Our previous studies suggest that the Reflective Fostering Programme helps foster carers build and maintain supportive relationships with the children in their care. However, little is known about how carers use what they learn on the programme when communicating and relating with the children they care for. We introduced the Relationship Stories Study to explore this further. Through creative and interactive research activities, the study explores the influence of the Reflective Fostering Programme journey (shown in the diagram below) on carer-child relationships and the emotional wellbeing of children.

Diagram –A theoretical model of how the Reflective Fostering Programme works

          The Reflective Fostering Programme Journey diagram

Below is a quote from a foster carer who participated in the Reflective Fostering Programme and the Relationships Stories Study:

    Positive feedback from programme participant

If you are interested in finding out more about the Relationship Stories Study, or would like a copy of the study protocol, please contact

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