Reflective Fostering Success

21 June 2019

Reflective Fostering Group

Liverpool City Council Fostering Service are the first in the North West to offer a 'Reflective Fostering' course, in partnership with NSPCC.  The programme launched in April 2019 and in a phased approach it will be offered to all of Liverpool's Foster Carers.

The course aims to help foster carers build and maintain supportive relationships and mutual trust with the children in their care.  During the 10 week course, Foster Carers share and reflect on different scenarios they have experienced, and consider the meanings behind different behaviours. 

They are then given specific skills and techniques to increase their confidence when dealing with different scenarios, emotions and behaviours that maybe as a result of trauma the child has experienced.

As well as improving their day to day experiences with their foster children, the ultimate goal of the training is to strengthen relationships and mutual trust, resulting in better futures for the children.

Foster carers commented that they have seen an instant benefit to the training and they have already begun to apply their new skills on an everyday basis...

Paula said "It has given us confidence to apply the tools, because we know they are having an impact.  Its about using empathy, seeing things from the child's point of view and gaining a better understanding of yourself, which is a very powerful tool"  

"It will help build the child's confidence, self-esteem, self-respect, ability to do new things, build relationships, and to not be afraid of the big wide world that is out there"

Jason Mather, Course Facilitator (NSPCC) commented "We've received excellent feedback about the course.  The foster carers felt that the training is both child and foster carer centred, and has given them a supportive environment where they can be open and honest about their experiences as carers"  

The reflective fostering course was developed by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) in collaboration with the NSPCC.

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