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Team Parenting® – putting foster children first

When you foster a child with us, you don’t raise them alone. You’re part of a team of people who are all committed to helping foster children have the happiest, healthiest future.

It’s called Team Parenting® – a network of childcare experts who may work with each child or young person to look after every single area of their well-being. These experts include therapists, education workers, social workers and support workers. The child’s birth parents may also be involved.

 

What are the principles of Team Parenting®? 

There are many different principles of Team Parenting® that our experts adhere to. These are:

  • All our services treat foster children, young people and their carers as individuals
  • Strengths and relationship-based
  • Every interaction with foster children or young people has the potential to be therapeutic
  • Planning and goal setting
  • All our services work together so foster care is well-structured and coordinated
  • Our standards of practice underpin everything we do.

What are the components of Team Parenting®?

Team parenting® is guided by our ethos and a range of therapeutic interventions.

Our ethos is to establish safety and stability for all children and young people so that they can form positive, attached relationships with their carers. It doesn’t matter if a child’s needs are standard, complex or specialist.

Achieving recovery and resilience however, can sometimes be a complex therapeutic task that takes years. In these cases, we may work with the local authority that placed the young person to provide therapeutic interventions.

How we promote the Team Parenting® ethos 

In order to help foster children, young people and carers feel safe and secure, we:

  • Hold regular events throughout the year to help foster carers, children and young people bond and have fun together
  • Host carer therapy groups so our carers can learn new skills as well as share experiences with one another
  • Use reflective practice, in order to help foster children and young people use their own experiences to become happier, and more confident
  • Aiding carers with social worker support, to help with their own feelings and introduce new opportunities for foster carers to learn or challenge themselves
  • Provide access to a comprehensive training programme including mandatory classroom training on child development and attachment, with the aim to promote positive behaviour, communication and teamwork.

Our culture means everyone involved in Team Parenting® shares what they know and works together regularly to help each foster child or young person.

Find out more about Team Parenting®

If you would like to learn more about how Team Parenting® can help you as a foster carer, contact our support team today by calling 01527 810446, or send us a message through our enquiry form.

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.

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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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? 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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