I am a Foster Carer currently caring for a 2 year old child who has been placed with us since he was two days old.
He has been attending contact with his parents (separately) since he arrived with us. Recent changes in his contact schedule and with another family member (an Aunt) have seen a change in his behaviour which concerns us.
He has started hitting himself when he returns from contact and also banging his head against the wall, or fridge or furniture. Just recently this has escalated to him lying on the floor and banging his head on the floor.
We have seen him change from a happy little chap to one that at times can be quite withdrawn and sullen.
Approx 2 months ago we requested a CAMHS assessment for him via his Social Worker but to date we have not had a reply.
His current Social Worker seems to be dismissive of his behaviour and has recently (against our wishes on his behalf) increased the contact sessions with the Aunt and this includes many unsupervised sessions.
We believe that his behaviour may be attachment/separation anxiety
as he is not happy going to contact. At times he hits us when we collect him from contact or when he is returned home.
During the contact sessions at times of stress
it has been reported that he calls for us (calling for me in particular) and isn't easily consoled by the Aunt.
What can we do to ease this for him as the change in his temperament is a great concern for us.