The Importance of a Clinical Therapist
In terms of importance, the psychological wellbeing of a foster child is every bit as crucial as the secure shelter and safety that a placement brings them.
At Perpetual Fostering, we pride ourselves on our holistic approach to placements, including instilling a sense of community, to support vulnerable youngsters as best we can. Once the hurdle of replacing an unstable situation with solid parenting is passed, a real priority of ours is to heal any damage done.
A prime example of how we go about building a sense of community, is in seeking out the help of clinical therapists, and specialised social services that operate as part of a local authority. Over time, this helps demonstrate to the child the value of a surrounding network of caring human beings. But what exactly does a clinical therapist do? Simply put, a clinical therapist is there to support foster carers as they strive to better meet the emotional needs of foster children.
Likwise, if you’re a carer and you notice troubling behavioural characteristics in a foster child, there are frameworks of support set up to assist you. For example, your local authority will have a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service team. These are the people you would contact – via your supervising social worker – if any of the following behavioural quirks, or events, crop up repeatedly:
- school anxiety
- trouble sleeping
- persistent oppositional behaviours
- sadistic behaviours
- fear of being alone
- a lack of self-awareness
- defects in the capacity to build or maintain relationships
If several of the above present themselves, your first priority should always be to contact your social worker. As important it may seem to speedily liaise with professional help – to arrange a therapy appointment, for example – our fostering protocol is in place for a reason. It’s important to remember that as a foster carer with us, you’re never alone, so you shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch with us about anything that’s on your mind related to your role.
In the Ofsted 2014 assessment of Perpetual Fostering, we’re thrilled to say that we were rated ‘Good’ in Overall Effectiveness, alongside a ‘Good’ for our Quality of Service. We’re confident this reflects our commitment to a well-rounded fostering service – one that provides the full spectrum of support for vulnerable young people.