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Foster Care Training in Ireland

Project Update: The project to develop new pre- (and post-) approval foster care training resources for Ireland. Tasks completed: • Review of existing resources in use in Ireland, including Foundations for Fostering, New Beginnings and Fostering Relations; • Review of … Continue reading

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Therapeutic caregiving – why conventional is vital

We know that . . . We do that . . . These are all-too-familiar responses to endeavours to promote conventional aspects of caregiving and relating as part of a therapeutic approach to the care of children who are experiencing, … Continue reading

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CARERS must CARE – Lessons on attachment from Colby Pearce

It was such a privilege to be asked recently to write a review for Colby Pearce’s second edition of a ‘Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder’. Colby Pearce is one of the leading experts in attachment and as a … Continue reading

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Foster Carers report Model of Care Interesting and Helpful

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is an independent authority established to drive high-quality and safe care for people using health and social care services in Ireland. HIQA monitors foster care services against the National Standards for Foster Care, … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Childcare – The CARE Approach

Earlier this year I set about revising and updating A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder. The second edition is available from December 2016. As part of the revision process I considered what we might mean when talking about … Continue reading

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Strengths-based therapeutic foster care

Triple-A is an approach to the therapeutic care of children that emphasises human connection. It is relational, practical and rooted in conventional caregiving practices. As such, it is an enrichment programme, as opposed to a wholesale alternative to conventional caregiving … Continue reading

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Media Release: South Australian Program Embraced by Foster Carers in Ireland

An Australian-developed program for foster carers is receiving unreserved support in Donegal, Ireland. Known as the Triple-A Model of Therapeutic Care, the program is currently being delivered by Secure Attachment Matters Ireland with support from TUSLA, the Irish Government Child and … Continue reading

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Foster Carer Wellbeing

Caring for children who are recovering from abuse and neglect is often a difficult and thankless vocation. Children are inconsistently appreciative of your efforts on their behalf; if at all. The professionals whose task it is to support you do … Continue reading

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Foster Care Enriched

People often ask: What can I do to help this child? This is an interesting question. Which of the following statements best reflects the answer you would like to receive to this question, were you asking it? This is what … Continue reading

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Media Release: Proactive Needs Provision Vital for Recovery From Child Abuse

What follows is a media release for the event at which I spoke on Thursday the 22nd of October in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, Ireland. The clip to the right is the article in The Northern Standard that appeared on 31/10/15. PROACTIVE … Continue reading

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