Children of All Nations Fostering Agency

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Children of All Nations Fostering Agency's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Children of All Nations Fostering Agency is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.childrenofallnations.co.uk

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people can connect with peers and
gain advice from Drawing and Talking
courseleaders.
As a society we are constantly
developing, and we are increasingly
forced to reconsider what it means
to be human. We recognise that at
a time when there are increasing
pressures placed on schools, the NHS
and organisations from all directions,
it is important to prioritise the mental
health and wellbeing above all else.
We know this will be an ongoing
struggle and that the mental health
epidemic will only continue, especially
due to the impact technological
advancements will have on the
operation of society. We believe
our training will not only help
people in the short term but will
also allow them to develop the skills
and character to make a successful
transition into adult life, no matter
what that looks like.
Insufficient resources
The main challenge we face at
present is the insufficient resources
for children’s mental health. With
growing waiting lists many children
are not being referred to specialist
provision as they are not considered
‘severe’ enough. Children and
young people with low to moderate
needs have difficulty accessing
early interventions available which
can deflect emotional trauma from
increasing and becoming entrenched.
Our tier 1 and tier 2 therapy is
intended to complement and support,
rather than replace specialist help
by providing solace in the interim,
or as a tool to intervene before
symptoms reach the point of severe
emotionaldistress.
Future growth
Recently we have expanded our
reach internationally working within
European counties, the Bajan
government to train school counsellors
and leading training in the MENA
region for local schools. We have
also taken our programme to the
United States where the approach
hasbeen very well received. Strategies
are currently being developed with
agencies in Singapore to bring the
training to the Asian market.
Our main focus in 2020 we will be
expanding our capacity by training
professionals who champion wellbeing
in the workplace, support the care
of an aging population and other
alternative adult mental health services,
as well as launching our new facilitated
group work programme to specifically
support university students filling
a gap due to shortage of effective
provisionavailable.
Overall, we want a future that lives up
to our past.
The beauty of
Drawing and
Talking is the
child being able
to internally
process pain,
so that over
time a symbolic
resolution is
found to old
conflicts and
trauma is
healed
Developing a community
of specialists
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Managing Director
AngelaJohnson
One of our longest standing
fostering families, the Watsons
Children of All Nations is an independent fostering
agency that works with local authorities across London
to provide placements for children of all nationalities
who cannot live with their birth families. Managing Director
Angela Johnson says the name “Children of All Nations” stems
from one simple goal: helping looked-after children and young
people from every nation to find stable and loving placements.
Angela says the agency’s primary focus is providing a high-
quality, effective placement service which safeguards and
promotes the welfare of children and young people.
Children of All Nations was founded as a response to concerns regarding the
number of children and young people in the care system, and the high demand for
placements and permanent homes. Our ethos is guided by the Children Act 1989,
which states that the welfare of the child is paramount. It is this philosophy which
is at the root of our activities and ensures that we put the spiritual, emotional well-
being of the children and young people at the centre. We consider the welfare of
each child and young person to be of paramount concern, and always endeavour
to take their wishes, feelings and views into consideration.
Best in care
We work on a day to day basis to be best in care when it comes to in providing
loving and safe environments for children and young people. Our team is made up
of qualified social workers and support workers who have a range of experiences
FACTS ABOUT
CHILDREN OF ALL NATIONS
FOSTERING AGENCY
»Managing Director:
Angela Johnson
»Founded in 2004
»Located in London Borough of
Croydon
»Services: Fostering agency
»No. of employees: 5 full-time,
3 part-time
Children of All Nations
Fostering Agency
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working with children and foster
carers. We are also home to a full-
time placements’ manager, a finance
officer, and an office administrator
who makes sure that not only our
office, but our agency, run as smoothly
and effectively as possible.
In order to ensure we are providing the
best care, we have a fostering panel
of professionals in place, including
experienced foster carers, who
recommend the approval of carers and
give advice on all professional fostering
matters and agency policies.
As an agency we aim to give back
to the community, in a way that is
positive and empowering for children
and young people. We do so by
providing homes with carers whose
primary focus is the extensive caring
and nurturing of the children and
young people we place with them.
At COAN we seek to provide positive
and nurturing placement, giving
children and young people a sense of
belonging, love, security and positive
experiences which we hope will in
turn enhance their cultural, spiritual,
emotional and educational, health and
physical well-being.
Our priorities for looked after
At Children of all Nations we
believe that each child and young
person has the right to stability,
love, understanding and to have
their abilities developed to their
full potential. We take an inclusive
approach to this development by
embracing the needs and expectations
of children and young people, their
