We’ve been placing children and young people with foster carers for almost 20 years, so we truly understand that some children require a little more support than others. We also know that some placements can be more challenging than others.
That’s where Team Parenting® comes in. As part of our Therapy Service, Team Parenting® is our unique approach to fostering – a carer-led support network that enables you to provide the best possible level of care to your foster child.
What’s involved in Team Parenting®?
Team Parenting® is an integrated model of foster care based on therapeutic thinking and practice. It ensures that each foster child is looked after by a ‘parenting team’ who work together to ensure that the care they provide addresses all the child’s needs.
As the foster parent, a close-knit team of professionals will meet with you regularly to help you provide the best level of support for the child or young person in your care.
This team could include a supervising social worker, therapist, education officer, CYPSS worker and external professionals, such as teachers, CAMHS workers and the child’s social worker.
Everyone will get together to share their professional experience and ideas for how to improve things for the child. The idea behind Team Parenting® is to make sure that everyone involved in the placement has a shared understanding of the difficulties the child is facing and the issues underlying them.
Our therapists play a central role in our Team Parenting® model. They ensure that other professionals, such as foster carers and social workers, understand how traumatic and abusive experiences can affect a young person, before educating them on how to respond therapeutically to a young person’s needs.
As the foster carer, your feedback is crucial and can lead to a much better understanding of the child’s internal world. That’s why you’re at the heart of our Team Parenting® model.
Team Parenting® in practice
Team Parenting® offers different levels of support depending on the needs of the child in your care.
For example, if a young person is struggling to settle in their foster placement, we can provide joint therapy sessions where the child and foster carer will meet with a therapist to work through their issues.
If a young person has been excluded from school and is struggling to keep up with their education, our education officers will provide one-to-one tuition to help them keep on top of their work and return to mainstream education.
Or, if a child has a behavioural disorder, our CYPSS workers can take them on trips and involve them in activities that will help them to engage with other children and burn off some additional energy.
Find out more about Team Parenting®
Want to learn more about how Team Parenting® can help you as a foster carer? Contact our support team today by calling 0800 434 6000 or send us a message through our enquiry form.