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An overview of the fostering service delivered in Scotland by Core Assets – including an introduction to the team parenting model. To include an overview of international developments and the Core …

An overview of the fostering service delivered in Scotland by Core Assets – including an introduction to the team parenting model. To include an overview of international developments and the Core Assets journey into Europe, Australasia, North America and East Asia. Contributor: Core Assets

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  • The operational aspects of team parenting are as follows:Each area team has a therapist attached to it who works closely with the carers, social workers, resource workers and education liaison officers. Therapists sit in the same office as these other workers and are thus able to contribute informally to thinking about children and their placements. We aim for team parenting to be flexible and responsive. The majority of therapeutic work is directed at the carers with the therapist offering them consultation. These consultation sessions aim to be supportive, to enable carers to make sense of the child’s presentation and to jointly consider therapeutic parenting strategies that may help manage challenging behaviour. The carer is encouraged to think that they are having to parent on a different level from the kind of parenting they might have offered their own securely attached children. They are enabled to see their parenting as having therapeutic potential. Individual work with the child rarely takes place. When direct work with the child does take place this often involves the carers as well. This is in recognition of the fact that we believe that enabling a healthy attachment relationship to flourish between the carers and the child is what is most important for the child’s mental health. Long-term individual therapy with a child can be offered once a thorough and in-depth therapeutic assessment of the placement has taken place.


