Friendship for all: a 'how to' guide to help children in care have more opportunities to make friends

Children's Society
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This guide includes positive, pragmatic and replicable ideas on how to help children in care to make and maintain friendships. It is based on good practice shared by local authorities and independent foster care agencies. The guide is practical and solution focussed, inviting all professionals to take a fresh look at their practice and consider making simple changes to their placement planning meetings, supervision forms and children’s reviews. The guide demonstrates how adjustments can be made quickly with no costs attached to ensure that no friendship opportunities are missed for children in care, integrating children’s friendships with personal education plans and educational health care plans. The guide explains how the importance of friendship for children in care should be acknowledged in Form F assessments, panel meetings and foster carer training; how the requirement to support and encourage friendships can present foster carers with particularly difficult challenges and how these can to be addressed in training and supervision; and how to use Pupil Premium Plus and Personal Education Plans to encourage friendship and help manage the issues that make friendships difficult. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
looked after children, foster care, friendship, relationships;
Content type:
practice guidance

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