about what therapeutic foster care involves on a day to day basis. To discover more about helping a child overcome the effects of trauma or neglect, please call our team on 020 8427 3355 or, alternatively, our national number 0330 311 2845.

            8,000 new foster care homes needed in the UK in 2018

            29th May, 2018

            The leading charity, the Fostering Network, has announced that more than 8,000 new foster families are needed this year to make sure; as they put it - “all fostered children can be found the right foster home first time”. The need is particularly urgent with regard to placing siblings and teenagers.

            These latest figures, published on the first day of the charity’s ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ indicate that 6,800 foster families are needed in England; 550 foster families in Wales; 550 foster families in Scotland and 200 foster families in Northern Ireland.

            Having a bigger pool of foster families means that foster care providers can more easily match the individual needs of children and young people. This is extremely important in relation to maintaining placement stability.

            The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated:

            “Foster carers do something amazing on behalf of our society. Across the UK a child comes into care in need of a foster family every 20 minutes, and thousands of foster families are willing to open their hearts and homes to these children, often offering them their first experience of a stable, secure and caring home”

            Therapeutic foster care with Rainbow

            Rainbow is currently offering therapeutic foster care training for foster carers who are thinking of transferring. We are also making the training available for new applicants who plan, ultimately, to specialise in caring for children and young people with a range of complex needs. Because many young people have suffered trauma before coming into care, they can be suffering from deep seated psychological and emotional problems. This means their overall behaviour can be difficult to manage. But with the right therapeutic interventions, such children really can make significant progress. This can depend upon their being placed with foster carers who have been trained therapeutically to support the work of a therapeutic clinician.

            Figures released for this year indicate that 65% of children who were placed in care last year had been the victims of abuse or neglect. This shows just how pressing the need is for more therapeutic foster carers. So, if you are interested in making a life changing difference to a child that has suffered trauma, please call 020 8427 3355. Alternatively, call our national line 0330 311 2845.

            Our friendly specialist team will also take the time to provide answers to common questions you might have about foster care. These include: levels of foster carer pay? Different types of fostering; How long does it take to become a foster carer; criteria for fostering and fostering assessment questions.

            Foster care ‘Bring them Home’ campaign launched

            30th April, 2018

            Underlining the difficulties faced by other countries in recruiting foster carers, Racine County in Wisconsin has launched a campaign with two main goals: to recruit new foster carers and encourage back local children placed in foster homes away from the county. This is against a backdrop of what has been described as a foster carer crisis with fewer foster homes available as the demand for them increases. The hope is to keep foster children in the community - especially as it increases the chances of keeping siblings together as well as tending to shorten the length of time youngsters are in out-of-home care. Marie Hargrove is the county’s foster care recruitment and retention specialist - “If we bring them home, settling into a foster placement is less traumatic. If we bring them home, the likelihood of sibling groups remaining together is increased. If we bring them home, their emotional and mental well being is more stable.” A career as a therapeutic foster carer with Rainbow has many advantages We are now offering high quality therapeutic foster care training for anyone who would like the challenge of turning around the lives of some very vulnerable young people. As many have experienced trauma before coming into the care system, they are affected both psychologically and emotionally. The result: their behaviour can be challenging. But with the right therapeutic interventions, children can make real progress - especially when they are placed with a foster carer who has the knowledge and understanding to help support the treatment programme of a psychotherapist. A therapeutic carer is trained to learn about a child or young person and understand the consequences of the things that might have gone wrong in their lives. This means they can then support their emotional and psychological requirements. Contact Rainbow today! With so many traumatised children coming into care, there is an urgent need for therapeutic foster carers. If you are interested to learn more - please call 020 8427 3355 or phone our national line 0330 311 2845. We would be delighted for an opportunity to explain in more detail the challenges and rewards of therapeutic foster care. Our specialist team are also interested in hearing from anyone thinking about more mainstream fostering. We need  more carers for sibling groups as well as for parent and child placements. So whatever enquiries you have, such as: what do foster carers do? And how much exactly is foster carer pay? Can gay people foster? Is there an age limit to fostering? What are the different types of foster care needed? We will provide answers: remember to check out our website as this provides a lot of information and is updated regularly.

            The Times publishes ruling on foster care

            26th April, 2018

            A ruling has just been published by The Times relating to its inaccurate coverage of a foster care arrangement in Tower Hamlets made with Muslim foster carers. This follows the Independent press standards Organisation (IPSO) upholding the complaint made by Tower Hamlets Council about the original article published by the paper in 2017. The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams stated - “I welcome this ruling. Last year’s article was damaging to the reputation of the individual foster carers, the fostering service and fostering as a whole. I hope those responsible for the article at The Times are able to offer a personal apology to the foster carers and fostering service staff involved in the story as well as recognising the transformational work foster carers do every day around the UK.” IPSO determined that the Times had incorrectly implied that a judge decided to remove a girl from the foster carers because the placement was failing. In fact, the local authority had applied to the court for the child to be placed with her grandmother. Train with Rainbow to be a therapeutic foster carer We are offering therapeutic foster care training for foster carers who wish to transfer. We are also making it available for applicants who want to specialise in caring for children and young people with a range of complex needs. Because many have suffered trauma before coming into care, they can be suffering psychologically and emotionally. This can impact upon their overall behaviour - which can be challenging. With the right therapeutic interventions, such children can make progress - especially when they are placed with a foster carer who has been trained therapeutically to support the work of a therapeutic clinician. This enables them to support the placement effectively. There is a real reward in seeing children recover and begin, with the aid and support of their foster carers, to make progress in life through overcoming their experiences. Figures released  this year indicate that 65% of children who were placed in care last year had suffered abuse or neglect. This means that there is an urgent need for therapeutic foster carers. If you are interested in making a difference to a child that has experienced trauma, call 020 8427 3355 or our national line 0330 311 2845. We will be delighted to explain in more detail what skills will be needed for this kind of foster care - as well as mainstream foster care. Our specialist team provides answers to some very common questions. These include: what do foster carers do? And how much exactly is foster carer pay? What are the different types of foster care needed? Our website can also provide a lot of background information - as well as the opportunity to arrange a call back. Looking forward to hearing from you!

            Foster care children helped after graduation in U.S.

            24th April, 2018

            Leaving the security of a foster home can be a daunting prospect for any youngster once they turn 18. Whilst there is provision in place in the UK in the form of ‘Staying Put’, a good many young people still struggle with the move toward independent living. And this can be the situation, not just in this country: in Iowa, more than four hundred teenagers “age out” of the state run foster care system annually. To make a difference, and help children deal with moving on, a group of volunteers in Iowa is working to make a real difference beginning with a graduation party. Most children who graduate high school have the support of family and friends to celebrate this milestone. For foster children this has not been the case, but now ‘The Graduation Celebration’ group is hosting parties; as well as collecting donations of useful household items, to help youngsters transition to the next stage of their lives. Erin Monaghan is one of the organisers stated - “providing dishes, bedding and other simple items for graduates who move out is something most families do automatically. But the kids leaving state supported foster care, or those who are homeless, don’t have that support system.” The intention of the group is that $1,000 is raised for each student leaving foster care, has a graduation party to mark the occasion as well as financial help once they have left the care of the state. Have you got what it takes to become a foster carer? To become a foster carer, the ability to care for and nurture a child is what really counts. We provide outstanding training and levels of support - our expertise has been built over two decades - but the most important thing we look for, is the commitment and dedication to want to make a real difference to the life of a vulnerable child. Recent figures indicate that 65% of children coming into care last year had suffered abuse or neglect which resulted in their being traumatised. This means they often need additional  therapeutic support to recover. We are now, especially interested in training people to become therapeutic foster carers able to care for these particularly vulnerable young children. Experienced therapeutic foster carers are paid enhanced rates and can earn up to £40,000 pa. Call 020 8427 3355 - or our National Line on 0330  311 2845. Our recruitment team has the expertise to provide advice and guidance in this type of foster care - as well as other options you may wish to consider such as fostering a sibling group. Anyone wishing to foster a child, must have a spare room - as well as being prepared to give foster children the love and stability they so desperately need.

            Age is no bar to being a foster carer

            22nd April, 2018

            A remarkable Basildon couple, Frances and Jack Tilley, both aged in their seventies have provided foster care for over one hundred children. And now they have decided to foster two young boys - one aged eight, the other ten. Jack Tilley said - “We have been doing it for the last 23 years and we must have taken more than 100 children into foster care in that time.” The selfless couple have been married for over fifty one years and have fostered children and young people for over two decades. Their route into foster care all those years ago was via an advert in a local paper, but Frances Tilley confirmed that this will be their last placement. Rainbow fostering is seeking motivated people to become foster carers. There is a shortage of over 7,000 foster care families in the UK. We are urging people who may have considered fostering to contact us to learn about the rewards and benefits of fostering. If you have questions about the assessment process, how long it takes to become a foster carer or anything else in connection with foster care, include your details on our online form. Or simply give us a call. To foster you need a spare room, but you do not need any formal qualifications - just a passion to make a difference to a child’s life. It usually takes around 16 to 18 weeks to complete the process and become an approved foster carer. there are six simple stages which one of our recruitment specialists will be happy to explain to you. At Rainbow, we also ensure the process is not just straightforward, but interesting and enjoyable. We are waiting for your call on 020 8427 3355 or use our National Line - 0330 311 2845.

            Call for kinship carers to receive the same allowances and rights as foster carers.

