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\r\n‘Sean Ferrer came to our attention through his high-profile national work with fostering agencies. As an adult care leaver, in 1986 Sean was one among the first ever users of Childline, newly launched by Dame Esther Rantzen, DBE. We contacted Sean, and without hesitation, he came forward to support our vital work for today’s children that urgently need our help. Speaking alongside Esther, and HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex, at a fundraising event in Buckingham Palace, Sean shared poignantly about his abusive early life experience, and the lifeline that Childline gave him when he was 12 years old.\r\n\r\nSean has continued to actively support Childline’s campaigning work, providing compelling case study material to endorse our national awareness-raising appeals. By opening up about his experience and the help he received from Childline, Sean will have helped to encourage young people in desperate need to reach out to Childline and disclose their own abuse. His openness and forthright support have been invaluable and truly inspiring. At Childline, and the NSPCC, we wish Sean every success in his work to raise the profile of fostering nationally, through his organisation, Do Fostering!’\r\n\r\nTara Smith\r\nCase Studies Unit Manager\r\nNSPCC\r\n\r\n

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\r\n‘Sean Ferrer is one of the most innovative, dynamic and energetic recruitment and marketing managers that I have every come across in my working life. He really cares about children, and he is very skilled at creating successful recruitment and marketing campaigns in order to find foster and adoptive families, as well as profiling children who need new permanent families.’\r\n\r\nChris Christophides\r\nTrainer Consultant\r\nBritish Association for Adoption and Fostering\r\n\r\n

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\r\n‘Sean is an experienced and skilled marketing manager whose contribution was a major component of building effective recruitment of new foster carers and adopters. His attention to detail and initiative are faultless. He is a pleasure to work with and a creative force with great sensitivity. He is an inspiration.’\r\n\r\nDave Fry\r\nHead of Placements, Resources and Children in Care\r\nLondon Borough of Waltham Forest\r\n\r\n

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\r\n‘One of our biggest challenges was to recruit foster carers, given intense competition between the London boroughs and independent agencies. Sean came on board to help, and was full of ideas and energy from the outset. As an outstanding communicator, with a high degree of emotional intelligence, he engaged with our young people, our foster carers, social workers, their managers, and senior managers across the whole council. He developed our campaign, which was highly successful. Sean’s contribution to the success of the service at that time was huge.’\r\n\r\nVal Rogers\r\nHead of Children Looked After Service\r\nWandsworth Council\r\n\r\n

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\r\n‘Sean transformed the profile of my organisation as an employer of social workers and foster carers. He listened carefully to what we wanted to achieve. His research was diligent, involving stakeholders meaningfully and effectively. He possesses the core values of public service. He has very high standards. This is the reason our approach was nominated for a national award. More important than that it has done the trick!’\r\n\r\nJack Cordery\r\nHead of Service for Children’s Early Help, Psychology & Social Care Services\r\nCornwall Council\r\n\r\n

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\r\n‘A big thank you for your engagement in the Fostering Network’s England Advisory Committee. We appreciated your commitment and contribution to the Committee which is an important forum for the organisation, helping inform our policy and practice.’\r\n\r\nRaina Sheridan\r\nDeputy Chief Executive\r\nThe Fostering Network\r\n\r\n

