Blog Posts by

Jane Keenan

Recruitment Manager

Christmas Tidings

My stand out memory from all my Christmas Days gone by, is the one where I watched a particular little fella unwrap his much anticipated gift.   It was just what he’d…

Pot Noodle, anyone?

At a conference last week I had the pleasure of being entertained by Mr Martin Barrow, foster Dad to several children over a number of years, including ‘L’, who was central to…

Carer vs Parent - Mr Zahawi has an opinion

Almost exactly a year ago on this blog I offered ‘The Folly of Empowering Foster Parents’, and promised to come back to why we use foster parent rather than the widespread and…

Serious success review - almost destroyed

I’m taking a moment to nod joyfully at one of my favourite stories of last year; just noticing the day-to-day glory of fab fostering, and why doing it differently - yet in…

What would Abraham Lincoln think?

It’s not like me to sit on a fence, but with employment status; I am reaching for a cushion. However, recent debate on that, and the conclusions of Sir Martin and Mark’s…

A Tale of Two Moralities

It was no EastEnders, but it was pretty compelling, and just as train-wreck / car-crashy!   The brightest and best of our sector, apparently, called to bear witness to the state of…

The Missing Link

OK, now bear with for a minute - I have to start with what looks like a slightly techy bit... but it warms up...  get through the top couple of paragraphs, and…

Huh? Directors of Children’s Services think what?!

The Fostering Stocktake is a big deal. A ‘taking of the pulse’ of our sector, and we were all invited to contribute.   The Association of Directors of Children’s Services - the…

The folly of empowering foster parents

Hands up everyone who has ever said: “I empowered the psychiatrist by valuing him as a member of the professional team.” Anyone? No?   Sounds just weird right, even ridiculous? Because why…

Is the present economic climate an excuse to undermine a professionalism some still struggle to accept?

“There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, she had so many children she didn’t know what to do….”   Foster parents used to be mostly volunteers; salt of the…
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