Bullying can be a difficult and challenging issue for children and young people - and it can be even more challenging for foster children who may be dealing with additional issues related to their background and experiences. If you suspect that your foster child is being bullied, it's important to take action and to work with your child, their social worker, and other supportive adults to address the issue. This guide will provide you with the tools you need to help deal with foster child bullying, whether you are concerned your foster child is being bullied or concerned about the possibility of your foster child bullying others.
Bullying can take many different forms. It is a repeated and deliberate behaviour that is designed to hurt or harm someone. Bullying can have serious consequences both for the victim and the bully. Some common types of bullying include;
If you suspect your foster child is being bullied there are various signs to look out for. However, it’s important to remember that not all children who are being bullied will show these signs, and some might not show any signs at all.
It can be upsetting if you suspect your foster child is being bullied. It’s natural as a foster parent that you’d want to do everything within your power to help. The most important action you can take is to make sure your foster child knows they can come to you for support. Other ways you can support your foster child include.
It’s important to take any mention of bullying your foster child makes seriously - bullying can bring any unresolved trauma or issues to the forefront of your foster child’s mind. It’s important you work closely with Excel Fostering to make sure your foster child feels safe and protected.
The thought of your foster child bullying another child can be very distressing. However, it’s still important to have a level of empathy for your foster child as they may have been exposed to problematic behaviours in their childhood or be acting out to establish control. If your foster child is bullying others, it’s important to tackle it in a calm and controlled manner. Some of the actions you can take include;
We provide a wealth of support for our foster carers and children here at Excel Fostering. In addition to 24/7 out-of-hours support, a dedicated social worker and training in looking after children and young people with challenging behaviours.
We also offer therapeutic foster care for children with complex needs. Our therapeutic foster carers receive special training and are provided with the necessary support and resources to provide therapeutic care to their foster child. This service, known as MATTS, includes an in-house psychological assessment and 1:1 support to ensure that carers never feel alone in their role.
For more support and advice about what you should do if your child is being bullied, speak to our helpful team today.
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