There is just over one week left to go until the Fostering Network’s foster care association conference.
Stronger Voices, Sustainable Futures takes place on Friday 10 May in London. The one-day conference will bring together foster carers and fostering services and includes presentations from associations and, a key note speech from the Department for Education on fostering from a government perspective.
Workshops will cover themes that affect foster carers, association members and fostering teams. These include safer caring in a digital age, what is social pedagogy and how to apply it and engaging your members online.
Over the past seven years the Fostering Network’s Foster Care Association Project has helped to establish a community of foster care associations across England providing information, guidance and support to new and establishing associations. These groups of foster carers network, share good practice and support each other to ensure sustainable growth, active membership and effective partnership working with fostering services.
Jade Barton, Foster Care Association project development officer, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming foster care associations and fostering services from across the country to our conference. Sharing best practice and learning new skills will make sure that this a day of learning and enjoyment.
“Places are filling up so don’t miss out on what looks to be an exciting, informative and inspirational day.”
Stronger Voices, Sustainable Futures will take place at Prospero House in London SE1. Book a place at the conference by visiting our website - prices start at £60 for foster carer members of the Fostering Network.
The Foster Care Co-operative will be at the following venues throughout May:
2 & 3 May 2013 - IKEA, Edinburgh
3 May 2013 - Asda Walton Superstore, Utting Avenue, Liverpool
10 May 2013 - Asda Gorsein, Swansea
17 & 18 May 2013 - IKEA Wednesbury, West Midlands
Safe Network has secured additional funding through the Department for Education’s safeguarding network contract. (Subject to final negotiations)
We are delighted to announce that Safe Network has secured additional funding through the Department for Education’s safeguarding network contract. This provides core funding through until the end of March 2015 with additional financial contribution from NSPCC.
Moving forward Safe Network will be jointly managed by the NSPCC and Children England– the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) will no longer be one of the formal partners but will remain heavily involved in the work of Safe Network as one of our delivery partners. Safe Network is also supporting CAPT’s Child Safety Week 2013 in June so there will be information available on the website.
We will continue to provide a wide range of safeguarding advice, information and resources to the voluntary and community sector in England through the website, webinars and face-to-face events. The work undertaken in the regions by our Regional Development Managers and Champions will be built upon with more information available on the website.
We will also be looking at working with a wider range of delivery partners across the country and developing new resources to meet the needs of the sector.
Simon Massey, Head of Safe Network said "This is a very exciting time for Safe Network and we have lots of plans for the coming months. Make sure you register with us to receive the monthly e-newsletter to keep up-to-date".
The Charities Evaluation Services (CES) final report will be released in May which will provide an overview of all of our achievements in the last two years and we will continue working with them over the next two years to clearly demonstrate the impact Safe Network has in supporting groups best safeguard children.
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