This year’s theme is ‘Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships,’ and some of our staff wanted to share their own celebrations of the relationships the agency has within the sector.
Jane Butler, CEO:
We recognise that partnerships and collaborations are important in ensuring that children in foster care across the UK are supported and provided with loving and nurturing homes. We are part of the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers, which offers homes to 95% of young people that live with independent agencies’ foster carers. The association comes together to promote the work of the independent sector as a significant provider of homes for children, and our commitment is to celebrating and promoting the important of high quality carers for vulnerable children to complement local authority fostering services.
We are also a core member of The Fairer Fostering Partnership, a group of not-for-profit and charitable fostering agencies who, since 2007, have come together to share best practice and are united in a commitment to ensuring complete focus is on the needs of the children and young people living with our foster carers.
Team Fostering is an agency member of both Coram BAAF and The Fostering Network, fostering-focused organisations that provide us with evidence based research about best practice. As a member, we can access resources, support and services that directly benefit our foster carers, staff and young people. This shared fraternity supports collaborative working and the promoting of best practice which means that Team Fostering is responding to new ideas in all aspects of fostering.
Sarah Garnett, Recruitment Social Worker:
At Team Fostering we know that we are just one part of a larger team of professionals, who work together to care for children and young people. Alongside our fostering families, agency staff and local authority workers, exists a valued group of independent and sessional professionals. Sessional professionals, usually experienced social workers, undertake roles with Team Fostering in many forms, including as Independent Reviewing Officers, Panel Members and Form F Assessors.
Being independent is an important part of these roles, as it allows the workers to be objective, to view our practice and to make and scrutinise our foster carer assessments and reviews through fresh eyes. This is critical for us, as we have a strong ethical value base and strive to achieve the best quality practice across the agency.
Team Fostering would not be able to provide the service it does without the established and growing relationships we have with sessional workers across the North East, Yorkshire and East Midlands. We would like to take this opportunity to recognise one of our long-standing Form F Assessors, Julie Shanks, who is retiring this year. We would like to wish her all the best in her retirement and thank her for her unwavering professionalism and dedication to Team Fostering over the years.