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Sefton’s Fostering Team put their best feet forward to take part in a national TikTok challenge

Sefton Council’s Fostering Service have put on their dancing shoes and taken on the ‘Jerusalema Dance Challenge’.

The challenge originated as a TikTok video, but it went viral last year and is now a global sensation.

Fostering teams all over England are now taking part in the dance which is creating a wave of awareness across the country about fostering and the vital role it plays in so many children’s and young people’s lives.

Northumberland’s Foster Care team kicked…or danced off the challenge in May and other local authorities including Sefton, followed in their footsteps.

Lisa Lyons Interim Executive Director of Children Social Care and Education said; “Dance has a great way of bringing people together and the ‘Jerusalema Dance Challenge’ is a perfect example, so we are delighted to take part in the challenge for one main purpose.

“The song behind the dance means ‘go with me, protect me and take me home’. I think this is something with resonates with the role of a foster carer as someone who opens their home to a child or young person to protect and take care of them, longer term or preferably until they can go back to their family home.

“This challenge is a really fun way to celebrate foster care and raise awareness about the need for more local people to help our children and think about fostering for Sefton.”

Click here to watch the Sefton Fostering Team’s ‘Jerusalema Dance Challenge’.

Sefton’s Fostering Service #Jerusalemachallenge – YouTube

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Meet Foster Carers Sue and Derek at our Next Info Session

We would love you to join our virtual information session Tuesday 13th July 6.00 – 7.00pm, where you can find out more about fostering, from the comfort of your own home.

Sefton Council needs more foster carers and we are asking local people to really think about taking on this new rewarding role. If you can give a loving and stable home to children across Sefton, you can turn their life around and help them to achieve their full potential.

At our next info session, you will meet Sue and Derek who will be there to talk about their own experiences and answer any questions.

Sue has been fostering for 18 years and has looked after children of all ages. Derek has joined Sue in caring for children after falling in love with her and the fostering role.

Speaking about life as a foster carer, Sue said: “Being a foster carer can be one of the best things you can do. I have seen children not knowing what direction their lives are going in, to just enjoying life and not worrying about things that children shouldn’t be worrying about.”

Speaking about the info session Derek said: “If you’re thinking about fostering please come along to the info session and have a chat about the approval process and how things have been for us. Honestly, it’s been truly amazing and as well as being beneficial to the children, it’s given me a new lease on life.”

Whether you’re ready to start your fostering journey or want the answers to some of those burning questions, our information session is a great place for you to find out more.

To join us on the day, click on the link to the Teams meeting:

You can also find out more by calling 0800 923 2777 or email

Foster carers and Council staff are all winners as they came together for a virtual raffle

Council staff and foster carers from across the Borough  came together during Foster Care Fortnight (Thursday 18th May) to celebrate with a virtual raffle.

Foster Care Fortnight is the biggest fostering campaign in the UK and is an opportunity for Sefton to encourage local people to think about taking up this rewarding role. It’s also a chance to say ‘thank you’ to Sefton fostering team and foster carers for the amazing work they do in helping to support and protect children and families.

With fostering team members revealing the winning tickets and prizes, the raffle was a way for the Fostering Service to show how much the Council values carers and to take the time to come together virtually, for a bit of fun.

Opening the event, Chief Executive of Sefton Council Dwayne Johnson said, “It’s an honour for me to open this event and say a massive ‘thank you’ to our dedicated carers doing an amazing job in supporting our children and to our staff who are doing amazing work in difficult times.

“I have met many of our carers personally and they are all very special people who each have their own stories about why they came into fostering and the difference they are making to children’s lives.

“I also want to thank members of Sefton Council and local businesses who have donated these great prizes. This really shows how much our communities value our carers and everything they do.”

Fostering Service Manager Lisa Cumming said;

“We hope that events like this show our carers how much we appreciate them and all they do to support our children. This last year has been hard for everyone and so we wanted to make this Foster Carer Fortnight celebration extra special.

“We have been overwhelmed by people’s kind words and generosity from across the council, friends and family of the fostering service and local businesses who have donated prizes.

“We want to send a clear message to anyone who is thinking about fostering to come forward and find out more. Our amazing fostering community are ready to welcome you with open arms.”

Foster Carer Ginny said:

“We had so much fun today catching up with people and having a good laugh. It was brilliant to see different carers and staff that we don’t see all the time especially because of lockdown restrictions. It’s also a great feeling to know you are part of one big family of like-minded people.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about fostering in Sefton can call free on 0800 923 2777, email or visit

Prizes were donated by; The Atkinson, Your Flower Company Southport, Golfing with Sefton Council, Il Capitano, Pride of Sefton Boat Trip (Sovini), Pranzo Café Crosby, Flowerworx, Dental Café, Ayuthaya Restaurant, By Shiovonne Make up Studios, Heaven Scents, Stencils by Design Bootle, Tesco, Dace Tea Rooms Crosby, Brewers Fair, Halo Hair Southport, Ocean Plaza Southport, Farmer Teds, Kkalash Divine Indian Restaurant, the Lawnmower Museum, Mustard and Co, Stable Lives, Beyoutiful Hair Salon, Sugar Brat Seaforth,  Buddylicious, Tesco Community Champions.






Sefton Council helping to drive positive changes to race equality

Steve Martlew, Interim Head of Communities for Sefton Council sends a message about how the Council is helping to drive positive changes to race equality across the borough.

Today marks one year since the murder of George Floyd which sparked protests around the world and a commitment among many individuals and organisations to acknowledge and understand racism and stand in solidarity against it.

Sefton Council is committed to equality and social inclusion as an employer, service provider and as a partner both locally and regionally. We recognise it has an important role to play in tackling race injustice and inequality and driving forward positive change.

We are currently developing a declaration of intent which shows our commitment to ensuring we promote equality within our organisation and across the borough. The declaration outlines priorities and ambitions highlighting how we hope to achieve this.

We continue to offer a comprehensive mandatory Equality and Diversity training programme. This includes Equality and Diversity Awareness, Equality and Diversity for Managers as well as Unconscious Bias. It’s so important we do this training as it helps us to reflect on our own experiences and biases and it encourages us to be a fully inclusive workforce.

Sefton is also proud to be part of a programme led by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, which will brings together leaders from Merseyside Councils, community organisations, businesses and the public sector, to tackle systemic injustice and inequality and drive forward positive change for the city region’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. The programme will enable partners to collaborate on a plan of action to improve on issues such as workforce diversity, learning development opportunities, business support and Black History projects.

The murder of George Floyd and Black Lives Matters showed us that changes need to be made and we will continue to work with our partners including the Liverpool City Region’s race equality team to look at strategies and projects which will help us eliminate bias, discrimination and injustice.

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