“To me, it has always been a family” – Farewell, Peter

17 October, 2019 Peter Philips

Peter Phillips joined ISP over 30 years ago as a Therapist and has worked with many families across our Kent fostering centres. Today, we sadly say farewell to Peter and wish him the very best of luck on his next adventure. Since joining ISP, Peter has supported many young people through therapy, as well as […]

“Foster Care has Enabled Him to Fulfil his Dream”

11 October, 2019 carer leaver joins Navy

We feel very privileged to see the lives of so many children completely transformed by the love, care and nurturing upbringing they’ve received while in foster care. This week, Jenni and Chris share the incredible achievements of Callum, who they’ve cared for since he was just three years old… Young Callum came to live with us […]

A Young Person’s Experience of Foster Care

4 October, 2019 Foster care Stories

Maria was 16 years old when she was placed with her ISP foster carers. Now 18, Maria continues to live with her carers as part of a Staying Put arrangement, which helps to prepare her for adulthood and independent living. We caught up with Maria to find out about her experience being part of the ISP […]

Calling Out to Empty Nesters Whose Children Have Left for University

29 August, 2019

We’re urging more families to become foster parents once their children leave the family home for university. With over 200,000 18-year olds from across the UK being offered a university place this year, we are looking for more parents to open up their hearts and homes to welcome children in need of care, support and […]

RSPCA Animal Action Day

23 August, 2019

Last week, six young people from our Milton Keynes and Chesham fostering centres attended the Animal Action Day at RSPCA Blackberry Farm. The programme is part of the RSPCA’s ambitious new programme called Generation Kind, eight projects which focus on educating young people from all backgrounds about animal welfare and aims to reach two million […]

Inspirational Foster Teen up for National Award

19 July, 2019

A teenage girl who has spent the last 11 years in the Foster Care system has been nominated for a national award following the death of her 23 year old Uncle who had Cystic Fibrosis. Aimee has been praised for her strength and the support she offered to her family. She sang at her Uncle’s […]

Pete & Sue’s Fostering Journey

5 July, 2019

“A life changing illness actually changed our lives for the better…” Pete and Sue tell us how a life changing illness finally meant they were able to chase their dream of fostering children. When Pete Stocks was diagnosed with Leukaemia five years ago, it changed his life in many ways.  Although he won his battle with […]

Couple honoured after 16 years of fostering children

18 June, 2019

We love recognising the hard work and dedication of our foster carers and always celebrate major milestones. Kent couple, Cleve and Nicola Hedges, have dedicated the last 16 years of their lives to fostering over 20 children – from new-born babies right through to older teenagers. The couple have been presented with vouchers and treated […]

Paula’s Fostering Journey

8 May, 2019

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Foster Carer? Paula shares her journey and explains why choosing to become a foster carer was one of the best decisions she’s made in a long time. My name is Paula and I have fostered with ISP for 2 years. Since joining ISP, I’ve had the pleasure […]

Ghazala’s Fostering Journey

3 May, 2019

“We waited far too long to start fostering” Ghazala, who has cared for a 14-year-old boy in her first year of fostering, shares her experience. When I was pregnant with my first child, I encountered a very difficult pregnancy where I found myself in hospital for an extensive amount of time. I saw a lot […]

ISP Enfield & South London is Ofsted ‘Outstanding’

5 April, 2019

We’re excited to announce that our Enfield and South London fostering team has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ following an official inspection from Ofsted, the independent watchdog. The team provides high-quality foster care, therapy and educational support for looked after young people in and around Enfield and Cateram, and are responsible for respite, emergency and long and short-term […]

How to Support Your Own Children When Fostering

28 March, 2019

This is the third post in our Handy Guide to a Successful First Placement, sharing great advice from our experienced foster carers on how to support your own children when fostering. It’s no secret that becoming a foster carer changes your family dynamic in some form, particularly with your own children. One day they have […]

Important Things to do the First Day with a Foster Child

This is the second post in our Handy Guide to a Successful First Placement, sharing great advice from our experienced foster carers about important things to do on the first day with a foster child to help them feel settled. The day you’ve been waiting for is finally here; you’re about to have your first […]

How to Prepare for Your First Foster Child

This is the first post in our Handy Guide to a Successful First Placement, sharing great advice from our experienced foster carers to help you prepare for your first foster child coming to live with you.  You’ve been approved at panel and receive that all-important call to let you know that we’ve received a referral […]

How to Get Your Child to Wear a Helmet

22 March, 2019

Going for a bike ride has many benefits – it’s a lot of fun, great exercise and helps to build strong bonds in foster families. But like most sports, accidents can happen and we know how challenging it can be to get a child to wear a helmet. So, we thought we’d put together some […]

Spot the Signs of Self-Harm in Children & Teenagers

1 March, 2019 Spot the Signs of Self-Harm in Children & Teenagers

Self Injury Awareness Day (also known as Self Harm Awareness Day) is a global campaign where people choose to be more open about their own self-harm and awareness organisations make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury. Dave Woodward our Co-ordinating Therapist from ISP Fostering is a Qualified Social Worker and Psychotherapist and […]

5 Tips to Keep Children Safe Online

5 February, 2019 Keeping Children Safe Online

Today is Safer Internet Day, a globally recognised day that promotes the safety and wellbeing of children online. The internet is a great thing, providing children with opportunities to learn, play and connect with others. However, it does not come without its risks. In fact, more and more, we hear about the emotional and safeguarding […]

Children’s Book Guide | National Storytelling Week 2019

29 January, 2019

We’re celebrating National Storytelling Week by encouraging the children in our care to pick up a book and get reading. To help them find a book they love, we asked our foster and birth children to tell us about their all-time favourite books and used these recommendations to create our Children’s Book Guide. Gallagher Girls […]

Food Bank Appeal Success

24 December, 2018

ISP have been busy gathering food donations over the festive period to donate to food banks up and down the country, including the Trussell Trust. The Trussell Trust said its network of over 400 foodbanks provided almost 160,000 three-day emergency food supplies in December last year, a 49% increase for the monthly average for the 2017/18 financial […]

How You Can Encourage Learning Over Christmas

13 December, 2018

We are reaching a rather exciting time as the Christmas holidays are approaching nearer! Even though it Is such a busy time, Christmas can still provide many opportunities for our children and young people to practice the skills they have been learning at school. No one wants to do extra homework, but when learning is […]