New course addresses trauma in children
The first accredited course of its kind
will be launched in York this November to help foster carers
enhance the quality of their care through a better understanding of
the issues associated with trauma and attachment in children.
The programme entitled Foundation
Certificate in Trauma and Attachment has been developed in
partnership with City of York Council, York St John University,
York Area Foster Carers Association (YAFCA) and the Children and
Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
The Foundation Certificate in Trauma and
Attachment consists of two modules; Understanding Trauma and
Attachment, which will introduce foster carers to the theoretical
perspectives underpinning trauma and attachment issues for looked
after children, and Caring for Children with Trauma and Attachment
Issues, which will enable foster carers to apply their learning to
support their looked after child's developmental needs, enhancing
the quality of their foster care.
Eoin Rush, Assistant Director for Childrens
Specialist Services at the City of York Council said: "This is
a fantastic development. Our foster carers in York provide an
excellent service to some of the City's most vulnerable children
and young people. They make it possible for these children to
remain living in or close to their local community, to attend local
schools and to maintain regular contact with their families and
friends. Of course, this task can bring in equal parts significant
challenge and reward. Our carers tell us time and time again that
good support and excellent training opportunities are essential to
the success of their role. The launch of this accredited training
will make a huge contribution to the ongoing learning of our foster
carers and in turn will help to ensure the continued good outcomes
for our Looked After Children and Young People."
David Maughan Brown, Deputy Vice Chancellor
at York St John University, said: “The University is delighted to
have been involved in the creation of the Foundation Certificate in
Trauma and Attachment. A huge amount of work has gone into
developing the programme and I am certain that the foster carers
who complete the course will not only gain from an increased
knowledge in the subject area, but also enjoy the many benefits of
continued professional development.”
If you wish to apply for a place for this
qualification, please contact the Workforce Development Unit on
01904 553017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picture shows: (L-R) Eoin Rush, Assistant
Director for Childrens Specialist Services at the City of York
Council , Pauline Kollontai, Deputy Dean, Education
& Theology and David Maughan Brown, Deputy Vice
Chancellor at York St John University.