This commitment to providing high quality support is a cornerstone of our approach. Our heritage ensures a robust therapeutic approach to foster care, which sets us apart from our peers. As a foster carer with Caldecott Fostering, you benefit from our investment in you as professionals and unique individuals.
We are extremely proud of the work we do with children and young people who have experienced difficult times in their lives. We are committed to making sure they are safe, well-cared for and supported to achieve their ambitions and desires.
We are part of the Caldecott Foundation, a leading provider of therapeutic care and education who have been working with vulnerable children in the UK for more than 100 years.
At the heart of everything we do at Caldecott Fostering is a belief in and practice of a learning and development culture. This means we are continually curious, reflective and evaluative; and constantly seeking to improve our behaviour and practice. In order to ensure that this is the case we embed the following practices into our work:
- The Child’s voice, experiences, wishes and feelings is central
- *Therapeutic reparenting training and workshops for foster carers – NAOTP
- Commitment to clear policy and protocols
- Sharing and celebrating outstanding practice and progress
- Development of emotionally intelligent staff, foster carers, children and young people
- Tailored support valued by foster carers
- Clear focussed individual therapeutic plans
Therapeutic Parenting is a highly nurturing parenting approach, with empathy at its core
We use firm but fair boundaries and routines to aid the development of new neural pathways in the brain so children may gain trust in adults. And so their lower brain(survival brain) may connect with their higher brain (prefrontal cortex/thinking brain) so they can link cause and effect.
Using boundaries and routines helps children to understand there is consistency and predictably in their lives (they know they will have breakfast, lunch and tea plus snacks). TP advises you use visual timetables to support you children with this.
Respond with empathy using the PACE model (playfulness to connect and diffuse a situation, acceptance of the child whilst not accepting of aggression, curiosity to detect your child’s need all steeped in empathy).
The nature of fostering can be complex, challenging and demanding. This is because, fundamentally, fostering is about engaging with young people who for whatever reason have experienced fragmented and chaotic relationships and situations; abuse; insecure attachments and neglect. No one should be left feeling that they are solely responsible for this complex work without consistent and high quality, multi-layered support.
Ofsted and our foster carers both agree that the way we work as a team around the child reflects this reality.
Our relational model is a framework and a set of values to inform our interactions and decision making processes. It encourages creativity and innovation by our staff, foster carers and young people.
Knowledge and understanding of our model and applying it consistently ultimately supports young people to:
- Act out less, by understanding themselves better
- Acknowledge that their past experiences have influence on them now
- Engage, in education training development
- Accept that people need care and support
- Verbalise and appropriately communicate feelings and needs
- Develop safe and trusting relationships
- Invest in and value relationships and repair ruptures when they occur
Our high quality therapeutic support and excellent rates reflect how we value our foster carers. Don’t just take our word for it – why not ask them yourself? You can meet our foster carers for a coffee or chat to them at our Skills To Foster course.