New Service – Therapeutic fostering
Increasingly, research in the field of neuroscience is now showing how relationships can impact a child’s development. Healing relationships are needed to help the child to recover and to heal. Foster carers who are trained and supported to provide this type of relationship have a unique opportunity to facilitate the healing process.
Parent and child
This type of placement is provided to a mother and/or father and their child(ren) where foster carers can provide support and guidance to the parent(s) and help them develop parenting skills.
Compass Fostering acknowledges the complexity and diversity of such placements and recognises the importance of recruiting skilled and experienced foster carers. It is important that carers are able to provide a fully supervised environment where parents can develop the skills necessary to be a positive influence in their child’s life. Parent and Child work requires very close supervision and good basic child care knowledge. Foster carers provide comprehensive recordings that contribute towards the parenting assessment and court proceedings. Existing carers who wish to undertake this work will need to complete specific training to help them develop their knowledge, skills and confidence.
Carers opting to foster in this way would not normally be able to undertake any other paid work as supervision levels are often much higher with such placements and carers need to attend greater numbers of meetings.
There is a real shortage of fostering families who can offer unaccompanied asylum seeking children a safe refuge from other countries who have often been affected by traumatic experiences. Many unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the UK have travelled for miles to escape horrific incidents in their homelands. A child may require support such as coming to terms with family loss or adapting to cultural changes; but ultimately these are children or young teenagers that need a secure and safe place and to understand they are not alone.
Compass Fostering already have a number of foster carers that provide a safe home and as a foster carer for Compass will help you access resources to assist you in caring for children seeking asylum. In the multi-cultural society we live in today there are opportunities for foster carers to provide links to their wider community such as trips to the mosque and churches of all denominations. Some young people will have little or no command of the English language and we will help seek links with specialist agencies. It is important to respect their cultural believes and religion but ultimately shelter, protection and love is what they will need.
Some children and young people have experienced extremely traumatic events. Many present challenging behaviours and have particular vulnerabilities that mean very few families would be able to care for them. Carers who are experienced in managing unusual behaviours may feel able to look after such children and help them to understand more normal ways of interacting; developing better social skills; help them to form lasting attachments and trust and respect adults.
Carers who offer intensive fostering are not easily fazed or daunted by children who want to test their patience. They are however able to show love, affection and give lots of encouragement and praise in appropriate ways for even the smallest positive act.
Step down fostering
The Compass Community has a number of children’s homes across the country and we need carers to take children who are assessed as ready to leave these homes and participate in family life. This can be a difficult transition after a period living in a group setting even if a young person wants this. Staff across the organisation will support carers and children in this planned process.
Remand fostering offers safe family accommodation for alleged young offenders from the age of 10, while they are awaiting trial or sentencing, or when they are released early from custody to serve part of the sentence in the community.
Foster carers look after children with disabilities, including physical and learning difficulties and complex health needs. They then provide them with the support they need and also encourage them to become part of both the Compass Community and to be integrated into the wider world. Children are matched with carers who have or will be given the appropriate specialist training in order to help them meet these needs.
Staying Put /supported lodgings 18+
All young people find the transition to adulthood a daunting prospect to some degree. For those who have suffered a disrupted childhood it may be more difficult. We aim to provide all the young people fostered with us, the skills and knowledge to help them in their growing up. Our trained carers and staff will support young people in preparing young adults for independent living, providing them with the tools to shape their own futures in the wider world.
This type of placement is designed to help young people aged 18 years upwards, offering them an opportunity to remain with carers whom they have lived with for some time in a safe and supportive environment where they can learn greater independence skills in order to move on into their own self-supported accommodation.
Young people may need your help to manage their money, budget for things, make healthy lifestyle choices, access work or further education or develop confidence and social skills.
Foster carers offering this type of placement often continue being approved as standard foster carers although this type of fostering has a very different focus and approach.
There are times when Compass Fostering will be called upon to support a family, by providing short term periods of respite care perhaps to avoid a longer term fostering placement or where there are circumstances which make life difficult within the family to care continually for a young person.
This type of support may also be necessary following a child’s return to live with their own family.