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Meet Phil and Sheila

Phil and Sheila’s circumstances are familiar to many foster carers, who have had a busy life raising their children and working. As time moves on and children grow up, the house can often feel empty and quiet. Many foster carers decide to support children because of this ’empty nest’ feeling.

Phil and Sheila live near Derby and started fostering in 2015. They started their fostering journey by supporting other foster carers during the summer holidays, by providing respite care. They are now fostering a little girl full time.

The couple have completed various training modules and support groups to help them through their fostering journey. Some of the training they have done includes:

  • Skills to Foster
  • Adolescence & Mental Health
  • Managing Behaviour
  • Workshop Using IT for recording
  • CBT changing the way we think about behaviours of LAC children
  • Self harm
  • Safeguarding child and child protection
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • First Aid training
  • Safer internet and cyber bullying
  • Safe Care, Health & Safety & Risk assessment
  • Therapeutic Parenting of LAC

When it comes to life skills, Sheila and Phil have plenty. They had both been married with children before they married, and blending their lives and their families took time and patience, but they made it work. They also used to run a pub together, which was the hub of the community where they lived. They made many friends and were seen as an agony aunt and uncle, to many youngsters in the local community.

Now they are making a direct difference to the lives of young people, and we were delighted to hear more from them…


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