Following the success of the documentary series, Protecting our Children, BBC Two will next month air another fly-on-the-wall social care series, this time about the lives of foster children and the social workers and carers who look after them.
Protecting Our Foster Kids, which begins at 10pm on Sunday 7 June, will follow Dorset council’s fostering service.
Inner dynamic of placements
It’s been made by the team behind Protecting Our Children in 2012, who will no doubt be hoping for a similarly positive response (the series was widely praised by social workers and nominated for a prestigious BAFTA).
The first episode will follow 14-year-old Amy as she moves in to her fourth foster placement in as many years. It is also expected to show the inner dynamic of how the placement is affected when her older sister, Natalie, is moved in for emergency care.
The BBC promises “unprecedented” access to the families, fostering service and professionals involved in the children’s lives, as well as an exploration of the complex nature of fostering teenagers “at a time of huge national shortage in carers”.
The first episode is particularly timely, airing in the middle of Foster Care fortnight, which runs from June 1–14.
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