“She was accused of colluding with the mother”; the training and support needs of parent-and-child foster carers: A qualitative study

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Child and Family Social Work, 2020, 25, (S1), pp. 149-159
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© 2020 The Authors. Child & Family Social Work published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd Parent-and-child foster placements are used to accommodate parents with their children, either when the mother is a looked-after child or as a setting for a parenting assessment. Despite this being a specialized role with significant potential for affecting outcomes for disadvantaged families, there is currently a lack of accessible learning opportunities for foster carers on the physical and mental well-being of women with complex needs such as a history of domestic abuse, substance abuse, perinatal mental ill-health, or having a learning disability. Parent-and-child carers experience some unique stresses and value the support of others with similar experiences; this kind of peer support is currently largely absent. This qualitative study has used ten focus groups with foster carers, eight interviews with mothers, and nine interviews with supervising social workers, to inform the development of an online learning resource and a social media-based peer support network for parent-and-child foster carers.
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