Fostering newsletter | April 2022

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A very warm welcome to our April edition of Fostering News. In this edition you’ll find links to fun days out over the Easter break, the Teams link for the next FLAG meeting and reminders about the upcoming family day and Fostering’s Got Talent events. Happy reading!

Fostering’s Got Talent Is Back!

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There is still time to enter into this years’ Fostering’s Got Talent event which will take place on Friday 20th May 2022!

Please encourage your young people to enter, or be brave and enter it together – we’ve had family bands made up of carers, birth and foster children before! If you require any further information or would like another entry form then please drop us an email

Fostering Art Work Competition

This years’ Foster Care Fortnight campaign runs from 9th May – 22nd May and is themed “Fostering Communities”. To coincide we are running a competition for all young people aged 0 – 18 (both looked after children and birth children are invited to take part).

We want to see their pictures of what a foster family means to them. Whether it’s pens, pencils, painting or collages, we want to see how they interpret a foster family in their art work.  

The pictures will be shared as part of our Foster Care Fortnight Campaign for 2022. We’ll be choosing our favourite picture from two age categories; 0 - 10 years and 11-18 years. We’ll be sending out a £10 Love2Shop voucher to each of our winners which can either be saved or spent as they prefer.

Please send the children’s entries in to by Monday 25th April 2022 and we’ll contact the winners the following week. We cant wait to see what they come up with!  

Easter Holiday Activities

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We can’t believe that Easter is nearly upon us already. Have look at the Nottinghamshire County Council website for some great ideas for fun outdoor activities to do with the kids over the school holidays.

School holidays events and inspiration

Next FLAG Meeting

The next Fostering Liaison Advisory Group [FLAG] meeting will take place over Microsoft Teams on Monday 25th April from 7pm – 8:30pm.

The last meeting was really well attended by foster carers, service managers and guest speakers and turned out to be a really productive and informative meeting. We hope April’s meeting will be another great turn out and look forward to seeing you there!  

Click here to join the meeting

Invitation to Young People’s Looked After Family Fun Event

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There are still spaces available for the Nottinghamshire Youth Service family event for looked after young people and their foster families aged 3 to 21 (25 with a disability). The event is an opportunity to meet the youth service and find out more about youth offers in your area, re-connect or meet other carers and enjoy various fun activities together. The day will take place on Wednesday 13 April 2022 at Holme Pierrepont Country Park, National Water Sports Centre, Adbolton Lane, Nottingham, NG12 2LU.

To book on, please email

New Look Foster Carer Handbook

The Foster Carers Handbook has been reviewed and updated and can now be found online.

Please have a look and familiarise yourselves with the new layout so you will be able to find resources as and when you need them in the future. Your supervising social worker will also be able to support you with this new layout should you have any questions.

Nottinghamshire Foster Carers Handbook

Help Children Live Better

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One of our fantastic Family Support Workers, Lisa, has put together this brilliant website full of links and information to support adults whilst caring for young people who may have suffered trauma in early life or need additional support with their mental health.

The links and articles within the website can be used as a tool to support carers with their understanding of the principles of therapeutic parenting. Please have a look and feel free to share it with others who you think would also find it useful.

Help Children Live Better Lives - A Survival Guide For Schools

Training and Support

Making Education Successful - Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

For any carers who were unable to attend the previous event in March, The Virtual School invites foster carers to a repeat of it’s “Making Education Successful” webinar. Please click the link above to book your free tickets via Eventbrite. The next date is Tuesday 17 May 2022, 09:30 - 11:30am.

This Virtual School training session explores the roles and responsibilities of adults and professionals around our young people; understanding processes in education including SEND and how to support our children and young people with transitions and making progress.

Communicating with children: A guide for those working with children who have or may have been sexually abused

Children will speak to the adults that they know and trust the most, not necessarily those in specific safeguarding roles, and it’s therefore vital that all professionals are able to have that initial conversation. Child sexual abuse can feel difficult and complex, but with support and guidance all professionals working with children do have the skills to do this.

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