Foster Carers


Foster carers need a trade union more than most people because of the nature of their work.  They open up their homes to care for vulnerable children but don’t have access to the same basic employment rights and protection that a lot of us take for granted.

For several years GMB has been representing foster carers in Leeds and recently we have expanded out into other parts of the region, including Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford.

Our foster carer membership are able to access independent legal advice and representation at investigations, reviews and panel hearings, criminal representation on any allegations and also access to a wide range of fully funded learning and educational opportunities.

If you know a foster carer who would benefit from the protection and service that the GMB can offer please ask them to contact:

Rachel Harrison, Organiser for Foster Carers

Childcare For Foster Carers

Fostered Children Deserve Equal Access To Free Childcare.pdf

Foster Carer Retainer Payments

Foster Carer Retainer Payments.pdf 

GMB Fostering Stocktake

GMB Fostering Stocktake.pdf



Supplementary Written Evidence Submitted By The GMB.pdf


Campaigning Survey Results - September 2016.doc


Newsletter - August 2017.pdf

Newsletter - July 2017.pdf

Unionline Services - Foster Carers.pdf

Newsletter - April 2017.pdf

Survey Results - September 2016.pdf


Kirklees celebrate fostering in style with Tracy Brabin, Labour  Candidate in the Batley and Spen By-election and Michael Lawrence from Huddersfield Giants.

Over 100 foster carers from across Kirklees came together to celebrate the work they do and to take part in an awards ceremony which honoured service to Kirklees Council.  The evening was hosted by Colleen Callaghan, chairperson for the Kirklees Fostering Network (KFN) and Keith Fielding KFN committee member.   The KFN is a registered charity which is run by foster carers for foster carers. 

Tracy Brabin and Colleen Callaghan

The glitzy event was held at the Ponderosa Lakeside Restaurant in Heckmondwike and some of those to be honoured included Pam and Len Pattison for 25 years’ service in fostering.

Tracy Brabin, Labour’s candidate in the forthcoming  Batley and Spen by-election was on-hand to show her support and delivered a heart-warming speech saying ‘foster carers do an amazing job’.  Huddersfield Giants player Michael Lawerence presented foster carer Lynsey Kinnear with the Yummy Mummy Award.   Also attending was Leader of Kirklees Council David Sheard and former Mayor and Mayoress Paul Kane and Susan Bedford.

In a comment from GMB trade union, which represents foster carers in the authority, Rachel Harrison, Lead Organiser for foster carers, said: “We have worked with Kirklees foster carers in the past to help them with a number of issues and events like this show that working together we can make fostering for Kirklees a positive experience for everyone.”


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