            20th April, 2018

            A survey of kinship carers has just been released which throws light on the financial pressures that are faced by kinship carers. Kinship carers are family members or friends that commit to looking after a child that is not able to stay with their parents, rather than them being taken into care.  Figures have just been released by the Family Rights Group and Grandparents Plus derived from a survey of 517 kinship carers - 94% state providing care has caused them financial hardship. This is despite their actions meaning children are kept from the local authority care system. In the UK, it is now estimated that approximately 200,000 children are growing up in kinship care. At present, only foster carers receive allowances to cover the costs of caring for a child or young person. Research has established a clear link between kinship care and deprivation. The chief executive of the Family Rights Group, Cathy Ashley, stated: “These kinship carers are doing all that could be asked of them by society and more. But instead of getting the support they and the children need, many kinship carers are left in poverty, isolated and having to battle to just make ends meet, whilst often also caring for traumatised children. The benefits system is getting harsher, with the benefit cap and sanctions causing some kinship care households to even lose their homes, just because they did right by the child.” You could have a bright future as a foster carer with Rainbow Fostering At Rainbow, we commit to making the process of becoming a foster carer simple and rewarding. It’s not complicated, but you do need to have a spare room for a child. Call us on 020 8427, or  our national line, 0330 311 2845 and we will explain how easy it is to start fostering. There are only six steps and we support and guide you through each of them:
            • step one - your initial enquiry to Rainbow;
            • step two - we make an initial home visit;
            • step three - we help you to complete an application form and check your references;
            • step four - our Rainbow fostering assessment;
            • step five - your preparation and training;
            • step six - you meet with our Panel - where, if you are successful, a decision will be made to ‘Approve’ you to foster and await your first placement from us.
            Usually the process from initial inquiry to ‘Approval’ takes around sixteen to eighteen weeks. STOP PRESS: Rainbow Fostering will be present at this year’s Muslim Lifestyle Show 21st and 22nd April 2018 at Olympia, London. If you want to learn about the rewards and benefits of becoming a foster carer, drop by our stand at what will be a memorable and varied day out.

            More foster carers needed as the number of sibling groups being separated rises.

            19th April, 2018

            A BBC report has just highlighted an increase in the number of sibling groups that are being separated when they come into the care of a local authority. In the last year the rise has been significant: it amounts to almost fifty percent in the numbers of brothers and sisters in England who are not residing together. This is even though their care plan says that they should be. The result is that around two thousand children in England are not benefiting from the experience of a shared childhood with their siblings. The situation is far from being acceptable in many different ways - not the least being the increased trauma caused by separation when youngsters come into care. Make the decision to foster siblings with Rainbow We are looking for people to be trained as foster carers and want to talk particularly to those who want to foster sibling groups. There are many rewards when fostering siblings - but there are quite a few challenges as well. One of the advantages is that a foster carer has a ‘ready made’ family, but additional support and training will be required. At Rainbow we ensure that the back up we provide all our foster carers is second to none. Fostering siblings is one of the most important things anyone can do: keeping siblings together plays a vital role in maintaining their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. So if you decide to become a foster carer, you could make all the difference in the world by helping to keep a young family together. To find out more, phone our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355 - or 0330 311 2845 (Rainbow National Line). They used to dealing with a wide range of enquiries: what is foster care? What are the different types of foster care? What special skills will you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Whatever the questions you might have, we will help you to decide whether being a foster carer is right for you. We promise to apply no pressure and there is no obligation. We look forward to your call.

            Foster Carers should benefit from new thinking on improving services for children with learning disabilities.

            16th April, 2018

            Guidelines have now been published by NICE covering the service design and delivery of services for children, young people along with adults with learning difficulties. The guidelines have been informed by the views of those who use the services. They include these groups - all members of which should have the right support to live full lives in society. They focus on the services available for children, young people, including adults with a learning disability (or autism and a learning disability) and challenging behaviour. The intention is to promote a lifelong approach to supporting people and their families and carers - with a focus on prevention and early intervention and minimising inpatient admissions. Deciding to become a foster parent means that you will be offering a service that can really brighten the future of some vulnerable youngsters. Fostering is assuming parental responsibility on a temporary basis for a child outside your own family. Children are placed with foster carers via their local authority which has the responsibility for them. Make your future in foster care So many young people coming into care today have sadly experienced different forms of abuse or neglect. Latest figures show that these are the reasons that 65% of children are taken into care. This means that there is an urgent need to find more people to come forward and foster. There are challenges - but the rewards are unique. You can learn what these are by contacting our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. Our team provides answers to some common questions - what do foster carers do? And how much is foster carer pay? And what are the different types of foster care needed? So whatever questions you have of your own, we are here to help you to decide if fostering is for you and your family. When you speak with us, there is no pressure or obligation - and, just think, it could be the start of an amazing life changing journey.

            Home Office report on asylum seeking children will be of interest to local authorities providing foster care.

            11th April, 2018

            A report has just been published by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration which examines the Home Office’s management of asylum seeking children. It examines how the best interests of the child are taken into consideration throughout the asylum process. The report looks into the reception of unaccompanied asylum seeking children, disputes around age, decision making and the National Transfer Scheme.assessment. In the twelve month period - 1st July 2016 to 30th June 2-017, 2,952 unaccompanied children claimed asylum in the United Kingdom. In total, this represented 11% of the the 27,983 asylum claims  that the Home Office registered in that period. More children are, with assistance, taking legal action to stay in the area where they were first placed in care by the ‘entry’ Local Authority. In the case of one sixteen year old boy living with a foster family in 2017, the judge ruled that he could stay with his foster family. Time to think about a career in fostering.  At Rainbow we have been recruiting and training foster carers for twenty years. During this period our community of dedicated foster carers have made the difference to many vulnerable young lives. We are looking for people to take up the challenge of fostering - especially those interested in training to become therapeutic foster carers. Call 020 8427 3355, or our National Line on 0330  311 2845, and we will provide advice and guidance on all the options to be considered. To provide foster care you must have a room available for the exclusive use of a child or young person. Most important of all, you must have the interest and dedication to support a child through their education. Children coming into care need love and stability. This is because a great many have only known disruption and chaos. Foster carers can make an amazing difference to the outlook and prospects of vulnerable children. If you want to make that kind of difference, start your fostering journey with us today! At Rainbow Fostering, we do our best to make the process of becoming a foster carer simple and rewarding;
            • step one - call and enquire;
            • step two - your initial home visit;
            • step three - completing an application form and suppling references;
            • step four - our Rainbow fostering assessment;
            • step five - your preparation and training;
            • step six - The Panel - where, if you are successful, a decision will be made to ‘Approve’ you to foster.
            On average this process from initial inquiry to ‘Approval’ takes between sixteen and eighteen weeks.

            Call to protect foster families from data breaches

            6th April, 2018

            The leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, has  responded to news which has been released indicating a significant rise in fostering related data breaches in London. The charity’s communications and public affairs director, Jackie Sanders, stated - “It is extremely disappointing to hear about this increase in data breaches. Living with a foster family ought to provide safety and stability to children who so desperately need it. Anything that puts that stability at risk must be challenged.” She also said - 'The fact that children are having to be moved and foster families are fearing for their safety is appalling. Foster carers must be certain that their data is secure, and fostering and related services must prioritise eliminating these breaches as a matter of urgency.” Across the capital, the reports of data breaches within child protection departments have gone up by a third over the last four years. Choose a career in foster care with Rainbow Fostering. In London - as with many of our cities - there is a real diversity in fostered children, which means that foster carers need to come from a variety of backgrounds. Everyone will have different life experiences, some of which can be very useful in providing children and young people with safe, loving and secure homes. Fostering service providers set common criteria for people be eligible to become foster carers:
            • you must be a full time resident in the UK or have leave to remain;
            • you must have the time to care for a child - often on a full time basis;
            • you must be at least 21 years of age (the law states people can foster from 18);
            • you must have a spare bedroom for a young person to use for themselves.
            If you are seriously considering foster care as a career, then you can all our recruitment team for further advice, or complete our online application form.  We will then contact you and arrange a convenient time to tell you more about what fostering involves. The numbers to use are 020 8427 3355 or (National Line) 0330 311 2845. It normally takes between 16 - 18 weeks to become an approved foster carer from your initial enquiry - then six simple stages. At Rainbow, we ensure the process is straightforward, and then make your fostering experience simple and rewarding.

            Cambridgeshire faces desperate shortage of foster carers

            3rd April, 2018

            The view according to one agency is that around 500 more foster carers are needed across Cambridgeshire. There is a significant shortfall of foster carers in the area which has meant children are being found foster homes outside the county. The hope is to attract more local foster carers to reduce the additional upset to children and young people when they are placed further away from their birth families. A special two day event is planned at the Grafton centre in Cambridge on April 6th and 7th. The intention is to create awareness of the need for more foster carers in Cambridgeshire. Time to consider becoming a foster carer? There is a shortage of foster carers able offer some very vulnerable children secure and loving homes. Many children have suffered trauma and need to be looked after by carers who have been trained in therapeutic foster care. For this type of fostering, it can be a real advantage if you already have some professional experience of working with children. This means, for example, we are interested to hear from youth workers, teachers, police officers or childminders. You can contact us by calling or completing our online application form. You can arrange a call back so we can have a chat with you about fostering at a time convenient to you. The numbers are 020 8427 3355 (Main Office) or our National line 0330 311 2845. It is important that we provide the right guidance so you can make the right decision about the kind of fostering that you are interested. Some of the more common questions we get are: how many months does it take to become a foster carer? How much is foster carer pay and is there a minimum age you can foster? Call today and arrange a home visit and we will help you take the first steps in your fostering career.

            First foster care and adoption guide tailored for Muslim community

            28th March, 2018

            The Penny Appeal And Adoption and Fostering organisation has collaborated with more than sixty Islamic scholars around the UK to put together the very first Islamic Adoption and Fostering Guide. Its purpose is to address the Muslim faith’s views and unique perspectives of foster care and adoption. The guide has been produced specifically for the Muslim community and will focus the position of the Muslim faith for those who may be unsure as to whether to become adopters or foster carers. In addition, the Islamic scholars have produced a Khutba (a written speech) to be read out at Friday prayer in local areas before the holding of recruitment events. The hope is to attract more people from the community to foster or adopt. A career in fostering with Rainbow awaits…  Is fostering for you? Rainbow are seeking people who possess the dedication to train to become foster cares and therapeutic foster carers. So if you have an interest in helping disadvantaged children and young people, call 020 8427 3355 - or our National line 0330 311 2845. If you have worked with youngsters in a professional capacity - nurses, teachers or youth workers - as examples you have valuable skills and experience. And there are vulnerable children and young people who could benefit from such experience. So call us, or complete our online enquiry form. We can help you and your family to reach the right decision. Our team answers many common questions such as - how much is foster carer pay? The different types of fostering? And how long does it take to become a foster carer on average? At Rainbow, we make becoming a foster carer simple and rewarding: step one - call and enquire; two - your initial home visit; three - completing an application form and suppling references; step four - our Rainbow fostering assessment; step five - your preparation and training; step six - The Panel; step seven Finally ‘Approved’ to foster. On average this process takes around sixteen to eighteen weeks.

