Independent Evaluation of FosterTalk Membership Services

Blackburn, Carolyn and Matchett, Elaine (2021) Independent Evaluation of FosterTalk Membership Services. Project Report. Birmingham City University, Birmingham.

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Abstract

The aim of this research was to undertake an external independent evaluation of FosterTalk membership services and its role in the retention of foster carers. Methods included an online survey, to which 422 foster carers responded, and interviews with eight foster carers. The survey included both open and closed questions. Foster carers were asked about their experiences of fostering, experiences of FosterTalk membership services and ideas for future developments. Survey respondents and interview participants came from diverse backgrounds and had varying degrees of fostering and FosterTalk membership experience. A representative from the Department for Education (DfE) also participated in an interview. The data collection was undertaken in November and December of 2020 and January, 2021 during a global pandemic at a time of varying degrees of national lockdown in the UK when parents and carers were responsible for home school activities for children and young people and face to face contact with health, education and social services was limited or non-existent. Data analysis allowed descriptive statistics and thematic analysis to emerge from the survey and interviews.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Date: 1 March 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fostering; Social Work; Membership Services; Department for Education; Foster Carers
Subjects: L500 Social Work
L900 Others in Social studies
X300 Academic studies in Education
X900 Others in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Re-thinking Childhood
Depositing User: Carolyn Blackburn
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2021 10:27
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2021 10:28
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11221

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