Foster carers connect to help Borders children

Borders-based Foster Care Connect held an enlightening event to celebrate Foster Care Fortnight, which ended on Sunday.

The event by the independent fostering agency put the spotlight on social pedagogy, which allows every child to reach their full potential.

Over the last five years, an increasing number of children have had to be taken into care, with The Fostering Network estimating that fostering services need to recruit a further 850 foster families in Scotland in the next 12 months.

Foster carers, panel members and staff from Foster Care Connect, joined with foster carers from Scottish Borders Council, social workers from City of Edinburgh Council and Sara Lurie, director of the Fostering Network Scotland, to hear all about social pedagogy from Evelyn Vrouwenfelder, ThemPra Associate and subject specialist.

All those involved participated in planning how to take ideas forward and embed this fundamental approach in their practice.

Reflecting on the day, foster carer Kim Buckley commented: “It has been a really interesting day and I enjoyed the fact that my foster child’s social worker was here with me. This is an approach that we will take forward together.”

Foster carer Dave Upton added: “I’ve really enjoyed the reflection aspect of this approach. The ideas around developing a ‘risk sensible’ culture are great to allow young people to learn so much.”

The day ended with everyone signing the Social Pedagogy Promise which Foster Care Connect will take forward as their focus for the future.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in becoming a foster carer and making a difference, you can get in touch with Foster Care Connect on 01896 824405, email or check out the website