Making Placements Work & Managing Placement Breakdown
This course is designed to equip carers with the necessary skills to create a positive and supportive environment for children and young people in foster care. It aims to enable them to cope with their challenges and improve their life chances. As a carer, providing a secure base for children who have experienced abuse and neglect in the past can be challenging. This course recognises this fact and offers practical solutions to help carers create and maintain a stable placement.
The course covers the various stages of placement breakdown and its impact on all parties involved. Carers will gain insights into managing their emotional state effectively and supporting the child more efficiently. The course also delves into why a child might sabotage their placement and how to use a safe base model to re-engage with the child and stabilise the placement.
To ensure a successful placement, carers need to adopt a model of parenting based on the four caregiving dimensions consistent with attachment theory: promoting trust in availability, promoting reflective function, promoting self-esteem, and promoting autonomy. Additionally, the course includes a fifth dimension, promoting family membership, to provide children in long-term foster care with a sense of identity and belonging. With these tools, carers can offer a supportive environment that enables children to thrive and improve their life chances.
- To increase knowledge of the factors affecting a child's ability to cope in foster care
- To explore what you are trying to achieve for the children you look after
- To identify ways to work with the child and significant others to improve their life chances
- To help children and young people understand their strengths can build on these
- Have an understanding of Resilience
- Understand the five critical areas for a child's functioning
- Understand the common causes of placement breakdown
- Recognise the underlying triggers within both parties that can lead to a placement breaking down
- Identify the events and behaviours that can make placement breakdown more likely
- Identify actions that can be taken to minimise the chances of an arrangement breaking down
- Identify support needs and networks in the event of a placement breakdown
This course is for Foster Carers and Adopters as well as their Supervising Social Workers. It is also suitable for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.
Format: This is a live training session through the platform "Zoom". It includes taught sections, small group work, work in pairs, and whole group discussions.
Hand-outs & Certificates: Downloadable course notes and certificates of attendance are provided.