25 episodes

Five Rivers Child Care is a leading social enterprise working with looked-after children in need of specialist care services in the UK and Ireland.

We provide fostering, residential care, education, crisis intervention and assessment and therapy services to help vulnerable children and young people. We are leading experts, committed to turning children's lives around.

We provide fostering, residential care, education, crisis intervention and assessment and therapy. You can find more information on our website https://www.five-rivers.org/

Care to Listen‪?‬ Podcast about children's care experiences by Five Rivers

    • Society & Culture

Five Rivers Child Care is a leading social enterprise working with looked-after children in need of specialist care services in the UK and Ireland.

We provide fostering, residential care, education, crisis intervention and assessment and therapy services to help vulnerable children and young people. We are leading experts, committed to turning children's lives around.

We provide fostering, residential care, education, crisis intervention and assessment and therapy. You can find more information on our website https://www.five-rivers.org/

    Care to Listen? #NationalCareLeaversWeek CEO Pam McConnell & Hannah Gilding on Five Rivers Futures

    Care to Listen? #NationalCareLeaversWeek CEO Pam McConnell & Hannah Gilding on Five Rivers Futures

    In this final episode in our Care to Listen? Series celebrating #NationalCareLeaversWeek, Five Rivers Child Care CEO and founder Pam McConnell and Assessment and Therapy Research Assistant Hannah Gilding discuss some of the issues that care leavers can sometimes face and what Five Rivers can do, as an organisation, to continue providing valuable and long lasting attachment and support to care leavers, from the families that foster with us.
    The episode also highlights the use of language when judging the success of care leavers and how the work of Five Rivers as a social enterprise aids in supporting young people, as they transition into independence.

    • 22 min
    Care to Listen? #NationalCareLeaversWeek - Sarah Jane on the support she received as a care leaver

    Care to Listen? #NationalCareLeaversWeek - Sarah Jane on the support she received as a care leaver

    In this episode, Sarah-Jane, 19, talks about how her love for dodgeball has led her to a life-changing foster placement with her dodgeball coach. Sarah Jane’s positive relationships with her social workers meant that she felt like she was always able to share her feelings, and, in turn, be better supported. Her care leaver journey has been well supported by friends, old carers and Five Rivers and Sarah - Jane is hopeful to continue on with a supported by friends, old carers and the organisation is giving Sarah-Jane a good future.

    • 17 min
    Care to Listen? #NationalCareLeaversWeek - Ric Flo on music and how it kept him determined

    Care to Listen? #NationalCareLeaversWeek - Ric Flo on music and how it kept him determined

    Ric Flo is a rapper, artist, care leaver, young achiever and dream believer. In this upbeat, warm and confident interview Ric speaks about his care leaving journey, which he faced with determination. He shares how a Christmas spent alone one set him off on a tenacious journey which brought him to delivering music workshops to care experienced young people. His latest album – ‘Rise of the Phoenix’ tells us of his experience leaving care and how he uses his music to help him channel and process his authentic life.

    • 28 min
    Care To Listen? Five Rivers' Katharine on how Sons and Daughters aid foster children development

    Care To Listen? Five Rivers' Katharine on how Sons and Daughters aid foster children development

    In this week's episode of Care to Listen, Katharine Anderson from the Five Rivers Child Care Assessment and Therapy Team talks about the subtle unspoken power that Sons and Daughters can have on the development of children who are fostered.

    • 21 min
    Care to Listen? Veronica and her birth son Adam on how fostering brought them together as a family

    Care to Listen? Veronica and her birth son Adam on how fostering brought them together as a family

    Foster carer Veronica and her birth son Adam, from Chester talk about how their drip to an agricultural; show brought them to a Foster Careline stand and how this ignited their journey into the world of fostering.

    • 17 min
    Care to Listen? Keila talks about how fostering created a sense of belonging in her life

    Care to Listen? Keila talks about how fostering created a sense of belonging in her life

    Keila was a child who spent most of her life in the care system but her last placement gave her a sense of family. Listen to Keila speaking fondly about how she felt part of the family and how fostering made a positive difference in her life.

    • 19 min

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