In response to encouraging feedback from our carers, we have introduced regular Foster Carer Support Groups and a Buddying scheme in order to increase and promote peer support for our carers.
Support Groups (10-2)
7th April 2017
11th May 2017
7th July 2017
12th October 2017
Reflective Practice Groups (10-2)
10th March 2017
9th June 2017
8th September 2017
8th December 2017
We recognise it can be really helpful to talk to someone else that lives in a fostering family, to share experiences, stories, advice and support. Having someone else there to talk to can be really beneficial for when a new carer is setting out, a placement ends, or just in general, because being a foster carer is such a unique, demanding role. We hope that offering a list of buddies will help widen connections and be a good starting point for those who might feel isolated, perhaps because of geography or other circumstances.
If you would be interested in supporting other carers with advice, opinions, or a listening ear, we would love to hear from you.
If you are interested in either being a buddy or finding a buddy to talk to, ask your supervising social worker or contact Claire Ghosh in the fostering team for details of the list of buddies and for more information (Claire.Ghosh@fairways.co).
Foster Carer Surgery
We are now working with a Clinical Psychologist who has a particular interest in trauma and its effects, and will be holding a monthly consultation surgery for foster carers. This is to explore puzzles, problems and challenges you may have in looking after your young person, identifying what might be happening and helping with specific strategies and support you can utilise or signposting and referring to other therapeutic services if these are thought necessary. Your supervising social worker will set out the problem in a written referral before the surgery, and the idea is that you would then both attend to discuss things in more detail. Follow up support and/or co-ordination to help access other services would then be provided. Surgery takes place on a Thursday morning each month and individual sessions within it are 20 minutes in length. Please contact your supervising social worker or Claire Ghosh in the fostering team for more information (Claire.Ghosh@fairways.co).
The Fostering team offers a systemic support service to help you in your foster care role. This could be useful if you, your young person, children or family are experiencing behaviours that are perceived as problematic and resulting in difficult feelings, tension or misunderstanding, however large or small. Systemic practice is a non-blaming approach that considers what is happening between people, in relationships, and explores the beliefs and context behind behaviours or problems so as to help create understanding and change. Systemic practitioners work with families, couples and individuals. Claire Ghosh is training to be a Systemic Practitioner, please contact her if you would like more information. Your supervising social worker will also suggest support if they identify a situation in which it might be helpful, for example, in preventing placement breakdown.