Making Placements Work: Training for Foster Carers and Social Workers
Successful placements enable children and young people to cope in foster care and support their positive life chances. This course will empower carers to take a ‘strengths-based’ approach to supporting children in their care. It acknowledges the challenges foster carers face when providing a secure base for foster children who may have backgrounds of abuse and neglect. Separation and loss often experienced through multiple placements, increases the likelihood of difficulties in placement.
Successful placements require the carers to utilise a model of parenting that uses four caregiving dimensions consistent with attachment theory: promoting trust in availability, promoting reflective function, promoting self-esteem, and promoting autonomy. A fifth dimension, promoting family membership, is included as it reflects the need for children in long-term foster family care to experience the security that comes from a sense of identity and belonging.
- 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 and that they are able to build on these
- Have an understanding of resilience
- Understand the five key areas for a child’s functioning
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.