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How to become a foster carer

So, you’ve made the decision that you’d like to become a foster carer. You think you have the right skills and experience, you have the desire to offer a safe and caring home to a child or young person…and, of course, you have a spare room. Now what happens?

Judgement day

It’s a beautiful, sunny Wednesday morning. We’re suited and booted and on our way to panel to be approved as foster carers. We’re meeting Stef (our Form F assessor) at a café near to where the panel is taking place, to have a little run through the potential questions we can expect.

Panel Vision

Today we had our last information gathering session with Stef, our assessor. Next week she’ll have the first draft of the Form F for us to look at and comment on. It feels like we’re coming to the end of something, but I know that it is in fact the start line we’re approaching.

Independent support services

Delivering a service that meets your needs

Independent support services can be provided for your foster carers in a variety of ways.

In England, this is through our advice and mediation and independent support services.

In Wales, this is through our independent support service.

Social work teams

This package of training courses has been specifically designed for social workers, managers and decision makers to update their knowledge base, reflect on current challenges, effectively support foster carers and develop practice within their fostering service.

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Event type: 
In-house training

Click on the course title to see a sample of the aims and objectives. Courses can be bought individually, or as a package.

Assessment Tools

Assessing Foster Carers: Tools of the Trade

Aim

To increase participants competence and confidence to use a range of tools when assessing foster families

Region: 
Wales

This package of training courses has been specifically designed for social workers, managers and decision makers to update their knowledge base, reflect on current challenges, effectively support foster carers and develop practice within their fostering service.

:
:
Event type: 
In-house training

Click on the course title to see a sample of the aims and objectives. Courses can be bought individually, or as a package.

Assessment Tools

Assessing Foster Carers: Tools of the Trade

Aim

To increase participants competence and confidence to use a range of tools when assessing foster families

Region: 
Wales

Panel training

Enabling panel members to understand their responsibilities.

Location: 
In-house or at a venue of your choice
Event type: 
In-house training

The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011 specify that all fostering services must have a fostering panel. It is considered good practice that panel members receive training to ensure that they have a clear understanding of what their responsibilities are.

Training together will also ensure that panel members from different disciplines and backgrounds can work together effectively.

Region: 
England

Enabling panel members to understand their responsibilities.

Location: 
In-house or at a venue of your choice
Event type: 
In-house training

The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011 specify that all fostering services must have a fostering panel. It is considered good practice that panel members receive training to ensure that they have a clear understanding of what their responsibilities are.

Training together will also ensure that panel members from different disciplines and backgrounds can work together effectively.

Region: 
England