Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue can be describe as a state that is experienced by those supporting children in distress, who have experienced trauma.  Compassion fatigue is described as a lonely, desperate place to be. It is known to destroy confidence, relationships and even whole families.  In fostering, it is sometimes referred to as ‘blocked care’. Blocked care is used to describe parent’s emotional, physical and biological responses to children’s insecure attachment behaviours resulting in parents no longer able to make a healthy connection to the child.  It recognises the biological changes that take place, as a result of stress, and the damaging effects this can have on the parent.