Ramadan and Eid Festival Explained: Information for Carers

Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide and is regarded as a blessed month, which is observed on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. There are five basic rules in Islam which all Muslims must follow. These are known as The Five Pillars of Islam. Ramadan symbolises one of the Five Pillars and is referred to as ‘Sawm’, meaning the “Fasting during the month of Ramadan”.

At the beginning of the fasting month, Muslims will greet each other with ‘Ramadan Kareem’ or ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ as a celebratory term. The fasting month lasts for 29-30 days each year however this is not set as fixed date, such as Christmas celebrated on the 25th of December yearly.  In order to observe Ramadan at the correct time, Muslims seek advice from their local Mosque who confirm the start and end date of the fasting period which is at dawn and sunset.

Who participates in fasting and why?

It is compulsory for Muslims to start fasting when they reach puberty, as long as they are healthy.  Many children complete fasts to practice for later life.  There are some exemptions for fasting which may include;

  • Travelling long distances
  • Menstruation for women
  • Severe illness
  • Pregnancy and breast feeding

Advice can to taken from the local Mosque to discuss individual needs if you are unsure about your circumstances. A person who is fasting is expected to refrain from consuming all foods, liquids and abstain from smoking and sexual activity from dawn until sunset.

Ramadan is set aside as a time for reflection and increased worship. Many Muslims will visit their local Mosque more frequently, perform regular prayers, read The Quran (Holy Book) and give to charity and/or volunteer for a good cause. Ramadan is regarded as a blessed month. It helps Muslims to develop self-control, acknowledge God’s Blessings and encourages one to have greater compassion towards others, especially the deprived.

Fasting timetable

A typical routine for a person fasting includes awaking before Sunrise to eat a meal of their choice. This is known as ‘sahoor’ or ‘sehri’. The first prayer then commences after breakfast. Sunrise times differ depending on where you live in the UK and the month Ramadan falls on. This year Ramadan is in the month of May/June 2019, therefore Sunrise is at approximately 2am.  Muslims tend to return back to sleep once they have prayed and eaten before sunrise, so to preserve their energy before they continue their daily routine of work / school / college etc.

Towards the end of the day a meal is prepared prior to sunset.  Many friends and families arrange a gathering to break their fast together.  Traditionally, once the time of sunset has arrived which is known as ‘iftar’, the first food item eaten is a date. This is also the time for the fourth prayer of the day.  In total there are five prayers observed throughout the day. Many local Mosques can provide you with a timetable of sunset and sunrise times for the fasting period, which makes it easier for any person to follow.  Generally, men are expected to attend the Mosque to observe these prayers. It is optional for women to attend and not all Mosques cater for female worshipers.

Eid Festival

Once the month of fasting is complete, Eid is celebrated. Eid is a religious festival which is held on the first day following the end of Ramadan.  On this day, Muslims wear their best outfits, usually traditional clothing. Muslims visit their local Mosque to observe Eid prayer, after which they will greet each other with ‘Eid Mubarak’ meaning Happy Eid.  Once home the family get together to have traditional sweets and breakfast.  Throughout the day many will receive visitors of close friends and relatives, gifts and share food.

How to support a Muslim child/young person in foster care:

  • Support a child/young person in identifying their local Mosque. It is the young person’s choice if they wish to attend the Mosque.
  • Provide a Prayer Mat
  • Provide a Quran
  • Provide a Hijab (Head Scarf) for females and a Mosque Hat for males. A child/young person will choose if and when they want to wear this.
  • There are multiple Islamic channels available via TV networks such as Sky or Virgin which a young person may choose to watch to support their faith, especially during Ramadan and Eid. For instance, British Muslim TV sky 845.
  • Provide fresh dates for a child or young person to break their fast. This is a very symbolic.
  • Provide a Halal diet – Halal meat can be easily obtained from most supermarkets, however can also be purchased at specific Halal butchers. Standard dairy produce can be consumed such as milk, cheese and eggs.
  • Provide a meal of the child/young person’s choice once their fast is broken. This may consist of a cultural dish such bread, rice, chicken curry, kebab’s, samosas etc. This meal needs to be high in protein, carbs, fats and dairy so to ensure the young person is still receiving the recommended daily nutrients, to take them through the fasting period.
  • Eid is a very significant time in the Islamic faith and is one of the most celebrated festivities of the year. This occasion must be marked by having sweet treats such as baklava, kheer (rice pudding) and halwa (a semolina pudding). However western sweets are also enjoyed such as cookies, cakes and chocolate treats.

