Prestigious awards for “Any of Us” council fostering film project

“Any of Us” – a powerful short film to encourage people from all backgrounds to consider becoming a foster carer for their local authority – picked up two prestigious awards this month. 

Hull City Council participated in the project and helped fund it. 

The fostering film won the “Best Collaboration” and “Best Creative Comms” categories at the comms2point0 UnAwards, which recognises excellence in public sector communications at a ceremony held in Birmingham. 

Shortlisted in five categories in all, the film project is a collaboration involving more than 80 council fostering teams from across the UK: some 62 named on the original submission, and an impressive 87 in all who have now contributed to the production, administration and launch costs (including councils working jointly as regional fostering organisations and council-owned children’s trusts). 

The film was produced by ReelTwentyFive and project managed by agency CAN Digital and fostering consultant Rachel Brown, formerly of Coventry City Council’s fostering team – who submitted the entry on behalf of all councils taking part and is the originator of the local authority fostering film concept. 

The UnAwards judging panel said:This is exactly the kind of campaign the public sector needs right now. It combined precious resources to secure a better chance of success for everyone who collaborated – boosted by smart targeting and a beautifully shot video. It just goes to show what can be achieved through our industry working together to address common challenges.”

In just the first month of the film being available, participating councils had 249 enquiries from potential new foster carers that can be attributed to views. Calculated from average enquiry-to-approval statistics (based on monthly benchmarking data gathered from council fostering teams across the UK), these enquiries could result in 21 new foster carers over the next 12 months, saving the UK’s council fostering community £394,000 on placement fees with Independent Fostering Agencies (IFAs).

According to national charity The Fostering Network, 7,200 foster carer families are needed across the UK in the next year to make sure all the children who need fostering get appropriate care. The latest Ofsted stats revealed the number of foster carers working for local authorities has fallen by 11% since 2019.

The message of the fostering film is “any of us can foster a child or young person, if you have the capacity to care”. 

“Any Of Us” looks at three very different people who all show some of the attributes needed to be a foster carer in incidents from their daily lives – Ayesha going to the aid of a pedestrian after a minor road accident, Neil calming down an aggressive situation in a snooker club, and Marsha identifying a young person showing signs of distress and intervening with them at school. 

Different individuals in very different scenarios, but each in their own way showing the caring instinct that is fundamental to being a foster carer. 

The film develops so that it becomes clear that one of these three everyday people will become the foster carer to Chloe. But which one of the three will be the one to make the difference? The main character’s stories are all interwoven with Chloe’s, as we see her journey into fostering.

Councillor Linda Tock, the portfolio holder for Children’s Services at Hull City Council, said: “This award-winning project is about giving our fostering service a high-quality film that highlights the fact that anyone who cares has the potential to become a foster carer. 

“It made great sense to collaborate with other council fostering teams to produce a film that communicates a universal message: We all need more people to step forward and become foster carers. 

“Consider if you can offer a home to our most vulnerable children and young people and get in touch with Hull Fostering.”

If you would like to learn more about becoming a foster carer with Hull Fostering, please email, call the team on 01482 612 800 or visit for further information.