Providing QualityFoster CareLocal and GlobalCore Assets Scotland – Team ParentingWendy BrownSenior TherapistCore Assets In...
Quality Care in a Family SettingCore Assets founded in 1994 in England by Jan Rees and Jim Cockburn.••    Core Assets foun...
Where Are We in Scotland?1 Core Assets Scotland’s Head Office – Glasgow8 local offices:2. Glasgow & West - Stepps3. Centra...
Care Inspectorate Inspection Report 2012•   Quality of care and support – 5. Very good•   Quality of staffing – 5. Very go...
What Team Parenting Means• Team Parenting suggests that a looked after child should be  “surrounded” by carers and profess...
Our Team Parenting Model
ATTACHMENT  THEORY  THEORY                              Theoretical Base  SYSTEMIC SYSTEMIC  THEORY  THEORY             TE...
Team Parenting• Suggests that a child‟s early experiences are  likely to be “acted out” again at a later date,  either by ...
Therapy Services input to Team Parenting Individual Child Recharged Therapy                                               ...
Education Services input to Team Parenting                        Year 11              Ensuring an ethos of education     ...
Key components of Team Parenting•   The creation of a metaphoric „therapeutic    space‟ community around the child•   The ...
TEAM PARENTING:creating a parenting team around our childrenThank you!Wendy BrownSenior Therapist
Core Assets Group
Our Services•   Children‟s Services              Recruitment &•   Fostering                        Resourcing•   Education...
Our Story
Working internationally since 2005• World wide shortage of foster carers• Realization that our model of care is not common...
Our International Reach•   Ireland           Operating in 10 countries / 17                      Jurisdictions•   Finland•...
Developing Fostering Standards Internationally
Our Priorities in Outcomes for ChildrenStandard 1 Promoting Children’s SafetyStandard 2 Promoting Health and WellbeingStan...
Promoting Key Developmental Assets
Adapting Team Parenting to Culture and               Context
Adapting to language and practice
Adapting to child care and foster care context•   Children living in large Soviet Style institutions•   Children living in...
Adapting to geography and lifestyleNorth Ontario Canada       Osaka Japan
Investing in Research•   Rees Centre is funded by the Core    Assets Group for 3 years.•   The focus will be on the effica...
A global world  A very local challengeThe right to family life for       every child
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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 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.
  • Core Assets fostering services in Scotland (WS29)

    1. 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 2013www.coreassets.com
    2. 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. 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. 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.• www.scswis.com
    5. 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. 6. Our Team Parenting Model
    7. 7. ATTACHMENT THEORY THEORY Theoretical Base SYSTEMIC SYSTEMIC THEORY THEORY TEAM PARENTING
    8. 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. 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. 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. 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. 12. TEAM PARENTING:creating a parenting team around our childrenThank you!Wendy BrownSenior Therapist
    13. 13. Core Assets Group
    14. 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. 15. Our Story
    16. 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. 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 www.detebg.org 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. 18. Developing Fostering Standards Internationally
    19. 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. 20. Promoting Key Developmental Assets
    21. 21. Adapting Team Parenting to Culture and Context
    22. 22. Adapting to language and practice
    23. 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. 24. Adapting to geography and lifestyleNorth Ontario Canada Osaka Japan
    25. 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• http://reescentre.education.ox.ac.uk
    26. 26. A global world A very local challengeThe right to family life for every child

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