  • 1. Providing QualityFoster CareLocal and GlobalCore Assets Scotland – Team ParentingWendy BrownSenior TherapistCore Assets International DevelopmentsGabrielle JeromeHead of International Social WorkSocial Services Expo and ConferenceEdinburgh March 19
  • 2. Quality Care in a Family SettingCore Assets founded in 1994 in England by Jan Rees and Jim Cockburn.•• Core Assets founded in 1994 by Jan Rees and Jim Cockburn, operating in England Core Assets founded in 1994 by Jan Rees and Jim Cockburn, operating in England• Core Assets Scotland was set up by Estella Abraham, our founding Director, and celebrated its 10th Anniversary in October 2012.• We have cared for over 1,600 children in Scotland and currently have over 350 children and young people in placementCore Assets Scotland was set up by Estella Abraham, our founding Director, and• Over 265 foster carers are supported by nearly 100 staff memberscelebrated its 10th Anniversary in October 2012.•• Our vision: to make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of children andWe have cared for over 1,600 children in foster care in Scotland and currentlyhave over 350 children and young people in placement.Over 265 foster carers are supported by nearly 100 staff membersOur vision:To make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of children and youngpeople• young peopleCore Assets founded in 1994 by Jan Rees and Jim Cockburn, operating in England
  • 3. Where Are We in Scotland?1 Core Assets Scotland’s Head Office – Glasgow8 local offices:2. Glasgow & West - Stepps3. Central & Lanarkshire - Hamilton4. Edinburgh5. Perth6. Scottish Borders - Selkirk7. Ayrshire - Prestwick8. Inverness9. Aberdeen
  • 4. Care Inspectorate Inspection Report 2012• Quality of care and support – 5. Very good• Quality of staffing – 5. Very good• Quality of management and leadership – 5. Very good.•
  • 5. What Team Parenting Means• Team Parenting suggests that a looked after child should be “surrounded” by carers and professionals who understand the child‟s emotional and developmental needs• Team Parenting emphasises the impact of traumatic experiences on a child‟s ability to form attachments• Team Parenting perceives that a child‟s attachment difficulties are often central to their inability to fulfil their potential• Team Parenting hypothesises that looked after children have specific therapeutic needs because of their history and experiences
  • 6. Our Team Parenting Model
  • 8. Team Parenting• Suggests that a child‟s early experiences are likely to be “acted out” again at a later date, either by themselves or by the wider system• Suggests that a child‟s behaviour may be an expression of survival within their history of trauma and poor attachment• Suggests that carers should be supported within a process of understanding, empathy and non-blame, given the enormously challenging task they undertake
  • 9. Therapy Services input to Team Parenting Individual Child Recharged Therapy Ensuring a system of Joint carer Reflective and systemic and child practice across staff and sessions carers Team parenting Meetings Consultation to carers Consultation to staff and training for carers, including new carer groups, ADAPT and other similar groups
  • 10. Education Services input to Team Parenting Year 11 Ensuring an ethos of education tuition attendance, attainment and achievement. Education crisis support work Attendance at education meetings/reviews & team parenting meetings Carer training and staff and carer advice Accessing & maintaining a school place and gaining education information about the child
  • 11. Key components of Team Parenting• The creation of a metaphoric „therapeutic space‟ community around the child• The belief that carers are the „primary agents of change‟• A systemic approach that works to combat the fragmentation and fracturing of the lives of children lives who are in care• A dynamic, vivid and experiential appreciation of how a child has come to be the way they are• „Emotionally intelligent‟ team members willing to consider how they interact with and impact on the system and vice versa
  • 12. TEAM PARENTING:creating a parenting team around our childrenThank you!Wendy BrownSenior Therapist
  • 13. Core Assets Group
  • 14. Our Services• Children‟s Services Recruitment &• Fostering Resourcing• Education• Children‟s Domiciliary Care Resourcing and• Therapy recruiting in health and• Independent Social Work social care• Adoption Support Whole team solutions• Disability Services• Childrens Centres Learning & Development• Consultancy Work force Development• Social care Interventions Training• Outcome based accountability Creative Learning programme Early Years Training E Learning
  • 15. Our Story
  • 16. Working internationally since 2005• World wide shortage of foster carers• Realization that our model of care is not common practice in other countries and its transferable.• Culturally relevant• Human capital is locally-based, we can be a bridge and catalyst for change, building-capacity• Demonstrated that we can effectively manage the dual imperatives of being carer-focused and child-centred• We seek local visionary partners as we believe that communities look after their child best• Our model can bring both social and actual cost-benefit.• Currently looking after 3288 children in foster care with 3326 foster families
  • 17. Our International Reach• Ireland Operating in 10 countries / 17 Jurisdictions• Finland• Sweden CSR project in Bulgaria partnering an NGO called• Germany ‘For our Children Foundation”• Australia Building a sustainable fostering• New Zealand service through financial• Canada resources and skills sharing, consultancy and mentoring.• Singapore• Japan Where to next………….• USA New South Wales- Australia South Island - NZ Florida -USA
  • 18. Developing Fostering Standards Internationally
  • 19. Our Priorities in Outcomes for ChildrenStandard 1 Promoting Children’s SafetyStandard 2 Promoting Health and WellbeingStandard 3 Promoting Growth and DevelopmentStandard 4 Promoting Belonging & KinshipStandard 5 Promoting CultureStandard 6 Promoting Skills for LifeStandard 7 Promoting Participation
  • 20. Promoting Key Developmental Assets
  • 21. Adapting Team Parenting to Culture and Context
  • 22. Adapting to language and practice
  • 23. Adapting to child care and foster care context• Children living in large Soviet Style institutions• Children living in hotels/motels• Children living in “baby” homes• Medical models of disability• Medication of children with emotional and behavioural issues• Foster carers seen as “volunteers”• Foster carers not well supported or trained• Fostering seen as appropriate only for younger children• Refugees placed in hostels• Parents and children placed in hostels or institutions
  • 24. Adapting to geography and lifestyleNorth Ontario Canada Osaka Japan
  • 25. Investing in Research• Rees Centre is funded by the Core Assets Group for 3 years.• The focus will be on the efficacy of• foster care and outcomes for children.• International Experts Reference Group advises the Centre.• Seminars• Publications• Blogs• Monthly newsletters•
  • 26. A global world A very local challengeThe right to family life for every child