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November 15 2023 8:00:00
Sensory Activities for Children with Autism at Christmas
Discover our delightful sensory activities designed to bring joy and excitement to both you and the child in your care who has autism. Take a peek and enjoy a world of easy and enjoyable experiences!
October 24 2023 12:00:00
Sensory Activities for Trauma
Explore the impact of trauma on sensory processing, the importance of sensory play for children in care, plus a variety of sensory activities for trauma.
October 10 2023 8:00:00
Caring for Your Mental Health as a Foster Parent
Paying attention to your mental health as a foster parent is vital. Learn why mental health matters, how to spot the signs of burnout, and ways to manage your mental well-being.
October 3 2023 12:00:00
8 ways to survive menopause as a foster parent
Menopause can be a challenging time for foster parents, but with the right support, you can manage your symptoms while still providing the very best care.
October 1 2023 8:00:00
Black History Month Activities for Kids
We’ve put together some simple ideas for Black History Month that you and your family can get involved with.
August 1 2023 8:00:00
Ways schools can support children in foster care
Young people in care can find education a challenge, so it’s important their school offers specialist support to help them thrive and succeed academically.
May 9 2023 10:00:00
Rewarding jobs working with children with special needs
If you have a passion for supporting children with disabilities, autism, and other additional needs, there are numerous remarkable career paths available to explore.
April 20 2023 8:00:00
5 Activities to bring a child out of fight-or-flight
The fear response is something that we will all have experienced. But how can we help children to feel safe and recover from the fear response?
April 11 2023 10:00:00
Let's get messy - Play ideas for children with Autism
Playtime with your child with autism can be a fantastic way to strengthen your relationship with them and help them grow and develop. Here are a few messy play activities we can all enjoy.
March 23 2023 12:00:00
5 Ways to Support a Child This Ramadan
Helpful ways that foster parents can support children this Ramadan and make it a meaningful month for the whole family.
March 21 2023 8:00:00
Building a successful career in foster care
A career in foster care is more than just a job; it’s a passion. Discover what you need to build a successful fostering career to enrich your life and transform the lives of vulnerable young people.
February 28 2023 12:00:00
4 reasons why you should switch fostering agency
Being a foster parent is a rewarding but demanding role, so it’s important you’re with a fostering agency that values and supports you. Here are 4 reasons to start considering a transfer.
February 17 2023 12:00:00
10 Signs of an eating disorder in children
Despite the subtleness of the signs, there are some warning signs that you can look out for when it comes to eating disorders in children.
February 16 2023 8:00:00
Princess of Wales’ Shaping Us campaign is important for foster care
The campaign aims to raise awareness around the importance of early childhood years, and how they fundamentally shape who we become as adults.
February 6 2023 12:00:00
5 Ways to Support Your Teen's Mental Health
With almost half of the young people in care living with a mental health condition, here are five simple ways that you can promote your teenager's emotional wellbeing.
January 30 2023 8:00:00
Bedroom Designs for Foster Children With Special Needs
If you are open to fostering a child with additional needs, it’s important to ensure their bedroom is designed with their needs in mind. Here are some great bedroom ideas for children with special needs.
January 24 2023 7:00:00
Looking for jobs that help others? 5 reasons to consider fostering
If you’re interested in helping people and making positive change in the world, you should consider a highly rewarding career in foster care.
December 14 2022 12:00:00
Is it time to switch to an independent fostering agency?
If you’re fostering through your local authority but aren't getting the support and recognition you deserve, you might want to consider transferring to an independent fostering agency.
November 23 2022 9:00:00
Fostering Agencies vs Local Authorities
If you are considering becoming a foster parent, one of the first things you need to decide is do you pick a Fostering Agency or a Local Authority, both options have their own advantages - let's find out more.
November 11 2022 12:00:00
Let’s talk about this year’s John Lewis Christmas ad
Amazing to see John Lewis & Partners raising awareness of the incredible work of foster parents in this year's Christmas advert
November 8 2022 9:55:00
So, You Want to be a Foster Parent…What Happens Next?
Dig a little deeper and understand the steps involved, and why an independent agency like ISP could be a great fit for you.
October 20 2022 8:32:00
6 Sensory Halloween Activities For Your Autistic Child
Check out these spooky sensory game ideas that are great for getting your autistic foster child involved in all the Halloween fun.
October 20 2022 8:32:00
Bonfire Night Tips for Children with Autism
Bonfire Night is a fantastic explosion of colours, smells and sounds, but for children with autism, it can be a very stressful time. Follow our tips to make Bonfire Night an enjoyable celebration for all.
September 20 2022 12:00:00
How to encourage children to try new foods
If your child is a picky eater or regularly refuses to eat their vegetables, here are 5 small changes you can make to help them explore, and hopefully enjoy, a variety of different foods.
September 9 2022 8:00:00
6 Advantages Of Fostering With Birth Children
Fostering is a wonderful, rewarding career choice, but it’s a big decision to make. Especially when you have birth children to consider. But there are many advantages of fostering with birth children. Let’s take a closer look.
July 7 2022 16:22:00
10 Questions To Ask When Transfering Foster Agency
If you think you need to change fostering agency, make sure to have these questions up your sleeve so you can be sure you make the right decision.
November 22 2021 12:00:00
6 Skills Care Workers Can Bring to a Foster Care Career
If you’re a care worker who is looking for a new career path, fostering could be a flourishing career choice.
August 20 2020 17:30:00
How to Prepare for Your First Foster Child
This is the first post in our 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.
August 20 2020 17:30:00
Important Things to do the First Day with a Foster Child
This is the second post in our 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.
August 20 2020 17:25:00
How to Support Your Own Children When Fostering
This is the third post in our Guide to a Successful First Placement, sharing great advice from our experienced foster carers on how to support your own children when fostering.
August 19 2020 18:00:00
Spotting the signs of self-harm
Want to understand how to spot the signs of self harm? Our blog goes in-depth into what self harm is and how to spot it.
August 18 2020 18:00:00
Mumsnet Questions – The TSD Workbook
Here at ISP we strive to make the process to become a foster parent as easy as possible, and then continue to support you throughout your time with us. We know how hard it can be, as we are a team of experienced foster carers that have been through the process ourselves. It is with this in mind that we began to look into your biggest problems and questions about becoming or being a foster parent.
August 18 2020 18:00:00
How Hard Is It To Keep Siblings In Foster Care Together?
According to local authorities with the support of leading organisations, there are currently 52.050 children in foster care with 32% of those children under five years of age and 61% aged between 5 and 15. 52% of these children are living with their foster carers on their 18th birthday and 70% of siblings in foster care are placed together.
August 18 2020 16:25:00
12 Ways to Make a Foster Child Feel Special at Christmas
Christmas is a magical time of year for children, but it can be difficult for many young people in foster care, as the memories and emotions of the past come flooding back.