Therapeutic fostering is becoming increasingly important. A rising number of children coming into the care system have experienced trauma. Figures from the recent foster care stocktake under ‘category of need’ record that 65% of children have experienced abuse or neglect. Such youngsters can find it difficult to trust people and build relationships. As their needs are complex, their behaviour can be challenging. Depression, anger and withdrawn behaviour is not uncommon amongst these children. Carers who have been trained in therapeutic fostering can help them build trusting and enduring relationships. When in a therapeutic fostering placement a young person may well receive additional therapy. This is designed to help them overcome the trauma that h=ave undergone.
A therapeutically trained foster carer will have received special training. This means that they are able to create a supportive environment for a child or young person who has experienced trauma. The foster carer will be well placed to understand the consequences of the negative experiences the child has undergone. With this comprehension, the carer will have the skills to then support the child’s emotional, psychological and social development.
Therapeutic fostering requires foster carers to be adaptable. This is because no two cases are alike. Each child will have undergone unique experiences. For some, though not necessarily all, a programme of ongoing therapy will be required. The carer, having been trained, will have a deeper understanding of the underlying reasons for a child’s behaviour. This means they can play a key role in supporting whatever programme of therapy is decided upon. Therapeutic fostering skills promote the kind of knowledge, consistent care and support that guards against placement breakdowns. It is when placements are repeatedly disrupted, that the long term effects for an already traumatised child can be so damaging.
Just about everything – in terms of the future prospects of a child or young person. When a child can be helped by a skilled therapeutically trained foster carer, their life can literally be transformed. Perhaps for the first time ever in their life, a child may be able to start to enjoy friendships and feel a sense of self esteem. This means that a foster carer can make an incredible difference to the life and prospects of a child. Being able to receive consistent understanding and support gives a child confidence. It can enable them to develop socially and succeed with their education. People skilled in therapeutic fostering can literally give a child a life with hope and genuine prospects. No mean achievement!
If you are already a trained foster carer, you can chose to step forward for specialist training. It is likely you will have come across children with emotional problems already. The training we provide as part of our ‘Turnaround’ Programme, will sharpen your skills and equip you with the strategies needed for providing close support for children who have experienced trauma. Elements of the training will cover working alongside clinical psychologists we have. Whatever therapeutic programme is devised for a young person, the training you have will mean you can support this in the home. Deciding on therapeutic fostering also means realising you will be working within a tight knit team supporting the child or young person. Accurate record keeping is essential so that changes to the support that is in place can be finely tuned.
If you are applying for the first time to be a foster carer and are interested in therapeutic fostering, then we will provide a lot more detail about the kinds of young people that need such care. We will also inform you about the additional training available with the opportunity to acquire a qualification in therapeutic fostering. It can be advantageous if your working life has involved contact with children and young people. A background in youth work, education, the police or children’s services can be particularly useful. Such direct experience is not essential. Many therapeutic foster carers will have raised their own families or have had contact with the children of relatives or friends.
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To recap, Rainbow will support you to discover all you need to know about therapeutic fostering. We have a range of training methods – including training online, group training, therapeutic foster care uk or face to face training. So if you wish to find out more – please call 020 8427 3355 or our National line 0330 311 2845.
And in the UK fostering news:
The Foster care stocktake – a missed opportunity?
6th, February 2018
The Department for Education’s fostering stocktake report has today been published. The much awaited report into the state of the nation’s foster care is likely to divide opinion. Already the leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, has (more) http://bit.ly/2e8PrIK
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