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Treatment foster care


What is treatment foster care?

Three Happy ChildrenTreatment foster care is specialist foster care for children with complex emotional and behavioural difficulties who are 3-6 years of age. These children need structured and highly nurturing families in which to grow and learn.

Also known as Leapfrog, our therapeutic team provides foster carers with a high level of training and support, including on-call support.

The programme aims to improve children’s functioning across all areas of development. It places a particular emphasis on supporting the development of emotional and behavioural regulation and empathy - core components for success at school and in relationships.

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Leapfrog team

The Leapfrog team is multi-disciplinary. It includes:

  • a systemic family therapist 
  • a family placement social worker
  • a family therapist
  • an early years teacher
  • two skills coaches.

Our team is committed to help shape positive behavioural change in young children as soon as possible, in the hope that we can prevent long-term difficulties.

We use a team approach to address risk factors and improve outcomes for children. We do this through our work with foster carers, adopters and with birth families.

We also work in community settings, including a weekly children’s group.

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Key characteristics of the programme

The key characteristics of the programme are:

  • a proactive 'whole team' approach to reducing problem behaviour
  • creating and maintaining a consistently reinforcing and highly nurturing environment for the child in their home, school, and community
  • separate and distinctive staff roles
  • intensive Leapfrog foster placement - on average nine months
  • 24-hour support
  • it requires two-carer households
  • a weekly foster carer support group
  • it is ideal for carers whose own children are older.

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Aims of Leapfrog

The intensive training and support provided to foster carers and the young children in their care offers a vital and unique springboard.

This helps to make sure the child's placement will be successful in future permanent families.

Leapfrog helps children to:

  • form meaningful relationships with adults and peers
  • handle their emotions
  • improve learning - both at home and at school.

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Contact the team

Email Email: leapfrog@westsussex.gov.uk
Phone Phone: 01903 839777
Fax Fax: 01903 209050
Address Address: Leapfrog team
Centenary House
Durrington Lane
BN13 2QB


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