As a foster carer, you are the main agent of change in a child or young person’s life. We know that looking after a child isn’t easy at times. But we believe that understanding what lies beneath can make all the difference to your foster child and to you.
How our Therapy Service works with you
You will have the chance to spend time with one of our therapists talking about your foster child. This is an opportunity to discuss any difficulties you are having with them, or things which are causing you concern. Our therapists will work with you to help you look underneath challenging behaviour, to understand why it’s happening and what’s causing it. By doing this, they will help you to develop new ways of dealing with your foster child’s behaviour, so that you can better respond to their psychological, emotional and behavioural needs.
If your looked after child has very complex needs, you’ll be invited to attend Team Parenting® meetings. These meetings are a space for everyone involved in a young person’s care to come together and share their experience and observations of the child, and come up with ideas and solutions for them. Find out more about Team Parenting®.
How Therapy Service can help children and young people
When it comes to therapy support, we don’t just look after our foster carers, we can also provide joint therapeutic work for the child in your care. This is particularly important for helping children settle in to a new placement and trust you as a foster carer.
Joint therapy involves you and the child attending a session together. These family-friendly sessions can involve a number of different activities, such as role play, using sand trays to create small worlds, making stories, using art and drama, or perhaps just talking.
As well as having the opportunity to talk individually with a therapist, you also have the chance to attend specialist therapeutic training.
These one and two-day courses are designed to develop your therapeutic knowledge and skills, so that you can gain new insights into how a foster child might be behaving and find new ways of dealing with it. The courses are also a great opportunity to get to know other foster carers and learn from one another’s experiences.
Here is what some of our foster carers have said about attending our therapeutic training:
“We’ve been fostering for 30 years and this course has given us a completely different outlook on children’s behaviour. Before the course, we found negative behaviour difficult to cope with – now we see it as a sign of a problem underneath and can look for the cause of the behaviour.”
“We are much calmer in our approach and now we know to focus on the cause of the behaviour and not the behaviour itself.”
Find out more about our Therapy Service
You won’t always need our therapeutic support; but when you do, we’re right here. To find out more about our therapy services and how we help you with fostering a child, give us a call on 0800 434 6000 or fill-in our online enquiry form.