Supporting Our Carers During Lock-down
As this pandemic has meant we cant provide face to face training, in the East Midlands region we have been sending out copies of Sarah Naish’s A-Z of Therapeutic Parenting to support our foster families in understanding and responding therapeutically to some of the behaviours of the children they are caring for , particularly in these extra stressful times. Feedback so far has been really positive; here is a review from some carers who put some of the strategies into action straight away.
“We really enjoyed reading and learning from this book, as it breaks down and explains the complexities of childhood trauma and experiences to a level that can be understood by anyone. Part one provided us with an introduction that helped us to understand the basic reasoning behind why children behave in certain ways. This was very eye-opening and allowed us to enter our foster children’s minds and empathise with them on a deeper level. We have also learnt that concepts such as ‘remorse’ develop within children between the ages of 6 and 7, however, that is only if children are ‘securely attached,’ this was very interesting and gave us a rough idea of when to expect these developments in our foster children and the importance of ensuring that they are securely attached by this age. We have also learnt about the PACE and PARENTS models; these are useful acronyms and we will apply them when exercising therapeutic parenting. Chapter 6 provides us with responses and strategies to common behavioural issues, we have highlighted and placed sticky notes around the behaviours that our foster children present so we can easily access this information. Overall, we have found this book really helpful and accessible, it provides realistic support and ideas for managing challenging behaviour.”
Thinking of becoming a Foster Carer?
We are currently recruiting foster carers in the East Midlands Area, particularly in Derbyshire. If you would like to find out more and discuss fostering with us you can call us free on 0800 019 11 65 or fill out the contact form below: