This is an interesting article on how the lockdown has affected those in foster care.
The impact of lockdown on Foster Carers, children and young people.
As we come out of lockdown and continue to manage the ongoing implication of Covid we have been thinking about what might be learnt from this experience. As a provider we have been pleased with how well-received working on Zoom has been, delivering support sessions to Foster Carers and Training events across the sector can be more responsive and flexible using this medium.
At the beginning of the lockdown, there was a lot of anxiety expressed at a national level about how foster carers would manage with having traumatised children at home most of the time. What has been interesting subsequently in discussions with National leads and providers is that the general sense is that Foster Carers and children and young people have managed pretty well. The ideas that have been shared are:
I would add this is not across the board and that older adolescents in particular have struggled because they naturally should be forging their own relationships and interests outside of the home. I am curious to see how this experience may inform practice as we go forward.