What we offer?
At the fostering team we provide a range of services to make sure that foster carers are supported and trained to be able to get the most out of fostering. We find therapeutic fostering solutions to fostering issues and offer guidance, support and advice:
- Regular meetings with a therapeutic practitioner in your own home
- Joining a reflective practice groups facilitated by a qualified therapist
- Access to telephone support
- Regular consultation with a child psychotherapeutic specialist
- Theoretical seminars to underpin your understanding of iTF
We believe it is crucial for you as foster carers to know the people you work with, and for us to know you and our children. This team approach is how we work at Childhood First integrated Therapeutic Fostering.
We are made up of frontline professionals who understand children and young people’s services and fostering. All of us have experience of local authority work, as well as voluntary agency, children’s residential services and other child care services. We are part of a multi-disciplinary team and have access to our fellow team colleagues’ knowledge, skills and experience. We all work with a focus and passion to offer children and young people the opportunity to turn their lives around.
We are a small and friendly team, where we all know each other, staff, children and foster carers. We see ourselves all as part of a team and work together proactively. We all work together to promote the emotional wellbeing of children on their journey of recovery.
We have listened to what foster carers have said, and are aware that people need to feel that they are valued; and part of something they want and are proud to belong to. Fostering families should have a say in decision making and issues that affect them. We actively involve foster carers and children in developing our services.
Our philosophy is to care for our carers, so that they can care for our vulnerable children. Carers, children and young people know we care, even at times when they are not coping well.