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


National Care Day is a time to recognise and celebrate the achievements and dreams of children and young people in care. It’s a chance to get vocal, get social and celebrate the successes of our care experience community… success stories like Kim.

Following a relationship break down with multiple family members, including her mother and father, leaving her with no family support, Kim was living in unsupported accommodation – accommodation with limited facilities and little to no prospects for improvement. Unemployed and not in education Kim was left without opportunities to better her life and reach her real potential. With a limited support network and tense family relationships, Kim sometimes didn’t even see the point of getting out of bed in the morning.

However, all that changed in October 2018 when Kim voluntarily agreed to put herself into care.

Although understandably scared at first, after only 3 months Kim has already built a trusting relationship with her carers. They have been there for her through some difficult situations when others couldn’t. Going into foster care gave Kim a voice and has quite literally changed her life.

With the support and guidance of her carers Kim has started to build a brighter future for herself. Now a much more capable and confident 16-year-old, Kim has secured a 6-month course in hairdressing and attends college 3 days a week… what a difference 3 months can make!

Kim said “Now that I am in foster care, I am a lot happier. I got myself back into college and a job! Before I was in care everything seemed to go wrong but now it feels like going right and I am getting on better with my family.”

It’s always lovely to hear positive outcomes from our children and young people and the huge difference our wonderful foster carers make everyday on these young lives.


A group of our foster carers and staff from our Hampshire office chased away the January blues this week and had a fantastic night out taking part in a Murder Mystery evening. Carers and staff were assigned scripted roles and asked to work out who the culprit was during a meal at the Avon Causeway’s own vintage railway carriage. Around 20 people came along and it was a brilliant evening with such fun had by all.

It’s wonderful to have opportunities like this for carers and staff to come together and let their hair down. Our next scheduled event will be the Annual Capstone (Hampshire office) Easter Egg Hunt which will be open to all carers, birth children and looked after children. The event will be held in during the half-term week and there will be a limited number of eggs to find by members of the public as part of an exercise to promote foster carer as a rewarding career.

 

 

 

 

 


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