Providing foster care for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, trauma and loss, is highly demanding. The complex needs of these children require foster carers to have robust mental health and well-being.
Foster carers are at risk of experiencing Compassion Fatigue. This is generally defined as a state of emotional and physical burnout combined with secondary traumatic stress.
Because the foster carer’s home is also their place of work, there is little opportunity to take a break, rest and re-charge. As well as affecting their mental health and well-being, this situation also impacts the quality and consistency of care provided to the vulnerable children they look after.
Are you and your agency aware of the signs of compassion fatigue?
Compassion Fatigue Training – Learning Outcomes:
- Analyse factors which lead to compassion fatigue in your work
- Identify coping strategies that you can use to increase your resiliency
- Develop ways to find support for yourself and give support to your colleagues
Is this course for me?
This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.
Level: beginner / intermediate