Foster carers need to respond to a huge variety of different behaviours from children at different ages and stages in their development. The Fostering Network has helplines, resources, and courses to help foster carers understand and approach a child’s challenging behaviour and make a significant difference towards helping them change.
Managing behaviour: some of the challenges
Fostering services attempt to provide background information about looked after children, but often foster carers have limited information about the child and young people they look after and uncertainty about how long a child will be living with their family. Foster carers may also come from a very different culture and background to the child or young person and not know about how they have been looked after in the past. Challenging behaviour can be the result of previous life experiences, although it may stem from a disability or condition the child has. However, by understanding that children often need help in changing their behaviour, and that their behaviour may be communicating their inner distress, confusion or anger, it is easier to sustain a positive approach to supporting them.
How we can help foster carers
learning through experience
- what’s going on inside
- you and your family
challenging behaviour and different age groups.
You can purchase our Behaviour Guide online.
The guide is available to members at a discounted price of £15.