            A Foster carer from Crawley receives recognition

            27th March, 2018

            Prince Charles has awarded foster carer Barbara Bower, aged 73, an MBE at Buckingham Palace. It was given to acknowledge her commitment and dedication to fostering. When she was asked what motivated her to foster, she stated - “I just love children. I’ve got four of my own, one of which was adopted, and seven grandchildren. They’ve all grown up around our fostered children and it’s been really good for my family.” With her late husband, Barbara fostered 128 children - as well as providing respite care in the years between 1970 and 2014. She has amassed considerable experience: she has fostered children aged five and under - as well as sibling groups between 5 and 10 years old. After a break from fostering she then decided in 2014 to care for babies. Prince Charles said: “Well done, carry on the good work.” The County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Stephen Hillier, said “Babs’ story is remarkable. She is a credit to fostering in West Sussex, both in terms of her length of service and the range of children she’s cared for, from unaccompanied teens to babies in need. “Her award is fully deserved and I’m delighted that she has been recognised nationally for her devotion to the fostering sector. We hope that she will choose to continue caring for many years to come!” Crawley, like many other areas in the UK has been identified as needing more people to come forward to foster. A career in fostering with Rainbow awaits…  We are looking for people with the dedication and commitment to train to become therapeutic foster carers. So if you have an interest in helping disadvantaged children and young people, please contact us. Perhaps you have worked with youngsters in a professional capacity - as a nurse, teacher or youth worker. Maybe your own children have grown up and moved on and you feel you still have a lot to give. Raising a family means you have valuable skills and experience. There are some very vulnerable children who could benefit from what you have to offer. You can learn a lot more about foster care by talking to our specialist recruitment team on 020 8427 3355 - or our National line 0330 311 2845. Call us or complete an online enquiry form - or arrange a call back. We can assist you to reach the right decision. Our team provides answers to many common questions such as - how much is foster carer pay? Types of fostering? How long does it take to become a foster carer? We are especially keen to hear from members of the LGBT community in London and the Home Counties with an interest in becoming foster carers. We make becoming a foster carer simple: step 1 - make your enquiry; 2 - initial home visit; 3 - complete application form and supply references; step 4 - our fostering assessment; step 5 - preparation and training; step 6 - Panel; step 7 Approved to foster. On average the process takes between 16 and 18 weeks. Whatever questions you have, we promise to help you decide if a career in foster care is for you. Fostering could be the start of an incredibly rewarding life changing journey filled with memories

            SNP hails foster carers in Scotland

            26th March, 2018

            For many children having been in  foster care is considered a stigma. Chris Law MP was cared for by foster families and felt this burden. Decades later, he is speaking out to spread the message about the valuable work done by foster carer. He has gone so far as to describe them as Scotland’s “fourth emergency service.” He has also stated: “people in care, any type of care , they tend to keep the fact to themselves. You keep it to yourself, you lock it away and for so long I just blocked it out of my own history. It’s like an indelible mark, a stain of shame that we keep to ourselves.” Chris Law is the SNP MP for Dundee West. He has decided to raise the issue of fostering to help tackle the chronic shortage of foster carers in Scotland. His call has been supported by Kevin Williams, Chief Executive of The Fostering Network, who said “There is a real need in Scotland for more foster families.” He also stressed that, as is the case in the rest of the UK, there is a particular need for people to provide foster homes for sibling groups. Could you foster a sibling group? Rainbow fostering are looking to recruit and train people to care for sibling groups. We are also hoping to attract people into fostering from our LGBT communities around the UK. If you are interested in finding out more about providing foster care for children and young people, call 020 8427 3355; or National Line 0330 3112845. The benefits you can expect fostering with Rainbow include -
            • Dedicated support from expert social workers;
            • Frequent respite cover;
            • Competitive rates of pay;
            • Plenty of training opportunities and the chance for career development.
            It takes on average six months to become an approved foster carer. We will enrol you on our ‘Skills to Foster’ course which provides a solid introduction to the world of fostering. And there is also a real need for people to train to become therapeutic foster carers. This is a branch of fostering where carers are trained to look after children and young people with more complex needs.

            Urgent need for foster carers and adoptive homes in Cornwall

            22nd March, 2018

            At present there are approximately 270 foster cares who are looking after children and young people in Cornwall. The local council is actively encouraging more people to consider becoming foster carers. And as is the situation in many other parts of the country, there is a particular need for foster carers to look after sibling groups. Providing foster care isn’t the only way of making a difference to a youngster’s life and prospects: Cornwall Council is placing around forty children annually with adoptive families. The service manager at the council, Julie Goodwin, stated “Adoption is a way of providing the most vulnerable children the love and security of family life that they deserve and siblings tend to wait longer for their family than single children.” It was stressed again that there is an ongoing need to find permanent and stable placements, there is a shortage of foster homes in the area for older children - as well as sibling groups. Julie Goodwin stated - “It is often in the best interests of the children that a sibling group is placed together in an adoptive family, so we are keen to hear from people who feel that they may be able to offer a loving, secure and understanding home to a sibling group.” There is a world of opportunity to make a lasting difference to young lives at Rainbow Fostering There are rising numbers of children coming into the care system. There is a particular need to find foster homes for older children. Can you help? If you have been giving thought to becoming a foster carer, why not have a chat with us? There are many options to be considered and we can advise you on what might best suit your needs. It’s a big step after all! We are offering applicants the chance to be trained to become therapeutic foster carers. This attracts enhanced rates of payment for people who can meet the particular challenges of this role. We have a special ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic foster care training programme which equips foster carers with all the skills they need. A quick note of just some of the benefits you can expect…
            • Really competitive rates of pay, and as mentioned - enhanced rates for therapeutic foster carers are paid to therapeutic foster carers;
            • Dedicated support from our team of expert social workers;
            • The arrangement of regular respite cover;
            • Regular events and awards ceremonies - a great way to meet other foster carers and swap stories.
            You can take the first steps in your fostering journey by simply calling us on 020 8427 3355 - or on our National Line - 0330 311 2845. We can give you plenty of guidance over the phone and if you want to proceed we will arrange a visit to see you and explore your options and preferences.

            More LGBT people urged to foster in Wales

            16th March, February 2018

            Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for Children and Social Care in Wales, is encouraging more LGBT people to come forward to foster or adopt children in Wales. He stated - “Wales  needs more prospective adoptive families to care for the 140 children who are currently waiting for an adoptive family.” Since 2005, adoptions by same-sex couples have been allowed in England and Wales. In the year 2016 t0 2017, 1 in 8 adoptions in Wales were with same-sex couples. In 2017, around 6,000 children in Wales were ‘looked-after’. There are currently 4,435 children in foster care in Wales. The Minister also said - “It is an exciting time to become a foster carer in Wales. Implementation of the National Fostering Framework will ensure that all foster carers in Wales are properly supported and rewarded to provide the best possible care for the children and young people in their care.” Have you been considering fostering? Experience the best fostering has to offer: call 020 8427 335 and we will do our best to answer any questions you have about foster care. These might be what is the fostering allowance? Can I foster if I am over fifty years of age? How long does it take to become a foster carer? How much do foster carers get paid a month? Can I become a foster carer if I have a child with a disability? We are also interested in speaking to people who would consider training to become a therapeutic foster carer. Such carers look after children with complex needs and qualify for enhanced rates of pay.

            Misconceptions about foster care

            14th March, February 2018

            “We have been speaking to individuals in the community about what they think fostering is and there are a lot of misconceptions.” These are the words of Glynis Tinsley, who is the fostering lead for North East Lincolnshire Council’s fostering and adoption team. Not surprisingly, then, the council is holding an event this week on Thursday, to provide information to those who might be considering fostering or adoption. One of the most common misconceptions people have is that they are too old to foster - even though there is no upper age limit. The council is making an effort to interest members of the LGBT community following the recent LGBT Fostering and Awareness Week: a council representative said - “The LGBT community represent an important group of people who chose to foster and adopt in North East Lincolnshire and across the UK.” Glynis Tinsley stated - “we look for people from all different backgrounds, religions, genders and those from the LGBT community to provide supportive homes where children can thrive.” It’s time to care…so foster care with Rainbow Our foster carers tell us what a difference it makes being part of a real community. We value this highly as it means that the support we strive to give all our carers is really felt. If you are considering fostering, there are so many options: more people are seeking information on therapeutic fostering. This is a branch of foster care paying enhanced rates to carers who train to look after children recovering from trauma. Joining our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic foster care training programme offers the chance to get qualifications in therapeutic foster care. We are also keen to find people interested in fostering teenagers, sibling groups and supporting parent and child placements. Summary of benefits
            • Excellent rates of pay - enhanced rates for therapeutic foster carers;
            • Regular respite cover;
            • Rainbow Rewards: our bonus scheme - refer someone who progresses to become a foster carer with us and qualify for a reward. Payment is made when they accept their first placement;
            • The chance to participate in regular events and awards ceremonies.
            Begin your fostering journey with Rainbow by calling 020 8427 3355 and we will be delighted to have a chat and answer all your questions. Fostering is a big step and we will be with you all the way!

