Cornwall Council has launched a new team to support Cornwall’s foster carers, comprising social workers, youth workers, family therapists and educational psychologists. According o their press release:

The aim of the 10-strong team is to provide an unparalleled support network for carers and those in their care, liaising with enhanced social work teams in the east and west of Cornwall to deliver planned preventative and therapeutic support where it is most needed and at the right time.

Referrals to the Specialist Fostering Support Team will come from the council’s existing Fostering Supervisory Teams and where appropriate and the Placement Hub, with the most suitable support and intervention being decided upon based on every individual situation.

The wide skills and experience of the new team mean it will have the ability to work across all age ranges and situations to better equip foster carers to therapeutically parent children and young people who have experienced trauma.

In addition, the role of the Specialist Support Team will be to enhance the training and development strategies for existing foster carers by providing regular group work and learning opportunities for them.

For more information about fostering and fostering support with Cornwall Council, visit their Fostering page or call 01872 323 638.

You can read the full press release on the Council’s website.