Responding to Challenging Behaviour

The resources in this section are about responding to challenging behaviour, and understanding and seeing behaviour in context while also exercising self-care.

Articles and PDFs

Top tips for relating to children from the ISPCC website.

‘Ideas and concepts for helping stressed children to calm down and emotionally regulate’, by Dr Helen Gogarty and Anne Marie Coll.

From the IFCA publication ‘Foster’ journal, Issue 3. Available free to members at



‘Managing Difficult Behaviour’ (for foster carers of under 12s)

Some helpful books by Dr Dan Siegel include:

‘The Whole Brain Child’

‘The Yes Brain Child’

‘No Drama Discipline’

‘Brainstorm: The power and purpose of the teenage brain’


Organisations and Websites

Parentline offers support, guidance, information and a listening ear.  It is for all parents under stress for whatever reason. LoCall 1890 927277 or (01) 8733500.