Past, present and future of fostering...join us for a seminal, progressive and celebratory event.
If you are involved or interested in fostering in any way including both public and private sectors (Foster Parents, Registered Managers, Supervising Social Workers/Link Workers, Panel Members, Academics, Directors, LAC Teams etc) - this is for you and you are warmly invited.
This 30 year celebration of Fostering Transformed is in partnership with Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers.
Thursday 14th September
12:30pm–7pm University of Kent
Drinks Reception with performance
Until September 1987 traumatised teens had little option but residential care and, as we know, dismal life chances to follow.
A clear point in history began the transformation in the 1970s, when a project within Kent Social Services overturned the accepted wisdom of the day, and a few sturdy families stepped forward to foster those young people. Evaluated by Goldsmiths University there were great outcomes; definitive evidence that it could be done and that young people would benefit.
When the project funding ended, this new breed of professional foster parent could not go backwards and instead quickly rocketed past the point of no return, pushing the evolution on....and in 1987 the first independent fostering organisations were developed. Increasing numbers of struggling and vulnerable teenagers joined families who were committed to them.
Like them or not, Independent Fostering Organisations wouldn't exist if they were not needed, and the learning that started the boat rocking was undeniably transformational in improving lives....which deserves some celebration, and some further thought by us all.
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Lively, fresh, and stuffed with knowledge and experience we are joined by key players from today’s field of research, from the National Stocktake, from broadcasting and journalism and, above all, from those directly involved in today’s fostering and advocacy. We will be lifting salient points from past and present for further exploration and application to the future....all in the interests of working together to improve the lives of children in care. And - it is a celebration after all - performance from a lauded singer/songwriter, who also happens to be a foster parent.
The Woolf Lecture Theatre
University of Kent
Welcome from Keith Gorman
Latest research from the world of fostering
What’s trending from within
Professionalisation: Fostering Life through a Lens
Tea, coffee, biscuits etc
The National Fostering Stocktake
Be Your Future: A programme for care leavers
Interviews care leavers Natasha McDonald and Taschan Peart, newly approved foster parent Lucy Spraggan and, approved for 22 years - Jenny Garner
Closing comments, and a vision for a National Database of Foster Parents.
Drinks reception in the Colyer Fergusson Music Hall featuring a live performance by Lucy Spraggan