Two of our young people are currently involved in a Nurture Psychology project which explores how music can promote resilience and well-being for cared for children and young people. This is a new collaboration between Nurture Psychology Service & North Manchester FM Community Radio station, funded by the National Lottery.

The aim is to provide a programme of activities which help young people build resilience and explore thoughts and feelings such as, loss, hope, optimism, anger and stress using music, song writing and radio production.

In total, fifteen cared for young people have been attending the sessions. Eight of which have involved them working with musician facilitators to create new songs. The remaining sessions have been on radio production sessions, which involve learning new skills around presenting and producing their own radio show. They will cover interview techniques, research, editing radio/audio production and together they will apply these skills during two final broadcasts on NMFM 106.6.

We are glad to say that our young people have nearly completed the course and will be presenting how music helps to get them through challenges from 5pm on Wednesday 15th May 2019 on NM FM 106.6.


Ofsted confirm Capstone Foster Care (North) have been awarded outstanding at their recent inspection.

Staff at Capstone Foster Care based in the North of England are celebrating today after Ofsted rated the independent fostering agency ‘Outstanding’.

Ofsted have deemed the agency as outstanding for a number of reasons and inspectors acknowledged, “The lives of fostered children and young people are significantly enhanced by the work of this agency. It helps to achieve excellent outcomes for them and enables them to make exceptional progress in most areas of their lives.”

The inspectors also praised the staff, “The management of the agency has developed a highly motivated, enthusiastic and energetic group of staff, who are ambitious for the children and young people.”

Children and young people had their say too, about their experiences with their carers with one saying, “I know I always have someone to talk to. My carers are great. They’ve given me a voice and I am now more able to talk about things that worry me.”

Connie Robertson-Gurie who spoke with the Ofsted inspectors during the inspection said, “It’s absolutely brilliant that Capstone Foster Care (North) have been given an outstanding rating. I can’t fault the support and training I have had from the team and as a young foster carer it’s been great to feel like part of the family.”

The report, which followed a five-day inspection carried out in February noted that, “There is strong, competent and effective leadership at all levels within the agency.”

Capstone Foster Care have been assessed on three inspection judgements, and received a rating of Outstanding against all three:

  • Overall experiences and progress of children and young people
  • How well children and young people are helped and protected
  • The effectiveness of leaders and managers

Catherine Lockett said, “I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised all the excellent work undertaken by all our staff and carers. There are many comments I am pleased with but to hear inspectors say that Capstone Foster Care (North) achieve excellent outcomes for our children and young people confirm that we are building brighter futures.”

Capstone Foster Care recruits, assesses and supports foster carers to provide a range of long- and short-term placements for children and young people on behalf of the local authorities who commission its services.

As a country, we need more than 6,800 foster carers in the next 12 months. There are currently record numbers of children in care, and around 13% of foster carer workforce are retiring or leaving every year (source: Fostering Network). Becoming a foster carer, or a foster family, is becoming increasingly more important to cope with the high demand of children and young people who get placed into care, often from a young age.

There are 14,070 looked after Children in the North West and 8,190 in Yorkshire and Humber – the two areas which are covered by Capstone Foster Care (North) division and each week, the Capstone Foster Care teams based in Heywood, Barnsley and Bradford receive up to 300 referrals for children and young people needing foster homes.

About Capstone Foster Care

Capstone Foster Care is an independent fostering agency with offices and hundreds of carers across England who are available to help foster children build brighter futures.

At the time of this inspection, the North based agency provided placements to around 155 children in 120 fostering households.


On Wednesday 11th April, we celebrated Easter in style with all our children and foster parents. Everyone had a truly amazing day and we couldn’t be more thankful to all those who came along.

Children enjoyed making crafts including Easter bonnets and cards, we had a football shootout, Safari Steve with all his retiles and creepy crawlies and a face painter who created the most wonderful artwork on everyone’s faces!

Children lined up to hold the tarantula named Pete while many of the staff and parents hid behind them! They absolutely loved hearing about all the animals and how to care for them and because Steve was so popular we are delighted to announce he will be back at the next event – so please do come along!

Being part of the Capstone family means you will regularly be invited to our ongoing activity days, events for all the families and support groups for our wonderful carers. If you would like to find out more about fostering, please call: 0800 012 4004 or visit our website: www.capstonefostercare.co.uk


 


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