Foster care provision is changing: the number of children going into care the care system has been rising dramatically over the past five years. Sadly, many of these youngsters have been subjected to various forms of abuse and/or neglect. Understandably, they can have ‘complex’ emotional needs. Carers are needed who can respond to the needs of such children.
As part of maintaining awareness of this increasingly important subject, we aim to highlight materials able to facilitate a better understanding of what caring for such children will entail. In line with this key objective, we would strongly recommend reading ‘Therapeutic Parenting in a Nutshell: Positives and Pitfalls’ written by Sarah Naish.
Sarah Naish owned and managed a therapeutic fostering agency – one judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. She uses her wide experience to provide an explanation of the differences between so- called ‘therapeutic parenting’ and ‘standard parenting’. The book includes an interesting range of case studies. It also includes strategies promoting effective therapeutic parenting. The book will be a valuable addition to the canon. A ready resource for parents, fostering provision professionals, foster carers and social work professionals involved in supporting children who have been traumatised prior to coming into care.
The book has valuable links to quite inspirational and often humorous videos. These demonstrate the day-to-day practical applications of therapeutic parenting techniques. Answers are supplied for foster carers and professionals involved in supporting and caring for children with behavioural and attachment issues. The book shows the need to parent such children in a very different way. It also explores the more common challenges therapeutic parents face. As well as the best ways to deal with them.
Using ‘Therapeutic Parenting in a Nutshell: Positives and Pitfalls’ in conjunction with videos and coursework creates an authoritative and effective foundation to providing care for young people who have experienced early life trauma. The book also makes an important contribution to the Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting. And this is the only nationally accredited Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting available in the country. Discover more about Sarah Naish and her work in foster care by visiting:
A therapeutic foster care placement is specifically one that aims to meet the needs of children who have experienced significant trauma, neglect or abuse. Sadly, such children may have been subjected to extremely disturbing experiences. The foster care they receive has to be sensitive. It must address the consequences of their trauma. Once assessed, children will be placed where it will be possible for them to build a trusting relationship with an established trained foster carer. A programme of individually tailored therapy will then be devised to help them overcome their past experiences.
Therapeutic foster carers need special skills combined with a special approach.
Firstly, it is essential that the foster carer learns all they can in relation to the individual child and its past experiences. Comprehending this will enable them to more effectively support the emotional, physical and psychological needs of the young person.
This is key to assisting with the child’s social and emotional development. The goal is to enable them to acquire improved self-esteem and then be able to engage in an age-appropriate way. It then allows them to benefit from the experience of friendships.
Foster carer delivered therapeutically still means providing –
Training as a specialist therapeutic foster carer.
A foster carer will require specialist training to equip them the skills to offer this type of care on a day-to-day basis. This will mean participation in a special therapeutic care training programme. A carer will first be assessed for their general suitability. Once trained, they will be matched with a child who themselves provides the best match with them. We offer access to a number of different training courses that promote therapeutic fostering knowledge – as well as certain skills. These will include: comprehension around attachment and attachment difficulties; an understanding of complex trauma; the means of responding to complex trauma; awareness of brain development in infancy; identifying, understanding and managing self-harming patterns of behaviour; responding appropriately to sexually harmful behaviour and a general introduction to reflective and therapeutic best practice.
Why do certain types of people become therapeutic foster carers?
No one should be in any doubt that becoming a therapeutic carer can be especially challenging. There are certain individuals who will be attracted to the personal and career opportunities, specialist therapeutic foster care training offers. Therapeutic carers are well placed to qualify for enhanced rates of pay. People end to be attracted into this line of fostering as they already have some professional experience of dealing with children or young people. Occupational therapists, teachers, youth workers and nurses are the kinds of people that move into therapeutic care. But, and it is an important but, anyone who wants to be trained to foster therapeutically can be considered. At the present time, there is an acute shortage of carers generally so for someone interested in therapeutic fostering, starting off in mainstream fostering is a good idea.
Become a therapeutically trained foster carer with Rainbow
You might already be a carer with a long term placement and be seeking a different kind of agency. At Rainbow fostering, we strive to make the process of transferring to us both efficient and hassle-free. And you are likely to be eligible for a special bonus. For more detailed information, call 020 8427 3355 – or use our National Line 0330 311 2845. Rainbow offers a ‘referral bonus’ of £500 if you are a carer and can refer someone to us interested in being a carer. Once they receive their first placement, you will receive the bonus payment.
Meet the challenge and open your heart and your home to a foster child in 2019.
We are also looking for kind and dedicated people to care for teenagers and sibling groups. Parent and child placements are another category of fostering that we need to encourage more people to consider. For all these different types of fostering, we provide outstanding support and training.
There is also specialist training for people wanting to specialise in fostering therapeutically. Whatever questions you might have, call us on 020 8427 3355.
In the meantime, it would be a good idea to list two of our web pages that provide even more information on these particular subjects.
Foster Care Fortnight 2019.
If you are interested, this is the first week of the annual Foster Care Fortnight campaign. This is run by the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. You can follow the campaign – as well as all the excellent work being done by individuals and organisations – on social media. Look out for the hashtags: #changeafuture #FCF19
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The call goes out for more carers in Essex
May 13th, 2019
It is the goal of the council to attract more people into fostering. They are putting on a drive to find more 100 new foster carers during Foster Care Fortnight. This is the annual campaign run by the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. The fostering team manager at Essex County Council is Corrie Castleman. She stated – “We need more people to welcome a child into their family as every vulnerable child in Essex needs and deserves a safe, supportive and fun-loving home to inspire our children to become well-adjusted young adults that can positively contribute to society.”