NFA Group Collaborate with Children and Foster Carers to Record Song Raising Awareness of Need for Additional 8,000 Carers

We’re excited to announce that NFA Group has collaborated with children and foster carers on the recording of an original new song which aims to raise awareness for fostering. We hope that the song will help to encourage people to start a career in foster care – with the UK currently in need of an additional 8,000* foster families.

More than 200 children and foster carers helped with the creation and production of the song, capturing the emotions felt by many foster children and the impact foster carers can have on the lives of vulnerable young people.

 

 

Named ‘The Light and The Calm’, the special song was recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London by an ensemble of more than 40 children and foster carers, as part of our campaign to support The Fostering Network’s annual Foster Care Fortnight.

Find out how the song came to be and, more importantly, give it a listen, below.

 

 

Why We Wrote and Recorded ‘The Light and The Calm’

At NFA Group, we’re all about promoting the positive impact fostering has on the lives of children and young people in care. As part of our efforts to support this year’s Foster Care Fortnight event, which is themed around ‘Change a Future’, we wanted to do something that shouted about the importance of fostering – and help find the 8,000 foster families which are urgently needed.

Music is one of the best ways to convey emotions, ideas and important messages. It gives people a voice and allows them to express their feelings in a powerful and emotional way. It also helps people tell their story and make sense of experiences – something which we believe is hugely important for children in care.

 

 

David Leatherbarrow, CEO of NFA Group, commented: “Our song captures the important role and positive impact fostering has on many vulnerable children and how it can truly help transform young lives. Foster carers are trained and skilled experts in their field and provide an exceptional service to local communities, opening not only their home but also their heart to children in need and local to them.”

In the words of one of the foster carers who joined us at Abbey Road, the song is “a touching message about how fostering changes lives for the better”, adding that it was “a privilege to be involved”.

How ‘The Light and The Calm’ Came to Be

The story of ‘The Light and The Calm’ began back in November 2018, when NFA Group’s Emma Finch, Dan Rowles and other members of our marketing team landed on the idea of writing and recording a song to promote fostering for Foster Care Fortnight.

From the outset, we wanted the song to capture the real stories and emotions of those who have experienced fostering, and so reached out to our foster families for ideas on what the lyrics should be. We asked foster children, young people and foster carers ‘what does fostering mean to you?’, and our community responded in earnest – with over 150 people sending us their ideas about the song and what the key messages should be.

 

After compiling all the different lyrics and ideas which had come through from our foster families, Emma and Dan were tasked with sitting down and putting the song. When the song was finished, we took six young people to the Redwall Studios in Bolton to record the song for the first time, so that we could make changes and get the melody right before travelling to London to make the official recording.

From here, we spent a couple of weeks organising for the big day, which was scheduled for early April. We met with the ‘We Can Sing’ choir, who contributed to the backing vocals on the finished track, and ran a competition asking children to design a cover for the single – the winner of which will soon to be announced.

On 6 April 2019, we accompanied an ensemble of children and foster carers to London’s famous Abbey Road Studio, where the likes of The Beatles, Ed Sheeran, Adele and Oasis have all recorded. Recording our song in the same room as these famous bands and artists was a special and surreal experience for everyone involved, and we’re incredibly proud of the end result.

Since recording the song, we’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response we’ve had from everyone involved in its creation. Here, Emma tells us about some of the feedback she’s had from our fostering community:

“The project has had results beyond anything we would have expected or hoped for. I have read so many emails and Facebook posts from our carers, saying how much this project has changed their life and the children’s lives. People have told us it was their dream to go to Abbey Road, and we made it come true. Others have said talking about music has helped their young person open up for the first time – which really sums up what an amazing experience it has been, and reinforces what the whole song is about.”

What Next for Our ‘The Light and The Calm’ Campaign

We’re proud of everyone who has been involved in the writing and recording of ‘The Light and The Calm’ and want our song to be shared far and wide to spread the message of fostering. With your help, we can help raise awareness of the importance of fostering and support The Fostering Network’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign, so please share the song with your friends and family on social media.

