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Children 6-15

When I first came into care I was scared but they made me feel safe at home and I felt part of their family. You might find it difficult to fit in but you will and people will understand if you don’t like it.

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Young people from Bromley give their top tips to carers!

Back in September the fostering team asked the Living in Care Council (LinCC) to contribute to the foster carers handbook. The handbook contains information about their role as carers and how they can go about supporting the young people they look after.

LinCC were asked to help create foster carer profile templates. The idea of these is that carers can use these to describe what life will be like with them and what young people can expect. As a result of this work young people meeting their carers for the first time will now be given these templates so that they have more of an idea about what lies ahead. Its hoped that by doing this young people will feel more at ease when they meet with their carer.

LinCC have also contributed to the handbook by creating a list of their top tips for carers. Some of the tips they suggested are listed below:

“You need to understand that we are going to miss seeing our family.”

“Sometimes we are going to feel sad because your home doesn’t always feel like home.”

“If you set too many rules, then we may end up rebelling.”

“You should make an effort to get to know our friends.”

“You need to think back to when you were young to try and understand us.”

“You need to understand that not everything we say is an excuse.”

“You need to realise that everyone makes mistakes.”

“Trust needs to be built between one another.”

“Don’t always be too serious – you should use your humour to deal with certain situations.”

email: LinCC@bromley.gov.uk

call: 020 8461 7869