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Teenagers in Foster Care

Life as a Teenager

Constantly being exposed to new ideas, social situations, and people, teenagers work to develop their personalities and interest during this time of great change.

For all teenagers family relationships can be vulnerable. For those in care, teenage years are a particularly challenging period for relationships with their foster family.

Teenagers need to feel safe and protected and to have basic needs met, such as physical requirement for food, clothing, warmth and healthcare.

Teen Suicide, Working with Risk

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds, with adolescents who have been in foster care nearly two and a half times more likely to seriously consider suicide than other youth.  

As a foster carer, residential worker, adopter or other person caring for or working with children and young people, having an awareness of the risks and protective factors around suicide is crucial in the hopes of providing the children and young people with internal and external resources to prevent future suicides.

County Lines

County Lines is the term used to describe the organised criminal distribution of drugs in the UK  through the use of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

This resource aims to raise awareness of county lines in order to protect our children and young people.


This resource can be accessed free below, However, we also have this resource on our course section priced £1.99 where all profit will be donated to The Children's Society to support their great work for our youth.

Child Sexual Exploitation

Recent figures show that 560 children were trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation in the UK.  Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of sexual, emotional and physical abuse against children and young people under the age of 18 years. 

As a person caring for or working with children and young people, understanding the risks, signs and how to help are crucial in order to prevent and/or minimise the long term effects of CSE.

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