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Thank you for getting in touch and taking the first step in becoming a foster carer. Working with children is one of the most rewarding things you can do, and I am delighted you are considering joining the team at Mulberry Foster Care.

Whilst incredibly rewarding and exciting,there’s no getting around the fact that fostering is hard work. The hours are long and the progress can be slow. As a job  description its no easy sell which is why what our carers do is so important. They provide care,love and family to some of the most challenging and complex young people in society; more importantly they do it well.

We have been social workers for over 15 years and we understand how the role of fostering can be a rollercoaster of emotions. Our foster carers feedback that they would not have this any other way as the rewards far out way the challenges.Seeing a child become confident,learn to trust others and gain love for themselves is what being a foster carer is all about.

Mulberry Foster Care have provided care for children including sibling groups, Children with disability’s, children who display sexualized behaviour, those with challenging behaviour, mental health issues and attachment Disorders. Each child is unique and brings something different to your family – humour and thick skin are  essential, as are understanding,Compassion and ‘stickability’. Children can test you but making it through those difficult periods is worth all the effort.
The fostering journey can appear confusing but reading this guide is a good place to start. Whether you are new to fostering or already approved with  a fostering provider, I hope the information in here is helpful. One of our Social Workers would be happy to talk through any questions you may have so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you

Shaun Burnett and Andrew Robinson
Director and Founder

Managing Director

Andrew Robinson is a qualified Social Worker with a Diploma in Social Work and has also undertaken post graduate training in social services management. Andrew has 20 years’ experience in the social care field, including direct work with children / young people and has worked both as a practitioner and manager over the last 20 years in various different children’s teams within Local Authorities across the country, the Youth Justice Service, asylum and children’s residential services. Andrew was also one of 28 social workers in the country who worked within Her Majesty’s Prison Service establishing the provision of social services for children in custody. Andrew also has experience working within fostering ervices and as a foster carer for children with disabilities as part of a respite service, as a Form F assessor and more recently as a Agency Decision Maker.

Fostering Director

Shaun Burnett qualified as a social worker in 2004 after completing his Diploma in Social Work. Shaun has many years of previous experience working within social care settings prior to qualifying. Post qualifying Shaun has undertaken social work, Team Manager and senior roles within statutory fostering, child protection and Independent settings. Shaun’s experience in social care equips him to run Mulberry Foster Care with a calm professional approach with safeguarding at the focus of the support to the children, young people and Foster Carers under the umbrella of care Mulberry offer.

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