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 which uses four care giving 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.

Learning Outcomes:  

  1. Increased knowledge of the factors affecting a child’s ability to cope in foster care
  2. Clarity around what the carer is trying to achieve for children in their care
  3. Have ways to work with the child and significant others to improve their life chances
  4. To help children and young people understand their strengths and be able to build on these
  5. Understand how to build resilience
  6. Understand the five care giving dimensions

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.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

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