Thurrock Fostering joins other authorities to create new video

13 October 2022

Thurrock has joined 55 local authorities across the country to create a video that raises awareness of the importance of fostering in giving disadvantaged children access to a childhood.

The video 'Childhood' debuted at midday today, Thursday 13 October, and can be viewed at

Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Children and Education, said: "Fostering is an incredibly important priority for us as an organisation, as we seek to get more local authority Foster Carers to provide a home for vulnerable children who require a safe, loving family environment.

"The new film highlights how neglect can impact a child and their siblings through the journey of 'Sophie' and 'Charlie', where we see how their needs for food, shelter and care are not being met at home. Throughout the 4-minute video we see them being supported through their local authority foster care system where they go on to attend school and enjoy their hobbies and interests – in other words have a childhood, as every young person deserves.

"This collaboration on a national scale once again shows Thurrock's involvement in inspiring initiatives both within our own community and across the country. I welcome and encourage our residents to watch the video and consider if they can open their hearts and their home to fostering a young person."

For more information on fostering for Thurrock and to find out about upcoming information events, go to, phone 0800 652 1256, or email