parents, foster carers, local authorities
and employees. It is our agency’s
priority that children and young people
experience harmonious family life in an
environment which meets their needs,
thus allowing them to grow and build
stable relationships with themselves
and others.
In order to encourage self-growth
with children and young people
within our agency we promote a
family orientated setting, through
our placements matching system
which ensures each child and young
person is matched with carers who
are suitably skilled in meeting their
physical and emotional needs. We
also take a vested interest in our
children and young people, providing
Foster child Bradley
Our ethos is
guided by the
Children Act
1989, which
states that the
welfare of the
child is
paramount
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working with children and foster
carers. We are also home to a full-
time placements’ manager, a finance
officer, and an office administrator
who makes sure that not only our
office, but our agency, run as smoothly
and effectively as possible.
In order to ensure we are providing the
best care, we have a fostering panel
of professionals in place, including
experienced foster carers, who
recommend the approval of carers and
give advice on all professional fostering
matters and agency policies.
As an agency we aim to give back
to the community, in a way that is
positive and empowering for children
and young people. We do so by
providing homes with carers whose
primary focus is the extensive caring
and nurturing of the children and
young people we place with them.
At COAN we seek to provide positive
and nurturing placement, giving
children and young people a sense of
belonging, love, security and positive
experiences which we hope will in
turn enhance their cultural, spiritual,
emotional and educational, health and
physical well-being.
Our priorities for looked after
At Children of all Nations we
believe that each child and young
person has the right to stability,
love, understanding and to have
their abilities developed to their
full potential. We take an inclusive
approach to this development by
embracing the needs and expectations
of children and young people, their
parents, foster carers, local authorities
and employees. It is our agency’s
priority that children and young people
experience harmonious family life in an
environment which meets their needs,
thus allowing them to grow and build
stable relationships with themselves
and others.
In order to encourage self-growth
with children and young people
within our agency we promote a
family orientated setting, through
our placements matching system
which ensures each child and young
person is matched with carers who
are suitably skilled in meeting their
physical and emotional needs. We
also take a vested interest in our
children and young people, providing
Foster child Bradley
Our ethos is
guided by the
Children Act
1989, which
states that the
welfare of the
child is
paramount
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them with workshops which teach
life skills, while also providing a
safe environment in which they can
network with each other with our
summer and Christmas activities.
Our emphasis on family not only
involves the relationship between
carers and children, but also in our
promotion of contact between
children and young people and their
birth parents, siblings, close relatives
and members of their community
in order to provide an overarching
healthy and positive environment, our
key priority.
Maintaining high standards of
practice also involves maintaining
and supporting new policies and
practices within the social work field.
Key examples of such can be seen by
COAN’s support of the launch of the
UK’s first
Islamic Guidance Document
on Adoption and Fostering
by Penny
Appeal alongside our implementation
of our own transformative policy on
gender variant, trans children and
young people. COAN constantly strives
and hopes for future endeavours to
be at the forefront of new policies
and practices in order to be maintain
the highest standard of practice in
helping children and young people
find suitable and loving family
environments.
Challenges
There are a number of challenges
we face as a fostering agency, most
notably those of a bureaucratic
nature. We find that acquiring
passports for children and young
people we take care of can be
challenging process even though they
are on a full care order. Furthermore,
going to the passport office to
request the requisite paperwork is
often impractical on our part. An
absence of passport means that these
children and young people cannot
go on holiday with their peers and
foster families, furthering a feeling
ofexclusion.
We also notice a distinct lack of BME
parents particularly single black males
in fostering overall. We want to be
able to match our children with the
best possible families we can and feel
that a number of our young people
especially young black boys are losing
out as a result of the current situation.
The future of COAN
At COAN we hope to continue
being an agency which prioritises
the emotional and physical welfare
of children and young people at our
heart. We hope to boost collaboration
with government with regards to
looked after children and young
people, especially helping to contribute
to the debate of young black men in
the care system.
In doing so we hope to further
promote change and work in
partnership with local authorities
and other agencies. Through seeking
further benefits for these looked
after children and young people we
are able to help them with further
activities in order to boost their
emotional well-being and interactions
with others.
At COAN we
seek to provide
positive and
nurturing
placement
»BEST PRACTICE
Exemplifying best practice is a
fundamental objective of our
agency. We aim to ensure the
highest standards in terms of:
» Selecting » Training
» Assessing » Approving
» Supporting » Reviewing
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party,2019

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This article was sponsored by Children of All Nations Fostering Agency. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development