            New Foster care system plan in Texas criticised

            13th March, February 2018

            A recent ruling that empowers a ‘special master’ to monitor foster care in Texas has been challenged by Attorney General Ken Paxton. His view is that the ruling has the potential to harm foster children far more than it would help them. It was a judicial ruling two months ago which resulted in two special masters being appointed by the court to oversee the state’s fostering arrangements for three years. The foster care system has been attacked for failing to monitor ‘at-risk’ children following cases where some children have died from abuse or neglect. It is alleged in Paxton’s brief that after spending $1.4 million in a two year period, there has been no improvement to the foster care system. He stated - “Addressing concerns regarding the foster care system should be done by the people’s representatives, not an unelected federal judge and the court’s appointed masters who imposed their own unrealistic vision.” You can help to meet the needs of vulnerable children by training to be a therapeutic foster carer Our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme equips foster cares with the skills to care for children and young people who have complex needs. Carers can also take up the opportunity to gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. To make the best progress, children who have suffered trauma, often need the special skills that a therapeutically trained foster carer can offer. If you are someone with experience of working in education, social work, mental health services or youth work, you may already possess a lot of the skills required to care for children with complex needs. But if you do not have such work experience, we can offer high quality training. Interested?Request our fact sheet by calling 020 8427 3355.  This also includes information on - therapeutic foster care training online; the certificate in therapeutic fostering, therapeutic foster care pay rates, therapeutic fostering agencies and how to become a therapeutic foster parent. The additional benefits we offer
            • We are a supportive community.
            • We offer excellent rates of pay
            • Frequent respite cover.
            • A special bonus scheme: refer someone who progresses to become a foster carer with us and receive a payment when they take their first placement .
            Dedicated support from your social worker and 24 hour support all year round

            Bristol City Council is encouraging LGBT couples to foster or adopt

            8th March, February 2018

            The council is planning an event about adoption and foster care to reassure LGBT people that they will not suffer discrimination if they want to adopt or foster. This is timed to coincide with LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week. This campaign, now in its seventh year, is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT adopters and foster carers across the country. The recruitment drive follows a recent YouGov poll of 5,000 LGBT people. The results showed that many had a fear of being treated differently: 80% of those whose views were canvassed said they expected to “face barriers’ if they applied to become foster carers. It also emerged from the findings that just under half (46%) thought they could expect worse treatment from an adoption agency compared to a heterosexual person. Cabinet member for children and young people at Bristol City Council, Cllr Helen Godwin, said - “We know from experience that LGBT people often come to adoption and fostering with an open mind and real enthusiasm – it’s often their first choice for growing their family.” She continued - “Many children waiting to be adopted or fostered have had a very chaotic start to life, and we’ve seen them thrive with their new LGBT parents.” Therapeutic foster care for vulnerable children Join our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme. The training can lead to opportunities to gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. If you have experience of working with young people - this could be in education, social work, mental health services or youth work, you could already have a lot of the skills needed to care for children with complex needs. If you do not have this background, the training we can offer is second to none. Obtain our special fact sheet by calling 020 8427 3355: this has information on  therapeutic foster care training online; the certificate in therapeutic fostering as well as enhanced therapeutic foster care pay rates. Just a few of the reasons people foster with Rainbow
            • Rainbow is a supportive community with friendly, caring foster carers.
            • Foster carers get excellent rates of pay combined with frequent respite cover.
            • Carefully matched placements to our carer’s preferences;
            • Access to 24 hour support all year round.
            There is a lot more to find out more about changing your life through the rewards of fostering. We will answer any questions you might have - including - how long does it take to become an approved foster carer? What is the main fostering allowance? What is the tax situation for foster carers? Can I foster if I live in a flat? Foster care requirements, as well as what are the different types of foster care? And what is the ‘top up’ allowance?

            Leading foster care charity condemns stocktake

            6th March, February 2018

            The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, has written to the Children’s Minister, Nadim Zahawi. In the letter he expresses disappointment with the stocktake’s report criticising particularly its “lack of vision and ambition for the future.” “After careful thought, I have concluded that in my capacity as chief executive of the UK’s leading fostering charity it is my duty to write to you about the recently published report of the fostering stocktake commissioned by your department. Writing this letter gives me no pleasure, but the more I read the report and talk to others, the more I realise someone needs to ensure you are aware of the disappointment felt across the sector. The report and its recommendations were keenly anticipated, but the overwhelming feeling following publication is one of a huge opportunity wasted.” The letter continues with an examination of the failures and opportunities missed. It concludes by urging the government to look beyond the recommendations of the report and to set out “a long-term and ambitious plan to make foster care the very best it can be.” Therapeutic foster care: helping to meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people. As a fully trained therapeutic foster carer with Rainbow Fostering you can join our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme. This also provides an opportunity to gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. If you have experience of working in education, social work, mental health services or youth work, you may possess a lot of the skills needed to care for children with complex needs. If you do not have this background, the training we can offer is second to none. You can request our special fact sheet by calling 020 8427 3355 which also includes information on the following: therapeutic foster care training online; the certificate in therapeutic fostering and therapeutic foster care pay rates. More of the many reasons people decide to foster with Rainbow
            • Rainbow is a supportive community made up of friendly, caring foster carers.
            • Foster carers receive excellent rates of pay combined with frequent respite cover.
            • A special bonus payment to a carer if they refer someone who progresses to become a foster carer with us.
            • Carefully matched placements to our carer’s preferences;
            • 24 hour support all year round.
            Find out more about changing your life and meeting the challenge of fostering. We work to provide answers on all the main foster care topics including - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the main fostering allowance? Can I foster if I own a pet dog? Foster care requirements, as well as what are the different types of foster care? Fostering assessment issues as well as the fostering medical check. What is the ‘top up’ allowance?

            Improved support for foster care leavers announced

            5th March, February 2018

            Nadim Zahawi, the Children and Families Minister, has announced that £5m will be made available for three new Social Impact Bond projects. These will support care leavers moving into employment, training or education. The announcement regarding this funding was made at the the first ever National Learning Conference. The Government’s £200 million Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme has funded projects that were showcased at the Conference. Nadhim Zahawi used the occasion to also announce details of the Care Leaver Covenant. This offers a platform for for various organisations to affirm their support for youngsters who face many challenges when they leave care. Take up the challenge of foster care. Fostering is a great career if you are the kind of person that wants to make a real difference to the lives and experiences of vulnerable youngsters. Foster carers are needed more than ever before. Many children come into care having had such negative experiences that they are traumatised. This means that foster carer need special therapeutic foster carer training to do their best for such children. Rainbow  provide this opportunity which means higher rates will be paid to therapeutic foster carers. To find out more, simply ask for our special fact sheet on therapeutic foster care which covers a range of subjects including - the certificate in therapeutic fostering and therapeutic foster care pay rates. You can easily be a fully trained therapeutic foster carer with Rainbow. this means you can be part of our innovative ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme.  It’s possible to gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Call us today for more information on 020 8427 3355 or our national line 0330 311 2845. It’s time to care…it’s time to foster care!

            Foster homes in short supply abroad

            28th, February 2018

            In the UK we have a current shortage of over 7,000 foster families. We are not alone: the Navajo Nation is experiencing a shortage of foster families. "There are so many kids and the system cannot keep up," said Elsie Elthie who is a foster home licensing specialist on the Navajo Nation.The figures illustrate the problem: around 1,200 children living on the reservation are in need of foster care annually, but only 26 licensed foster homes are available. Elsie Elthie stated "We just basically need more homes, and we need support to license these homes because the licensing procedure is lengthy,” Help vulnerable children - be a therapeutic foster carer! Be a fully trained therapeutic foster carer with Rainbow - join our innovative ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme and gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Some of our applicants have already had professional experience of working with children. It is important to realise this is not essential. If you have worked in education, social work, mental health services or youth work you may well have a lot of the skills needed. Meeting new challenges and help vulnerable children. Contact us on 020 8427 3355 or our National line 0330 311 2845. We can provide answers for you on all the main foster care topics including -
            • how long does it take to qualify as a foster carer?
            • How can I go about fostering a sibling group?
            • what is the maximum age to foster?
            • What is therapeutic foster care?
            At Rainbow Fostering Services this year…therapeutic foster care training Specialist training is needed to become a therapeutic foster carer: request our special fact sheet - other topics include - therapeutic foster care training online; the certificate in therapeutic fostering and therapeutic foster care pay rates. Arrange to chat with one of our specialist recruitment advisers to learn more about opportunities in the field of therapeutic foster care.

            British Columbia boosts support for children leaving foster care

            26th, February 2018

            The issues affecting foster care can be the same wherever you are in the world. The government in British Columbia has announced a $7.7-million funding boost for young adults leaving foster care. They will now receive up to $1,250 a month for rent, child care and health care. "Parents recognise that, with today's cost of living, young adults need time to figure out their path and steady support to get where they want to go," is the view of Children and Family Development Minister Katrine Conroy - "That's especially true for children and youth in government care, and it's why we're increasing financial support, making our programs more flexible and keeping the door open longer to help them access the right supports when they're ready.” The programme commences on April1st. It will raise the upper age limit by one year to twenty seven. The monthly support will be increased by $250 rot what will be a new maximum level of $1,250. Another change will be that young adults will now get support year round replacing the previous limit of eight months. Any young person who is aged nineteen  to twenty seven and has been in foster care, or had a youth agreement with the government, can apply through to the program for help with living expenses. A career in foster care can put you on the path of making the world of difference to vulnerable children. Applicants wishing to develop a career as a fully trained therapeutic foster carers can join our innovative ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme. This will provide all the skills needed. Rainbow assist people to gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Some therapeutic foster carers have already had professional experience of working with children. But this is not always the case (or essential) to become this kind of carer: backgrounds can include - youth work, teaching, mental health work, child support work, prison work,  social work or the police. To discover more about meeting fresh challenges and working to help vulnerable children, please call us on 020 8427 3355. You can also call our National line 0330 311 2845. Here we can provide answers for you on all the main topics concerning foster care: these include - how much time does it take to become a foster carer? Can pet owners foster? What are the main fostering allowances available? And what is a ‘top up’ allowance? And is there an upper age limit on becoming a foster carer? Rainbow offers… Guidance on the training needed to become a therapeutic foster carer: you can ask for our special fact sheet on this subject - other topics include - therapeutic foster care training online; attachment and disruption issues, the certificate in therapeutic fostering. Please arrange to speak with one of our specialist recruitment advisers to learn more about the  field of therapeutic foster care and the opportunities it presents.

