The best social workers have boundaries

As an experienced fostering social worker, I sometimes find it awkward and uncomfortable to tell foster carers (or others) that I have to limit the time I can spend talking with them – it has the risk of creating a distance and formality in our relationship that can sometimes feel unkind. But I do enforce […]

Racism in social work pushed me to set up a fostering agency

My journey to getting an MBE and owning a fostering agency 8 years ago I was in my first fostering role (after 13 years of working in other children’s social care sectors), as a supervising social worker for a large Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ fostering provider in Manchester. I was one of three new starters, and the […]

Fostering Ukrainian Children

Can I Foster Ukrainian Children? Recent months have seen a sudden increase in the number of families offering to support Ukrainian families. Some people may have a specific desire to support Ukrainian children who are fleeing the war in Ukraine; however, whilst the crisis in Ukraine has impacted on large numbers of people, the number […]