Things foster carers need to know: FULL SERIES
A series of accessible pamphlets for foster carers
In today’s world, foster carers may have to respond to a wide range of sensitive and difficult issues that their fostered children or young people may encounter. As a carer, you may find these subjects hard to discuss, have little personal experience of them, or not know how best to approach them. This series of informative and accessible pamphlets will enable you to broach sensitive topics, respond to your child’s difficulties, recognise if your child is exposed to problematic situations, and safeguard and support them.
How would you know if a young person belonged to a gang or was in danger of being groomed by one? What should you look out for? How can you help to steer them away and keep them safe?
Cyberbullying, live streaming, online grooming, sexting, gaming…What are the implications for young people? How can you help a young person be safe online and reap the benefits of the internet while steering them away from its dangers?
What does radicalisation mean? Are fostered children at greater risk of being radicalised? What attracts young people to extremist ideologies and how can you, as a carer, detect the signs that a child may be being groomed?
Why do children self-harm? Can and should they be stopped, or are there other ways to help children to express and manage their feelings in less risky ways and to promote self-esteem? Where can you get advice?
How can you help a young person in your care to develop healthy attitudes to sexual relationships? What about sexting and keeping safe online? What can you do to encourage safe sex and further an understanding of consent?
Who are these pamphlets for?
These pamphlets will be of great help to both new and experienced foster carers, and those who are looking after both children and young people. Social workers may also find the information useful.
Henrietta Bond is a writer, coach and communications consultant who has worked in the fields of adoption, fostering and leaving care for nearly 30 years. She has written a number of guides and her trilogy of novels for teenagers, the Control Freak series, came out of her close work with children and young people.