Children will have a say on fostering when Community Foster Care holds a special consultation day on January 5.
More than 30 children and 50 foster carers will get together at the Redwell Centre in Matson for an activity day, including facepainting, circus skills and African drumming sessions.
At the same time, CFC’s Shadow Board, made up of five children aged 10 to 16, will carry out a survey to find out what fostering is like at the receiving end.
They have worked with CFC’s Placement Support Workers Clare Nealey and Gavin Worrall on devising a questionnaire, designed to get feedback and pointers for any possible improvements to the service provided by CFC.
“They’ll be asking questions of cared-for children, birth children and foster carers. We will look to improve our service based on what they say,” said Chris Cawkwell, Registered Manager of CFC, a not-for-profit agency.
“It’s great because everyone gets involved - staff, carers and children. It’s essential for the agency to have that contact – it’s all about outcomes.”
The activity sessions will culminate in an impromptu show for all the guests.
“We like to think of Community Foster Care as a large family and pride ourselves on our high level of support,” said Chris.
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