It is widely acknowledged that children in care are at greater risk of developing mental health difficulties[1]. Often, this is due to the experiences which have brought them into the care system, which may include abuse, trauma and neglect. Despite this understanding, the emotional wellbeing of those in care is not routinely assessed. Those who do screen often use the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)[2].

At Five Rivers, we initially used the SDQ, alongside a brief measure of attachment (the Relationship Problems Questionnaire) to monitor the emotional and behavioural wellbeing of the children in our care….

This is only a snippet of a Foster Parents Article written by Rosie Bishop

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