            Leading foster care charity critical over minimum allowances

            22nd, February 2018

            The Department for Education has now published the new national minimum allowance rates for foster carers in England. This has been met with a decidedly lukewarm response from The Fostering Network’s chief executive - Kevin Williams. He stated: “The Government has increased foster care allowances for the 2018-19 financial year by only 1.5 per cent, which is not keeping pace with inflation. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is standing at three per cent, and the Retail Price Index (RPI) at 2.7 per cent.” Kevin Williams also said that sixty per cent of foster carers are of the opinion that their allowances do not meet the full cost of caring for a child. And with a below inflation rise, foster carers will continue; as he puts it, to feel “short changed.” He also commented - 'It is worth noting that since the abolition of the public sector pay cap last autumn, council workers have been offered a two per cent rise. Foster carers are feeling the squeeze to an even greater extent than their public sector peers - this cannot continue. It is crucial that the Government commits to reviewing the rate of the national minimum allowance as a matter of urgency.” Your career in foster care could mean so much for vulnerable children! We are keen to attract applicants who wish to develop a career as a fully trained therapeutic foster carer. You can join our innovative ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme and acquire the skills needed. And the opportunity also exists to gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Some applicants wanting to become therapeutic foster carers may have already had professional experience of working with children. But this is not always the case - or essential. The kinds of backgrounds can include - youth work, teaching, mental health work, child support work, prison work,  social work or the police. But whatever direction you decide to take in foster care, we would like to have a chat with you and explore the options. To discover more about meeting new challenges and helping vulnerable children, call us on 020 8427 3355 - you may also call our National line 0330 311 2845. We can provide answers for you on all the main foster care topics including - how much time does it take to become a foster carer? What is the main fostering allowance? And what is a ‘top up’ allowance? And what are the different types of foster care available to train for? At Rainbow Fostering Services this year… Additional information and guidance on the training needed to become a therapeutic foster carer will be made widely available: you can request our special fact sheet - other topics include - therapeutic foster care training online; attachment and disruption issues, the certificate in therapeutic fostering. Please arrange to speak with one of our specialist recruitment advisers to learn more about the  field of therapeutic foster care.

            Minimum allowances for foster carers published

            21st, February 2018

            the National Minimum Allowance fees for 2018 - 2019 have now been published by the Department for Education. The way that the national minimum allowance is calculated is based on the minimum amount that a carer requires to meet the cost of looking after a foster child. Foster carers will receive a fostering allowance when a looked after child comes into their care. In recognition of the  work done by foster carers, many fostering services also pay a ‘top up’ allowance. This extra payment is the “reward” element of the overall fee. The recommended national minimum allowance was introduced by the Department for Education to ensure that no foster carer was ever left out of pocket. At present there is no recommended amount for the ‘top up’ element. This varies across fostering service providers. A career in foster care counts! At the moment we are particularly keen to attract applicants wishing to have a career as a fully trained therapeutic foster carer. Join our innovative ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic fostering training programme. The opportunity exists to gain qualifications by learning to provide the specialist therapeutic care for children who have suffered abuse or neglect. Applicants wanting to become therapeutic foster carers have often already had professional experience of working with children. This is not always the case - or a requirement. Typical backgrounds applicants may have had: youth work, education, mental health work, child support work, social work or maybe the police. But whatever direction you would like your career in foster care to take you, we would love just to have a chat. Just a few of the many reasons people decide to foster with Rainbow
            • Ours is a great community of friendly caring foster carers.
            • All our foster carers receive excellent rates of pay in combination with frequent respite cover.
            • We carefully match our placements to our foster carer’s preferences;
            • All our foster carers can be confident in the 24 hour support they get from us all year round.
            • A special bonus payment to a carer if they refer someone who then progresses to become a foster carer with us.
            To discover more about changing your life and meeting new challenges, call us on 020 8427 3355 - you may also call our National line 0330 311 2845. We look to provide answers on all foster care topics including - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the main fostering allowance? What is a ‘top up’ allowance? Can I foster if I have a pet? Foster care requirements, And what are the different types of foster care? Fostering assessment issues as well as the fostering medical check. At Rainbow Fostering Services in 2018… Additional information and guidance on training to become a therapeutic foster carer will be made widely available; therapeutic foster care training online; certificate in therapeutic fostering. Please arrange to speak with one of our specialist recruitment advisers to learn more about the rapidly developing field of therapeutic fostering

            The minister calls on businesses to employ more young people with a background in foster care

            19th, February 2018

            Kit Malthouse, Families Minister, is encouraging businesses to hire more young people who grew up in foster care. As part of marking ‘Care Day’, the senior Conservative who was also the former deputy mayor of London, is reminding businesses that they can claim up to £1,000 from the Government for employing an apprentice from a foster care background. The Minister said that - “Each year over 12,000 teenagers in England make the leap to independent living from care without the family support many of us have enjoyed. It’s up to all of us to help care leavers get the right opportunities and businesses play a vital role in this.” Develop a career in foster care. Foster carers have the opportunity to upgrade their skills and increase their earnings via our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme. This enables foster carers to care for children with complex needs which can arise as such children have often suffered trauma or neglect. This training is a part of what we call our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. Suitable applicants to become therapeutic foster carers have often already had professional experience of working with children - but not always. Typical backgrounds applicants may have had: youth work, education, mental health work, child support work, social work or possibly the police. We would always like to hear from people interested in general fostering. Fostering with Rainbow… Many people have decided to foster with Rainbow because -
            • we offer our foster carers excellent rates of pay - combined with frequent respite cover;
            • all our foster carers can rely on the careful matching of placements to their preferences;
            • we offer foster carers support around the clock - all the year around.
            To learn more about changing your life - and the life of a child - call us on 020 8427 3355 - you can also call our National line 0330 311 2845. Whatever your query, we provide answers on all foster care topics including - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Can I foster if I have a pet? Foster care requirements, And what are the different types of foster care? Fostering assessment questions and the fostering medical check. And please note for 2018… We are providing additional information and guidance on training to become a therapeutic foster carer; therapeutic foster care training online; certificate in therapeutic fostering Please contact us today if you want specialist advice covering therapeutic parenting.

            Cuts will impact on foster care

            16th, February 2018

            Many local authority budgets are coming under strain. Cumbria council is just one example where the result has been a cut in services: £34.5m cuts have just been announced. This will affect library services, public health and foster care places for older teenagers. All looked after children need the best support available - older teenagers can be particularly vulnerable as they grapple with the transition to adult life. The chief executive of the leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams whilst a member of an expert working group stated - ‘Half of all looked after children have a diagnosable mental health disorder and five times as many children in care have low subjective wellbeing compared to children in the general population.” Therapeutic foster care for vulnerable youngsters - your chance to get involved Call 020 8427 3355 or, alternatively, our National line 0330 311 2845. This will enable you to find out about becoming a therapeutic foster carer. We can always arrange a call back at a time convenient to you to have a chat. We also provide information on a broad range of foster care subjects -examples are - is it possible to foster if I have a past criminal record? Can I foster if I smoke? How much can foster carers earn? Join us and you will experience:
            • a commitment to developing the skills and expertise of our foster carers through training which is always delivered in a relaxed, informal and friendly environment;
            • the option for higher pay rates by specialising in therapeutic foster care*;
            • additionally, the support to obtain qualifications in therapeutic foster care;
            • carefully matched placements by our expert team.
            The face of foster care is changing Specific categories of ‘looked after children’ are in urgent need of foster homes. These include teenagers, siblings and youngsters with complex needs. For these specific categories of foster care, we provide additional help and support.  Specialist training is also available for people looking to have a career in therapeutic foster caring.

            Safer Internet Day will be celebrated by foster carers?

            7th, February 2018

            Safer Internet Day 2018 has just been celebrated globally. It was marked with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. The initiative was supported by over a thousand organisations across the UK. The aim is to work to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically - as well as creatively. The events on the day were coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre: education packs and a ‘campaign toolkit’ were made available. This is a drive that foster carers everywhere are sure to support. The internet continues to pose significant risks for all our young people - not just those who are most vulnerable. Foster care - get involved Call 020 8427 3355 or, alternatively, our National line 0330 311 2845 to find out about becoming a foster carer. We can always arrange a call back at a time convenient to you. We provide information on a wide range of foster care subjects: i.e. is it possible to foster if I have a past criminal record? Or do I need to own my own property to be a foster carer? Join us and experience -
            • a commitment to building the skills and expertise of our foster carers with our training programmes - always delivered in a relaxed, informal and friendly environment;
            • the choice to be paid at a higher rate by specialising in therapeutic foster care*;
            • the support to obtain specialist qualifications in therapeutic foster care;
            • carefully matched placements.
            The changing face of foster care There is now a pressing need for people to foster specific categories of ‘looked after children’. Loving, supportive foster homes are needed for teenagers, sibling groups - and also parent and child placements. For these specific categories of foster care, Rainbow provides additional help, information and support.  Specialist training is also available for people looking to train in therapeutic foster caring.

            The Foster care stocktake - a missed opportunity?

