Break's Approach

At Break, fostering isn't just about providing a home, it’s about offering the warmth and security of a family providing empathy, understanding, to help our young people heal and thrive.

Our approach to fostering recognises the challenges that each young person in our care may have faced. Many have had difficult beginnings marked by trauma and neglect, making it understandably hard for them to trust adults and form lasting bonds.  

That's why we work through a trauma informed lens and our approach is centred around therapeutic parenting, which lies at the core of everything we do. We provide all our foster carers with the support, training and resources they need so together, we can make a difference and give the love, support and stability our young people deserve.   

What exactly is therapeutic parenting, and why does it matter?

It's more than just a technique; it's a philosophy rooted in nurturing, empathy, and patience. It's about recognising the needs of each child and responding to them with sensitivity and understanding, helping them to build trust and feel secure in their environment. 

Rather than managing behaviour, therapeutic parenting sees behaviour as a form of communication.  

The approach is based on neuroscience. Through being nurturing and empathetic and providing consistent boundaries and predictable routines, the brain can begin to form new neural pathways, which, in time, allow children to rebuild their trust in adults.  

Support and training

We know that care isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach and that each child’s needs are different. All our foster carers are the support they need to think about their fostering through a trauma and attachment lens, tailored to meet their individual family needs. And by being a small team, it means we can offer support for the whole foster family, including your own children.  

We offer:

  • Bespoke one to one sessions with a therapeutic parenting practitioner 
  • Monthly supervision with your social worker 
  • Regular support groups with other Break foster carers  
  • Regular meet ups for young people living in foster families, offering a safe space to share experiences, meet new people, be creative and have fun.  
  • Access to all our services designed to help you and your foster family  

"Sometimes you can feel you’re almost doing the opposite of what you think you should do as a parent. But because of what they’ve experienced these children are expecting adults to shout at them, to hurt them, to take things away from them, but you’re reacting differently and saying you’re still deserving of love no matter what you do. It can be hard sometimes, and it can take a long time, but it does work."

Break foster carer

Read our Fostering Brochure

In our free information brochure you will find information on:

  • Break's Fostering team
  • The requirements of fostering
  • The support you could receive as a Break foster carer
  • The training available
  • Frequently asked questions and more.

Please fill in your details to be directed to the helpful brochure immediately.

Tick here if you would like a member of the team to contact you for an informal chat and answer any questions regarding fostering with Break.