As part of the Next Step Fostering Group, Safehouses has a dedicated Children’s Champion who’s role is to advocate for and communicate with our looked after children.


Michelle Batchelor, Safehouses (and across the Next Step Fostering Group) Children’s Champion.

“I am passionate about giving young people opportunities …

“… that they may not necessarily have in their everyday lives. It is so rewarding to bring young people together, to see them find common ground and to feel like they belong somewhere. They all have their own stories about how they came into care, we are able to offer them an environment where they are not labelled or judged and they can just be themselves. It is a pleasure and a privilege for me to get to know them as individuals; to learn and grow with them on their journey.” Michelle Batchelor, Children’s Champion and DofE Award manager for the Next Step Fostering Group.

As part of the Next Step Fostering Group, Safehouses has a dedicated Children’s Champion who’s role is to advocate for and communicate with our looked after children; to let their voices be heard whether that is to improve our service or let their achievements be known. As well as help them to develop as individuals through a range of out of school activities (where both looked after and foster family birth children are welcome).

Find out more about fostering, our Children’s Champion and our DofE Award involvement.