SecuriCare has long recognised the complexities involved in providing the right care and support for vulnerable children, in particular, looked after children, children in Foster Care and those who have been adopted.  We have developed various specialised programmes including Preventing and Managing Challenging behaviour training and a Safe/Therapeutic Holding planning service.  The latest news highlights how complexities can be further compounded by current events.

Foster charities fear backlashBritain’s largest fostering charity has spoken out over concerns that the Parsons Green terror attack will have an adverse effect on children in Foster Care, specifically child refugees coming to Britain. In a letter to the children’s minister, Robert Goodwill, Tact Care’s chief executive, Andy Elvin, states: “Any attempted crackdown on child refugees would be wholly disproportionate to the evidence of potential risk.” The letter also claims that “by not accepting asylum-seeking and refugee children in a planned way the Home Office are, inadvertently, increasing risks”.

This follows the arrest and charging of Eighteen-year-old Ahmed Hassan who had recently been in UK Foster Care. Following the attack, police searched a home in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, owned by foster parents Penelope and Ronald Jones.

Guardian columnist Dawn Foster has written on the subject, Children in foster care can be difficult because their backgrounds are often difficult. The uncertainty of foster care can also hamper efforts to create emotional bonds with foster parents: why build up trust and affection in this new family when you have no idea how long you will stay? It’s this trauma and fear that make children in care so vulnerable, both as teenagers and as adults leaving care. On leaving care, they are much more vulnerable to homelessness: 11% of homeless people recorded in London in the first three months of the year were care leavers. A staggering 45% of looked-after children and 72% of young people in residential care homes have a mental health disorder, compared with one in 10 in the general population. Children leaving foster care and care homes are also four to five times more likely to attempt suicide as adults”

Lee Hollins, SecuriCare’s Risk Manager says, “A significant number of the children we are talking about here have experienced chaotic upbringings, and been exposed to some form of developmental trauma. The research tells us that this impacts adversely on how they cope with what life throws at them, how they deal with stressful situations and how they express themselves in response to challenging circumstances. In order to stand the best possible chance of the sort of life that many of us take for granted these children need us to care, to show kindness and to be sensitive to their needs. That way we give them what we all want; a chance at experiencing a fair and just world. The danger is that the negative associations that are stirred up by some of the recent news coverage undermine our society’s compassion towards them and degrade our collective humanity and our individual empathy. This can’t be allowed to happen…”

At a specialist training provider, SecuriCare offers a range of training courses designed to ensure that parents, carers and staff are able to deliver optimal care and support. We have a hugely experienced development team and are there to meet your needs.

Contact us for more information and to discuss your needs: E: trainers@securicare.com or T: 01904 492442

Read More in The Guardian and in Dawn Fosters Column