Caring for young people in foster and residential care and helping them become adults
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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 young people aged 12 years and over, 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.
For foster carers who are working with young people, it is also useful for residential carers and for anyone helping prepare young people for adult life. It is packed with detailed guidance about looking after young people, being a foster carer and living in a fostering household or care home. It explains the law, procedures and roles of the people involved; and gives detailed advice on how to manage the numerous large and small things needing attention in any young person's life - education, health, respect, 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.
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.
From reviews of previous editions...
"A book which will have considerable value for carers and young people alike... refreshingly direct... without jargon... deserves a wide readership." Community Care.
"This well-presented and accessible publication is to be commended for its clarity and sheer practical usefulness." Care and Health.
"Provides answers to the questions young people may ask. Covering subjects such as living arrangements, money, education, health, personal development, the law, and becoming independent, it is an easy to use and reliable reference guide." ChildRIGHT.
"Covers the details of care system bureaucracy as well as nuts and bolts issues." Young People Now.
A4 paperback. 192 pages. 978-1-905541-81-2. Published 2012. £29.95.
Please note: The previous editions of this book have been published under different titles: the First Edition Answers for Carers was published by Longman in 1994; the Second Edition Answers for Carers was published by Pavilion in 1999; the Third Edition Young People in Foster and Residential Care was published by Russell House in 2003.
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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 12 years and over. Anyone working with care leavers. 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.
About this book
Who is the book for?
How the book works
Inch by inch: helping young people to succeed
How to use this handbook
Foster care agreement/annual review
Allegations against carers
Complaints against carers
Men who foster
Insurance for carers
Unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children
Training and guidance for carers and social workers
Registration of social workers
Who's who in helping young people
Being Looked After
The placement plan
The care plan
Young people's reviews
Disruption meetings: when a placement breaks down
Family group conferences
Child protection conference
Working with parents
Children of foster carers
A welcome book
A Place to Live
The home environment
Health - Physical and Mental Well-Being
Advice and confidentiality
Visiting the dentist
Drug and solvent abuse
Facts of life, puberty and sexual health
Mental health/emotional health and well-being
Health record sheet 1
Health record sheet 2
Some of the problems and how to help
Partnership with parents/carers
Young people out of school
Education and school
Truancy and exclusions
Education: a young person's checklist
Helping with homework clubs in your area
Education of young people with special educational needs
Glossary of Terms
Different types of schools
Special educational provision
Respecting Diversity, Understanding Religions and Culture
Religion and spirituality
Race, nationality, ethnic origin and culture
Sex and sexuality
Introduction: growing up
Going to college in the next town
Encouraging positive behaviour
Care and control
Know yourself checklist
Listening and being listened to
Making and keeping friends
Staying with friends
Personal relationships and sex
Sex and the law
Bracing the topic of sex
Coping with Crisis or with Sadness: Improving Well-being
Introduction: expressing pain
Loss and bereavement
Leisure: what to do in your free time
The electronic age: TV, computer games and surfing the net
Social networking sites
Introduction: money matters!
What are you entitled to?
Bank accounts and savings
Managing money/budgeting/saving checklist
After care: a young person's view
Preparation and planning
Making a plan
Getting a job
Preparing your CV
What is a person specification?
At the interview
Getting an offer
Getting a rejection
Hearing nothing at all
How to keep your job!
Keeping up appearances
What is an apprenticeship?
Feeling isolated and lonely: support networks
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: a summary of what they mean
Children's Guardian (previously Guardian ad Litem (GAL), Curator ad Litem (CAL) or Safeguarder)
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