Published on

8 July 2024

Wokingham joins country’s largest local authority partnership

Local Authority Fostering South East

From today we have joined 19 other local authorities to launch a new regional fostering recruitment hub. 

Local Authority Fostering South East is a collaborative partnership of 20 councils from across the region with a shared common goal – to recruit and support more amazing foster carers to provide safe, loving, and local homes for children in our communities.  

The fostering team at Wokingham Borough is proud to be a partner of the national Department for Education (DfE) funded project with Local Authority Fostering South East being the largest of the nine regions taking part in this pilot project, in response to the urgent need for more foster carers across the country. 

This new virtual hub brings together the collective expertise and resources of local authorities across the region, ensuring prospective foster carers have access to a centralised platform for their initial enquiries about fostering. 

Our fostering team will continue to function as normal, working alongside to complement activity to promote fostering and grow the network of over 2,800 local authority foster carers across the South East. 

We have an urgent need for more local residents in Wokingham borough to become foster carers with us and encourage people to come forward to find out more about comprehensive local training, generous financial assistance and ongoing support. If you would like to know more about fostering in Wokingham borough, visit our fostering webpage

More information on becoming a foster carer can be found on the new regional website 

Those interested in fostering can also contact the regional hub directly to speak to a member of the recruitment team by calling 0300 131 2797.

Please send any media enquiries to Holly Turner / Charlotte Barnes