Parent and child placements are provided for parents and their children to give them the best opportunity of staying together in care. Most commonly, placements are for mother and their baby but it can also be for the father and also older children. Parent and child placements are often a preferred alternative to residential care.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop skills and knowledge for working with mother and baby placements
  2. Understanding of the different needs of the baby and parent in placement
  3. Clarity on the differences between caring for a foster baby and caring for a parent and baby placement
  4. Understanding the different requirement from Local Authorities depending on the needs of the parent and child
  5. Know how to record information on Parent and Child placements including completion of the assessment documentation
  6. How to identify risk in a Parent and Child Placement
  7. Know how to practice safeguarding in your home confidently
  8. Understand the importance of Placement Agreement Meetings

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 and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate

This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

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