            6th, February 2018

            The Department for Education’s fostering stocktake report has today been published. The much awaited report into the state of the nation’s foster care is likely to divide opinion. Already the leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, has reacted. Its chief executive, Kevin Williams sees it as an opportunity missed: he stated - “Today’s report appears to be a thorough stocktake of the current situation in fostering. However, despite some suggestions about how to refocus funding away from bureaucracy towards frontline support, we are disappointed in the report’s lack of vision and ambition for the future of fostering. While we are pleased with a number of the recommendations we are concerned that overall we will be left with a continuation of the status quo.” Kevin Williams also stated - “However we are shocked that the report states that foster carers are not routinely underpaid and are therefore disappointed that there is no move to ensure that foster carers are properly paid for the work that they do. We fail to see how it is “understandable” that new carers and those caring for younger children should not receive a fee for their fostering. We are also concerned there is no recommendation to review the minimum fostering allowance and that it not recommended that it is extended to staying put.” Find out about foster care Discover more today about the rewarding world of foster care. It’s one where you can make all the difference to a vulnerable young child. If you are already a foster carer looking to transfer, we would be happy to discuss this with you further. Just call 020 8427 3355 or, alternatively, our National line 0330 311 2845. We can always arrange a call back at a time convenient to you. Rainbow are happy to provide information on a wide range of foster care subjects: some examples - Is it possible to foster if you have a past criminal record? Can you foster if you are over the age of fifty? Do you have to own your own property to be a foster carer? There are significant advantages if you make the decision to start your foster carer career at Rainbow -
            • commitment to building the skills and expertise of our foster carers with our training programmes - delivered in a friendly, relaxed informal environment;
            • the choice to specialise in therapeutic foster care* and then qualify for enhanced pay rates - along with generous respite cover;
            • we will support you to obtain specialist qualifications in therapeutic foster care;
            • our foster carers can depend on carefully matched placements;.
            Explaining the changing face of foster care There is currently an urgent need for people to foster specific categories of looked after children. And this is a situation common across the UK. Foster homes are needed for teenagers, sibling groups - as well as for parent and child placements. For the specific categories of foster care mentioned above, we provide extra help, information and support.  Specialist training is also available for people applying to train in therapeutic foster caring: we provide the opportunity to gain qualifications in therapeutic fostering.*This particular training is attached to our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. Applicants have, in many cases, already acquired professional experience of working with children (but this is not essential). *The Rainbow ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework: designed to give our foster carers the specialist knowledge and understanding they will need to provide the best care for children who present with complex problems.

            Foster care services across the UK will be affected by National Transfer Scheme.

            2nd, February 2018

            The turmoil in  certain parts of the world has led to a significant increase in the number of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) arriving on these shores. The number of UASC arriving in the country by various means, is reflected in the figures: the number being looked after by local authorities in England more than doubled from 2,050 at 31st March 2014, to 4,210 at 31st March 2016. During this period a relatively small number of local authorities - mostly those at key ports - have been supporting a disproportionately large number of (UASC). To deal with this situation, the National UASC Transfer Scheme (NTS) came into being in July 2016. Originally, this was a voluntary scheme. The government has now announced that there is now legislation to extend the NTS scheme to Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. This will now allow local authorities  struggling to cope with disproportionate numbers of UASC to transfer children to another authority that has capacity. There is a shortage of over 7,000 new foster families across the UK - so finding homes for UASC is likely to remain challenging. The opportunity to transfer to Rainbow Foster carers can transfer to develop their fostering careers:  call Rainbow as we are dedicated to making the process straightforward and efficient. Discover more by calling the Rainbow Transfer Team: 020 8427 3355, or our National line 0330 311 2845. We also provide enquirers with information on a wide range of fostering topics - examples include - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the current fostering allowance? Can Foster carers smoke? Is it possible to foster if you are transgender? Foster care requirements. And, more generally, what are the different types of foster care? Responding to the changing face of foster care provision There is now a heavy demand for people to foster very specific categories of children and young people. And this is reflected across the country: foster homes are required for teenagers, sibling groups and for parent and child placements. For these, and all categories of foster care, we offer information, specialist guidance and high quality training. We do this also for people applying to become therapeutic foster carers. We provide specialist face to face therapeutic training supported by therapeutic foster care training online. We also make it possible for our foster carers to obtain qualifications in this type of fostering.*This training is part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. If you have already had professional experience of working with youngsters we would be very keen to speak with you (such experience is not a pre-requisite) The sorts of backgrounds or experience can include - the police, youth work, education, mental health support work, social work, or child support work.

            Monmouthshire County Council in drive to find foster carers

            30th, January 2018

            The foster care team from Monmouthshire County Council will be available to meet with residents interested in finding out about foster care at The Angel Hotel Abergavenny on 15th February. Like many parts of the UK, Monmouthshire have  pressing need to find new foster carers. And just as with so many other parts of the country, there is a demand for foster carers to look after older children and teenagers. There will also be a series of ‘meet and greet’ sessions at Abergavenny Market, which will take place over the next three weeks. The Cabinet Member for Social Care, Safeguarding and Health is Penny Jones and she stated: “I strongly believe that our babies, children and young people in Monmouthshire have every right to have the best possible start in life. Monmouthshire families can help make this difference to our children” and "The foster team are doing a fantastic job engaging with communities to support our children. I encourage those who are thinking about becoming a foster carer to come along, visit the website or give the team a call.” Consider Transferring to Rainbow for a different fostering experience If you are an experienced foster carer considering transferring out of a local authority or agency, we can help you develop your fostering career. Our team makes the process easy, straightforward and efficient. It’s easy to discover more about transferring: call the Rainbow Transfer Team on 020 8427 3355 or our National line 0330 311 2845 for information. Generally: we can also help with enquiries on common questions such as - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Can Foster carers have pets? Foster care requirements, Do you have to own your own home to foster? And what are the different types of foster care? Responding to the changing face of foster care provision All our applicants are told that here is currently a heavy demand for new foster carers to offer homes for specific categories of young people. And this is largely reflected across the UK. Foster homes are particularly needed for teenagers, sibling groups and for parent and child placements. For all these different categories, we provide information, guidance and specialist training. Specialist support is offered for those people applying to become therapeutic foster carers*: for this, we provide specialist therapeutic training - along with therapeutic foster care training online. We also make it possible to obtain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. *Training offered forms part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. Our applicants have often already acquired professional experience of working with young people (remember: this is not a pre-requisite). The sorts of backgrounds or experience can include - the police, youth work, child support work, mental health work, teaching or social work. Just some of the advantages of being a foster carer with Rainbow Fostering
            • you can choose to specialise in therapeutic foster care* - this means you qualify for enhanced pay rates;
            • Rainbow support our foster carers to obtain qualifications in therapeutic foster caring;
            • building skills and expertise with our training programmes is easy in a relaxed, informal environment;
            • our foster carers receive good rates of pay - combined with frequent respite cover;
            • our foster carers know they can rely on support around the clock;
            • our foster carers know they can depend on very carefully matched placements.

            Rising level of referral rates will impact on foster care services

            24th, January 2018

            The Local Government Association has revealed that last year, every forty nine seconds, a child was referred to local authority’s children’s services. The total number of referrals reached 646,120. The figures that have been released also reveal that more than five hundred child protection investigations were undertaken on average each day during 2016 to 2017. A decade ago, this figure stood at two hundred. Such statistics are worrying as there is a current shortfall of 7,140 foster families in the UK at a  time when more children are coming to the attention of the local authority and may well need to be found foster homes. The LGA has identified a funding gap which also needs to be addressed: chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board stated - “With councils now having a child referred to them every 49 seconds on a daily basis, it is vital that they have the resources necessary to provide an effective response.” He also added  the comment - “The Government has been warned repeatedly that ongoing funding cuts, including the £2bn gap that councils face by 2020, have left them struggling to provide the support that vulnerable children and families need.” There was also a response to the figures from Unison’s head of local government Heather Wakefield who stated: “Children can't be protected from abuse on the cheap. The government must give councils the cash they need to recruit more child protection staff and keep all children safe.” The LGA represents three hundred and seventy councils across England and Wales. Benefits of a career in foster care with Rainbow
            • it’s easy to build skills and expertise with our training programmes;
            • choose to specialise in therapeutic foster care* and benefit from enhanced pay rates;
            • support to obtain qualifications in therapeutic foster care;
            • we offer our foster carers good rates of pay - along with frequent respite cover;
            • we provide our foster carers with support around the clock;
            • foster carers can rely on the careful matching of placements with their preferences.
            *This training forms part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. We find that suitable applicants have often already had professional experience of working with young people - but this is not necessarily the case. The kinds of backgrounds include - youth work, education, mental health work, child support work, social work or perhaps the police. Transfer to Rainbow today Rainbow fostering would also like to hear from experienced foster carers who might be thinking of transferring to develop their fostering careers. We make the process easy and efficient. Find out more about changing your life - and the life of a child - by joining the Rainbow Team. Call 020 8427 3355 or our National line 0330 311 2845 as our job is to provide you with information on a wide range of fostering topics which can cover - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements, And what are the different types of foster care? You can arrange a callback with us for a time that suits you. The changing face of foster care There is a heavy demand for people to be prepared to foster specific categories of young people. We need to find foster homes for teenagers, sibling groups and for parent and child. We provide information, guidance and specialist training for therapeutic foster care; therapeutic foster care training online; certificate in therapeutic fostering as well as therapeutic foster care uk. We are always interested in hearing from people with a general interest in a career in foster care.

            Dutch Minister argues for children to stay with foster carers until 21

            23rd, January 2018

            The health minister Hugo de Jonge has argued that foster children should be able to stay with their foster carers until they are 21 years of age. Currently the foster carers responsibilities end when the young person reaches the age of 18. The finding also ceases at this point. De Jonge stated: “Young people who reach the age of 18 still aren’t the finished article,’ said De Jonge. ‘And that’s certainly true for children who’ve grown up in foster families. Their domestic situation is much more complicated.” The Minister said that children should be allowed to stay with their foster family if they wanted to. At the present moment in the Netherlands, there are 21,685 foster children residing with 16,647 foster families. The average monthly contribution that the foster parents receive is 530 euros and this continues until the young person reaches 18. In the Netherlands it is possible for a young person to remain until the age of 23. It is reported by parents’ groups that the local authorities are reluctant to carry on supporting them. Just as in the UK, foster children face higher risks of falling into debt, crime and prostitution. In the UK children can remain with their foster carers - if the carers agree - beyond the age of 18 as part of the ‘Staying Put’ programme. Rainbow offers the chance to create a career in foster care. Foster carers can upgrade their skills and increase their earnings by participating in our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme. This training enables foster carers to look after children with complex needs. These arise as such children have been victims of trauma or neglect. Consequently, they can suffer from developmental trauma. And without the right care, settling into a foster placement can be difficult. This training is a part of what we call our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. it means foster carers can enhance their  professional development and qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Suitable applicants to become therapeutic foster carers have often already had professional experience of working with children - but this is not necessarily the case. Typical backgrounds applicants may have could include: youth work, education, mental health work, child support work, social work or perhaps the police. Rainbow fostering would also like to hear from experienced foster carers who might be thinking of transferring to develop their fostering careers. We would also like to hear from people interested in general fostering. What it is like fostering with Rainbow We are a real community: we particularly celebrate diversity and want people to join us - whatever their ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or cultural background. Some of our foster carers have been with us for well over 10 years - a fact which tells its own story! Many people have decided to foster with Rainbow because -
            • we offer our foster carers top rates of pay - along with frequent respite cover;
            • all our foster carers can depend upon the careful matching of placements to their preferences by our specialist team;
            • we offer foster carers support around the clock.
            Find out more about changing your life - and the life of a child - by calling 020 8427 3355. You can also call our National line 0330 311 2845. Our job is to provide you with information on a wide range of fostering topics and reassure you about the step you are considering taking. This can cover - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements, And what are the different types of foster care? And particularly important for 2018… We provide information and guidance on training for therapeutic foster care; therapeutic foster care training online; certificate in therapeutic fostering as well as therapeutic foster care uk. Please contact us today if you want specialist advice covering these areas of fostering.

