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As the nation’s demand for foster carers continually increases, so does the demand for carer’s interested in looking after children with complex needs. This type of fostering is known as therapeutic foster care, and refers to being able to provide extra assistance to troubled children who may struggle with mental health issues. Many children have experienced trauma prior to being Looked After and therefore need additional support from their foster carer. Being a therapeutic foster carer allows you to provide a sense of sanctuary to a young person with complex needs, whilst also being able to facilitate the mental...

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The definition of a care leaver is a young person aged between 16 and 25 years, who has been ‘looked after’ at some point since they were 14 years old, and would have been in care on or after their 16th birthday. As a care leaver in the UK, you are entitled to ongoing support and help from the Children’s Services after you have left care. Typically in England, the leaving care age is 18 years old – however, in some circumstances, some people can leave care earlier. Typical support from the Children’s Services can come in the form of providing...

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Also known as parent and child fostering, fostering young mothers and babies is a common type of foster care. As a carer for a mother and baby fostering placement, you’d be able to facilitate keeping a family together through a difficult time. The demand for parent and child foster carers is always high as this is a specialist type of fostering, which can be particularly appealing for those who want to foster a baby while supporting the infant’s mother simultaneously. Mother and baby fostering, or parent and child fostering, refers to a fostering placement where the mother or father, or...

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