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Sellafield signs up to fostering campaign

Thousands of employees are set to benefit after Sellafield Ltd became the latest company to sign up for the News & Star’s fostering-friendly campaign.

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Rory O'Neill, left, of Sellafield, with county council chairman Geoff Cook

The company, which is responsible for safely delivering decommissioning, reprocessing and nuclear waste management activities, has committed to the News & Star and Cumbria County Council-run scheme.

The aim is to make it easier for prospective carers to open their homes to children who need a second chance.

And employees at Sellafield Ltd will now benefit from working conditions that will make it easier for them to get involved.

Sellafield Ltd stakeholder relations director Rory O’Neill said that the scheme benefits the community as a whole.

Mr O’Neill said: “We decided to become a fostering-friendly employer because we understand what a huge difference carers can make to the lives of local children in foster care.

“We understand how important it is that Sellafield Ltd makes a significant impact in our local community, so we are pleased to be able to support our employees who take on such rewarding and worthwhile roles in Cumbria.”

There are more than 600 children in Cumbria in care. About 40 are aged under one and about 140 are between one and four. At the other end of the scale, the average age of carers is 52, with many expected to retire soon. Having fewer fostering families in the county would means children will have to be moved out of the county to go into care, leaving school and friends behind and disrupting their lives even further.

Councillor Geoff Cook, chairman of Cumbria County Council, said: “ As one of the biggest employers in Cumbria their involvement is significant. I think it sets a great example to other local employers and I hope more will follow their lead.”

The company will provide time off for new foster carers to be trained. Employees will be given access to flexible working.Emergency leave will also be provided to allow carers to respond to unexpected events.


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