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New film released highlighting the need for fostering

New film released highlighting the need for fostering

13 October 2022
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Teenage girl sat at a school desk with hand on her chin looking worried

Wokingham Borough Council is part of a ground-breaking national collaboration, alongside 55 other local authorities across England, who have worked together to share ideas and create short film to raise awareness of fostering.

 

The film is aimed at finding more people who may be interested in becoming foster carers and providing nurturing, positive homes for children and young people across the country who need them.

Nurtured and supported


The new film, simply called ‘Childhood’, highlights the impact of neglect on children, particularly brothers and sisters who may be left at times to try and care for each other. It shows the journey of ‘Sophie’ and ‘Charlie’ who are in a very difficult home situation where their needs are not being met, to being nurtured and supported through foster care to attend school and be able to enjoy their hobbies and interests. In other words, have a childhood. 


There is a countrywide shortage of foster carers, with the latest Ofsted figures showing an 11 per cent increase in children needing foster care, whilst only a four per cent increase in foster carers. Locally, children needing care in the borough has risen by over a third recently, from around 100 in the past couple of years to over 135 this year.


A sense of security


“The film is beautifully made to show just one of the many reasons that children can end up in care,” said Councillor Prue Bray, executive member for children’s services.

 

“The experiences that some children have can be so unimaginable to people, that it is often hard for us to articulate them. This film helps us do just that.

 

“By linking up with other council’s across the UK, not only are we getting the benefit from shared expertise and experience, we are also able to get a high quality film at a fraction of the cost of making our own, one of the many ways we are using innovative ideas to save money in the current financial situation.

 

“We hope that the film inspires more people to consider fostering, giving children a safe place to live, a sense of security and the everyday experiences and lifestyles that most of their peers take for granted.”


The film will be available to watch and share from all participating local authorities from noon on 13 October 2022.

To find out more about fostering a child, visit our website and get in touch, or join one of our regular information events.


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