The Who Cares? Trust

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Some of our regular newsletter readers would have already read about The Who Cares? Trust in our current newsletter – and some of you may have even got to read (or subscribe to) a copy of their Who Cares? and Who Cares? Junior magazines!

Our Children’s Champion went to meet Elizabeth, from The Who Cares? Trust to find out more about them, what they do and how they help children in care and how children in care can get involved.

The Who Cares? Trust specifically works with young people in care, ensuring that they are supported to access the services and support they need in order to achieve and enjoy.

They helped set up the Looked After Children and Care Leavers APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) in 1998 and have acted as the Secretariat since then. This means that they go to Parliament from time to time, and they use these meetings to ensure new legislations or changes to them put children and young people in focus and that their voices and opinions are heard.

The below is from their website about the APPG, and points out the main reasons as to why the group exists, and what it does:

  • Ensure that the voices of young people with experience of public care are heard by Government.
  • Ensure that legislation addresses the particular needs of children and young people in and leaving care and to debate key policy and practice issues.
  • Ensure liaison at parliamentary level with organisations working with children and young people in and leaving care.
  • Highlight good practice in working with children and young people in and leaving care.
  • Discuss and, where appropriate, pursue topical issues which arise in relation to children and young people in and leaving care.
  • Be a powerful voice on behalf of children and young people in and leaving care.

They also hold weekly meetings, for anybody aged between 16 and 25, who is or has been in care.

How young people can get involved:

  • Weekly meeting attendances
  • Magazine editor roles
  • The ‘hang out’ sessions – with activities like ice skating or bowling!
  • Getting in touch to highlight opinions, or views

The best way for young people to get in touch with them is through our Children’s Champion, Naomi, or directly. You can get in touch with Naomi via the London Office, or The Who Cares? Trust using their website or on 0207 251 3117.

If you would like further advice on fostering, or need general information, please do get in touch with us.


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There’s quite a few fostering books out there, aimed at potential foster parents, giving them advice and guidance. Most fostering services also have their own brochures and informative material, as well as their training programmes.

On another note, there are books available aimed at children, to help prepare them for the arrival of a baby brother or sister.

This book combines the two, and is a book ideal for parents to read to their children to help introduce them to the concept of fostering, and to assist in the transition of another child coming into their home.

The author of the book, Anne Garboczi Evans, along with the illustrator, introduce the concept of a foster sibling, in an easy to understand and well laid out picture book.

The story is of Alex, a young boy, who’s mother and father decide to become foster carers, and need to tell him about it. Being a very young child, he doesn’t really understand what’s happening. The story then introduces a “lady with a huge stack of papers” (being a social worker), dropping off a young child named Malik.

Alex, as a young child might do, gets upset as to why Malik is playing with his fire truck and other toys, eating his cereal, playing “rubber ducks” with his dad at bathtime and so on.

The story then progresses with Malik crying “Mama, Mama!”, followed by Alex’s mum explaining to Alex how she is Malik’s foster mum, but Malik has a, and needs his, “tummy mummy”. This then introduces the concept of birth mother and foster mother to young readers. Subsequently, Alex understands Malik’s cries and desire to be with his “tummy mummy”, and allows him to play with his toys to keep him happy. They got along and had lots of fun for the next few months.

The lady with the huge stack of papers returns, collects Malik, and neither Malik or Alex are happy about it, but Alex’s parents explain to Alex that Malik is going back to his “forever mum”. Not long after, the lady brings Alex a baby foster sister, and his first words were, “Maybe she would like to see my fire truck”.

The story may not be stimulating for adults, as it is aimed at children. It gives a very good overview and insight into fostering for children, whose parents are becoming foster carers, and is the ideal book to read with your children if you are considering fostering.

If you would like more information on the book, or to purchase it, you can do so via Amazon.

The author is also on Facebook and Twitter, as is the illustrator (Facebook, Twitter).

As always, you can keep up to date with us on Facebook and Twitter too.

If you are a foster carer, or are interested in becoming a foster carer, please do feel free to browse our website for information on fostering. As an independent fostering service, we provide focussed training and excellent support packages for our carers, and are always looking for potential carers. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions about fostering or would like more information.