Foster care plays a pivotal role in the recovery process for many children exposed to trauma. The primary purpose of fostering is to provide an environment which not only mirrors a true home or family but saliently allowing a child exposed to adversity, a space where they are safe and nurtured.
Foster carers have the unique opportunity to imprint upon a child’s life, changing developmental pathways that may have been altered through exposure to trauma. Carers provide a source of stimulation and aide in core areas of the developmental process for children such as; attachment formation and cognitive & social development. It is important to recognise that carer’s involvement in aspects of education, health, well-being, sharing in fun activities, or helping a child navigate through personal difficulties influences considerable their trajectories.
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The Sutton Virtual School would like to acknowledge the tremendous work being undertaken by foster parents in supporting our children and young people. We also recognise that in execution of their role ongoing support is imperative. As such we provide face-to-face and virtual training in:
- Building relationships with CLA & CWSW
- How to mitigate challenging behaviours
- Supporting CLA & CWSW – emotional regulation
- Supporting CLA & CWSW with transition
- Trauma and attachment