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The many joys of life as a foster carer- David Bocking’s column


One of the first things Foster Carers learn is that foster children don’t officially go by that name anymore: our children are called ‘LACs’ or ‘Looked after Children.’ And boy, are they looked after — at the last count our current child has been regularly seeing over a dozen brilliant NHS professionals over her first year of life. She has a number ...

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Foster caring in Sheffield – David Bocking

Foster dad with baby- picture by Daisy

11 June 2018 A version of this piece was first published in the Sheffield Star. If you’re a baby, you should be aware that being seen out on your own with a proud looking man in his fifties will raise eyebrows. Grandparents with babies generally come in pairs, although female-only elder companionship is also common when parents are busy working. ...

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Red carpet event to mark the closing event of Sheffield’s “It’s Not OK” child sexual abuse and exploitation campaign

Theatre performance of it's not okay

21 May 2018 Issued on behalf of NSPCC and Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board Red carpet event to mark the closing event of Sheffield’s “It’s Not OK” child sexual abuse and exploitation campaign The NSPCC and Sheffield’s Safeguarding Children Board are hosting a red carpet event to mark the end of the city’s year-long “It’s Not Ok” campaign tackling child sexual abuse and ...

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Volunteers needed to support children in care

16 April 2018 Sheffield City Council is asking volunteers to come forward who want to make a difference to the lives of Sheffield’s young people in care. They are currently looking for volunteers to befriend and visit young people in care. The volunteers, known as independent visitors, will go out once a month with a young person to do fun activities ...

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Sheffield City Council introduce new Baby Safe champions

Baby Safe Champions (left to right) Julia Thompson, Shahida Siddique, Councillor Jackie Drayton, Henrietta Mlalazi, Sarah Salway, Greg Fell, Dr Margaret Ainger, Paula Schofield

8 February 2018 Twelve champions from across the city have come together today to launch a programme to reduce baby deaths across the city. In Sheffield, every year, four out of every 1,000 babies die before they reach the age of one. This new initiative, the first of its kind in England, brings together members of the local community including ...

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National league tables highlight strong performance in Sheffield’s schools

Handsworth Grange School

7 February National secondary league tables show that Sheffield schools continue to perform above the national average in GCSEs for the second year in a row. The league tables also highlight an increase in the number of high performing schools in Sheffield with nearly half of all our secondary schools featuring in the well above average and above average categories. ...

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Every Child Matters 2017: A snapshot of life for children in the city

School children celebrating Every Child Matters Survey

15 January 2018 The findings of our Every Child Matters Survey launch today, providing a snapshot of life for young people in Sheffield. The report highlights findings from over 8000 school children from ages six-15 in 79 schools across the city. The survey found that over three quarters of children aged six-seven like going to school most of the time ...

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Sheffield librarian receives national honour

Anne Frost Canva

15 December 2017 One of Sheffield City Council’s librarians has won a national award in BookTrust’s 25th Anniversary Awards. Early years librarian, Anne Frost, was given the Bookstart Coordinator Award for her work to encourage families to read with very young children, especially in deprived areas. Anne has worked for the council’s library service for the past 30 years and ...

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Time to get your school applications in

4 December 2017 Council leaders are urging families to apply for their child’s primary school before the closing date of 15 January and use all three preferences. Parents will find out the outcome of their primary school application on 16 April 2018. Parents are encouraged to make sure they fill in all three preferences in order to keep their options open. Parents ...

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Sheffield’s Disability Travel Service wins national award

Sheffield City Council accepting Modeshift award

29 November 2017 A travel training scheme provided by Sheffield City Council, that supports people with learning disabilities to travel independently, has won a national Modeshift award. The award was presented for ‘Best sustainable travel initiative’ in the education category, at the annual awards ceremony in Sheffield on 9 November. In the past eight years, the schemes (one in Adults ...

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Harry Potter and a spell of magic at Sheffield libraries

HP - newsroom

17 October 2017 Fans of Harry Potter are set to be spellbound by a nine-week exhibition and programme of events at Sheffield libraries celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The ‘Harry Potter: A history of magic’ exhibition is being opened at Sheffield Central Library on Friday, 20 October by the Lord Mayor ...

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Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Poet Tony Walsh join judging panel for new writing competition that encourages fostered children and young adults to tell their story

sheffield fostering team

5th October 2017 An inspirational new creative writing competition – developed by the award-winning You Can Foster campaign – will encourage children and young people in foster care and fostering families from all over the North of England to tell their stories and so encourage a new generation of adults to sign up as foster carers. And the entries, across ...

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Free course enables families to learn to cook together

Ministry of Food at Oasis Don Valley

24 August 2017 From fajitas through to veggie burgers, a variety of tasty treats have been cooked up by families taking part in a course at Oasis Don Valley Academy. Six families from the area took part in Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food sessions delivered by Sheffield City Council’s Family Learning Service. The course offered them a chance to learn ...

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Hundreds of youngsters compete in Darnall community sports day

Darnall sports day

12 July 2017 Hundreds of primary school children from High Hazels Academy, Phillimore Primary School and Acres Hill Community School have been running, jumping and throwing their way to success in Darnall community sports day (11 July). A diverse group of budding young athletes, aged 10 and 11 were helped along the sports track by sports monitors from Park Academy ...

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Free vitamins for pregnant women and babies, in bid to eradicate rickets

baby foot

26 June 2017 It’s summer and the sun is shining – but not only is that good news for people enjoying the great outdoors, it’s also good news for unborn babies. Sunlight is one of the main sources of vitamin D, which pregnant women need throughout their pregnancies to decrease the chances of their babies developing rickets. Unfortunately, though, many ...

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