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We believe it’s vital for foster carers to have a say in decisions that affect their lives. That’s we work hard to ensure that your voice is heard as much as any other childcare professional.

Our website will keep you up to date with the latest consultations taking place on fostering related issues, so that you can comment on proposed changes that may affect you or the children and young people you care for.

We also work closely with policy-making teams across the UK to share your opinions and concerns with the people who make important decisions on your behalf.

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Call for foster carers to take part in research

The Rees Centre at the University of Oxford is looking for foster carers and their supervising social workers to take part in a research project looking at the foster carer attributes that are associated with successful foster placements. For more information about the research please click here

 

Foster Carer Research

Online safety survey for foster carers – your opinions needed A survey is being conducted by Guardian Saints to determine what challenges and concerns foster carers have regarding online safety and for the young people that they look after.

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Why is Guardian Saints conducting this survey? The information gathered from the survey will be used to pursue changes to make it easier for foster carers to keep children and young people safe online. Guardian Saints will ‘lobby’ relevant organisations to amend guidelines and update the technology functions and features provided to make them more user friendly and relevant for foster carers to use. The survey results will also be used to inform the work that Guardian Saints do within the field of fostering (training, awareness programmes and policy setting).

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes (16 questions to complete) and is completely anonymous. Foster carers should complete the survey by 15th August 2016.

To access the survey, please click here

About Guardian Saints

Guardian Saints is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2014 by an experienced foster carer (a FosterTalk member) and two parents. It was founded out of an increased concern about the online dangers presented to children and looked-after children in particular.

The founders have many years of experience in I.T security, online safety and setting policy and practice in place to comply with regulation. Guardian Saints is unique in that it uses these skills to champion online safety for looked-after children.

Although work is being done with regards to online safety by the government (including Ofsted), Internet Service Providers and the likes of Google and Facebook, it doesn’t necessarily take into account the difficulties foster carers face in relation to individual situations. This is where Guardian Saints can help.

Guardian Saints provides a range of services to those responsible for safeguarding looked-after children (e.g. fostering services, social workers, foster carers and Independent Reviewing Officers). The organisation has established good relations with Ofsted, the UK Safer Internet Council and other organisations that work in this area.

Last year, Guardian Saints conducted a survey with local authorities and independent fostering agencies to establish what they thought were the key risks and concerns regarding online safety for looked-after children. The results of this survey were discussed with both Ofsted and the UK Safer Internet Council. A copy of this report is available here.

If you have a particular issue that you need help with, please e-mail keepmesafe@guardiansaints.com