This constitutes a safe place to live and advice and guidance about keeping safe in the community and online. Foster homes have a safe care policy so everyone can know the house rules about respect for each other and other people’s space and possessions.
Every child needs a healthy life in Foster Care with healthy meals, good sleep, exercise and someone to talk to help develop an understanding of how to look after your own body, know when it is unwell and how to get better. Foster carers will help children to develop routines for meals, sleeping and taking care of themselves. They will ensure that children see the doctor, dentist and have their eyes tested regularly. Foster Carers will support children and young people to be active and to know what specialist health services are available if needed.
This is the ability to be able to cope with life’s ups and downs and to bounce back when difficult experiences happen. This is really important when you are a child, young person or an adult. How we will help young people develop resilience is by supporting them to build confidence, to develop friendships and take part in clubs, interests and activities. We will help children find out what they are good at and support them to succeed.
We will support young people to experience positive self-esteem by enabling them to achieve at school and in any hobbies or interests they may already have or would like to try. We will provide them with a positive, respectful living experience and will help develop a positive view of themselves and a positive attitude to trying new things and having a go.
This is about how well we are able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes, recognise other people’s feelings, as well as recognising our own feelings and why we are feeling them. It is connected to how we choose to respond to other people’s behaviour and take into account their feelings as well as our own. We will help children to recognise, learn about and name their own feelings, as well as learning about other people’s feelings and the choices we have about how we respond to other people’s behaviour and feelings.
We will help children and young people to develop positive ways of being in control of themselves and about appropriate parts of their lives, as well as being able to influence and make decisions at an appropriate age. Children and young people will be encouraged to think about making choices and why they make the choices they do about school, friends, possessions, clothes, food, etc. Children will be encouraged to understand how they can make and be involved in decisions in their adult lives.
Cornerways will help children and young people to develop and maintain positive relationships with friends and with family. Foster carers will also help young people to think about what are positive friendships and relationships and to understand how to keep safe in relationships as a child, teenager and as an adult.
Achievement is a very positive experience for any person. It may be achievement at school or college, it maybe in a hobby or a sport, getting a job or learning a life skill. We will recognize and help celebrate children and young people’s achievements! We will help children and young people have the opportunity to achieve, to go to clubs and learn sport, music, dance or any other interest
Preparation for adulthood
Becoming an adult is ahead of all the children and young people that Cornerways looks after. We will support children and young people to learn about the adult world, how services and systems work (money, banks, credit, tax, cars, insurance, rent, electricity and gas, bills, shopping, cooking, looking after clothes and shoes, looking after a home, using domestic machines, etc). We will help young people to access college courses, have jobs and be ready to interact positively with other people at college, university in the workplace, socially and in the home.