Standard 1: Understand the principles and values essential for fostering children and young people
Standard 2: Understand your role as a foster carer
Standard 3: Understand health and safety and safer caring
Standard 4: Know how to communicate effectively
Standard 5: Understand the development of children and young people
Standard 6: Keep children and young people safe from harm
Standard 7: Develop yourself
Understand the principles and values essential for
fostering children and young people
1.1a What principles and values do you think are important in caring for children?
There are many principles and values which are important in caring for children, however, the care, safety and welfare of the child are indeed paramount. Every child is unique and is entitled to the expertise given by the team of professionals concerned with his/her care. Values include human rights, individual difference, cultural diversity, equal opportunity, health and well being, educational, self esteem and resilience. The carer must be acutely aware of confidentiality, professional knowledge, and skills and training to perform her duties to the highest standards. I treat the young people with respect for their rights and dignity.
1.1b Give an example of how you show the following:
a) Treat children, young people and their families and carers with respect
The young people in my care are culturally diverse; hence, they are given access to the Koran, prayer mats, and necessary dietary and toiletry requirements. I treat the, the young people and their families, as I would like to be treated by others
b) Treat children, young people and their families and carers as equals
The young people have the relative freedom of the home, so they can be comfortable, as a member of the household. We share meals and they are given opportunities to express their views and wishes. They also know and interact with the members of my family and friends. The young people and their families are treated equally as any member of the household.
c) Treat children, young people and their families and carers as individuals
The young people have their own personality as individuals in their likes and dislikes of ‘halal’ meals; the clubs they attend and the way they express themselves. And dress – self adornment. We are all ‘individuals’ living in the community of one household. Hence, I treat the young people and their families as individuals with individual personalities.
1.2a - What different types of prejudice or discrimination have you come across and how can you challenge them or help other people to challenge them?
The types of prejudice and discrimination I have come across are-
Ageism – One young person complained about an ‘old lecturer’ – ESOL English for Speakers of Other Language.
We were able to discuss the training and education of the teacher. Tolerance in dealing with other individuals of different ages. The need to value what the teacher is trying to impart to students.
Racism – remarks made about ‘Pakistani’ or ‘living with ‘non-Muslim’ people. The need for tolerance is required at all times and to respect racial, cultural – inter and intra cultural- diversities.
I would generally, quietly speak with the young person involved, at a suitable moment, or make a time to see the individual. However, the only person who would be informed of any incident of ‘prejudice or discrimination’, would be the supervising social worker and the child’s social worker. Thankfully, I have never particularly had any incident of prejudice with the young people.
1.2b - Why is maintaining a positive sense of a child’s identity important?
The maintenance of a positive sense of a young person’s identity is important to Develop a positive self-esteem; emotional balance and self confidence so that the young person know and accept who he/she...