ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL: Fostering for the next generation

11:30 - 12:45

With care demand set to rise significantly in the next decade and the number of foster households falling, Essex County Council is reinventing its approach to retaining, recruiting and supporting foster carers. In this masterclass, you’ll hear how Essex is meeting the fostering challenge, including:

  • How therapeutic fostering and systemic, trauma-informed and relationship-based practice improved Essex’s in-house fostering service
  • The power of the ‘Bear in Care’ recruitment-and-retention campaign
  • The use of Oasis Networks to connect foster families with wider networks
  • The benefits of Essex’s BASW-accredited training

Dr. Barbara Canepa, consultant clinical psychologist, Essex County Council

Julie Macer-Wright, fostering service manager, Essex County Council