“It’s not just about having a spare room and feeding them, it’s about providing a loving and caring environment”

28 May, 2020

A Jamaican born foster parent explains how her childhood was one of the reasons why she chose to foster and help children who needed a loving and caring environment. Murna began her fostering journey with ISP in 2008 when her birth children left home to start their own family life. During this time, she married […]

Assistance Dog brings comfort to children and young people in Kent

20 April, 2020

An 18-month-old assistance dog is proving to be a powerful tool for improving the mental health of vulnerable children and young people in Kent. Whether they are fluffy or furry, studies suggest that contact with animals has significant benefits for the mind, and in celebration of National Pet Month this month, we explore how this […]

Fostering Assessments with ISP during social distancing

6 April, 2020

In light of recent Government social distancing instructions, we have amended our recruitment and assessment processes, to ensure we can still recruit new fostering family during this difficult time. During this unprecedented period, we know many children are still in need of good foster care and as we are all uncertain how long social distancing […]

Our Response to COVID-19

24 March, 2020

A message from our Managing Director, Tracy Livesey and CEO, Jo August. At ISP, we take the health and safety of our children and young people, foster families and employees very seriously. Following Government advice as a precautionary measure, from Monday 23rd March we have decided to close all of our offices until further notice.  We […]

Could you give looked after children a brighter future?

6 March, 2020

Our latest campaign reinforces the message that a child’s past doesn’t have to be their future. The short video follows a story of a young girl who was fostered and provides an insightful look into the life of a foster child later in life. The campaign showcases how it may be easy to forget what […]

Foster Parent Knits Bobby Buddies for Children Involved in Incidents

28 February, 2020

One of our foster parents in Milton Keynes has put her creativity to good use by knitting Bobby Buddies to bring comfort to young children facing domestic situations. The scheme originally set up by Dorset Police but adopted by Northamptonshire Police, involves volunteers knitting police officer teddy bears for officers to use when they are […]

Partnership Improves Lives of Young People with Communication Disabilities

17 February, 2020

We are proud to announce our participation in a new initiative to improve the lives of young people living with communication disabilities in Kent. Our Kent centres have joined forces with Communication Access UK with the aim of giving a voice to foster children and adults, enabling better support for those facing communication difficulties. Communication […]

Promoting the Mental Health of Looked After Children

6 February, 2020

This week, we’ve been shining a spotlight on children’s mental health by hosting a number of events and support groups for foster parents across the region. With one in eight young people being affected by mental health problems, this year, we are reducing the stigma around mental health, by making it easier for children to […]

8 Ways Foster Parents Can Nurture Children’s Mental Health

3 February, 2020 8 Ways Foster Parents Can Nurture Children’s Mental Health

1 in 8 children in England have a diagnosable mental health condition, according to a survey published by the NHS. Unsurprisingly, looked after children are at even greater risk of poor mental health. While mental health may seem like daunting territory – particularly if it’s a child in your care that may be experiencing issues […]

Macmillan Coffee Morning at Whitstable

10 January, 2020 ISP Whitstable Macmillan Coffee Morning

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event. All over the UK, people come together for coffee, cake and of course raise money for the charity. This year, we decided to get involved and hosted our very own coffee morning here at the Whitstable Centre. There were lots of delicious sweet […]

Christmas Celebrations for Whitstable

24 December, 2019 Kent foster carer lunch

Earlier this month, our Whitstable foster parents and staff celebrated their achievements with a special Christmas Lunch at the Chilston Park Hotel in the North Downs of Kent. Amber Russell, Whitstable Team Administrator, shares what they got up to.. It was a cold and frosty morning but the hotel and grounds looked picture perfect. As […]

ISP Donates Over 600 Items to Food Banks This Christmas

20 December, 2019 Foodbank appeal 2019

Our local teams have been busy collecting food to help those in need during the festive season. The Trussell Trust has revealed that December 2018 was the busiest month for food banks across the UK last year. During the month, 186,185 three-day emergency parcels were provided and 78,536 of these were for children. This is […]

“It’s Not a Piece of Cake, But Each Step Forward is Rewarding” – Lucia and Chris’ Story

29 November, 2019

Lucia and Chris explain how they ensure Christmas is the most magical time of the year for their family.   Lucia and Chris, two parents based in Milton Keynes, started fostering in 2016 when their daughter handed them a leaflet detailing how they could get into foster care. They joined ISP in 2018 and say it’s […]

Team MK Take On 12-Hour Cyclathon for Children In Need

Our Milton Keynes team took on the impressive challenge of a 12-hour cyclathon on Friday 15th November, raising over £560 for Children in Need. 7 am marked the start of the cyclathon for the Milton Keynes fostering team who pedalled throughout the day in their Wavendon office. They continued to cycle for 12 hours, not […]

Kent Couple Fostered 50+ Children Over 20 Years

29 October, 2019 Fostering Case Study

Having fostered 50+ children over the last 20 years, there isn’t much that Wendy & Lawrence don’t know about fostering… Wendy Hutton and her husband Lawrence have been fostering for nearly 20 years and over that time, they have fostered in excess of 50 children. When they made the decision and took the leap, Wendy […]

Foster Carer Discussion Group at Leeds Castle

25 October, 2019

We’re always thinking of new and exciting ideas for our Discussion Groups and so last month, we decided to do something a little different. Staff and carers from our Whitstable fostering team came together at Leeds Castle in Kent to celebrate it’s 900th birthday and experience the ‘Festival of Flowers’. The castle was transformed both inside […]

“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 […]