Our Devon and Cornwall carers Nathan and Kerry McCabe won first prize in this year’s e-safety survey conducted by Guardian Saints. The results of the survey help support our fostering communities and raising awareness of the challenges they face in keeping our young people safe online.

This year nearly 400 carers completed Guardian Saints’ e-safety online questionnaire to enter their draw and win Amazon vouchers to the value of £250.

Foster carers were asked a series of short questions about themselves, how they and the young people they look after use the Internet, what challenges they have had around online safety and what they think are the key dangers the Internet presents to young people in care. For the first time, questions about data management & security were included.

Who are Guardian Saints? They are a not for profit community interest company, formed in 2014 by two parents, both with successful careers in digital asset protection for the corporate banking sector, and a foster carer. United by a deep concern about the dangers presented by our increasingly connected online world, they came together with a mission to use their skills in the online protection of the most valuable asset of all – our children.

 

Tamsin Thorburn, Capstone Senior Practitioner at our Devon & Cornwall office, presents Kerry McCabe with her winning vouchers


Our organised family events are always great fun for both children and carers and that’s why we enjoy organising them. On a regular basis, we arrange a day in the local community for local carers and children to come together and meet, away from their everyday lives. Additionally, these events are great for our carers to meet up, share experiences and celebrate the progress that the children are making as they grow up.

Recently, our local Devon carers finished off the summer holidays with a fantastic day out at Woodlands Theme Park, an all-weather family amusement park. We had children aged 3-16 years enjoying themselves and it was such a lovely sight seeing how supportive and friendly our children were to one another. The water slides were probably the biggest hit with the older children and the indoor play area was a great space to explore for our little one with his carers in hot pursuit!

We have already discussed our Christmas get together (ssh!) and we may even try a local Panto this year! Keep an eye out for more updates from our South West region.

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B one of our looked after children in the South West has found a new hobby that he has really connected with – Karting! B’s foster carer Trevor has been karting for about 40 years on and off which included racing at a local level and national level as an individual privateer and with his race team, Stars of Karting. B showed an interest in Karting so he progressed from watching to driving a kart. B has been easy to teach the art of motor racing and has become a good driver. Trevor hopes to enter B into a race sometime this year at Llandow or Clay pigeon raceway (where Jenson Button learned to drive with his father John Button).

B said “I like karting because I like to see how fast I can make the kart go. I also like to see how all of the mechanics work.”

Capstone are really happy that B has been inspired and Trevor has helped B to grow in confidence and develop his skills in Karting. We can’t to follow their journey together and who knows he may just become the next Lewis Hamilton.


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