Matching children to foster carers? Only in your dreams!

My heart leapt when I read the title of this article. I thought perhaps we could improve outcomes for children in foster care by better matching them to foster carers. Sadly, I was disappointed. Nonetheless the article’s literature review may be of interest to Practitioners as it provides a summary of the key findings on matching children to foster carers.…

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A powerful beat: Using drumming to treat complex trauma

Practitioners working with traumatised young people are well aware of the importance of patterned repetitive activity (PRA) in treating complex trauma. Two recent publications have focused on the role of drumming or ‘drum therapy’ as a form of PRA: a podcast by Radio National’s ‘All in the Mind’ program called Healing Rhythms a book by Simon Faulkner called Rhythm to…

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If you want to reduce staff turnover, try improving staff supervision

High staff turnover has been a concern in the child protection and youth justice systems for many decades. A recent US study attempted to identify the causal factors that lead to high staff turnover amoungst child welfare staff in the US. The study is of interest not so much because its findings but rather because of the excellent summary it…

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An absence of behavioural problems does not necessarily indicate that foster children are thriving

A recent Dutch study investigates the effectiveness of a program, Foster Family Intervention (FFI), at improving the quality of interactions between foster children and their carers.  The rationale is that children who do not exhibit behaviour problems may react in avoidant and resistant manners, giving carers the impression that these children do not need additional care. However, carers may not…

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