The Care Market “About 53,420 children are in the £1.7bn foster care market, with one-third managed by private providers and two-thirds by local authorities, according to government figures. But the number of foster children living with carers registered to private providers has been rising — growing 5 per cent to 17,410 children between 2012 and 2016, compared with a 1 per cent rise to 34,395 in children looked after by carers registered directly to the council.” ... See MoreSee Less
Short Read “The Fostering Network, the charity representing foster carers, has accused the government of neglecting foster care, predicting that young people will not get the support they need if carers continue to be underpaid, ignored and undervalued. The charity’s State of the Nation’s Foster Care report, seen exclusively by the Observer, reveals that almost half of carers would not recommend fostering to others, and almost two-thirds feel the allowance and expenses they can claim do not meet the full costs of looking after children. Four out of 10 foster carers are not paid any fee, and fewer than one in 10 are paid at or above the equivalent of the national living wage for a 40-hour week.” ... See MoreSee Less
Short Read “When we are in a heated moment or feeling a surge of our emotions, it makes it much harder to think rationally. When considering our children and how they are developing their prefrontal lobe (the part that does a lot of the planning and decision-making), it then makes sense that they have much more difficulty in expressing themselves calmly when under stress. As adults, we have verbal skills and a more developed brain on our side to help us practice expressing our needs and ourselves in a calm manner. Children are still developing the skills and the brain power… so this is where parents and caretakers can help children bolster positive coping to manage feelings more effectively.” ... See MoreSee Less
It can be hard to consider hugging our child when they are acting out. There’s this fear of reinforcing the behavior, and so we have been taught to punish, remove toys, ignore the behavior, and resp...
Short Article o co-sleeping “Our scientific studies of mother and infants sleeping together have shown how tightly bound together the physiological and social aspects of the mother-infant relationship really are. Other studies have shown that separation of the mother and infant has adverse consequences. Anthropological considerations also suggest that separation between the mother and infant should be minimal. Western societies must consider carefully how far and under what circumstances they want to push infants away from the loving and protective co-sleeping environment. Infants' nutritional, emotional and social needs as well as maternal responses to them have evolved in this environment for millennia.” ... See MoreSee Less
Interesting read research based. “As my own personal and professional experiences dictate, the idea that fathers are biologically “less prepared” for parenthood is unlikely to be true. Much of the role of parenting is not instinctual for anyone. (I remember the steep learning curve of those first days of motherhood — learning what each of my baby’s cries meant, mastering the quick diaper change and juggling the enormous amount of equipment necessary just to make it out the door.) And while the biological changes fathers undergo are not as well understood (nor as outwardly dramatic) as those of mothers, scientists are just beginning to find that both men and women undergo hormonal and brain changes that herald this key transition in a parent’s life.” ... See MoreSee Less
🤗 “The activations in the image do not refer to the act of kissing but to the organisation of functional activity in infant brains when viewing meaningful images. Kissing causes a chemical reaction in your brain, including a burst of the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin is often referred to as the ‘love hormone’ because it stirs up feelings of affection and attachment.”This is the world’s first ever magnetic resonance image showing a mother and child’s bond. The image is of neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe kissing her two month old son.
The child’s brain appears to be smoother and darker. This is because it has significantly less white matter. White matter is comprised of myelin, which is fatty tissue that acts as insulation for the wires that communicate messages inside your brain.
The activations in the image do not refer to the act of kissing but to the organisation of functional activity in infant brains when viewing meaningful images.
Kissing causes a chemical reaction in your brain, including a burst of the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin is often referred to as the ‘love hormone’ because it stirs up feelings of affection and attachment.
Kissing activates the brain’s reward system; releasing dopamine which makes us feel good. It also releases vasopressin which bonds mothers with babies and romantic partners to each other. It also releases serotonin which helps to regulate our mood. #nhneurotraining #love #neuroscience #neuro ... See MoreSee Less
Short read. “The way our parents and caregivers respond to our needs in early childhood impacts the course of our lives. While that may seem like an exaggeration, it is grounded in science. As we try to gain an understanding of the attachment processes of the brain, a greater understanding has emerged. Attachment theory offers a helpful view into what we have come to understand about the science of this important field of research. The basic needs of a human being for love, attention and care are intrinsic. The study of attachment has been long standing.” ... See MoreSee Less
Trauma, Resilience and the importance of Positive Relationships. “Healthy attachment One key way to build resilience is to strengthen families. This can include teaching caregivers about child development, providing concrete help in times of need and bolstering their abilities to manage stress and develop positive social connections. starts early in life For children, building resilience means learning skills that can increase their ability to manage and regulate their emotions and response to stress. One key way to build resilience is to strengthen families. This can include teaching caregivers about child development, providing concrete help in times of need and bolstering their abilities to manage stress and develop positive social connections.” ... See MoreSee Less
Good read with further links. “Attachment theory is one of the most well-known theories used in child and family social work, and increasingly in adult social work. At first glance, it provides a simple, psychologically appealing way to understand the intense nature of relationships between, primarily, parents and children. However, as academic David Wilkins writes in a guide for Community Care Inform Children: “As with any body of theory or research, but particularly one as potent as attachment theory, it is important to think critically about its application in practice. Part of the reason why attachment theory has become so commonplace is because it appears to provide a simple explanation for the incredibly complex business of human development: that secure attachment in childhood leads to positive outcomes in adulthood, including good mental health and happy relationships, while insecure attachment leads to more negative outcomes.” ... See MoreSee Less
Attachment theory is one of the most well-known theories used in child and family social work, and increasingly in adult social work. At first glance, it provides a simple, psychologically appealing w...