What is it about?

Foster carers look after distressed children and teenagers. Although they receive training, they often do not have direct support when they need it most, when their child is really struggling and difficult to care for. This paper suggests that in addition to training, foster carers are likely to benefit from regular ongoing reflective peer support and supervision.

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Why is it important?

There is a UK shortage of foster carers and many feel isolated and unsupported. Providing foster carers with regular reflective supervision would help them during difficult times and help stabilise vulnerable placements. This is important as changes in placement can be detrimental to children and teenagers.


I hope this article will draw attention to the challenges that foster carers face. They often deal with very challenging and distressed children with very little support. Providing solid regular support is financially a solid investment which is sadly lacking in many areas.

Dr Caryn Onions
The Mulberry Bush Organisation

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This page is a summary of: Retaining foster carers during challenging times: the benefits of embedding reflective practice into the foster care role, Adoption & Fostering, September 2018, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0308575918790433.
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