Depending on where you take your source of information from, the percentages change, but we all know that once lockdown releases further and schools fully reopen there will sadly be a massive increase in the number of young people in crisis and being referred to social services. Due to the pressures on families during lockdown, a rise in abuse and neglect has soared and school is often a safe place for those affected where they feel they can speak freely and ask for help.
It is estimated that the number of children being referred has risen by as much as 50% during the pandemic.
The problem has been exacerbated by a shortage of foster parents, as many struggle to take on new duties during lockdown.
These figures are sad but true and as a therapeutic fostering agency we specialise in caring for those young people who have suffered trauma. Lockdown has been traumatic for many people for many reasons and we need to be there for those who need us.
At Mosaic Foster Care, we are building our team of foster carers to meet this need, so we have been looking at new ways to reach out to potential applicants and with many people at home more than usual we have found that Facebook has been a great platform to use. We recently ran a competition to win Amazon vouchers to those people who newly followed our page and will be announcing the winner tomorrow.
Please visit our page, follow us and share our posts to reach a wider audience
We are doing all we can to help – please help us