£50,000 boost for foster care agreed at Full Council

Release Date: 08 March 2018

Foster care services received a £50,000 boost in the Council’s latest Budget, agreed at Full Council last week.

The funding will provide therapeutic childcare training for staff and carers who are looking after some of the most vulnerable children in the borough.

A ‘therapeutic’ approach to childcare means better understanding how children in care’s previous experiences affect them, considering their emotional needs and helping them to build resilience. This supplements traditional trauma-focused and cognitive-behavioural therapy and counselling which are crucial to helping children in care.

The funding will cover three specific areas:

  • Therapeutic child care training course for social workers and other staff
  • Therapeutic child care training course for carers who are looking after foster children in the borough
  • Ongoing consultation and support by a therapeutic lead

Cllr Susan Chappell, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said:

“Children placed in foster care often come from traumatic and destabilising backgrounds and have a wide range of complex needs which require a lot of tailored support.

“We want our foster carers, and the supervising social workers supporting them, to have a better understanding of every child’s ‘back story’ and to develop an individualised parenting strategy that responds to each child’s needs.

“In line with our drive to recruit new foster carers for Richmond’s children this funding will provide training and ongoing support so they can provide the best possible care and stability to the children place with them. I would like to thank all our foster carers for what they do to improve children’s lives on a daily basis and who are an inspiration to us all”.

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Reference: P141/18

Updated: 29 March 2018