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Contact arrangements for fostered children in Wales: learning from lockdown and moving forward

Across the UK, at varying paces, lockdown restrictions are now easing. People from different households are able to meet outside while adhering to social distancing rules. This means that contact arrangements for children are beginning to being reviewed, including exploring resuming face-to-face contact which has, in the main, not been taking place during lockdown.

Thursday, 23 July, 2020
10:00
11:30
Location: 
Virtual session
Event type: 
Training events and workshops

 

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contact
Region: 
Wales

Across the UK, at varying paces, lockdown restrictions are now easing. People from different households are able to meet outside while adhering to social distancing rules. This means that contact arrangements for children are beginning to being reviewed, including exploring resuming face-to-face contact which has, in the main, not been taking place during lockdown.

Thursday, 23 July, 2020
10:00
11:30
Location: 
Virtual session
Event type: 
Training events and workshops

 

Content topic: 
contact
Content category: 
contact
Region: 
Wales

Eight things to consider for online family time

With the Government’s clear instruction that we must stay home, alternative ways are having to be found for children to keep in touch with their birth families and other people that are important to them. The maintaining of children’s special relationships has never been more important.

Summer 2017 - Summer 2017

Fosterline Wales factsheets

 

Advocacy - a national approach (information for fostering services in Wales)

The national approach to advocacy for children and young people in Wales, known to Children’s Services departments, was introduced as working practice as of July 2017. The national approach model places a duty on Children’s Services staff to ensure all children and young people who became looked after, post 1 July 2017, and become part of child protection procedures, are receiving a service via a care and support plan.

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What is contact?

Contact arrangements involve the child or young person and their family members. They can include extended family and friends.

Foster carers play a crucial role in supporting children’s relationships. They need to offer a consistent, reliable base from which children can connect with their families safely. Their approach to the tasks involved in contact has implications for the welfare of their fostered children at the time and in the longer term.

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About the campaign

Moving on in foster care – to adoption, back home or to wider family, to another foster family, to residential care or to adulthood – is a time for a proper ending, not a forever goodbye, as abrupt endings are likely to lead to separation and loss issues for the child.
 

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