Does Fostering Affect Your Benefits?

24 May, 2019

This is the third article in our Foster Carer Finance Guide, which aims to provide foster carers with a better understanding of all things Tax, National Insurance and their Benefit Entitlements. We’ve previously discussed foster carer tax and self-assessments and whether foster carers have to pay National Insurance, and now we hope to shed some […]

Guide to Foster Carer National Insurance

This article is part of our Foster Carer Finance Guide, which aims to provide foster carers with a better understanding of all things Tax, National Insurance and their Benefit Entitlements. We’ve previously discussed foster carer tax and self-assessments and this article hopes to help you gain a better understanding of national insurance for foster carers. […]

Guide to Foster Carer Tax & Self-Assessment

Tax, National Insurance and benefit entitlements may seem like a total minefield for many foster carers. We’ve put together a series of articles in our Foster Carer Finance Guide, to help you gain a better understanding of the tax, NI and benefits world, so you can focus your energy on the children in your care. […]

Fosterplus Ayr Recognised for Improving Health & Wellbeing of Workforce

29 April, 2019 Healthy Working Lives Awards

We’re pleased to announce that our Ayr centre has been recognised for their hard work in helping to improve the health and wellbeing of staff. For the fifth year running, the team have achieved a Bronze Award in the Healthy Working Lives award programme, which recognises the achievements of promoting a healthier, more motivated, and […]

How to Support Your Own Children When Fostering

28 March, 2019

This is the third post in our Handy Guide to a Successful First Placement, sharing great advice from our experienced foster carers on how to support your own children when fostering. It’s no secret that becoming a foster carer changes your family dynamic in some form, particularly with your own children. One day they have […]

Things to do on the First Day with a Foster Child

This is the second post in our Handy Guide to a Successful First Placement, sharing great advice from our experienced foster carers about important things to do on the first day with a foster child to help them feel settled. The day you’re been waiting for is finally here; you’re about to have your first […]

How to Prepare for Your First Foster Child

This is the first post in our Handy Guide to a Successful First Placement, sharing great advice from our experienced foster carers to help you prepare for your first foster child coming to live with you. You’ve been approved at panel and receive that all-important call to let you know that we’ve received a referral […]

Spot the Signs of Self-Harm in Children & Teenagers

1 March, 2019

Self Injury Awareness Day (also known as Self Harm Awareness Day) is a global campaign where people choose to be more open about their own self-harm and awareness organisations make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury. For Self Harm Awareness Day, we share some advice to support families who may be worried […]

5 Tips to Keep Children Safe Online

5 February, 2019 Keep Children Safe Online

Today is Safer Internet Day, a globally recognised day that promotes the safety and wellbeing of children online. The internet is a great thing, providing children with opportunities to learn, play and connect with others. However, it does not come without its risks. In fact, more and more, we hear about the emotional and safeguarding […]

Children’s Book Guide | National Storytelling Week 2019

29 January, 2019

We’re celebrating National Storytelling Week by encouraging the children in our care to pick up a book and get reading. To help them find a book they love, we asked our foster and birth children to tell us about their all-time favourite books and used these recommendations to create our Children’s Book Guide. Gallagher Girls […]

How to Get Your Child to Wear a Helmet

25 January, 2019 How to Get Your Child to Wear a Helmet

Going for a bike ride has many benefits – it’s a lot of fun, great exercise and helps to build strong bonds in foster families. But like most sports, accidents can happen and we know how challenging it can be to get a child to wear a helmet. So, we thought we’d put together some […]

Suzanne and Chris’ Fostering Story

23 January, 2019

Suzanne shares her powerful story of fostering a young boy, who completely transformed in her care and preparing to say goodbye as he went on to be adopted by his forever family. *James came to us in February 2017; we were his second placement as his previous carers felt they were unable to meet his […]

Food Bank Appeal Success

24 December, 2018

Fosterplus have been busy gathering food donations over the festive period to donate to food banks up and down the country, including the Trussell Trust. The Trussell Trust said its network of over 400 foodbanks provided almost 160,000 three-day emergency food supplies in December last year, a 49% increase for the monthly average for the 2017/18 financial […]

Coventry’s Christmas Party

19 December, 2018

On Saturday 1st December, the Coventry office held a Christmas party and an awards ceremony at the Hilton in Leicester. 11 Carer families and staff came along for such a special afternoon filled with dancing, delicious food and plenty of awards. Britain’s Got Talent contestant John Parnell, the Hoola Hoop man, delivered an amazing performance […]

How You Can Encourage Learning Over Christmas

13 December, 2018

We are reaching a rather exciting time as the Christmas holidays are approaching nearer! Even though it Is such a busy time, Christmas can still provide many opportunities for our children and young people to practice the skills they have been learning at school. No one wants to do extra homework, but when learning is […]

10 Ways to Make a Foster Child Feel Special at Christmas

6 December, 2018

Christmas is a magical time of year for children, but it can be difficult for many young people in foster care, as the memories and emotions of the past come flooding back. As the festive season approaches, we ask some of our Foster Carers for their tips on how to bring back the joy and […]

Christmas Card Competition Winner

This week we picked this year’s annual Christmas card competition winner – with so many incredible designs it was not easy to choose an overall winner! We received so many entries that our offices already look fully decorated for Christmas. We put out an email to all of our local offices looking for the best […]

How You Can Help Your Child Deal with Frustration and Anger

Does your foster child sometimes struggle to regulate their emotions? Do not worry, you’re not alone. Many of the children and young people coming into care suffer from severe emotional delays, often due to their past experience of neglect and abuse. Sadly, it’s not uncommon for a looked after child to not be reaching the […]

Feeling Christmassy in Stonehouse

27 November, 2018

On Friday 23rd November, our wonderful Stonehouse team, carers and children all took a Christmassy trip down to the Gloucester Quays ice-rink. Everyone made sure to wrap up warm as they skated their way around the chilly rink. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a well deserved hot chocolate to warm up and talk about the lovely evening they had all spent […]

Anti-Bullying Week 2018: Choose Respect

16 November, 2018

Bullying can cause many young people to feel isolated, worthless and insecure. Over time, repeated bullying may also cause a child some serious, lasting issues, as their confidence and self-esteem diminishes. The Anti-Bullying Alliance have launched their annual Anti-Bullying Week campaign this week and this year’s theme is to choose respect over bullying. The theme […]