The TRUE Model

The TRUE model relies on four distinct supporting professionals;

[1] Empathic Listener

[2] Child Support Worker

[3] Supervising Social Worker

[4] Attachment Therapist

 

1] The Empathic Listener (EL)

  • Is a specialist in recognising compassion fatigue and how this presents in a fostering family
  • Has direct personal experience of living with children with attachment difficulties
  • Is available to the foster parent from the assessment stage and will develop positive, supportive relationships
  • Is trained in recognising compassion fatigue and can offer strategies to prevent this
  • Is fully informed of Therapeutic Parenting and preventing family disruption
  • Their main role is to establish an early empathic relationship with the foster parent.  This type of support builds the Foster Parent resiience, helps to sustain difficult situations and promotes placement stability

2] Child Support Worker (CSW)

  • Has a longstanding relationship with the child/young person and sees them regularly
  • Is qualified in child care and has a background in advocating for children/young people in the care system
  • Is trained in Therapeutic Parenting techniques, early life trauma and attachment difficulties
  • Is a good advocate for the child/young person and is able to represent their views
  • Liaises closely with the child/young persons social worker as well as other members of the Therapeutic team

3] Supervising Social Worker (SSW)

  • The SSW is responsible for all the statutory duties of Fostering offering support, supervision and training to Foster Parents
  • They oversee the standards and quality of care offered to children and young people
  • Is knowledgeable about Therapeutic Parenting techniques, developmental trauma and attachment difficulties
  • Is training in Compassion Fatigue and Interrupting Trauma
  • Is skilled and able to support Foster Parents with implementing therapeutic strategies
  • Liaises closely with the child’s social worker as well as other members of the Therapeutic team

4] Attachment Therapist (AT)

  • Hosts monthly Therapeutic Reparenting Foster Parent groups.  (TRG) These are run by Sarah Dillon, Child and Adult Therapist, Developmental Trauma and Attachment Consultant
  • TRG’s are a space for Foster Parents to develop knowledge of Therapeutic Parenting and develop strategies and solutions to manage behaviours
  • EL, CSW and SSW are required to attend the groups
  • Topics covered include, contact issues, behaviour difficulties, supporting Foster Parents with developing resilience, managing sexually challenging behaviours, self-harm, food issues, family disruptions and endings
  • Compassion fatigue is fundamental to the TRUE model and will be explored during the TRG
  • This list is not exhaustive and will begin with a ‘check in’ where Foster Parents can bring current concerns regarding children who live with them and the impact of fostering upon their own emotional well-being
  • Sarah will find a recurring theme which is explored in the group ensuring that Foster Parents are heard and can explore relevant issues
  • Sarah is also available to support Foster Parents by offering 1 to 1 consultations, telephone advice and support, if required