Team Parenting for Children in Foster Care
Release Date:01 Nov 2013

Team Parenting for Children in Foster Care

A Model for Integrated Therapeutic Care

By Jeanette Caw, Judy Sebba, and Steve Chaplin; Foreword by Robbie Gilligan
Jessica Kingsley Publishers

How can professionals work together with foster carers to create stable and therapeutic foster placements?

Team Parenting for Children in Foster Care describes a unique model of supporting children in care which involves foster carers and professionals working together in the best interests of the child. This book lays out the key principles of Team Parenting - to meet the needs of troubled young people in an integrated way and incorporate therapy within a wider team of social workers, therapists, psychologists and foster carers - as well as the theory behind it and interventions used. It details how the approach contributes to the recovery of looked after children and each chapter includes examples that illustrates how Team Parenting works in practice.

Team Parenting for Children in Foster Care includes ideas for systems and individual practice that will inform and improve foster carers' and professionals' work in any setting.

This book makes a valuable contribution to a much-needed body of work on approaches to doing foster care that can help respond to the diverse needs [of children in care]... It is a tribute to the authors and their achievement that I find myself wishing that I could sit down and talk with them about many of the points they make. This is the sign of a valuable book, one that gets you thinking and energised.

– from the foreword by Professor Robbie Gilligan, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

I was thrilled to read Team Parenting for Children in Foster Care, which shows such a clear understanding of how the provision for vulnerable and traumatised looked after children and young people can be improved. It recognises the importance of an integrated approach with the young person at the centre, supported by a group of carers and professionals working together collaboratively to ensure their needs are met in a coherent and seamless manner. This wonderful book is essential reading for anyone committed to the healing and recovery of looked after children and young people.

Congratulations Jeanette and Judy for writing a book that demonstrates such strong commitment to reflective practice and love of these beautiful young people.

– Susan Barton, AM, Founder/Director, Lighthouse Foundation, Australia

Jeanette Caw used to be the Head of Therapy for Core Assets. She now works for Rethink Mental Illness as their Associate Director of Psychological Therapies and has a small private practice in Sheffield as a therapist and supervisor. She is a qualified social worker and clinical supervisor, as well as a fully qualified and accredited psychotherapist with training in Systemic Practice and management training. Judy Sebba is the Director of the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education - a collaboration between the University of Oxford Department of Education and the Core Assets Group.

Core Assets is a leading international provider of children's services. The group operates in over 10 countries around the world, working with local communities to make a positive difference for children and families.

Introduction. 1. Contextual Factors Influencing the Rise of Team Parenting. 2. The Emergence of Team Parenting - Definitions And Practice. 3. Key Features of Team Parenting. 4. Therapeutic Interventions in Team Parenting: Consultation with Foster Carers. 5. Therapeutic Interventions in Team Parenting: Team Parenting Meetings. 6. Therapeutic Interventions in Team Parenting: Joint Carer/Child Work. 7. Support for Foster Carers In Team Parenting. 8. The Contribution of Education And Mentoring In Team Parenting. 9. Further Developments In Team Parenting. 10. Conclusion - Where Next? References. Appendix. Index.
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