            Call for Children’s Minister to prioritise national foster care stocktake

            19th, January 2018

            The leading foster care charity, the Fostering Network, has welcomed Nadhim Zahawi to his new position as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education. In so doing, the charity has struck a cautionary note - “We note with some concern that this is an unpaid position, and truly hope this is not a reflection of the priority placed on the role by this Government. Indeed, it is vital that his appointment marks the start of an increased profile for children's social care as well as a new period of stability within the Department for Education, especially given the importance of 2018 for fostering.” The charity has also drawn attention to the release of the fostering stocktake report - requesting it be released as soon as possible. It makes the point that the Minister will also have a key role in implementing the much-needed improvements to foster care that the stocktake is likely to call for. the view of The Fostering network is - “While 2017 saw a significant focus on fostering, with the Education Committee’s inquiry and the stocktake, it was a year of conversation, introspection and discussion rather than action, momentum and change. This is the year when change must happen within fostering, and we need the Minister to lead the way - thousands of fostered children and young people, as well as the families that care for them, are depending upon him to deliver.” Training with Rainbow to build your career in fostering. Our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme enables existing foster carers to upgrade their skills and increase their earnings. This specialist training means foster carers can look after  children who have complex needs because they have been victims of trauma or neglect. These children can then suffer, as a consequence, from developmental trauma. Without the right care, their chances of settling in a foster placement can be dramatically reduced. This training forms part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. Further professional development and qualifications in therapeutic foster care can be obtained. The most suitable applicants to become therapeutic foster carers will probably already have professional experience of working with children and adolescents - but this is not necessarily the case.Typical backgrounds: youth work, education, mental health work, social work, child support work or perhaps the police. Rainbow fostering would also like to hear from experienced foster carers who might be thinking of transferring to develop their fostering careers. We would also like to make contact with people interested in more general fostering. What is unique about fostering with Rainbow At Rainbow we particularly celebrate diversity and welcome people to join us - whatever their ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or cultural background. Our foster carers have been key in creating a real ‘community’ atmosphere here at Rainbow. Some of our carers have been with us for well over 10 years, which we think speaks for itself! Many people also decide to foster with Rainbow as -
            • we offer foster carers around the clock support;
            • we offer our foster carers excellent rates of pay - as well as respite;
            • all our foster carers can depend upon the careful matching of placements to their preferences.
            Find out more about changing your life by fostering a child today! Call 020 8427 3355 or our National line 0330 311 2845. We are always happy to provide information on a wide range of fostering topics:  these can cover how just long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements, And what are the different types of foster care? And foster care payments. And for 2018… We also offer information and guidance on training for therapeutic foster care; therapeutic foster care training online; certificate in therapeutic fostering as well as therapeutic foster care uk. Please contact us for specialist advice on these areas of foster care.

            Foster carer’s case raised with PM

            16th January, 2018

            Teaching assistant, Ava Payne, who has until recently been working as a foster carer, lost her licence after falling victim to a bizarre ‘Catch 22’. She was evicted from her home because she made a request to her landlord that she be given an electrical certificate. To be able to foster, she needs to produce the certificate for social services. Ava said - "I'm just so at a loss as to how my life has changed so dramatically because I love children and I want to foster and I want to be that fine upstanding member of the community that a lot of people run from - it's not an easy task and it is often a thankless task.” Ava paid for the certificate, but the property failed which resulted in her being evicted. Her situation was raised in the House of Commons by Ava's MP Siobhain McDonagh last Wednesday. Her case has also been brought to the attention of the Prime Minister who responded by saying that the “council will want to look at it again.” Advanced training opportunities with Rainbow Sign up for our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme this year. It will provide you with the specialist training needed to care for children who have become the victims of trauma or neglect. Such children can then suffer from developmental trauma which can result in emotional problems and challenging behaviour. This can dramatically affect a child’s chance of settling in a foster placement. The training we offer is part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. This offers the chance for further professional development and qualifications in therapeutic foster care may be obtained. Therapeutic foster carers are paid at a higher rate. The most suitable applicants will probably already have professional experience of working with children and young people. Typical backgrounds might well be in youth work, education, social work, mental health work, child support work or perhaps the police. Rainbow fostering would also like to hear from experienced foster carers who might be thinking of transferring to develop their fostering careers. What is special about fostering with Rainbow At Rainbow we celebrate diversity and welcome applicants - whatever their ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or cultural background. Our foster carers come from all walks of life and over the years, they have helped create a real ‘community’ atmosphere. Some of our carers have been with us for well over 10 years - a fact which speaks for itself! People also decide to foster with Rainbow because: • we give carers round the clock support; • we offer our foster carers excellent rates of pay; • all our foster carers can rely on the careful matching of placements to their preferences. Find out more about fostering today! Call 020 8427 3355. We can provide information on a wide range of fostering topics such as how just long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements, foster care payments, foster care requirements. And what are the different types of foster care? And for this coming year… We can provide up to date information on training for therapeutic foster care; therapeutic foster care training online; certificate in therapeutic fostering as well as therapeutic foster care uk. If this area of career development interests you please contact us.

            Foster carers needed in Gloucestershire

            12th January, 2018

            In a concerted drive to attract people to become foster carers, South Gloucestershire Council is putting on an information evening in Yate on the 18th January. This will provide an opportunity for people who might be interested to talk to both existing foster carers - as well as social workers. Foster carers will talk about how rewarding fostering is. Cllr Jon Hunt, SGC cabinet member responsible for children and young people, stated: “Being a foster carer can be a challenge but it is also immensely rewarding” and continued - "You won’t be on your own, we are with you every step of the way to help with support, guidance and training and weekly payments are also provided towards the care, support and attention that a child needs.” There remains a pressing need for more foster carers right across the country. In particular, people are needed to provide homes for teenagers and sibling groups. Rainbow offers advanced training opportunities. Be a part of our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme. This provides the specialist training required to look after children who have suffered trauma or neglect which can cause developmental trauma. The result can often be challenging behaviour and this can affect a child’s ability to settle with a foster family. Our training is part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. This creates the scope for professional development: qualifications in therapeutic foster care may be obtained. Likely applicants for this will most likely already have professional experience of working with children and young people. Typical backgrounds would be - education, social work, youth work, mental health work, child support work or the police. At Rainbow, we would also like to hear from experienced foster carers who might be considering transferring to further develop their fostering careers. Why choose to foster with Rainbow Rainbow celebrates diversity and welcomes applicants, whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or cultural background. Our foster carers come from all walks of life and ethnicities. Over the years, we have developed a real ‘community’ atmosphere. Some of our foster carers have been with us for well over 10 years - which speaks for itself! People also decide to train to foster with Rainbow because: • we offer excellent rates of pay; • we give round the clock support; • all our foster carers benefit from the careful matching of placements to their stated preferences. To simply find out more about fostering - and becoming a foster carer - 020 8427 3355 is the number to call. Some of the things we can inform you about cover - how just long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements. Foster care payments. And what are the different types of foster care? Don’t forget if you have other questions, please feel free to ask! For this year… We are also providing information on training for therapeutic foster care, therapeutic foster care training online, certificate in therapeutic fostering and therapeutic foster care uk. If this area of fostering interests you, call for information.

            Call by MP’s for foster care college

            8th January, 2018

            The government is under pressure from MP’s to create a national college for fostering. Its purpose will be to address problems of morale. Last year there were many reports in the media describing how the nation’s foster carers were feeling undervalued and undermined. Foster carers also feel that the system does not provide adequate support and that their work is not valued. The idea of a such a college has appeared in the first report from the inquiry into foster care conducted by the House of Commons education select committee. Other suggestions include: a national register of foster carers; that children in foster care should be given better information regarding their placements; children to have better access to advocacy services; efforts should be made to place sibling groups together and that a national ‘foster care’ awareness campaign should be launched. The idea of the campaign would be to appeal increase the numbers of people coming forward to foster. And importantly to make fostering appealing to all sections of our multi-cultural community. A national college would aim to improve working conditions of foster carers and provide guidance, training and support. The committee chair Robert Halfon stated: “Foster carers have a really important role in society and are often providing fantastic care in sometimes difficult circumstances” as well as - “But our inquiry showed it is clear that too many are not adequately supported, neither financially nor professionally, in the vital work that they do.” In response to this first report, the Children’s Minister, Robert Goodwill stated: “We welcome the education Select Committee’s report, which highlights the invaluable role that foster carers play in the lives of vulnerable children. A happy and stable home for children in foster care is vital, and we are committed to supporting these looked after children and their foster carers.” A special training opportunity to foster with Rainbow Be part of our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme: you will be given specialist training to look after children who have suffered abuse or neglect which can result in developmental trauma. This can lead to challenging behaviour which can affect a child or young person’s ability to settle into a foster family. This training forms part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework which offers scope for professional development - with the chance to get qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Applicants will probably already have professional experience of working with children and young people: some likely backgrounds are - social work, youth work, mental health work, education, child support work or the police service. At Rainbow, we also aim to attract experienced foster carers considering transferring in order to develop their professional careers. Fostering with Rainbow Rainbow celebrates diversity and welcomes applicants, whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or cultural background. Currently there is a shortfall of 7,000 foster carers. Would you consider fostering teenagers - or a sibling group. There is also an urgent need for people to foster a parent and child? People choose to train to foster with Rainbow because: • of our excellent rates of pay; • round the clock support; • all foster carers benefit from our careful matching of placements to their stated preferences; • your assessment will be carried out by experienced and friendly staff. To find out about fostering, simply call 020 8427 3355. Some of the things we advise on are - how just long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements. Foster care payments. What are the different types of foster care? And in 2018… We are also providing information on training for therapeutic foster care, therapeutic foster care training online, certificate in therapeutic fostering and therapeutic foster care uk. If this area of fostering interest you, call for information.

