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Fostering film launches with national backing

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56 local authorities across England, including Dudley Council, have teamed up to share ideas and jointly fund the creation of a short film to raise awareness of fostering.

The film which launches today (Thursday 13 October) aims to help find 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.

The new film, 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.

Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member for children’s services, said:

It’s great to be part of such a worthwhile collaboration. Every single foster carer we have makes a difference to the lives of the children and young people they care for, this film really highlights that huge difference.
Fostering in Dudley is the most rewarding career. Our foster carers are given 24-hour support and ongoing training and guidance throughout the year. I would encourage people who are considering fostering to get in touch to find out more.

People can find out more about fostering in Dudley and view the short film at www.fosteringindudley.org.uk 

Notes to editor

A total of 56 local authorities have been involved in the project. The film launched at a live premiere on 13 October at The Everyman Cinema, Birmingham.


Participating authorities will share the film via all social media platforms and help the message spread across the UK using the hashtag

#FosterForYourCouncil and #Childhood

Participating councils and council-owned services are:

Barnet
Bedford
Birmingham Children’s Trust
Bradford
Brighton & Hove
Bromley
Bury
Calderdale
Cambridgeshire
Coventry
Croydon
Cumbria
Derby
Dudley
East Riding
East Sussex
Essex
Gateshead
Gloucestershire
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire
Islington
Kent
Kirklees
Lancashire
Leicester
Leicestershire
Luton
North Tyneside
Northamptonshire Children’s Trust
Northumberland
Nottingham
Oldham
Oxfordshire
Reading (Brighter Futures For Children)
Sandwell
Sheffield
Shropshire
South Gloucestershire
Southampton
Southend
Staffordshire
Stockport
Stockton
Stoke-on-Trent
Suffolk
Sunderland (Achieving For Children)
Surrey
Telford
Thurrock
Walsall
West Sussex
Wokingham
Wolverhampton
Worcestershire
York

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