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Parent and child placements

What is a parent and child placement?

Young parent reading to childParent and child placements are a specialist type of fostering where a young parent, usually a mother and baby, comes to stay with you at a time when they need extra support.

The young mum might be having difficulties looking after their new baby, or need some extra help and advice so that they can do it well. Sometimes there might be concerns about drug or alcohol use, or it might be a learning difficulty or mental health problems that are making parenting difficult.

Rather than referring struggling young parents to residential units to have their parenting assessed, a foster home can equip them with the extra parental support they may need. Going into foster care gives young families a much better chance of staying together.

Types of parent and child fostering

  • Assessment placements – these usually last for last around 12 weeks and involve completing an assessment report of the parent’s ability to care for their child
  • Pre-birth placements – to help prepare the parent for the birth of their child by supporting them to understand their own needs and the needs of their baby
  • Parenting supporting placements – these are offered to parents who need help with learning how to provide basic care, safety, warmth and guidance for their child. This type of placement can also be offered if the parent needs a safe place to live

Could you help a young parent and child stay together?

Fostering a young family can be challenging as well as rewarding, so you’ll receive specialist training from us as well as support throughout your time as a parent and child foster carer.

The training covers everything relating to caring for, assessing and safeguarding a young family, including:

  • How parents form relationships with their children
  • How to assess their parenting skills
  • How to support a parent with a learning disability

You’ll also receive frequent visits from your dedicated social worker, and you’ll have the option of therapy to help you care for your parent and child.

Think a parent and child placement could be for you? Please get in touch.

How can we help?

Ready to start fostering a child or young person? Or just want a bit more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you? All you need to do is contact us.

  • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
  • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
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Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we're here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

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  • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
  • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
  • Please enter your postcode to see news and events in you area
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Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we,re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

Call me back

Haven't got time to chat now? Leave your details and we'll call you back at a time that suits you:

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