New fostering service pioneered in Bristol

Children|July 2nd 2014

Bristol City Council has launched a new style of fostering service which may help vulnerable children avoid being taken into residential care.

Multi-dimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) is aimed at children with serious emotional and behavioural issues, the Bristol Post reports. Fosters carers work with a specially selected team of social and education workers, coaches and therapists. They encourage children and young people at risk of being taken from their families into a children’s homes to make positive changes to their lives, addressing such issues as their behaviour, their studies at school and how they relate to their birth families. The scheme provides youngsters with a structured and supportive family setting.

The service is funded by Bristol City Council, who also employ the team members. The charity Action for Children, meanwhile, provides training.

The charity is currently recruiting new foster carers in the city, offering a full of support.

Brenda Massey is Assistant Mayor for Education at the Council. She claimed: ” Studies have shown that MTFC has led to fewer foster care placements breaking down.”

Mark Kingston of Action for Children, meanwhile, noted that MTFC was the first care regime of its kind in the area.

“The programme teaches good behaviour by encouragement, introducing clear boundaries and targeting patterns of problem behaviour.”
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