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Sunbeam is one of the largest and most progressive independent fostering agencies in the UK.
At any one time more than 65,000 children in England are in the care system and as the population grows so does the number of children requiring foster homes.

We provide good quality and innovated family placements to children in care. Sunbeam is an established Independent Fostering Agency that provides a range of fostering placements to meet the needs of looked after children. The organisation is managed by a team of experienced, qualified professionals who provide innovative and needs led service to children and young people in foster care.

What Sets Sunbeam Apart

Why Choose Sunbeam

We offered 1,000s placements and over 500 new placements made in the last year.

Excellent support

Local support & progressive up to date training programme

Competitive Allowances

Competitive fostering allowances to cover children’s needs

Effective Matching

Careful matching of placements with your family

20 Years of Experience

Experienced & qualified staff to undertake your assessment

Sunbeam Fostering

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Fostering is a way of providing a stable family life for children and young people, who are unable to live with their parents at a point in time.
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Supervising Social Worker Blog

My journey at Sunbeam has been a remarkable one, starting as a student, progressing to a trainee, and now serving as a Supervising Social Worker (SSW). Each phase has been filled with learning, growth, and invaluable experiences. As a student: My first day at Sunbeam as a student was both exciting and overwhelming. I remember my Practice Educator taking me around the office, introducing me to every team member. We stopped at each desk, and everyone greeted me warmly, sharing their names and roles. Although I couldn’t remember all their names, what left a lasting impression was the friendly and inclusive atmosphere. I felt welcomed and supported right from the start, which was crucial for a newcomer trying to find their footing. During my time as a student, I was given the opportunity to observe and learn from experienced professionals. I attended various training sessions and workshops, which provided a solid foundation in social work practices. The team’s willingness to share their knowledge and experiences helped me gain a deeper understanding of the field. As a Trainee: Transitioning from a student to a trainee was a significant step. I started taking on more responsibilities and began to apply the theories and techniques I had learned. My Practice Educator becomes my Supervisor at Sunbeam and continued to be incredibly supportive, offering guidance and feedback that was instrumental in my development. Each day brought new challenges and learning opportunities. I remember the first time I successfully managed a complex case; the sense of accomplishment was immense. The experience reinforced my decision to pursue a career in social work. As a Supervising Social Worker: Now, as a Supervising Social Worker, my role has expanded significantly. I am responsible for overseeing the welfare of foster carers and the children in their care, ensuring that they receive the support and resources they need. My day typically starts with reviewing cases and planning visits. I spend a significant amount of time in the field, conducting home visits, and meeting with foster carers to discuss their progress and any challenges they may be facing. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is seeing the positive impact of our work on the lives of children and their foster families. Whether it’s a child thriving in a new environment or a foster carer feeling more confident and supported, these moments remind me of why I chose this profession. Reflecting on my journey, I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have shaped my career. Sunbeam has not only been a workplace but a place of growth and belonging. Favourite Fostering Moments One of my favorite moments in my journey as a Supervising Social Worker was witnessing a remarkable transformation in a foster child, A. When A first arrived at the foster carers’ (FC) home, he was resistant and reluctant to stay. He struggled with trusting the FC and often disregarded the house rules, making it clear that he didn’t want to be there. The breakthrough moment came when A started to trust the FC and began following the house rules. More than just adherence to rules, it signified a deeper level of respect and connection. The true highlight was when A expressed his desire to stay with the FC long-term, a complete turnaround from his initial reluctance. This moment stands out as a favourite because it represents a significant milestone in A’s journey. It was a testament to the transformative power of love, patience, and a supportive environment. The foster carers’ dedication and commitment not only changed A’s attitude but also his outlook on his future. Reflecting on my journey, I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have shaped my career. Sunbeam has not only been a workplace but a place of growth and belonging. If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, please call us on 02087990930 or visit our website www.sunbeamfostering.com. Written By- Mehwish Jahan (Supervising Social Worker)

Foster Care Fortnight 2024

This foster care fortnight we are excited to announce that we will be showing our support and taking part in raising awareness around fostering and the need for more foster carers. This year’s theme is Fostering Moments which honours the significant moments that characterise fostering journeys. the times that gave young people confidence, gave them a sense of security and produced fond memories. Throughout the Foster Care Fortnight, we will be engaging with our community daily through our social media platforms, with each day dedicated to a unique theme that everyone can participate in. From heartfelt stories and informative articles to captivating videos and vibrant graphics, we are committed to spreading awareness and expressing our gratitude to our foster carers for their hard work and dedication. Join the conversation, share your stories, and spread awareness using hashtags #sunbeamfostering and #fosteringmoments. We want to help raise as much awareness around the campaign and show our appreciation to our foster carers for their continuous hard work. Foster Walk We are thrilled to announce our recruitment team will be participating in the 70,000 steps for the 70,000 children in the foster care system of the UK. We will be sharing our foster walk moments everyday on our social media pages. Make sure you are following us on our social media pages to see our progress. Coffee Morning Have you been thinking about fostering and want meet our team to know more about fostering then this session is for you! Come and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee with us and ask any questions about fostering that you may have on 16th May 2024 from 11:00 am to 1pm at Costa Coffee Langley. Please give us a call on 02087990930 or send us an email on recruitment@sunbeamfostering.com to know the details. Info Session Unable to attend our Coffee Morning? No problem! Join us for a virtual fostering information session on 20th May 2024, 10:00 AM London via zoom call to meet our recruitment team for a very insightful presentation and ask any questions that you may have about fostering. Please give us a call on 02087990930 or send us an email on recruitment@sunbeamfostering.com to receive your joining link. Get Involved Foster Care Fortnight 2024 presents an opportunity for foster carers to actively participate in raising awareness about fostering and create lasting change. Each foster carer has a unique story and valuable experiences to share. During Foster Care Fortnight, consider sharing your favourite fostering moments with us. These can be moments that define fostering journeys, big and small. The moments that built confidence, made young people feel safe and created memories. You can share these through blog posts, social media, or community gatherings. By openly discussing the challenges, triumphs, and lessons learned, you can inspire and educate others who may be considering or embarking on their own foster care journey. Your insights and stories can contribute to raising awareness and dispelling misconceptions about foster care while fostering a supportive and informed community. If you have anything you would like to share with us about your fostering journey or the achievements of your child or young person, please drop an email to our team at socialm@sunbeamfostering.com . We look forward to all the exciting things Foster Care Fortnight has in store over the next two weeks! Become a Foster Carer with us This Foster Care Fortnight, we are calling for you! People from all walks of life, get in touch and find out more about becoming a foster carer. If you have the room to spare and the love to give, we believe you can foster. We at Sunbeam Fostering, welcome foster carers from a diverse range of backgrounds and all ages. Our team works hard to create a truly inclusive environment where we embrace diversity. We believe that your personal qualities and what you can offer make you a great foster parent, not your gender or sexual orientation. We encourage all our foster carers to share their fostering stories and experiences. If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, please call us on 02087990930 or visit our website www.sunbeamfostering.com. Written By- Nishtha Singh (Digital Marketing Officer)

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