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HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to attend 2015 Fostering Excellence awards

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is to present foster care experienced young people with awards at The Fostering Network’s 2015 Fostering Excellence Awards. The awards are being held in London on Tuesday 17 November 2015.

Hundreds of foster carers, children and young people, and people from throughout the UK fostering community are due to attend the annual celebration of fostering hosted by television star Holly Willoughby.

The Duchess will present to three young people the Fostering Achievement Award, which celebrates extraordinary achievements in the last 12 months by young people aged 16 to 24 who have been fostered. Other awards on the night will recognise the achievements of foster carers, social workers, and of fostering friendly employers.

Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said: “We’re delighted that we will have an extra special guest attending this year’s Fostering Excellence Awards. The spotlight that will be placed on these young people, who have worked so hard with the support of their foster carers to change their future is thoroughly deserved. Sadly not every young person has a positive start in life, but The Fostering Network, foster carers and all those involved in working with fostered young people throughout the UK will continue to strive to make life better for them.”

You will be able to follow the awards on Twitter, using the hashtag #TFNAwards and see pictures and stories from the awards after the event on the Fostering Network website.

Foster for Plymouth Launches its Facebook page.

We are excited to introduce our new Facebook page. It's now even easier for people to tell their friends, family and colleagues about the work that we do for Plymouth's cared for children.

We hope that you will find it informative, useful and entertaining.

Once you like and share our page, we will keep you informed and updated on all news and information related to foster care in Plymouth.

It will also give you easy and convenient access to the wider foster care community, and the chance to speak with others who are also foster carers or considering becoming one. Really, it’s an open house for information, advice and feedback.

We would like to remind you to ensure that your Facebook privacy and security settings are kept up to date. Information about your online security and settings can be found on the Facebook help centre page.

We value and look forward to your feedback and continued support and hope to see you online soon!

Free online learning resource for foster carers of children and young people with disabilities

The Fostering Network has partnered with Disability Matters to put together a free online learning resource for foster carers.

The Disability Matters for Foster Carers learning package comprises eight courses focussed on issues relevant to foster carers of children and young people with disabilities. The package provides the perfect starting point for developing your understanding about the health and wellbeing of children and young people with disabilities.

Disability Matters offers a range of resources that have all been co-developed, including contributions from young people with disabilities and parent carers.

The e-learning has been very well received, with 86% of learners reporting that Disability Matters was helpful or very helpful and 77% of learners saying that Disability Matters has boosted their confidence.

One learner writes:

“I have never had the confidence to work with children with certain hidden disabilities because I didn’t have the knowledge or skills. These short e-learning sessions are very good and I can’t wait to do some more next week. Thank you for a wonderful resource.”

You can find the e-learning package on the Disability Matters website.

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