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Adolescence in Fostering

This training is presented via Zoom, and therefore requires access to laptop, tablet or phone.

An invitation and course materials will be sent in advance of each session.


This course isaimed at carers of young people in adolescence, or approaching adolescence, or those carers whose approval covers this age range.

Adolescence can be seen as the ‘developmental bridge’ from childhood to adulthood, the move from dependency to autonomy, from shared family bonds to shared bonds with close friends and intimate partners. As important social relations broaden to peers, school and work colleagues, romantic partners, family bonds need to be balanced and reorganised to accommodate these new relationships. 

The physical, cognitive and emotional changes of adolescence enable young people to achieve this ‘development task’ and make the transition to adulthood. However, the intensity of the changes can, and often does, have a major impact on the young person, their family relationships and parents.

Where children have experienced trauma or attachment difficulties in their early years, the transition through adolescence is particularly challenging. Children who have seemed to be very settled in placement can suddenly exhibit confrontational or puzzling behaviours.

This course will examine the changes that take place for all young people during the period of adolescence, and ways in which carers can help support children through this tricky time.

This course will aim to consider:

  • Adolescence through the ages.
  • Brain development in adolescence.
  • Impact of trauma.
  • Building a healthy teenage brain.
  • Transitions.
  • Risk taking.
  • Resilience.
  • Mental health.
  • Importance of relationships.

Course Dates

Training presented via Zoom

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