We are searching for individuals who would be able to offer therapeutic care either on a full- time or part-time basis. This could even be for a few hours at a time to engage a child in activities to support the primary placement. It could also be to offer a home to older children to help and support them to access work or education.
You might already be a foster carer or it might be something you have thought about but our Therapeutic Parenting Pathway Team at South Gloucestershire Council will support you all the way to help a child or young person to recover from trauma in their lives (Adverse Childhood Experiences).
Each person or family will be assessed on their ability to provide the skilled care needed. You don’t have to have any specialist training already because we are looking for people who can respond to a child in a way to help them to trust and improve their future outcomes. This is more about attitudes and attributes which can be applied to the child’s individual needs. You need to be an empathic and sensitive person who can understand that experiences will shape behaviour. This means that you should have the skills to develop responses which are therapeutic and not reactive.
Our children and young people have complex needs but can also be extremely rewarding to care for. However, we recognise that they can make demands on personal and family resources. For this reason each child will have a bespoke package of care which could include regular “stay over” care (respite), therapy, support with education, mentoring, specialist support and the possibly of additional payments.
There will be very frequent Team Around the Family meetings to develop the package of care as it responds quickly to evolving need. The multi-disciplinary team aims to offer intensive support which is responsive to the needs of the whole family.