A Parent and Child foster placement (also referred to as P&C) is a type of foster placement that gives parents the opportunity to demonstrate or learn how to look after their baby over an initial 12-week period, with the help and support of a foster carer.
Your role is to support the parent (or parents) to look after their own baby. Whilst you will be expected to supervise and offer the parent(s) advice and encouragement where needed, you are not there to care for the baby.
You will be asked to record your observations in order for the local authority social worker to get a clear and fair picture of how the parent(s) cares for the baby and any areas, if any, they need further assistance with.
As well as having an allocated, experienced Supervising Social Worker, a specialist Placement Support Worker will provide additional assistance to work with the parent(s). Your recorded observations will also be shared with other professionals; such as local authority social workers, health visitors, and children’s guardians.
P&C placements can be challenging, but incredibly rewarding.
Some of the parents you might help will have come from very different backgrounds to your own. They may not have a positive experience of family life, or parenting, and so find it a challenge to accept that living within a stable household, with some basic rules and boundaries, will be beneficial to them in caring for their baby.
Your role as a P&C carer can be to help break this cycle, improving the lives of both parent and baby, effectively breaking a cycle of neglect and negativity.
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There may be occasions when you are asked to extend the placement. This will only be agreed after you’ve had the opportunity to talk to your family and Supervising Social Worker.
- Teamwork – you will be working closely with a team of professionals e.g. social workers, health visitors, children’s guardians as well as your own Supervising Social Worker and Placement Support Worker
- Understanding – the parent(s) you are helping may need a significant amount of support, depending on their circumstances, and even their own childhoods
- Acceptance of having other adults living with you
- The ability to build trust and relationships
As well as allowing you some time off, with the agreement of the Local Authority, if the placement will last longer than 12 weeks, you may be offered respite if required.
If you want any further information, or think you could help a family to stay together, speak to our friendly team on 029 2081 1173 or enquire today.