Fostering Forum

The fostering forum is in its infancy but it has already facilitated the team attending meetings of foster carers where they have used a power point to raise awareness of responding to missing/absent episodes and touched on indicators of CSE.

To date two fostering forum meetings have taken place with another planned for the end of August and three briefing session have taken place across Gwent.

Foster carers tend to be ‘normal families’, they are not trained professionals and as such don’t recognise some of the signs and symptoms of CSE that can manifest in negative behaviours which can in turn impact on placements resulting in them breaking down.

We have been made aware of carers who have misunderstood episodes of missing as a child not liking the placement and not settling, rather than seeing that the child is groomed and being ‘pulled’ away from their home into the hidden world of CSE.