Wakefield Mockingbird Programme
Wakefield Fostering, in conjunction with The Fostering Network, is delivering the
Mockingbird programme, which is an innovative method of foster care using the
Mockingbird Family Model. The Mockingbird programme is based on the Mockingbird
Family Model, which was originally developed by The Mockingbird Society in
America in 2004. The Fostering Network was funded by the Department for
Education’s Children's Social Care Innovation Programme in 2015 to develop the
Mockingbird programme in the UK. This was done in partnership with The
What is Mockingbird?
The Mockingbird model is an extended family model that provides sleepovers and short breaks, peer support, regular joint planning and training, and social activities. The programme improves the stability of fostering placements and strengthens the relationships between carers, children and young people, fostering services and birth families.
How can I get involved?
We've successfully achieved funding from the Department for Education (DfE) and are working with The Fostering Network to deliver the Mockingbird Family Model in Wakefield. We're looking for experienced carers, or professionals from a caring background, to be a part of this innovative method of delivering foster care.
Details of the roles available are below:
Hub home carer
Hub home carers:
- have a crucial role in the constellation;
- are the key communicator between the hub home, satellite carer homes and the service;
- have a close working relationship with the liaison social worker;
- offer planned, unplanned, emergency, outreach and day care for the children in the constellation;
- co-ordinate social activities and support meetings;
- support the delivery of training opportunities to constellation carers;
- work in partnership with a child's care plan.