101 Foster Tips: Personal Development of Foster Children
Regardless of the type of foster placement you may be involved in, or how long it is expected to last, being able to promote stable and healthy behaviours within foster children will be a crucial factor to the success of the placement, as well as the long-term development of each child or young person.
There are often a variety of reasons why children and young people get taken into foster care, but it is regularly suggested that those children in care do require much more emotional and behavioural support, when compared to children of the same age who don’t enter the care system.
As a leading foster agency, providing each foster child with a loving, caring and secure home where they are made to feel safe and protected is certainly one of our main priorities. In fact, the advice and support we supply on how to prepare to foster helps to ensure that all children and young people are made to feel part of the family, right from the very start of the placement.
Additionally, the development of foster children through the build up of trust, a stable school life and the acquisition of suitable boundaries is also one of the most important elements within every foster placement.
Ultimately, the training, support and advice you’ll be given by our team of experienced social workers is designed not only to make foster children feel safe and secure, but also allows them to become more confident, positive and settled within their lives.
Joanne, our Fostering Services Manager, suggests that all foster carers, whether young or old, should always ‘attend the foster carer training arranged by the agency. Not only will you enhance your skill set, but you will learn from the experiences of other foster carers.’
In our most recent Ofsted report we were commended for the ways in which our foster carers have achieved the required development, support and training standards in just one year of approval.
Take a look at what our foster carers have to say about personal development in foster care
“I look to be as positive as possible at all times because they have already had a lot of negativity in their lives. They pick up on the way you behave and it really helps them to be more positive themselves.” – Cathryn
“You’ve got to have a bit of patience and be creative to find the route that works. You can push certain buttons which will work with some young people but with others they won’t.” – Alison
“Sometimes being persistent works. We had a young lad who wanted to go to sleep every night with the television on. We tried to substitute this with a night-light instead. It took time to change but we stuck with it and it eventually worked.” – Cathie
“Be flexible. Your goal may be to get a child from A to B and you’ll have a plan to get them there but for whatever reason you can hit a brick wall. You may not know why, you may never find out why, but in order to progress you might just need to find a different route.” – Alison
“If they do tell you something significant, you have to take a decision on what you do with that. If it is something you are concerned about and you sit on it when they could benefit from the help of a professional, you will not be helping. You need to write it down and let the agency team know as they have a wealth of experience and knowledge that could help.” – Cathryn
Interested in receiving more advice and information about the personal development of foster children? Perhaps you’ve recently become intrigued about foster care and would like to enquire about starting your fostering journey? Either way, we’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with our team today on 0845 074 0076.
Make sure you join us next week where we’ll be exploring how our fostering community deal with their paperwork.