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First ‘Foster Friendly’ school in North East Lincolnshire


6/21/2024 8:39:31 AM


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A NEW initiative to encourage fostering by North East Lincolnshire Council has seen its first school join.


Waltham Toll Bar Academy has agreed to become a ‘Foster Friendly’ employer, committing to support staff who are already foster carers, or those who may choose to become so in the future. 


The scheme was launched during the recent Fostering Fortnight activities, encouraging businesses and organisations across the borough to support foster carers.


A member of Lincolnshire Gateway Academies Trust, the academy, as with others signing up to the initiative, will offer benefits to include additional annual leave for appointments and training.


Principal of Waltham Toll Bar Academy Nigel Whittle said: "We are pleased to support North East Lincolnshire Council's campaign and proud to become the first 'Foster friendly' school in the borough.
"We are aware of the shortage of foster carers and, as an employer, are committed to promoting their much-valued work and supporting colleagues who wish to take on such important roles.
"Foster parents can provide the stability a child needs and transform their life chances. It can also be a rewarding experience, knowing you've made the difference to a young person's prospects. 
"We wish the campaign every success and reiterate our willingness to be involved and partner North East Lincolnshire Council in initiatives that benefit children across the area."

Martin Brown, the Trust’s Chief Executive Officer, said the initiative would be rolled out to its other schools, which include Cleethorpes Academy, Reynolds Academy, also in the resort, and Pilgrim Academy in Immingham.


North East Lincolnshire Council’s Children’s Services Director, Ann-Marie Matson, welcomed the announcement: I’m delighted Waltham Toll Bar Academy has become the first ‘Foster Friendly’ school, and hope that other academic settings across the area will follow suit, supporting staff who are also foster carers.
“Foster carers provide homes for vulnerable children and young people. Many of these young people need support whilst they adjust to their new environments, and this can require the need for additional support from our foster carers.  If they have jobs elsewhere, they may need additional time and support to help these children, which is where a ‘Foster Friendly’ organisation could prove vital.
“We welcome Waltham Toll Bar Academy and the wider Trust to the scheme.”

Interested in becoming a foster-friendly business? Get in touch with the Fostering team at North East Lincolnshire Council. Email: fosteringandadoption@nelincs.gov.uk.


To find out more about becoming a foster carer in North East Lincolnshire or to discuss how you apply to be a foster carer, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/fostering, or call 01472 323966.

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