All our offices will be closed for Christmas from 3pm, Friday 22nd December until 9am Tuesday 2nd January.
Should you need to speak to someone urgently during this period please use the appropriate contact details from our Christmas Out of Hours rota:
Stay safe beyond Halloween
Thank you to our Children’s Champion Michelle and our Thames Valley team, for a great day of Half Term CEOP Internet Safety Awareness training followed by pumpkin carving and light party activities. Lots of learning along with some noisy, messy and sticky fun!
Exclusive discounts for Foster Carers
As a Next Step Foster Carer you will receive complimentary membership to the Fostering Network where you can access a range of special member discounts – from money off holidays and insurance to discounted days out and mortgages.
A teacher, a nurse, a mum, a friend – by Debbie Douglas
Debbie Douglas is a foster carer and the Westminster Government’s fostering ambassador. Here she talks about the multiple roles a foster carer takes on – and how proud she is to say that she is a foster carer.
“Fostering is not for all people and definitely not for the faint hearted! But for me I can honestly not think of anything else in my life I’d rather be than a foster mum.
Fostering has helped us as a family
Sean has been fostering with his wife, Marette, for many years in Northern Ireland. Marette has always worked in a childcare environment and from early in their marriage they had agreed that fostering was something they wanted to get involved in. In this blog Sean discusses their fostering experiences.
“Not everyone has good family support and we thought we would offer help where we could.