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 is a specialist in recognising compassion fatigue and how this presents in a fostering family.  Empathic Listeners have each had direct personal experience of living with children with attachment difficulties. The empathic Listener is available to the foster parent from the assessment stage and will develop positive, supportive relationships from the outset.  Empathic Listeners are trained in recognising and managing blocked care and can offer strategies to prevent this.  The empathic listener is fully informed of therapeutic parenting and preventing and resolving compassion fatigue.  Their main role is to establish an early empathic relationship with the foster parent.  This type of support builds resilience in the foster parent and helps to sustain difficult situations and promotes placement stability.

2] Child Support Worker (CSW) has a longstanding relationship with the child and sees them regularly, ordinarily this will be weekly.  The CSW will be qualified in child care and has a background in advocating for children in the care system.  The CSW is trained in therapeutic parenting techniques, early life trauma, attachment difficulties and life story work.  The CSW offers a good advocate for the child and is able to represent children and young people.  The CSW liaises closely with the child’s own social worker as well as the EL and SSW.

3] Supervising Social Worker (SSW). The SSW is responsible for all the statutory duties and obligations.  They will oversee the standards and quality of care offered to children and young people.  They are expected to have knowledgeable about therapeutic parenting techniques, developmental trauma and attachment difficulties.  Alongside this they are required to have training in compassion fatigue and interrupting trauma.  SSW will be skilled and be able to support the foster parent for implementing therapeutic strategies. The SSW will liaise closely with the EL who is able to work more intensively with the foster parent to help prevent blocked care. The SSW is responsible for supervising the CSW.

4] Attachment Therapist- hosts monthly therapeutic reparenting groups.  (TRG) Each group runs for two hours.

The group is facilitated by Sarah Dillon, Attachment Therapist.  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 will include, contact issues, behaviour difficulties, and support foster carers with developing resilience, managing sexually challenging behaviours, self-harm, food issues, family breakdowns and endings. An awareness of and managing compassion fatigue is fundamental and will be explored during the session.  This list is not exhaustive and will begin with a ‘check in’ where Foster Parents will have space to 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 then explored in the group. This ensures that Foster Parents are heard and can explore relevant issues.

Sarah is also available to support foster carers and offer 1 to 1 consultation as well as telephone advice and support, when required.