 

 

Foster Care Fortnight 2019 will take place from 13 to 26 May, and during the event, we plan to launch our ‘8,000 Seconds’ campaign, in which we try to collect 8,000 seconds of footage of people singing or dancing to ‘The Light and The Calm’ – the same number of seconds for every new foster carer that we need across the UK.

Vicky Dobson, NFA Group’s Head of Marketing, concludes: “We are committed to dreaming big, both for the children in our care, our foster families and our employees. Creating a unique song with such a significant message and objective is hugely satisfying, but being able to offer a unique opportunity such as recording the song at Abbey Road to our fostering families was exceptionally rewarding. We have equally big aspirations for the song later this year and are looking forward to sharing more details with you in the future.”

Remember – sharing our special foster care song will help raise the profile of fostering, helping us to recruit new carers while spreading the message of how it can transform young lives. For more information about our foster care services, visit the homepage or call us today on 0808 1680 180.

*6,800 in England, 550 in Scotland, 550 in Wales, and 200 in Northern Ireland. Source:
https://www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/media-release/2018/urgent-need-over-8000- new-foster-families-across-uk-year 

What Are Autism Spectrum Disorders? Autism and ADHD Explained

Autism spectrum disorders affect around 700,000 people in the UK, meaning that over 2.8 million people have a family member on the autism spectrum. It’s a lifelong condition that affects how people interact with others, and it can be mild or serious depending on where the person sits on the spectrum.

For families with an autistic child, everyday life can be a real challenge. Autism affects how children see, hear and feel the world around them, and different people will need different support depending on how the condition affects them.

Because autism is a spectrum condition, every child experiences it differently – and this can make it challenging for those who care for them. Foster carers can sometimes find it difficult to offer the right kind of support to autistic children in their care due to their different needs.

But, small changes and a better understanding of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can make a big difference for foster carers supporting children with autism. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on ASD – giving foster carers the help and information they need to provide the right kind of support to an autistic child in their care.

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What is Autism and How Is It Defined?

Autism spectrum disorder is defined as a developmental condition that affects how people view the world around them. It’s a lifelong condition that children have from birth, and, because it’s not an illness or disease, it can’t be cured.

Autism is very common, with 1 in 100 people on the autistic spectrum. Signs and symptoms of the condition vary from person to person, which is why an early diagnosis is so important for children with ASD.

For many autistic children, the condition causes the most difficulty when they’re interacting with other people. Everyday interactions can be overwhelming, and they can struggle to build a rapport with those around them – even their closest friends and family.

Diagnosing ASD early is important to ensure children get the developmental support they need from a young age. However, because it’s not a physical condition, autism can be very difficult to spot, and many people often mistake the signs for behaviours that a child will grow out of.

Diagnosing autism is very complicated, requiring many tests to define where the child sits on the spectrum. Depending on the outcome, autism specialists will suggest strategies to help the child live life to the fullest.

What Are the Most Common Signs of ASD in Children?

While children exhibit ASD in many different ways, most autistic people share common behavioural traits. As a foster carer, understanding these traits could help you identify autistic behaviours in your child.

Here, we look at the five behavioural traits which children with autism may exhibit.

Social Communication

Autistic children can find it difficult to interpret both verbal and non-verbal communication, such as tone of voice, hand gestures, facial expressions, humour and emotions. They may also struggle to communicate verbally or non-verbally. For this reason, autism specialists often suggest sign language or visual symbols as a way of communicating clearly with very young autistic children.

Social Interaction

Given the communication problems touched on above, many autistic children struggle to interact with others. They can easily misinterpret another person’s feelings, meaning or intentions, and can appear insensitive. They may seek time alone and become ‘overloaded’ by social situations, or may talk at length about their own interests, dismissing customary forms of conversation and interaction.

Repetitive Behaviour and Routines

Because autistic children can find new situations stressful and overwhelming, they sometimes enjoy a set daily routine. This helps them avoid unpredictable scenarios in which they can become confused and anxious. Even simple things like requesting the exact same breakfast every morning could indicate autistic traits.

Highly-Focused Interests

Many autistic children develop highly-focused interests from a young age – it could be music, drawing, animals, or a particular colour. Often, the interest may be unusual, and this can cause problems at school or make it difficult for them to make friends. As with repetitive behaviour, children often become fixated on a particular subject because that’s what makes them the happiest and most comfortable.

