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Report uncovers high levels of secondary traumatic stress amongst UK foster carers.

Nottingham Trent University has released a new study highlighting the extent of secondary traumatic stress (STS) and burn-out among foster carers.

The research included a sample of 187 British foster carers with an average of 9 years experience and showed that over three quarters reported having experienced trauma from the impact of supporting vulnerable children who had themselves experienced traumatic events. The figures are significantly higher than the 48% reported in a study conducted in 2018.

The report concludes by advocating the use of preventative interventions to reduce burnout through more effective structural support and the encouragement of self-care.

Read the report here.