Dear NUPFC Member,

Please find our promotion to be entered into a prize draw for the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust Charity Ball.

The picture is clickable and opens a PDF for you to acces the links to allow you to find out more about the charity ball as well as how to take part in the prize draw.

We hope you will be able to support us.

The government claim that you are not ‘working’ a lot of the time, so you shouldn’t be paid for that!

They think you are ‘not working’ when on holiday with foster children, at family gatherings or parties, at Christmas or other festivals, round the dinner table or having days out, and this can not be called ‘working’ as you are having a nice time.

We know what we think, what do you think?

Date: 26/02/2024

Employment Status Manual

One of the determining factors in worker status is if, as a worker you are in anyway controlled in anyway.

This is from the government’s own manual on how to determine the status of a worker

“When investigating the status of a worker you need to establish whether the engager has the right to control the worker.”

The government claim that foster carers are NOT controlled in anyway?!

Do you think you are able to carry out your fostering anyway you like, with no control, no rules or policies you have to follow?

Let us know what you think.

Date: 27/02/2024

“It’s only a few” they say – we bet that’s what they were saying about the Post Office workers.

One of the things we hear the most when we raise issues with the government/DfE/Services that we know affect you all is “Oh it’s just a few disgruntled foster carers” then they dismiss our concerns, they dismiss your concerns, they refuse to listen.

However the stats and data now speak for themselves, they can no longer hide behind “It’s just a few” foster carers are walking and foster care is now in crisis, the old model of ‘just recruit more’ is no longer working.

It’s broken, it’s time to fix it, it’s time to listen to the front line.

Date: 28/02/2024

We love this new Allegations Toolkit from FosterWiki.

One of the reasons we say to members to contact us the minute they have an allegation or any other issue is due to the lack of information they’ve been given and they often unintentionally incriminate themselves in disciplinary meetings disguised as friendly chats.

We also know so many carers bury their heads in the sand and think ‘it will never happen to me’.

However it does happen to them, to you, to us, often, it’s happened to over 30,000 or so foster carers in the past decade.

Not only does it affect foster carers but children end up being bounced around the system and traumatised again and again.

Learn everything you can about how allegations work from this FosterWiki Toolkit, you don’t even have to be a member or sign in, it’s instantly available at the click of a finger, totally free and anonymous!

Date: 29/02/2024

The NUPFC is your fostering lifebelt.

It protects you like no other organisation can.

It has legal powers that no other organisation has.

BUT, just like car insurance you have to be a member BEFORE ANYTHING HAPPENS.

If you are not a member then don’t put it off, allegations and other things that affect your fostering role happen out of the blue.

Date: 01/03/2024