Over or Under Sensitive

Autistic children may experience sensory sensitivity, in which they grow over or under-sensitive to taste, touch, sounds, light, colour or pain. The most common type of over-sensitivity is sound, in which quiet background noises become overwhelming and difficult to block out. Whatever they become sensitive too, it’s important to avoid this where possible as continued exposure can cause anxiety or, in some cases, physical pain.

Remember, children exhibit autistic traits in many different ways, so it’s important to make a note of any behaviour you find unconventional and seek a professional diagnosis if you are concerned.

Support Strategies for Foster Carers, Parents and Guardians

Caring for a child with autism can be challenging. There are, however, several recognised strategies that can help you provide the right help and support to your child – and we’ve touched on a couple of these below.

SPELL

SPELL is the National Autistic Society’s framework for responding positively to children on the autism spectrum. It stands for Structure, Positive approaches and expectations, Empathy, Low arousal, and Links. Basically, SPELL emphasises the need to change our approach to autism, so that we can provide the right support, help, communication and interaction to everyone on the autism spectrum – whether they have ADHD or Asperger syndrome.

TEACCH

Like SPELL, TEACCH is recognised by the National Autistic Society as one of the most positive strategies parents and carers can use when interacting with an autistic child. TEACCH stands for Teaching, Expanding, Appreciating, Collaborating, and Holistic, and it prioritises building understanding around the ‘culture of autism’ and the use of visual structures to aid development, learning and communication.

Social Stories

One of the newest coping strategies recommended by the National Autistic Society, Social Stories is a series of visual stories, created by Carol Gray, which aim to help autistic children understand social situations through visual learning. Since they were released in 1991, Social Stories have proved extremely helpful in developing greater social understanding for autistic people, and families are encouraged to create their own comic strips and storyboards to help children develop their social skills.

Helpful Resources

There are lots of resources available online offering advice on how to provide help and support to children with autism. Here, we list our recommended resources for foster families:

  • National Autistic Society – The UK’s primary autism charity, offering a broad range of information and advice, as well as a confidential helpline.
  • Resources for Autism – A registered charity which aims to provide practical services for children and young people with autism.
  • Child Autism UK – The UK’s largest dedicated charity for children with autism, offering a range of support guides and advice for children and their families.
  • NHS autism support groups hub – The NHS’s autism support hub, which can help families find support groups and services in their local area.

At Alliance Foster Care, we provide complete training and support to all our foster carers, so they can provide an effective and supportive home for children with autism.

For more information on how to foster with us, register your interest here or call us today on 00808 1680 180 .

Meet Ceri

Hi, I’m Ceri.

Me and my husband Michael have been Foster Carers for Alliance since 2014.

We’re also adoptive parents and knew that experience would be something we could use and build on as carers.

Before fostering, I was a deputy payroll manager and Michael runs his own property business — so it was a huge jump to make.

But we’re so glad we did.

We’re currently caring for two girls aged 10 and 14 and in the last four years we’ve fostered three children and offered respite to a further ten.

Each one had their own unique issues and we’ve had to adapt as parents — what works with one youngster doesn’t necessarily work with another!

With teens for example — it’s not just raging hormones, there’s also the minefield of social media, school and friendships.

It’s a challenge we were prepared to take on — and one that’s really paid off for us as the girls have settled into our family well.

Changing lives

The support from Alliance has been invaluable throughout — especially at challenging times.

It’s more than just caring for the children — they’ve been there for the various meetings we’ve had to attend, offering advice and guidance where necessary.

And the right training is also essential to help you manage the day-to-day challenges of fostering — Alliance’s covers a wide range of subjects.

Attending these courses and the support of our supervising social worker helps us to care for our children in so many ways.

So, from sitting in an office four years ago to today, my life couldn’t be more different.

Doing the school run, dealing with difficult teenage issues, meeting with various specialist professionals, ongoing training — the list is endless.

But would I go back to the old days?

Not in a million years — I love my job and I’m very proud to tell anyone who asks:

I am a foster carer.

Introduction into Attachment and Trauma Training

Our prospective carers attend the two-day ‘Skills to Foster’ training course, to introduce them to Alliance and provide the primary skills required for the day-to-day role.

Foster carers also need to develop a sound understanding of the impact that trauma can have on the behaviour of children in their care and should gain a sense of how attachment is seen from the perspective of a child.

