Mockingbird Family Model (a new way of providing foster care)

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About the Mockingbird Family Model

The Fostering Network, with funding from the Department for Education, is introducing and supporting the delivery of the Mockingbird Family Model.

South Tyneside is one of a small number of Councils who are delivering the Mockingbird programme.

It aims to:

  • give structured support to foster carers
  • give stability and extra protection to looked after children
  • keep siblings together
  • strengthen relationships between foster carers, children and young people, the Fostering Service at South Tyneside Council, and birth families
  • give children and young people a more positive experience of care

It is evidence-based, and has been formally evaluated to show improved outcomes for children, young people and foster carers.

More information

You can read more about the Mockingbird programme on the Fostering Network website, see The Fostering Network: Mockingbird Family Model.

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South Tyneside Council, in conjunction with The Fostering Network, is delivering the Mockingbird programme, which is an innovative method of foster care using the Mockingbird Family Model. This is an extended family model that provides sleepovers and short breaks, peer support, regular joint planning and training, and social activities.