Specialist Education

What Is Wrong With My Child?

As a parent or carer, you know your child better than anyone else. If you have any concerns about development, behaviours, communication or learning abilities then it is better to try and get to the bottom of it as soon as possible.

 

Keep a diary of your child's behaviours or areas of development that are giving you cause for concern. This can not only help as supporting evidence when trying to get a diagnosis but can also help you identify if there are any patterns to your child's difficulties.

 

Speak to your child's nursery or school and see if they have the same concerns. Alternatively, seek advice from your GP or Health Visitor who may be able to carry out simple assessments. If there is agreement on your concerns, ask for a referral to a child assessment/development centre or a consultant paediatrician.

 

For more information or advice, contact us here, or call 0800 138 1184.

 

 

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Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Some basics to become a foster parent

Here are a few questions to help you discover whether fostering is right for you and what we need from our foster parents.

1. I have a spare bedroom for a foster child

2. I will be available to care for a child full time

3. I am over 25 years old

4. I have a stable, positive home to offer a child

5. I am a patient, resilient and understanding person

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Becoming a professional foster parent

We regard fostering as a profession. Therefore we'll treat you as a professional - we'll provide great pay, support and training. In return we expect our foster parents to provide a high standard of care for our children. 

I want a professional career in fostering and am happy to undertake ongoing training

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

The challenges of fostering

Fostering is life changing and rewarding work. It can also be challenging at times but our foster parents tell stories of the great satisfaction they gain with our expert support. 

I understand that some children in fostering may have challenging behaviour due to the experiences they may have had

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Working as part of a team

As a foster parent we require you to work as part of the By the Bridge team but also with social workers, teachers and health workers to help support the child.

I am able to talk and listen to young people, aswell as working part of a team to help support them