The ‘Introduction into Attachment and Trauma’ training course, delivered by Claire Harrison Breed, has been designed to achieve these aims.

It gives initial insights into coping strategies many looked-after youngsters put in place to survive trauma they may have experienced, before being in care.

Sharing experience

In November, Claire’s course was attended by a group of existing carers and by some who were being assessed to join them.

It was a welcome opportunity for a mix of different people to share their varied fostering experience, from ‘just starting’ to ‘over a decade’.

And the session was also valuable in providing potential strategies for parenting children that have experienced trauma and attachment.

Of course, what may work with some children won’t work with others — but most carers agree that adaptability is an essential part of fostering.

The course was engaging, informative and enhanced the knowledge of the existing carers as well as the understanding of the newer members of the team.

And everyone who attended left eager to build on their experience, resolving to take advantage of the further training days available.

Open to all carers, these further sessions cover in more depth the individual areas introduced — one day dedicated to trauma, the other to attachment.

Alliance Foster Care’s Partnership with Service Six

Service Six is a leading community charity, offering therapeutic support to many children, young people, adults and families throughout the Northamptonshire area.

We joined forces with them in 2017, to collaborate in sharing knowledge and resources.

This now means Service Six can use our onsite training suite, while Alliance staff and carers gain access to training courses delivered to (and by) Service Six staff.

Building on this relationship, we’ve introduced the TARGET project developed by Service Six, to benefit the children in our care.

The project was created to challenge increasing dangers to children and young people online, a priority concern for all of us.

The TARGET acronym stands for:

Targeting

And

Reducing

Grooming

Exploitation &

Trading

— of children and young people online.

Specialist relevant training on project content is now delivered to our team members and carers by Service Six staff.

A shared ethos

Claudia Slabon, Service Six chief executive has emphasised the importance of communicating online safety via multiple channels.

The messages of TARGET can be shared through the work of schools, parents or guardians but should always retain relevance for younger people.

Service Six’s expertise and experience in ensuring these important communications remain engaging is invaluable.

Claudia highlighted the benefits of the collaboration between Alliance and Service Six, commenting:

‘It works so well because we share the same ethos and there’s always a line of communication between both organisations.

‘This joined-up way of working allows team members from both sides to enhance the work of each other, creating the best outcome for the young person involved.’

In our first year of partnership, the benefits have been huge — not just for our foster carers but also for the young people they support.

Psychotherapist Support at Alliance Foster Care

Hi, I’m Claire.

I’m a psychotherapist and founder of the psychotherapeutic services provision at Broad Horizons. My background includes working as a social worker as well as a university lecturer in counseling and psychotherapy and more recently I have been providing specialist training for carers at Alliance Foster Care.

In addition, I work directly with children and young people and provide one-to-one consultations with Alliance foster carers with the aim of providing them with the understanding and strategies required to manage the day to day challenges that fostering may bring.

September’s ‘Go Away, I love You’ course provides insights into some of the latest research and interventions in attachment theory and trauma. Attendees gain an understanding of new practical approaches to supporting children and young people, through exploring these subjects ‘through the eyes of the child’.

Nurturing carers

I’ve always valued the child-centred ethos of Alliance and how therapeutic principals underpin the team and in turn foster carers approach to fostering.

Both myself and Alliance look at the holistic needs of every child and promote the most appropriate services to support them.

The foster carers do an amazing job, and a big part of what I do is helping foster carers prioritize their own wellbeing, reminding them that they can look after children better if they also look after themselves.

Some children will experience multiple placements, which may have a lifelong effect on their wellbeing — we recognise the importance of stability in addressing this. With training and support, we help nurture carers through challenging times which improves the stability of placement experiences for our young people.

Alliance’s Summer Of Fun

In summer we held a series of new weekly clubs for young people, to give chances to learn new skills and encourage some healthy competition.

Designed and led by our support workers, Nicola and Will, the popular August events included:

Crafty fashion day

 

Create a brand-new outfit using old clothes and your imagination — that’s the challenge the young people were set.

From adding pockets and embellishments to dresses, to creating bags and accessories — the creativity displayed was impressive.

And so was the way everyone worked, both individually and in groups, thinking outside the box with amazing results.

Of course there had to be a fashion show, where the creations were shared on the day with staff and foster carers.

Obstacle challenge

 

An exercise in teamwork, agility, balance and strength — this event proved popular but was tricky in places.

