Solihull Approach | Parenting



The Solihull Approach team have developed a popular and evidence based course for foster carers (details below). In addition, many foster carers have also found the courses for professionals helpful ‘Understanding trauma’ and ‘Understanding attachment’, which are available as anytime online courses or as face to face courses. We provide training for practitioners to become facilitators of this course.

The course manual enables practitioners to facilitate the Solihull Approach course for foster carers ‘Understanding your foster child’.

This course is often used as a foundation course for all foster carers in an area. The course provides a framework, so that past and future knowledge can be integrated into an understanding of the foster child. The model is intended to support a lifelong skill and can be applied to various types of foster placements. It was designed to support the foster carer/child relationship. It helps the foster carer to customise behaviour management and to support the child to regulate themselves. The Solihull Approach Foster Carer Course consists of 12 sessions.

The course sessions are:

Session 1                                 Introduction to the Solihull Approach Foster Carer Course

Session 2                                 Brain Development

Session 3                                 Containment

Session 4                                 Reciprocity

Session 5                                 Introduction to attachment

Session 6                                 Understanding your child’s behaviour

Session 7                                 Different styles of parenting

Session 8                                 Spending time together

Session 9                                 Rhythm of interaction and sleep

Session 10                               Self-regulation and anger

Session 11                               Communication and attunement/Rupture and repair

Session 12                               Celebration

For published research on the effects of this course see the Research list.  An initial evaluation by Brown (2013) of foster carers attending the Solihull Approach course found a reported reduction of hyperactivity in their foster children. A study by Madigan et al. (2017) suggested that the course helped prevent unplanned placement breakdowns. A further study has been submitted for publication.

For more details, see training.