A wish list from foster care

13 things carers want from fellow professionals...

What do foster carers want?

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After responding in-depth to a previous post, I asked Melody Barrow to write her wish list – the things that she and her fellow foster carers want to say to other professionals, particularly to social workers.

Here’s what she wrote…

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The State of Foster Care

Fostering Network's 2016 report...

I’m a passionate believer in the value of foster care.

In fact I think it’s the Gold Standard for helping troubled kids who can’t live at home.

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So what sort of state is the nation’s fostering system currently in?

So, how’s fostering doing?…

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A model for helping troubled kids to recover…

The Trauma Recovery Model...

Ever felt lost for what to do next with a child or young person? Wondering what on earth you can do to make a difference?

Wouldn’t it be great to have map to show you the way?

TRM schematic ©Jonny Matthew & Tricia Skuse

TRM schematic ©Jonny Matthew & Tricia Skuse

Well now there’s a model which brings together needs, behaviour and interventions. It also takes account of development and suggests the sequence in which interventions should be applied.

Back to the drawing board…

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How to promote good mental health…

...in Looked After Children...

Life can be tough. Particularly for kids in the care system.

The very fact of being in care means life has already been very tough!

Image courtesy ©123rf/Jacqueline Moore (adapted)

Image courtesy ©123rf/Jacqueline Moore (adapted)

Aside of meeting children’s physical needs for a place to live, there are the huge needs that spring from family separation and a poor start in life. So…

How do we promote good mental health for Looked After kids?…

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Why foster carers should have all the info on each child they look after…

Surely foster carers know everything they need to know before a child comes to live with them… Don’t they?

Well, no. Not always.

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Oleksandr Nebrat (adapted)

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Oleksandr Nebrat (adapted)

In fact, quite often they are not told key things that relate to safety.

Why we should come clean with foster carers…

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