What is the Teaching Family Model?
The Teaching Family Model (TFM) is designed to support children and young people aged 6 to 17 years old in a family-style setting.
Through their relationship with Teaching Family Carers, children and young people learn to:
- develop proactive social behaviours
- increase their social skills
- achieve developmental milestones
Can I be a Teaching Family Carer?
We are looking for people who want to make a difference and provide a new evidence-based, therapeutic model for children in out-of-home care. To be a Teaching Family Carer, you must be:
What support do Teaching Family Carers receive?
Berry Street's first Teaching Family home
Feedback from Carers – Hannah and Stuart
The model gives them a simple approach to difficult problems…
TFM teaches carers to focus on the most difficult presenting issue for the individual young person. For example when Sam first entered his placement, he was running away from carers and school.
The first skill that Hannah and Stuart worked on with Sam was ‘being where you are meant to be’. Sam mastered this skill in a few months. When focusing on the most problematic behaviours, more minor issues also dissipate.
Hannah says, “It helps with my self-regulation, to not try to fix all the problems at once. It also allows me to see progress, which is so motivating."
*Names have been changed in the interest of privacy. The models and volunteers pictured are not connected to the case study.