            Mother battles to prevent her daughter going into foster care

            5th January, 2018

            The mother of a seriously ill child, Melody Driscoll, is taking on King's College Hospital so her daughter can continue to get the relieving medication she used to receive. Melody is at the hospital and has complex care needs. Against her parents’ wishes, she is being weaned off pain killers. They are not happy with her current care plan and claim that their daughter is suffering unnecessarily. The family live in New Addington near Croydon. Because the parents have disputed the treatment being given their daughter, the local authority have become involved. They have written to the parents: “The local authority has been very concerned about your ability to care for your child Melody Driscoll after concerns raised by King’s College Hospital.” “The situation for your child has become so serious that we may need to take action. “I am therefore writing to let you know that we are going to court to try to make sure Melody is safe. “The local authority’s proposed plan is for Melody to be placed with foster parents when she is fit to be discharged from hospital whilst assessments are undertaken about where and by whom her long-term needs are best met.” The letter from the authority identifies the concerns that have been expressed by King’s College Hospital that the parents are obstructing Melody’s treatment plans. Headlines were made when Ed Sheehan, who is Melody’s favourite singer visited her in hospital. A special training opportunity to foster Join our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme: applicants will be given training to care for children who have suffered abuse or neglect. This often results in developmental trauma leading to challenging behaviour. This can impair a child or young person’s ability to settle and make progress in a foster family. The training package is part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework. This offers scope for professional development with the chance to obtain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Applicants will already be likely to have professional experience of working with children and young people: likely backgrounds would be education, social work, youth work, mental health work, child support work or the police service. We also want to attract experienced carers considering transferring in order to develop their professional careers as therapeutic foster carers. The benefits that we are offering at Rainbow Firstly, here at Rainbow we celebrate diversity and welcome applicants, whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or cultural background. Might you consider fostering teenagers - possibly a sibling group or perhaps foster a parent and child? People choose to train to foster with us because of our excellent rates of pay and round the clock support. All foster carers benefit from our careful matching of placements to their stated preferences. Your assessment will be carried out by our experienced and friendly service. For more information, please record your details on our website, or if you prefer, give us a call when convenient and learn more about the world of foster care. Simply call 020 8427 3355 - just some of the things we can advise you on cover - how long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements. What are the different types of foster care? Foster care payments. Don’t forget we also provide information on training for therapeutic foster care, therapeutic foster care training online, certificate in therapeutic fostering and therapeutic foster care uk.

            Foster educational ambition

            4th January, 2018

            The (NNECL) National Network for the Education of Care Leavers has published a new study: its findings are the first to give a picture of the numbers of care leavers in higher education. Dr Neil Harrison based at the University of the West of England produced the research for the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers. It involved the examination of the ‘educational pathways’ of all the young people in England who turned 16 in 2008. This included 6,470 care leavers. The work also involved looking at responses to a survey from 212 ‘care experienced’ students now in higher education. The findings revealed that twelve percent of care leavers had entered higher education by the time they were aged 23. This figure is higher than previous estimates of six percent. It was, however, considerably lower than for other young people which stands at forty two percent. Another significant finding was that care leavers in higher education were more likely to withdraw, have delays or restart their studies. Of some encouragement was the fact that those care leavers who did complete their degree studies, were as likely to obtain a first or upper second class degree as their fellow students. A new training opportunity to foster with Rainbow We need people to join our innovative therapeutic fostering training programme. Applicants will receive special training to care for children who, sadly, have suffered abuse or neglect. This often results in developmental trauma which can impair their ability to settle and progress in a foster family. This training is part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework which offers professional development and the opportunity to obtain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Applicants will already have professional experience of working with children and young people - a background in social work, education, youth work or the police service are examples. We also welcome experienced carers considering transferring to develop their professional careers as therapeutic foster carers. Experience the benefits we offer Would you consider fostering teenagers - maybe a sibling group or perhaps care for a parent and child? People choose to foster with us because of the excellent rates of pay offered and round the clock support. Foster carers also benefit from our careful matching of placements with their preferences. You will enjoy chatting with our enthusiastic and friendly staff who will be keen to carry out your assessment. Rainbow celebrates diversity and welcome applicants, whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or cultural background. For more information you can leave your details on our website, or, give us a call right now and take your first steps into the world of foster care: Call 020 8427 3355 - we can advise you on: what are the different types of foster care? How long does it take to become a foster carer? And what is the fostering allowance? Foster care requirements. Foster care payments. Or, training for therapeutic foster care, therapeutic foster care training online, certificate in therapeutic fostering and therapeutic foster care uk.

            Foster carers honoured

            3rd January, 2018

            The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has recently congratulated members who have been recognised in the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s honours. Receiving MBE’s for their services to children and families - Arthur Frost, Dorothy Frost, Barbara Bower, Pearline Howard, Michael Squire, Rachel Squire and Martin Williams. The vice chair of Camden Association of Foster Carers, Margaret Harvey, received an MBE for services to children. A new opportunity to foster with Rainbow Fostering Services in 2018 We are looking for people to join our innovative therapeutic fostering service. Applicants will receive special training to look after children who have experienced abuse and neglect resulting in developmental trauma. This can impair their ability to settle and progress in a family setting. The Training is part of our ‘Turnaround’ therapeutic framework: this offers professional development and the opportunity to gain qualifications in therapeutic foster care. Applicants will already have experience of working with children and young people: a background in social work, education, youth work or the police as examples. We also welcome experienced foster carers who may want to transfer to develop their professional career in a supportive and dynamic setting. Children and young people that require therapeutic foster carers will need individuals or families who possess patience, resilience, empathy and, most of all, the desire to turn a child’s life around. Experience the benefits we offer Could you foster teenagers - maybe a sibling group or care for a parent and child? People choose to foster with us because of the round the clock support they receive and our careful matching of placements with foster carers preferences. We celebrate diversity and welcome applicants, whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or cultural background. For more information you can leave your details on our website, or, give us a call right now and take your first steps into the world of foster care: Call 020 8427 3355 for a friendly and informative chat.

            Report on foster care from House of Commons Education Committee

            27th December, 2017

            The House of Commons has released a report into foster care which follows an inquiry which began in October 2016. The leading charity, The Fostering Network, provided oral and written evidence. The charity’s, chief executive, Kevin Williams stated - “We were delighted that the education committee carried out their inquiry into fostering in England, and welcome this comprehensive report. We hope that many of the recommendations are reflected in the forthcoming report of the Government’s fostering stocktake. We also agree with the committee’s conclusion that the Government should carry out a review of the full care system, rather than consider each element as if they were entirely separate.” In its response, the charity drew attention to the fact there remains confusion around the idea of foster carers being regarded as professionals. Levels of remuneration for foster carers also remains high on the agenda: Kevin Williams again: “We would argue, therefore, that in order to recruit and retain enough foster families for all the children who need them, ensuring they are properly paid is key, and we are disappointed that the report makes no mention of this.” Train to be a therapeutic foster carer with Rainbow Anyone with an interest in fostering will soon come across ‘Therapeutic Fostering’: it is a category of fostering where foster carers receive specialist training in order to care for children with complex needs. More children are coming into care requiring this type of fostering - this means we want to speak with people interested in being trained to become therapeutic foster carers. Foster with Rainbow and experience the benefits Could you foster either teenagers, sibling groups or accept a mother and baby placement? We have an urgent need for foster carers interested in these areas. We will provide all the training and support. People choose to foster with us because of the round the clock support - every day of the year; the careful matching of placements with foster carers preferences and the opportunities for further specialist training. We celebrate diversity and welcome applicants, whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or cultural background.

            Call for foster care ‘Christmas Fairness’

            22nd December, 2017

            In the run up to Christmas there have been calls to make sure that every foster carer is given the same amount of money to spend on their foster children over the Christmas. It is the view of the leading charity, The Fostering Network, that all payments should be standardised. This will in their words bring an end to a “postcode lottery”. The situation does indeed differ across the country. In Wales there are currently 4,400 children in care: the Welsh Local Government Association stated “all foster carers received weekly allowances to cover care costs.” Caerphilly council pays out £155 a week - this includes money for Christmas, for a five to 10-year-old. In nearby Torfaen pays out the same weekly basic allowance, but with an extra £155 at Christmas time. Neath Port Talbot pays less throughout the year - approximately £150 - but it pays a higher amount at Christmas payment - £215. The director of the Fostering Network in Wales, Colin Turner, stated: "The reality is, it shouldn't be who you foster for… in an ideal world they'd receive the same fostering fees and allowances.” The Welsh Local Government Association stated that all the local authorities took very seriously their responsibilities for foster children and stressed - "All approved foster carers receive a weekly allowance to cover the costs of caring for a child and, while there is no legal requirement, most local authorities pay foster carers fees for their time and skills over and above the national minimum allowance.” Foster with Rainbow in 2018 Become a foster carer to start making a real difference to the life of a child or young person: Rainbow Fostering are a leading independent fostering agency and you can give our friendly team a call today. We’ll be happy to have a chat about what foster care involves. Rainbow provide applicants and foster carers with training and support of the highest standard. If you feel you might be interested in fostering children or fostering ba