Wessex News

We view all of our foster carers as part of the team looking after the child or young person placed with us. Foster carers have fed back that they feel fully involved in decision making about the child or the young person in their care. This is especially important when considering who they are going to look after.

Parent & child placements

Our Bristol foster carers who provide Parent and child assessment placements met for their specialist support group earlier this week. In this forum the foster carers are able to share their [...]

New Recruits!

On 26th, 27th and 28th June, the Wessex Team and the South West Team delivered a joint Skills to Foster training course to prospective foster carers who are currently undergoing their assessments [...]

Safer Carer Training

Our Foster Carers recently attended Safer caring training – this is a mandatory training course for carers needing to update every three years. We had a large group of experienced carers who [...]

Safer Caring

Foster carers in the Wessex team attended a safer caring and managing allegations training on 21 March 2019, at Middlemoor in Exeter, run by Kayleigh Hawkins from Lilac Maison. This was an [...]

Wessex Open Day

In February 2019, we were delighted to host a very popular Wessex Open Day. Attendees were taken through the fostering process and with the help of the entire Wessex team we were able to answer [...]

PACE Training

On the 12th February 2019, some Wessex carers and staff attended PACE training in Exeter, delivered by Dr Molly Bodinetz from Psychology Associates. Molly specialises in working with adopted [...]

The three Cs

Coffee, cakes and chat! This morning, the Wessex team held their first coffee morning at The Mulberry Tree Café at Exeter Community Centre. This was a great opportunity for carers to meet up, [...]

Digital Wellbeing

On 22nd January, some of our Wessex foster carers attended Digital Wellbeing training, run by Dialogue Training. The training was very interesting and thought provoking, covering a range of [...]

DDP Training

Two staff from the Wessex team attended Dyadic Developmental Practice Psychotherapy and Parenting this week (DDP) The content of the course included: – Theoretical foundations to DDP Learn [...]

Well done K

K has just been on his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice hike which involved a 24km walk over 2 days and a night camp with a group of 5 other explorers. Well done!  

Teddy Bears Day

The Wessex office recently held a day for their Teddy Bears Group. E had lots of fun at Devon Railway Centre and Model World. We spent the day having unlimited train rides around the park and E [...]

A massive thank you …

To you all of our carers and staff who do a wonderful job supporting each other and our young people. At the end of Foster Care Fortnight we reflect on all the achievements that our young people [...]

Meet Annette

who as Team Manager of the Wessex team is very proud to support fostering by supporting her staff and foster carers. The team are having an open evening today from 4-7pm so pop along and say [...]

Congratulations to L

Congratulations to L who has become a skills leader at school. Part of her role is mentoring other students. L has worked very hard and is making great achievements at school so this is well [...]

Fun Day at Dartmoor Zoo

On 13th February the Wessex carers and their young people enjoyed a great day out at Dartmoor Zoo. In the morning everyone enjoyed the face painting and balloon animals, and spent time walking [...]

Female Carers Day

A huge thank you to the Wessex carers who came along to the Female Carers Day at Bovey Castle #boveycastle last week. We enjoyed a cream tea in the library as well as access to the pool [...]

Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas to all of our staff, foster carers, young people and supporters. You make such a difference and we are so proud of what you do. Wishing you all a Happy 2018.    

Wessex Activity Day

On 24 October 2017 a group of us went to Clip N Climb in Exeter and the children and young people spent the morning being attached to very long ropes and climbing very high indoor towers! [...]

Skills to Foster

Thank you to Julie, David and Tracy who have just completed our 3 day Skills to Foster course for prospective carers. They were happy to show their support for Foster Care Fortnight. #FCF17 [...]

Foster Bake

Last Friday the carers and young people from the Wessex region met after school for a Foster Bake to celebrate Foster Care Fortnight. There were lots of cakes to choose from and lots of wonderful [...]

Support Group

The Wessex carers attended their support group meeting yesterday and had a good discussion on many topics including. digital wellbeing how to manage a teenager addicted to their smart phone risks [...]


Meet Fantastic Fred and Fabulous Florence! They like to go on adventures with our young people and have recently been to America and Mexico. During Foster Care Fortnight Fred and Florence are [...]

Easter Egg Hunt

The carers and young people from our Wessex area had a wonderful day on Friday searching for Easter eggs in the glorious spring sunshine. There were lots of other activities going in as well such [...]

Male Carers Support Group

Last week the male carers from the Wessex area met for one of their regular support group meetings at the Community Room at Middlemoor Fire Station. The subjects for discussion included: the [...]

Meet the team

Members of both the Wessex  and the South West offices will be available in a nearby Costa Coffee this week. The Wessex team will be at Costa Coffee, Fore Street, Taunton on Thursday 30th March [...]

Wessex Rebels Fun Day

The Wessex Rebels support group visited the Big Sheep near Bideford last week. It was a highly charged and energetic day as all the children were very excited. The Ewetopia Indoor play area was a [...]

Wessex Summer Fun Day

A huge than you to all of our carers, staff and young people who attended our Summer Fun Day on Saturday 16th July. We had so much fun with a bouncy castle, BBQ, ice cream bar, games and [...]

Wessex Carers Support Group

The Wessex Region Carers met for their latest Support Group last week. There was a good turnout and a lively discussion as always, which included Balance of fostering time and carers own time to [...]

Wessex SQUAD activity day

The Squad team met up at YMCA Taunton and started with introductions and greetings from new and old members. This was followed by the Participation workshop and soon the team were in agreement [...]

Wessex Open Day

Thank you to everyone who attended our open day today. The day was a success with  great discussions between our current carers and those interested in joining us. All also helped by Lyn and [...]

Have any questions about fostering?

The Fostering Foundation carries out statutory checks on all foster carers to make sure that only suitable people can become foster carers which include DBS check, local authority checks, health and medical checks, and references.

Once approved as a foster carer we provide you with high quality training programmes to develop your skills as a foster carer. These courses include First Aid, Skills to Foster and Child Protection.

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