Children & Young People Guides to Fostering

We have created these illustrated guides to explain in a child friendly way who foster carers are, the role of a social worker and answer common questions a child or young person may have.

“To capture and maintain the interest of the children and young people, the agency’s documents are colourful and beautifully presented. Leaders and managers have developed a wide range of guides to fostering, including a guide for the birth children of foster carers and a specialist guide about fostering asylum-seeking children and young people.” (Ofsted Report)

Guide Booklets to Fostering for Children and Young People

These guides are available as paper books as well as in digital format (pdf) to read online. Our Guides are also available in various of other languages.

We have made these guide books to explain and help you to understand what happens when children go to live with foster carers. Going to live with an other family can be a really difficult and an emotional time. These guides will help you understand how your foster parent(s) will look after you. It will be given to you when you first go to your foster care home.

These booklets are for birth children and young people of foster carers. This will help you to understand what fostering is and why your parent/s have chosen to foster. We have also included some tips to make sharing your home easier.

Video Guides to Fostering for Children and Young People

We have selected some videos to help you understand what fostering is about.

What do Children in our care say?

What if I have a problem or I am sad?

If you are worried, frightened or sad you must tell someone. There are lots of ways  you can tell people and lots of people you can tell about what ever is bothering you.

You can tell adults you trust

Foster Carer

Your Social Worker

Supervising Social Worker

Family or Friend


Children/Young People Helplines

Ofsted 0300 123 1231 

Childline 0800 1111

Commissioner for Children
020 7783 8330

Complaints Officer at Local Authority

Are you in immediate danger?

If you or a friend is in immediate danger or need urgent help, call 999

Shining Stars Fostering is available 24/7 for you. Feel free to contact us on 020 8263 6260

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SSFA has a range Policies and Procedures concerning Social Work Practice, HR and Finance which are used to guide staff and for tendering and commissioning purposes.  If any of the issues that are not covered please do contact your supervising social worker or our registered manager who will guide you to the appropriate policy.  Shining Stars Fostering Agency Tri-X policies