Every child automatically trusts their parents to give them love, care and protection. When that trust is betrayed, it is hard to rebuild.

Children in care typically face greater challenges and have fewer resources than the average. It is our duty to ensure they receive support to overcome these added difficulties.

Every child taken into care is likely to need:

  • Counselling and support to deal with the original trauma of abuse or neglect.
  • Counselling and support to deal with the ongoing trauma of separation from their family (this applies even where there was no abuse or neglect, for example if the parents are deceased or incapacitated).
  • Specific skills training to compensate for the experiential and role-model type learning that normally takes place within a family and from parents, including behavioural and social skills, relationships, life skills and parenting skills.
  • Help in building and maintaining self esteem.
  • Additional educational support, such as tutoring, to overcome setbacks.
  • Special measures to give the child an appropriate level of control over their own lives. Measures might include choice of personal possessions, having own money and bank account, ability to participate in social and sporting activities of their choice, explicit privacy rights, career counselling and other life-planning measures.
  • Stability via enduring relationships with carers, peers and adults, perhaps bolstered through formal mentoring or other adult-contact programs.
  • Advice and help and a right of choice in relating to their family.
  • Equality with other children, so they do not think that they are to blame or are being punished for what happened to them.
  • Measures to prevent institutionalisation.
  • They may need specialised medical attention.
  • Effective oversight of their treatment and development by a person who places their interests first, including regular assessment, reviews and an ongoing plan in which the child can participate.
  • Specific preparation for leaving care including life skills, job-training, social network development and provision of adequate resources.
  • Post-care support and follow up.

It's not enough just to feed, clothe and house these children: they also need treatment. That's why we say, Care is not enough.