We believe that wherever possible children and young people should be fostered therapeutically to support them through the difficulties they have experienced.
Therapy means different things to different people, and many imagine therapy to be an individual session with a qualified therapist.
This traditional experience of therapy is important for some children to help them recover from trauma, but being fostered therapeutically means being cared for by foster carers who have been helped to think about their foster child’s behaviour in therapeutic way.
We are indebted to Dan Hughes and Kim Golding, authors of ‘Creating Loving Attachments: Parenting with PACE’ which is helping Fostering People to support our foster carers to care therapeutically.
Their work provides a model that parents and carers can follow to incorporate love, play, acceptance, curiosity and empathy into their day to day parenting.
Through their many years of experience, Dan Hughes and Kim Golding have established that these elements are vital to a child’s development, especially for children who have experienced attachment difficulties and will enable children to again feel confident, secure and happy.
Working with PACE our carers are able to better understand children’s experiences, helping to achieve greater patience and understanding of behaviour and therefore helping our carers to respond to negative behaviour rather than react to it. For children in our care, PACE helps children to develop trust and become more receptive to the guidance, love and support of their carers.
We are fortunate in that Kim Golding has provided training to our social workers to support this approach and as foster carers you are able to access “Reflect groups” run by a qualified therapist that promote this style of parenting and enable foster carers to learn and help each other.