Guide: Why choose Fostering Devon?

Placement Support

Our Children’s Placement Support Team helps improve placement stability through crisis intervention and planned, time limited, therapeutic support. The team works closely to support all foster carers who are looking after children and young people with complex and challenging behaviours.

For crisis intervention there needs to be a high risk of placement breakdown, high risk to safety/safeguarding, carer resilience concerns, previous placement moves, number of complex young people in placement, absconding, aggressive behaviour, Child Sexual Exploitation, substance misuse, mental health issues, self harm etc.

For planned interventions the risks are the same but there is early identification from Placement Planning Meetings, referrals, preventative measures, and 6 week time limited therapeutic interventions from Fostering Support and/or CAMHS.

A multi-agency approach is built around the child or young person to provide precise and specialised support at the right time. Progress is monitored at six week review meetings, giving an opportunity to respond to difficulties and concerns.

For the child or young person, actively listening and promoting participation is essential. This enables them to develop emotional resilience, improve relationships with adults and build attachments leading to positive relationships. A reduction in multiple placements benefits the child or young person in terms of life stability in relation to changes in school; making new attachments and improving their chances of achieving independence.

The Placement Support Team, alongside others, responds to the emotional, behavioural and mental health needs of our children and young people by providing intensive 1:1 intervention. This may include specialist approaches such as Mediation, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, Theraplay, CSE training and life story work.

It is important to intervene early so that negative relationships that mediate the strong association between disturbed behaviour and placement disruption can be prevented. The success of any intervention is consistency in approach with a commitment to the carer and child or young person.