Mental health training for foster carers

East of EnglandMental Health
Published Date: 1 Nov 2012

Mental Health Trianing for Foster Carers

What?

CLAHRC CP researchers in collaboration with Cambridgeshire County Council and foster carers, are devising and piloting a new mental health training course to help foster carers identify signs of emotional distress in young people entering care.

Why?

This pilot study came about as a result of our initial research which focused on two groups of potentially vulnerable 16 & 17 year olds facing major changes in their care arrangements.

What did we find?

We found that the transitions in care arrangements faced by young people may be compromised by poor mental health, particularly for young people in care. This is often accompanied by poor engagement with services or being unemployed. This combination is likely to render these youngsters vulnerable as they negotiate the challenges of independent living.