For carers of children aged 11 years and under
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"A good carer is someone who sits down and listens to you and discusses things with you." A young person's view.
Acclaimed across three previous editions, this handbook can help anyone looking after children aged approximately 11 years and under, including those with special needs, to provide care that equals or surpasses what is required.
"All practice should be based on ensuring 'it is good enough for my child'. We hope this book will help." The authors.
Primarily for foster carers, but also useful in residential care, it is packed with detailed guidance about looking after children, being looked after, being a foster carer and living in a fostering household. It explains the law, procedures and roles of everyone involved; and gives detailed advice on how to manage the numerous large and small things needing attention in any child's life - education, health, money, relationships and much more. It aims to:
Although there are differences in detail, the governments of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all make similar requirements of carers. This book aims to help all carers achieve the expectations placed on them and maintain standards. It underlines and encourages the use of relevant government standards, and gives examples of good practice. (See below for more details).
A comprehensive guide that can be called on when just about anything arises, it has been developed:
Anyone wishing to combine this book with their own material can obtain a loose-leaf version from the publisher.
A4 paperback. 232 pages. 9781905541775. Published 2011. £29.95.
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The way England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have been devolved over the past years has resulted in variations on the way each country takes responsibility for social care. This has led to some marked differences, and one such is in the requirement to work with nationally proscribed standards. Please refer specifically to the website for each country's government department for more details. BAAF and the Fostering Network also work across the four countries, and are able to give more details.
Although there are differences in detail, the governments of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all require that carers:
The aim of this book is to:
Social workers and trainers in social services, voluntary and independent agencies. Foster and residential carers working with children approximately 11 years and under. NVQ/SNVQ students. Anyone involved in parenting education or family support.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Ann Wheal was a teacher in inner-city schools and colleges before working at the University of Southampton in the Social Work division. Her areas of research were children in care and children leaving care. Ann has been a governor at a special needs nursery and a volunteer in a secure unit. She has published widely in the area of children and families.
Meral Mehmet is a freelance social work consultant with 30 years' experience in social services, and 20 years in fostering. She has worked with a variety of fostering providers and in a range of fostering and child care related roles, including for social care in Turkey and UNICEF, and has for the past 12 years been a freelance consultant and trainer and for the past 5 years a tutor at Middlesex University.
The carer's role and task description
Checks on foster carers
Support for carers
Foster carer reviews
The Independent Review Mechanism (IRM)
Transferring to different foster agencies
Types of foster care
Fostering unaccompanied Asylum Seekers and Refugee Children (UASRC)
Allegations against carers
Complaints against carers
Men who foster
Independent fostering providers
Insurance for carers
Training and guidance for carers and social workers
Registration of social workers
Being Looked After
Being looked after or being accommodated
Preparations for leaving care
Working with parents
Caring for children - fostering
Caring for children - living with relatives
Living with a family
Children with special needs or a disability
Siblings and family groups
The children of foster carers
Missing out on childhood
Caring for children - children's homes
The home environment
Special Guardianship Orders
Helping children to make complaints
How can carers help?
Culture, Values, Beliefs and Religion
Beliefs and religion
Emotional and Social Issues
Listening and being listened to
Dealing with secrets
Learning to make decisions
Encouraging positive behaviour
What children should know about their behaviour
Dealing with angry or aggressive behaviour
Privacy and confidentiality
Self-respect, self-esteem and self-confidence
Emotional and social values
Identifying and dealing with abuse
Children and domestic violence
Making and keeping friends
Coping with a crisis
Education and Learning
Education and school
Partnership with parents and carers
Children out of school
Managing a change of school
Education of children with special needs
Different types of schools
Special educational provision
Glossary of terms
Practical Issues and Information
Play, hobbies and leisure time
Staying overnight with friends
Death of a child in foster care
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)
Children of prisoners
Health and Wellbeing
Health assessments and developmental reviews
Specific health issues of disabled children
Diet and nutrition
Drug and substance abuse
First aid and emergency care
Hepatitis, HIV and AIDS - blood borne viruses
Premature (pre-term) babies
Speech and language
Safety and accident prevention
Meetings, People and Records
The placement plan
The care plan
Disruption meetings: when a placement breaks down
Family group conferences
Child protection conferences
Who's who in helping children
Legal and Other Useful Information
Going to court - implications and support
Being in care or being accommodated
The Children Act 1989, The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and The Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995
Court orders in England: what they mean
Adoption: general information
Children's Guardian (previously Guardian ad Litem (GAL), Curator ad Litem (CAL) or Safeguarder in Scotland)
Standards in Social Care
These reviews are from earlier editions.
"A source of guidance and practical information... promotes open, honest communication, listening to and involving children."Rostrum.
"Easy to read and accessible... this book ticks almost all the boxes... thoroughly recommended." Community Care.
"Provides clear explanations of legal terminology and jargon, which often trip off the tongue of social services' staff with ease, but can leave a foster carer totally perplexed... A practical and helpful book that should always be on hand." Children Now.
"A veritable treasure trove of both practical information and tools for communicating with children... will enable carers to enjoy helping children themselves to voice and share their hopes, fears, expectations and experiences." BAAF.
"Simple and jargon-free." Adoption and Fostering.
"Brilliant. I use it all the time." A carer.
"Accessible and attractive." Professional Social Work.
"An invaluable guide." Community Care.
"A wealth of knowledge on fostering issues." TFN.
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