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\r\n‘After serving for five years as Foster Carer Recruitment & Marketing Manager, Sean Ferrer moved on from at Wandsworth Council in southwest London to establish Do Fostering as a way to raise awareness of fostering at national level. Here are some words received by Sean from approved Wandsworth foster carers:\r\n\r\n‘It’s such a shame you’re moving on; you are one of the best Wandsworth Council had and you will be missed. You’re very inspirational and it’s a shame you can’t work directly with looked after children and care leavers who lack self-belief.’\r\n\r\n‘Sean, I am deeply impressed by your commitment to this important work. Your leading of the information evening at which my husband and I first began to explore becoming foster carers was impeccable. We wouldn’t be doing this work today were it not for that. It could so easily have seemed a mountain too high to climb! We said goodbye to our second baby just yesterday which is really hard but in no way undermines the joy and pride and we take from nurturing him from a teeny, restricted growth new born into the happy, healthy boy he is today. The rewards of fostering are deep and wide.’\r\n\r\n‘Sean, your story is an inspiration to others and one of the many success stories. Your past has made you the wonderful person you are today. As a family we continue to have good relationships with many of our former foster children and they are still a big part of our family life today, sharing celebrations – as you continue to do with yours.’\r\n\r\n‘Sean, you’ve certainly added happy times to my life whenever we’ve met that’s for sure and I will really miss you at those information evenings!’\r\n\r\n‘Sean, I shall use some of your experiences to keep me going when things get tough. I’ve been fostering for 24 years and sometimes I ask myself ‘why am I still fostering?’ whilst giving up my time and effort when sometimes the children say things that can be so painful. Your story gives me the hope and strength to carry on.’\r\n\r\nSean Ferrer’s first strategic marketing assignment as director of the newly founded Do Fostering was with Nexus Fostering, which said:\r\n\r\n‘It was time to freshen up our look, so in 2014 we hired Sean’s professional marketing expertise to conduct a review of our brand. 
The most obvious change can be seen by visiting our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and, of course, our new, modern logo. A year later, in awarding Nexus a second outstanding judgment, Ofsted said: ‘The recruitment and preparation of foster carers is robust and thorough’, and the new brand has certainly played a role in attracting our new carers. Additionally, Sean, we found you to be a fabulous advocate for listening to children and empowering them to speak out.’\r\n\r\nGrace Wyatt\r\nFounder & Managing Director\r\nNexus Fostering\r\n\r\n

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\r\n‘Sean brings energy and commitment to his work, backed up with a breadth of marketing communications experience across the media, public and independent sectors. I have worked with Sean several times now on various projects aimed at building our membership base and raising awareness of issues affecting the sector for the provision of children’s services. He has delivered a number of highly informative training sessions to NAFP members, all of whom have fed back to me the insight and useful, practical tools they have learned from Sean. He’s open to new ideas and focused on delivering to his brief.’\r\n\r\nHarvey Gallagher\r\nChief Executive\r\nNationwide Association of Fostering Providers\r\n\r\n

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\r\n‘I had met Sean at the Department for Education some time back and his expertise and experience was clear in the great work he did for Wandsworth Council. Sean was top of my list of professionals to contact once I was in my new role because I wanted someone who could make an impact. Sean helped us develop our recruitment and social media strategies in a very tight timescale. He worked well with all members of the organisation and secured buy-in. As a result, we are already seeing positive benefits from our use of social media, with increased enquiries from prospective foster carers and our improved online presence. I’d recommend Sean to any organisation wanting expert marketing and branding assistance!’\r\n\r\nSatwinder Sandhu\r\nDirector of Operations\r\nThe Homefinding & Fostering Agency\r\n\r\n

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\r\n‘Sean was able to achieve more in five hours than we had been able to do in five months. His approach to recruitment made us completely change our foster carer recruitment strategy and approach. I can’t praise his work enough. Thanks Sean.’\r\n\r\nRichard Norwood\r\nBusiness Development Director\r\nGreater London Fostering\r\n\r\n

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\r\n‘In May 2015 I came across the Do Fostering page on Facebook as I was looking for information about becoming a foster carer. Sean was the first person I contacted to discuss fostering. Receiving my Facebook message, Sean responded by asking if he could call me and we had a long chat. He helped me to understand the different types of fostering agency, and I made the decision to approach a nonprofit independent fostering agency. A year later, and I am now a fully approved foster carer with a placement! Sean has continued to support me and I feel he offers impartial advice and support in the best interest of the carer and child. Thank you!’\r\n\r\nPam Lorne\r\nFoster Carer\r\nTACT Fostering & Adoption\r\n\r\n


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Chrysalis Care Fostering Agency

\r\n‘Chrysalis Care are pleased to highlight the work of Do Fostering, who demonstrate endless dedication to highlighting the needs of children and young people who are looked after and the foster carers who care for them.’\r\n\r\n

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