Unit SC14-Establish, sustain and disengage from relationships with clients
Legislation, policy and good practice
The answers to question 1 and 3 influence the development of a relationship with a child a great deal. Due to the Foster Care Regulations which I explained in question 1 outline all the duties for the foster carer which enables them to tend to the individual needs of the children depending on their personality and background. This helps develop a relationship, as the child feels safe, secure and trust you because you are treating them as an individual and seeing to their needs. By the child knowing what he/she can and cannot do and the foster carers knowing what they can and cannot do makes it easier for a relationship to develop as the child and foster carers know what to expect from each other and what is required of them in order for a smooth relationship to be sustained and by knowing all these things enables the foster carers and child to concentrate on forming and developing a stable relationship.
When fostering there a number of meetings, which take place in, order to monitor the progress of the child such as reviews and P.E.P meetings. These are to insure that the development of the child is heading in the right direction. This can help and hinder the development of a relationship between the child and the foster carers. They help as they give the child an opportunity to voice their opinions regarding how they are being looked after, w...
hat changes need to be made and generally how their life is going. This helps, as the child will be able to suggest changes in their life, which are making them unhappy, and hopefully they will rectify any problems in order to make the child happier and then the relationship can be concentrated on.
The meetings can hinder the development of a relationship between the child and foster carers as there may be complaints from the child about the foster carer or vice versa which could cause friction in the relationship as both are at the meetings listening to each other. The parents are also invited to attend these meetings in most cases, which can create problems for the child as they may feel torn between the foster carers and their parents, leaving the child confused and feeling awkward, as they believe they have to take a side.
There are many limits to the job of being a foster carer. One of the main ones is that parental responsibility is not granted to the foster carers, it is the local authorities and the childs parents who have this. So foster carers do not have the opportunity to make decisions regarding the childs care, contact, health and education. It is the foster carers job to carry out the wishes of social services and care for the child in the way that the local authority permits them to do so. It is important to explain this at the beginning of the relationship between the foster carer and the child so that the child does not expect the foster carer t
be able to change things that the child is not happy with. Also so that the child does not become angry with the foster carers for any decisions made. So that the child knows from the beginning that if any problems occur regarding any decisions made that they should consult with their social worker or parent.
A lack of money also limits the foster carers role because on many occasions it is not enough to provide everything that the child needs let alone what the child wants. The small amount of money a foster carer receives has to cover clothes, food, bills, holidays, outings and presents. The amount of money a foster carer receives does not always stretch to fill all these requirements which could leave the child feeling resentful towards the foster carers so it is important to explain to the child at the beginning of the relationship that they cannot get everything they want and it is not the foster carers fault. If they want something that the foster carer cannot get them they should be encouraged to save up themselves or ask social services.
Fear of allegation is a big limit on the job of the foster carer, which stops them doing certain things, which could cause an allegation to arise. Because the majority of children in care have emotional baggage and have had a traumatic start to life, foster carers have to be careful how they interact with the child in certain situations in order to protect themselves and the child from anymore trauma. Things such as bathing, rough playing, sleeping arrangements and going out have to be thought through to protect the foster carers and other children in the placement from allegating each other. It is advised that all interaction with the children in the above situations should be carried out with another person present so that no one adult is alone with any one child. This can affect the relationship as the fear of allegation is always there and makes certain tasks become unnatural. That is why is it important at the beginning of forming a relationship and placement of a child these precautions should be put in place so that they can become a routine for the foster carers and the child so that it does not present a problem.
The rights of the children in care are very important as their welfare is the priority and what they want in their life is important. With the children having rights it enables all children to be treated equally and it sets out what the foster carer and local authorities relate to the children and how they are treated.
There are many rights that children have in order for them to lead a safe and enjoyable life.
All children should be given equal rights regardless of race, sex, religion etc. This is important, as a childs race or religion may be very important to them so it is important for the foster carer to allow the child to carry out their religion even if it doesnt match theirs. Foster carers may have a number of children who are
- Carl Jung
- Dysfunctional Family
- Family Therapy
- Physical Abuse
- Physical therapy
- Psychological Trauma
- Parenting Teens
- All About Me
- Helping Others
- Life Insurance
- Who Am I
- Work-Life Balance
- Affirmative Action
- Child Labour