Quick facts

About The Fostering Network

The Fostering Network is an essential network for fostering, bringing together everyone who is involved in the lives of fostered children.

Over 40 years ago the organisation started around a kitchen table with a couple of foster carers who wanted to meet other foster carers to compare notes, share experiences and learn from each other. They received an overwhelming response from other foster carers and in 1974, the decision was taken to create a UK-wide organisation.

Today they are an organisation just short of 100 staff. They are recognised across the UK as being the leading voice in foster care; a vibrant membership organisation which provides a one-stop-shop for everyone involved in fostering; and a catalyst for change, working towards raising the outcomes for looked after children and the support for their foster carers.

Foster carers and young people are at the heart of what they do, they continually consult and share ideas with their membership to ensure they are investing time and resources in the most effective way possible.

The Fostering Network are passionate and value-driven, with a strong and supportive staff team all working together to offer the best possible customer service and support to the fostering community.

They provide a friendly working environment with a real sense of family right across their workforce.


What is it like to work for The Fostering Network

Wellbeing
Wellbeing
The Fostering Network offers all staff a discounted scheme for hotels, restaurants, thematic parks. A suite of flexible working arrangements have been introduced recently, including Agile working. They also have Cycle to Work scheme in place giving staff financial support to purchase a new bicycle. They provide bicycle racks outside all offices. 
My Team
My Team
In the last year The Fostering Network have significantly improved their technology and transitioned from Skype to Teams. With better technology, teams are now working more effectively regardless of where they are based. 
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
The Fostering Network operates a recognition scheme that seeks to reward exceptional contribution, performance or service within or outside the organisation. There are two types of financial recognition awards; a double increment and a one-off non-consolidated payment. The type and level of award will be at the discretion of the Senior Leadership Team.

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Benefits:

  • Women
    Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Holidays
    Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 28 days annual leave to all employees after one year

  • Pensions
    Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees have more than 5 years' service

Company Statistics

  • Male : Female:

    15% / 85%

  • Earning £35,000+:

    27%

  • UK sites:

    4

  • Average Age:

    49

  • Staff Turnover:

    7%

  • Staff:

    94

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