Step Up Step Down Project


Step Up Step Down is a five year project in Northern Ireland working with foster carers to provide early intervention for families on the edge of care.

The project is led by the UK's leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, in partnership with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. Funded by the Big Lottery, the project aims to support families at risk of breakdown and decrease the number of children aged 8 to 12 years going into care.

About Step Up Step Down​

Step Up Step Down is aiming to significantly change the approach to caring for children who are at risk. Each family in the project will be matched with a family support foster carer who will be available to Step Up – for example, having the child for a short break and Step Down when the family feels better able to cope. By working in a mentoring capacity with birth parent(s), family support foster carers will support their development and enable them to build skills which will help them to make positive changes.

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