Therapeutic Fostering is a specialist type of fostering for children and young people suffering emotionally and psychologically which often has an impact on their overall behaviour.
Therapeutic fostering enables them to learn what it means to be part of a family, allowing them to heal from past traumas and build positive relationships.
It gives young people the opportunity to access exceptional support and therapy whilst within the safe and secure setting of a family, guiding and assisting them to reach their potential.
As a foster carer you would be registered with Homefinding and fostering, Working in partnership with Childhood first, allowing you to access therapeutic support.
The partnership utilises the strengths, skills and expertise of the two organisations to offer the new integrated therapeutic fostering service.
Childhood first is a charity registered by the UK council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), that provides specialist therapeutic care, education and treatment to children
suffering severe emotional and behavioural disturbance as the result of early life trauma. Childhood first is renowned for its therapeutic approach which has evolved in response to the needs of some of society's most troubled children. At the heart of this, is the belief that the damage caused by relationships can most effectively healed by relationships.
You can find out more about Child Hood First at www.childhoodfirst.org.uk
Homefinding and Fostering is an independent fostering agency originally established in Kent in 1996. The agency offers a wide range of foster care placements all underpinned by the ethos of quality of care, integrity at all levels.
All our fostering families have 24/7 support from a dedicated locally based social worker, but you will also have access to a fully qualified therapist. Staff managing ITF placements will only look after up to 5 carers at a time so you can be assured of a high level of support.
You will be invited to attend a wide ranging training programme including high specialised therapeutic training and an opportunity to gain a certificate in integrated systemic therapy, endorsed by the University of Middlesex.
ITF is a whole family commitment that needs to be considered carefully and, although the challenges might be greater, so are the rewards. You will be paid a generous allowance for fostering a child through the itf Scheme.
You might already be a foster carer, or have experience of fostering, but you don't have to be.
Perhaps you have worked with young people on a professional level and you see this as a change of career.
You need to be willing to reflect upon your own behaviour in order to work therapeutically with a young person. But you won't have to do this alone. Alongside you will be a team of social workers and therapists.
You need to be robust, open minded and caring. You need to recognise a young person's practical and emotional needs and be able to respond to those on a long term basis.
Not all children are the same and we are looking for a wide range of carers able to meet the wide range of children and their diverse needs.
Great things are achievable with this different model of parenting.
There are greater needs and challenges but, with that, come greater rewards.