It’s a complex and serious topic and one that is quite close to our hearts. As foster carers with Edinburgh Council we were delighted to be asked to contribute to a suite of materials designed to help people do “contact” well.
When a child is taken into care, often contact with their family will be arranged as a way of helping children stay in touch with parents or other family members. It is often, as you can imagine, an emotionally challenging and artificial situation, with a meeting between parents and children taking place away from the home and often supervised by a social worker or social work assistant.
So, the new materials are designed to help.
We helped to script a DVD which social workers can use with parents to help them understand the purpose of Contact, how it will work and what they might expect.
We drafted notes to go with the DVD to help social workers use the DVD effectively.
We edited the document that contains comprehensive guidance for professionals working in this sector.