Hundreds of children are still waiting for their ‘new normal. to begin – how to help vulnerable children in your local area
This week children across the country will be returning to school to start the new academic year. The return to school this September will be unlike any new school year teachers, students, parents and carers have ever experienced before. Getting back to the classroom in the midst of a pandemic is understandingly going to be an anxious time for everyone. It is going to take children and adults a little while to adjust to all the Covid guidelines and teachers and students alike are at the base of a steep learning curve. Over the following weeks and months, hopefully everyone will begin to grow in confidence and will adapt to this new normal. Whilst families and school staff begin their new school life in these unprecedented circumstances, there are hundreds of children waiting for their ‘new normal’ to begin. It is important that children currently in the care system or living in ‘at risk’ family settings are not forgotten about as the rest of the population try to get some resemblance of routine back. As we all march head on into our new normal, ready to do all we can to keep Coronavirus at bay, there are children all over the country waiting for their new normal to begin.
Hundreds of children are still waiting for their new normal to begin.
It is an upsetting fact that for far too many children across the UK, their ‘normal life’ is something that requires intervention and support to change. Vulnerable children can be subject to neglect, violence and abuse, they can be living in poverty and some have no protective adults in their life who they can trust to love and care for them appropriately. A life characterised by trauma and abuse is the harrowing normal for hundreds of children in 2020, children who desperately need a ‘new normal’ to help keep them safe. Every child matters and for some children, it is necessary for them to live away from their birth family settings for periods of time in nurturing and caring foster homes. During the time a child is cared for in a foster family, the appropriate support packages are offered to birth family members and assessments made as to what will secure the best outcomes for a child in the longer term.
Foster carers are carefully assessed to ensure each child is placed with the best possible family for their individual circumstances. Although it is sometimes in the child’s best interests to remain in foster care indefinitely, often the end goal is for vulnerable families to be supported through difficult periods so a reunion is able to safely take place in the future. There are many different types of foster care and different children have different needs from their foster carers.
It is an expected but also unfortunate side effect of the coronavirus national lockdown that the number of children needing foster care has drastically increased. It is now more urgent than ever before that more people apply to foster, these vulnerable children desperately need the support. If you are over the age of 21, have a spare bedroom and have the passion and drive to care for and support children going through difficult periods in their lives, perhaps you could consider fostering as your next career move. You can find all the information about the different types of fostering, who can foster and find answers to some frequently asked questions here on the Focus Foster Care website.
As the country continues to adapt and the new school year begins full of new challenges and hurdles to overcome, there are children still waiting for their new way of life to begin. While the majority of the population edge further away from lockdown and are starting to leave that immensely challenging period behind, it is vital that vulnerable children and families are not left behind too. A loving and caring foster family could be the new normal a child has been waiting for, can you be the one to help them?
Focus Foster Care is currently seeking people in the West and East Midlands and surrounding areas to join the independent fostering agency’s team of exceptional foster carers. Contact us today to find out more.
Phone: 0800 524 4797
To find out more about fostering and how to become a foster carer with our independent fostering agency, please read the following pages on our website:
Types of foster care.
Who can foster?
How to become a foster care with Focus Foster Care.
Fostering – frequently asked questions.
The benefits of fostering with Focus Foster Care.