The term therapeutic means something intended to provide a positive effect on a condition or disease. Most recently more and more Children’s Homes and Fostering agencies are providing therapeutic care to children and young people.
How young people behave when they first come to live in the children’s or foster carer’s home is a consequence of what has happened to them before they came into care. Residential Care staff and foster carers should also be in accord about wanting to create a homely environment which can support and engage children who are in a state of high stress and anxiety. In whatever way this anxiety and stress is expressed, a child, when first arriving at the home, is feeling uncertain and unsure. If a foster placement or children’s home is to be therapeutic, it should provide a welcome which helps and encourages children and young people to feel safe.
A safe environment is in large part apparent to the child by the physical surroundings of the care or foster home and this includes not only the child’s initial visual experience of the exterior and interior of the home but also how much he/she can identify with the home’s social and cultural climate. The most important attribute of a safe environment for a child in a therapeutic setting, is the quality of the relationships established by the children’s home staff and foster carers in their day-to-day interaction with the children.
At The Social Care Training Hub, we provide therapeutic training which gives you practical examples on how using everyday rituals and routines, by engaging children and young people, will develop into meaningful relationships with them. These relationships are the most powerful means of promoting individual change and growth. The reliable and consistent provision of good experiences is the foundation of an effective therapeutic approach to caring.