It has been a busy Foster Care Fortnight here at Three Circles.
The overarching message of Foster Care Fortnight is 'foster care transforms lives'.
We are passionate about the difference that foster care makes to the lives of fostered children and young people, and Foster Care Fortnight is an excellent opportunity to showcase that difference. But foster care doesn't just transform the lives of the young people who are fostered, it also has the power to change the lives of foster carers, their families and all those who are involved in fostering.
We had lots of fun at the office creating a short video to showcase what makes us proud to support fostering. You can view it below........
Some advice for all people working with children and young people. Three simple words that can help us all make life better in many different ways especially when young people or other adults do not live within the norms that we may have grown used to.
With so many stories about County Lines and gangs in the press and on social media, no one could blame any parent or caregiver for being concerned about it – wondering what to look out for and what they can do. This leaflet has been designed to give parents, guardians and caregivers the information they need.
Download the leaflet 'Going Country' below for some useful information.
Wow! What a day it has been today. Seven young people attended an event today at Challenge 4 Change in Trafford Park. The young people were surprised by a visit from the Regional Director of the Prince's Trust. They were selected for the Director's award out of 10,000 entries and WON!
She spoke at length about how impressed she was by the achievements of the group. We could not be prouder of the work the young people do for the wider Three Circles family. They have all shown incredible creativity and teamwork skills and thoroughly deserve this award!
Three Circles will not bribe you with money to persuade you to change agencies and join our family of foster carers. In fact, if you are well supported and happy where you are, it would be our sincere wish that you to remain exactly where you are.
However, we will happily speak to any foster carers who feel undervalued, poorly supported and perhaps rather anonymous within their present organisation. If you do decide to join us, you will be considered an equal with everyone already here at Three Circles. This agency is wholly inclusive, and foster carers are our friends as well as our colleagues. It is also a happy agency and a lot of fun to be part of.
CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION (CSE) IS A FORM OF SEXUAL ABUSE THAT INVOLVES THE MANIPULATION AND/OR COERCION OF YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 INTO SEXUAL ACTIVITY.
The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.
It's LGBT adoption and fostering week next week. Anybody that knows us, knows that we celebrate difference. However you identify, if you can provide a loving home then Fostering may be for you. We are proud of our LGBT young people, carers and staff. Love is love.
On this note, we wanted to draw your attention to a new group delivered by The Proud Trust alongside us at Three Circles called KIC-out.
Since the early 2000's statistics on how many care leavers make it to university have been incredibly low. Ranging from 1% to a more recent 6%. These bleak statistics show that if you are a care leaver, you are 6 times less likely to go to University.
The overriding objective of Three Circles Fostering is to focus all of its professional operations and administrative systems on securing highly successful personal, social and educational outcomes for all children and young people placed with us.
We wanted to draw your attention to a new group delivered by The Proud Trust alongside us at Three Circles called KIC-out.
It is a group for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people or those exploring their gender or sexuality who have experience of being in care. It’s a safe space to meet new people and to gain additional support.
The next group is Saturday the 14th April 1pm - 3pm.
Care Day is a joint initiative between children’s charities across the whole of the UK and Ireland, under the 5 Nations, 1 Voice alliance. The charities in the alliance are: Become in England, EPIC in Ireland, VOYPIC in Northern Ireland, Who Cares? Scotland, and Voices from Care in Wales.
If you’re applying to university this year, we hope that you’re already using Propel to research courses, universities and the support on offer to you. But have you booked yourself on an open day yet? Their Projects and Evaluation Officer, Sarah Young, explores why you might want to go along.
The first LGBTQ+ youth in care group took place on Saturday the 6th January 1pm - 3pm.
The young people enjoyed the group and have asked for the next session to be in March. We will confirm the date closer to the time.
Young people decided the group shall be called 'KIC-out'. The KIC stands for kids in care and the out represents having the support to be who you are. They have discussed and designed how they want the logo to look which is below. The next session will be in March and will involve designing digital media for training.
For an informal chat or to find out more about the group please contact Charlotte at the office
The Proud Trust have created a fantastic LGBT History Month Resource and Education Pack for 2018, in conjunction with Schools OUT UK. They're also delighted that Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey, co-founder of Harvey Milk Foundation and international LGBT rights campaigner, has also contributed, by writing the foreword.
Are you interested in finding out more about University and the support available?
The Higher Education providers in Greater Manchester are putting on a joint information day to give you the opportunity to find out more about university and the support available for young people. The event will include:
'h2b safer' have produced a guide to live streaming apps.
'You can now broadcast from anywhere in the world, to anywhere in the world for free using the device in your back pocket. Do you know know the difference between live.ly and live.me? Read on and keep children in your care safer online.' (h2b safer)
A group for LGB and T people or those exploring their gender or sexuality who have experience of being in care. It's a safe space to meet new people and to gain additional support. Food will be provided! The Proud Trust, 49-51 Sidney Street, Manchester
This year we will be producing two newsletters. We want to add any achievements from young people, carers and your families. If anything comes up through the year that you would like adding to the next newsletter - please let us know and we will add it to our list.