An exciting and innovative service, initially developed in 2009, has changed the way some young people are cared for and offered them a chance to grow into confident young adults.
Treatment Foster Care, the first of it’s kind in Scotland, is celebrating its fifth birthday this year and has now helped 28 young people with difficulties being cared for in Glasgow.
Many young people are looked after away from home by either foster carers or within residential children’s units. Many of the young people in this situation find it difficult to manage and often, after numerous foster placements, can result in them being placed in units far away from their family or the community they know.
A joint initiative between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow City Council, treatment foster care is different from mainstream fostering in that it offers a structured programme which the young person agrees to follow.
The foster carer encourages and supports the young person to stick with the programme which includes close support and intensive daily intervention from a specialist team. The team consists of Clinical Psychologist who acts as the Programme Supervisor, a Social Work who is also the Foster Care Supervisor, a Young Person’s Therapist, Family Therapist, Young Person’s Skills Trainer and a Teacher.
As well as daily contact by the team with both young person and foster carer, an on call service is available 24/7 with access to the Clinical Psychologist at any time. This ensures both the young person and the foster carer are fully supported.
John Marshall, Project Director Specialist Children Services, said: “We often have young people in care who have problems that can be difficult to deal with. This programme offers them and their foster carer a structured programme which ensures they are given the individual support they need.
“We want young people who are going through this difficult time in their lives to come out at the other end as confident young adults and this programme gives them the secure start they need.
“Over the last five years a number of young people with a range of difficulties have been fostered through the programme and seeing them become adults with a future is what the programme hopes to achieve.”
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