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Transitional carer explainer video transcript

We are looking for new specialist transitional carers to provide temporary, but safe home to a child or young person who has experienced trauma.

These children or young people may have previously found it difficult to settle within a family environment.

These children or young people may have previously found it difficult to settle within a family environment.

This could be a move into a long-term foster placement, returning to birth family or moving to independent living.

To become a transitional carer, you will need to have the skills, knowledge and appropriate accommodation space to support a child.

Traumatic episodes will have affected the child in various ways, each displaying behaviours that reflect their individual circumstances:

  • experiences of abuse and neglect
  • unhealthy or inappropriate behaviour used as coping
  • multiple placement breakdowns
  • emotional and relationship difficulties 
  • offending behaviour
  • mistrust and attachment issues

Having excellent communication and negotiation skills will allow you to build a valuable and trusting relationship with the child helping them to overcome barriers that may have led to the breakdown of placements in the past.

Carers will be supported by and will work alongside multi-disciplinary professionals, which will consist of:

  • a behaviour analyst
  • social worker
  • childcare hub staff
  • placement support workers
  • reunification and outreach workers

Becoming a transitional carer is best suited to individuals who have a relevant qualification or a background in childcare, social care, teaching, youth work or foster care.

If you think transitional care is the role for you, find out more information about the service.

Contact our team or visit our website:

Email: Joanna.Lloyd-Jones@bridgend.gov.uk

Telephone: 01443 425007

Website: www.bridgend.gov.uk/fostering

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