Our children and young people are at the heart of what we do

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The Participation Team

At the heart of Nexus Fostering lies the Participation Team, an empathetic and passionate group dedicated to empowering our children and young people. We firmly believe that every voice matters, whether they are in our care or the children of our dedicated carers. Our team's primary mission is to be a listening ear and a supportive hand, ensuring that all those under our care have a platform to express their thoughts, concerns, and aspirations. Through open communication and active engagement, we forge a strong bond of trust and respect, creating a safe space for our children to share their experiences and ideas.

But we don't stop at just listening; the Participation Team transforms these valuable insights into catalysts for positive change. Armed with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by our children and carers, we collaborate with the wider Nexus Fostering family to effect meaningful improvements in our company's practices. By presenting these insights, backed by the powerful voices of our young ones, we strive to shape a more nurturing and inclusive environment for everyone involved. We firmly believe that every action we take, no matter how small, can lead to significant transformations that benefit the entire Nexus community.

Our vision

Our vision for the Participation Team extends beyond a one-time initiative; it is an ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of openness, transparency, and continuous improvement. By cultivating an atmosphere of active participation, we instill in our children and carers a sense of ownership over their experiences within Nexus Fostering. We firmly believe that their voices are key to our collective growth and success. As the Participation Team, we hold the torch of change, illuminating the path towards a brighter future where everyone's perspective is valued, and where the bonds of our Nexus family grow even stronger.

Read on find out more about some of our projects we have collaborated on with our children and young people.

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Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Here at Nexus Fostering, we believe all young people deserve the chance to take part in  ‘The Duke of Edinburgh's Award’, a program to develop the skills and capabilities to thrive- whatever the future holds. We are proud to run The Duke of Edinburgh's Award for our young people, meaning they can make a difference in their communities through DofE. We tailor the program to fit our children and have the training to support each of their individual needs. Plus we fund birth children and looked after children throughout the program. 

Read more about it here

Youth Council

Youth Council

The Nexus Fostering Youth Council, created, run, and developed by our young people; is a great platform to capture a child’s voice which can sometimes be hard to do. Open to both looked after and birth children; our young people meet every 2 weeks virtually from around the UK to discuss how they think various aspects of what we do could be improved/changed to overall improve their care. Every fortnight we discuss a different topic from care language to online safety. Our youth council enables our young people to voice any concerns, participate with other looked-after and birth children, and be empowered to improve Nexus Fostering. 

At Nexus Fostering we work hard to ensure our young people feel included in the decision-making and are given the same opportunity to add their views and opinions. The group offers creative volunteer work while through active participation, our young people are empowered to play a vital role in their own development as well as in improving the service we provide at Nexus Fostering. Read more about it here 

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Nexus One Family

At Nexus Fostering we know birth children play a crucial role in creating a nurturing environment. Nexus One Family was created by Ryan (Head of Participation) and a foster carer, who was a birth child in a foster family and witnessed domestic violence first-hand. It was crucial we had a safe space where the voices of our birth children can be heard, understood, and celebrated. 

Any of our birth children at Nexus Fostering can become part of this remarkable community and we will provide all the necessary information to join our upcoming virtual meet-ups and be a part of this incredible support network. We also have our youth council which is available for both looked-after children and birth children, enabling our young people to voice any concerns and participate with others.

We hope that by joining Nexus One Family, children will discover a sense of belonging, find comfort in knowing that they’re not alone, and build connections that can last a lifetime.

If you would like to find out more about what we offer to support birth children at Nexus Fostering, contact your local office.

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