We’d like to formally say hello to the two new recruits who joined our expanding fostering team recently. As Supervising Social Workers their role, for which they are both well qualified, is to provide and deliver professional support and supervision to our Foster Carers whilst promoting the safe care and development of our foster children in order for them to achieve their full potential in terms of their physical, social, emotional and educational needs.
Lindsey, who spent six years as a Foster Carer herself, is passionate about supporting our Foster Carers to enable positive outcomes for the children and young people in our care. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked in the residential sector and Local Authority as a Social Worker.
Laura, on the other hand, studied criminology, worked in youth offending and office administrative roles before qualifying as a social worker in 2013 and then working for a Local Authority as a Child Protection Social Worker. Her passion is to assist looked after children to meet their potential and assure they are able to live in a safe and secure environment, whilst assessing and supporting Foster Carers.
Both Lindsey and Laura also have experience in working as a Supervising Social Worker with Independent Fostering Agencies (similar to Acorn Care), and so they are well versed in the demands that the role can bring and are relishing the prospect of working alongside our truly child centred, hard working team!
“What I felt was different about The Acorns was their therapeutic approach to fostering,” said Laura. “It helps children and young people come to terms with their trauma and loss whilst focusing on growing their self-esteem and confidence, which is key to their development.”
“All of the Acorn family take a therapeutic approach to their work,” added Lindsey “and look for the reasons behind presenting behaviours so they can address the cause of the behaviour rather than the behaviour itself. I find that so refreshing.”
At the Acorns, we care for children and young people by providing a high quality residential home and a fostering service that respond appropriately to the circumstances of each young person referred. We are dedicated to improving the lives of young people who are unable to live at home with their birth families and require either residential living or fostering over a short or longer period of time. Our aim is to provide young people with the opportunities and experiences that will enable them to achieve their full potential. It’s our mission to provide a firm foundation, from which our looked after children can grow, and with the help of Lindsey and Laura we are hoping to help many more looked after children grow from little acorns into mighty oaks!