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New Chair announced for Brighter Futures for Children 

07 April 2020

BRIGHTER Futures for Children (BFfC) has announced the appointment of its new Board Chair. The company provides Reading’s education, early help and children’s services.  Di Smith, who has worked in the children and education sector for more than 40 years, has taken on the role from 1 April following her appointment by the Department for Education.  She takes over from Deborah Jenkins MBE who helped in the creation of BFfC and played a significant role in …

Former foster carers urged to return during coronavirus crisis

01 April 2020

Brighter Futures for Children, which delivers children’s services in Reading, is putting out a call to former foster carers in the borough to re-register amid concerns the coronavirus epidemic could lead to a shortage of adult carers to look after vulnerable children. Existing foster carers with Brighter Futures for Children’s Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) are …

Cherry blossom tree marks start of ‘Rooted in Reading’ campaign

18 February 2020

Brighter Futures for Children and Ethical Reading joint press release, February 18 2020 When a 14-year-old boy moved to his permanent foster home last year, he came up with an idea to help himself – and others like him – keep their roots in Reading. As an active member of Brighter Futures for Children’s Children …

‘Outstanding’ rating for our short breaks children’s home

14 February 2020

Cressingham, one of two children’s homes run in Reading by Brighter Futures for Children, has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted after a recent unannounced inspection visit. The inspector awarded ‘Outstanding’ ratings to all three key areas – the overall experiences and progress of children, how well children and young people were helped and protected …

Launch of new mental health service for Reading’s young people

27 January 2020

Brighter Futures for Children is delighted to be part of an innovative trailblazer project in Reading offering additional mental health services to children and young people. The official launch of the Mental Health Support Team (MHST) takes place on Thursday, 30 January, 1.30-3pm at Blessed Hugh Faringdon School, Fawley Road, Reading RG30 3EP. The aim …

Children’s services host first Reading-wide climate change conference for headteachers

01 November 2019

Brighter Futures for Children is paving the way for every school in Reading to have UN-accredited climate change teacher. On 4 November, the education arm of the Reading-based children’s services is hosting a climate change conference for headteachers and their nominated individual teacher from each school, to learn more about becoming UN-accredited in teaching and …