Journal Article

Implementing a Therapeutic Team Parenting Approach to Fostering: The Experiences of One Independent Foster-Care Agency

Jo Staines, Elaine Farmer and Julie Selwyn

in The British Journal of Social Work

Volume 41, issue 2, pages 314-332
Published in print March 2011 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online March 2010 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcq043
Implementing a Therapeutic Team Parenting Approach to Fostering: The Experiences of One Independent Foster-Care Agency

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This paper reports some of the findings from a study (Farmer et al., 2007), commissioned by an independent foster-care agency (IFA), to examine the support services offered to foster-carers and the young people in their care. In particular, this paper documents the use of a ‘team parenting’ approach within a ‘therapeutic’ fostering environment. Whilst there were some issues regarding the comprehensive assessments and the provision of therapy, foster-carers were positive about the support provided both to themselves and directly to the young people within the team parenting approach. On the other hand, communication and inter-agency working between the IFA and the local authority could be problematic, particularly in relation to funding decisions, which could limit the effectiveness of the team parenting approach.

Keywords: Foster-care; independent fostering; therapy; team parenting

Journal Article.  7336 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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