Our young people had to work together in groups to support each other through a series of obstacles.

A definite favourite was the slip-n-slide, which certainly lived up to its name with many of the children.

Sports day

 

A favourite of the year for staff, carers and young people, this event featured both traditional and more unusual challenges.

With contests including sponge volleyball, crab walking, sack races, welly throwing and horse-racing, teamwork was important.

Everyone worked well together, encouraging their fellow competitors — and just a few points separated the teams going into the final event.

Prizes awarded included certificates for the final winners, plus recognition of the most stylish and most entertaining team.

Pamper day

 

The second time we’d done this — and just as much fun as the last one for everyone who came along.

As well as having their hair and makeup done, plus nails painted and decorated, guests had the chance to make their own face masks.

We also welcomed a henna artist whose beautiful designs on people’s hands proved very popular with the group.

August Summer fete

The 11th of August marked an exciting first for Alliance — our very own Summer Fete, planned and organised by the team.

A day of glorious sunshine saw young people having fun together and enjoying a wide range of activities.

There was a coconut shy, stocks, face painting and bouncy castle, plus most popular — the ‘Wickidizer’ — a giant inflatable obstacle course.

A selection of barbecue favourites went down well but everyone left room to round off the day with delicious ice-cream with sauce and sprinkles.

Kirsty’s First Year At Alliance

Hi, I’m Kirsty.

I’ve been part of the Alliance team since July 2017, joining after nine months of travelling the world.

Back in 2012, I achieved an MA in Social Work from the Uni of Leicester and joined the Older Persons Team at Central Bedfordshire Council.

But my true passion was working with children, which led me to move to Northamptonshire County Council’s Disabled Children’s Team.

Following this, I boosted my knowledge of child protection procedures and childcare law in a safeguarding and care planning team, before taking time off for my trip.

When I returned and entered the world of fostering, I received the warmest welcome from my new colleagues at Alliance.

Enjoyable and Rewarding

Supporting foster carers in providing good outcomes for the children they look after is enjoyable and rewarding.

I work alongside carers over a widespread area but am most frequently in Corby, where I help my colleague Diane to run the carer’s support group.

A personal highlight in the last year has been the number of wonderful events meticulously organised by our fantastic support workers.

Seeing the children and young people have fun and make friends is only matched by the chance for our hardworking foster carers to let hair down too.

Varied from Day to Day

Fostering was a new area of social work to me but I learned quickly that the skills a SSW needs are quite varied from day-to-day.

To help ensure quality foster care is delivered, I promote the development of good practice while monitoring our output against required national standards.

And goal setting, as well as gathering feedback from relevant sources is also essential to aid the development of foster carers.

We always encourage our looked after children and young people to be the best they can — and achieving the best outcomes for them is what motivates me.

Observing or hearing about someone make a breakthrough or excel at a challenging task is an unrivalled feeling.

And knowing I’ve been a part of their journey — from difficulty to a safe and happy home environment — is the biggest reward of all.

Theraplay

In June, SSW Diane introduced our carers to the wonders of ‘Theraplay’, an attachment based therapy which supports relationships through play.

Using the natural patterns of healthy, playful interaction between children and their parent or caregiver, it’s a personal, physical and fun form of therapy and filmed Theraplay sessions can be used for reflective learning.

Theraplay builds attachments, boosts self-esteem and increases trust, leading to happier engagements.

These interactions focus on four essential qualities found in successful parent-child relationships:

Structure

To help a child trust and feel safe around them, the adult learns to give straightforward guidance and directions, keeping things clearer for the youngster.

Engagement

Clear guidance enables the adult to interpret the child’s needs and respond with confidence, resulting in the sharing of joyful ‘here and now’ moments.

Nurturing

The adult/child relationship is strengthened through healthy touch and creative experiences where comfort is sought and loving care is given.

Challenging

Equipping the adult to push the child with a ‘can do’ attitude, understanding their limitations — resulting in a sense of achievement and courage to try new things.

Theraplay training

By increasing these connections between children and their caregivers, Theraplay sessions have proved popular and successful.

We’re collaborating with local services to provide training on how it can help carers increase their attachment to the young people in their care.

Theraplay training aids staff in understanding both the attachment needs of young people and how to share this knowledge with carers.

This simple but effective approach is fun and can transform relationships — with different options available.