Carolyn Moody MBE

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  • Published:January 2022
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Carolyn Moody MBE

Carolyn Moody MBE

Born

Carolyn Joan Moody
Dulwich London
February 1962

Education

Bonus Pastor Catholic College Kent
Vauxhall Manor Girls School London
Folkestone College Level 3 Diploma Children & Young People
Broadstairs College Diploma in Psychology.

Occupation

  • Retail Management in Charitable Organisations.
  • Ofsted Registered Professional Childminder.
  • Foster Carer Expert by Experience in Special Education Needs, Disabled children and Therapeutic.
  • Shared Lives Host Supporting Vulnerable Adults with Learning disabilities, Autism and mental health to benefit family life beyond 18 to live independently in the community.

Following her work as a Registered Childminder for Kent County Council, and during the same time as being a Volunteer for Home Start Thanet, Carolyn made the transition to Foster Carer. Working for the Local Authority and then independent Fostering agencies in Kent.

Being a strong advocate for disabled children in care and care leavers. Moody is also a Shared Lives Host for the Local Authority following on from young people who transitioned into this service from Foster Care.She has since been awarded an MBE in the 2022 New year’s Honours list for her services to fostering in Kent.

Early life

Carolyn Moody was born in Dulwich in London in February 1962. Her father was an electrician and her mother a secretary from a middle-class family. She spent her early childhood in Catford in London, until her parents divorced.

Carolyn never saw her father again. At 12 she moved to Brixton London, her mother now as a single parent raising two children and working full time. Carolyn was educated at Bonus Pastor Catholic College Kent and then transferred to Vauxhall Manor girls school London.

Carolyn described her school life as difficult as there was a stigma growing up in a one-parent household, and having to have free school dinners and basic school uniforms. Life was very different to her earlier experiences. Carolyn left school and went into retail with charitable organisations where she worked her way into management. Carolyn went on to complete a Level 3 diploma for children & young people and a diploma in Psychology.

Carolyn has had a number of traumatic life events; she married and had two children and divorced several years later becoming a working single parent herself for some years until she married Derek Moody gaining two stepchildren.

When one of Carolyn’s children went to university and her youngest was 14 she felt it was the right time for her to start the process of becoming a foster carer with her husband in 2001.

Her Mother had since remarried, but in 2008 the family had devastating news; they lost her stepfather to suicide which was devastating.

Her early motivation to foster children was her best friend who lived nearby in a children’s home run by the council. Then again during her years volunteering at Home-Start she knew it was still her passion to make that difference.

As Carolyn developed her fostering practice looking after children with more complex needs, she was involved in different fostering schemes, including a therapeutic re-parenting programme and specialist fostering for children with disabilities.

During her time at the Local Authority, she sat on the corporate parenting panel and was an Ambassador for Kent. Moody currently is a foster carer for a charitable organisation based in Ashford Kent. Alongside this, she is also a Shared Lives Host for the Local Authority Kent for the last 8 years.

Awards:

In 2016 Foster Talk Permanency Foster Carer Award
Foster child “Out of their own generosity, they loved me and cared for me – I couldn’t dream of having a better family. They love me so much and I couldn’t love them more.”

In 2017 received the Head of Fostering Award for outcomes for children, the care of disabled children and the contribution towards recruiting new foster carers.

Foster child “They got permanency approval for me. This was very special for me as it meant I was part of the family and not just a foster child anymore. Not that this meant anything because from the start they have always thought of me as another son.”

In 2021 Foster Talk Lock Down Stars 2021 Award

In 2022 MBE Awarded for her Fostering in Kent along with her husband Derek Moody

Paying tribute to their extended family, fostering colleagues and the Caldecott Foundation, Carol added:

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