New film portrays how foster carers can make a difference to a child’s life

Herefordshire Council’s Fostering Team have collaborated with councils and trusts from all over England to commission a new short film aimed at helping to find more foster carers who can provide homes for the children and young people who need them. 

The unique film project has been developed by the West Midlands Regional Fostering Recruitment Forum, and extended to include some 34 local authorities and trusts from around the country.

The short film, called ‘Out There’, highlights the ways fostering can make a difference to the lives of everyone involved, from the children and young people who live with foster carers, to those who come forward to care for them.

The film premiered on 12 October to an online audience of councillors, CEOs, managers, social workers, foster carers and those involved in the recruitment of foster carers.

Councillor Diana Toynbee, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s and Family Services, and Young People’s Attainment, said:

“It’s very powerful to hear the thoughts, feelings, fears and joys of the care experienced children and young people in this emotional film “Out There”.  It reminds us how essential it is to have a home where you are loved and nurtured, and feel a sense of belonging, and that we need more foster carers here in Herefordshire.

“Our previous campaigns have led to wonderful people in our local communities coming forward to foster, and we trust that this national film will reach others who are considering this, so even more children find a loving, stable home in our county.”

The film is available to watch on our fostering webpage at, on You Tube and through the ‘Herefordshire Fostering Service’ facebook page and twitter account @HfdsFostering.

Published: 25th October 2021