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Foster carers keep fostered children safe and help them to achieve their potential within a tightly regulated service that places many expectations on them and requires that they have a thorough understanding of child development and the legislative and regulatory system within which they work. Depending on the needs and age of the children that they are looking after, foster carers also require an understanding of the education and healthcare systems, mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependency, child sexual exploitation, the asylum system and so on.

Ongoing learning and development

The Fostering Network’s The Skills to Foster training is the pre-approval course used by fostering services to equip foster carers with the skills and knowledge to care for fostered children. Training is an ongoing process, and as the needs of children change and evolve, alongside changes to policies and legislation, foster carers need to have a clear plan for continuing their professional development.

Training for trainers

Many social workers and foster carers deliver training for their agency and these courses will enable participants to develop training skills, knowledge and confidence in delivering pre-approval foster care training linked to assessment and induction training for new foster carers.

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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.

Skills to Foster Leaders Course

3 day course.

Aim

To enable participants to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver the Skills to Foster pre-approval training course.

Content category: 
professional development
Region: 
Wales

Many social workers and foster carers deliver training for their agency and these courses will enable participants to develop training skills, knowledge and confidence in delivering pre-approval foster care training linked to assessment and induction training for new foster carers.

:
:
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.

Skills to Foster Leaders Course

3 day course.

Aim

To enable participants to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver the Skills to Foster pre-approval training course.

Content category: 
professional development
Region: 
Wales

Regaining control

In the last blog I talked about children who were out of control, and I received many emails from carers who recognised the signs. In the 30 years I’ve been fostering I’ve learnt a lot about regaining control.

"We are one large, noisy, chaotic, happy family" - Sons & Daughters blog #17

I am Thomas, and my family and I have been fostering for just over 3 years.

Our family has been crazy since the two foster children moved in, along with my mother, father, younger brother and older sister. We are now a family of 7, and things have not been the same since.

Sons & Daughters guest blog - "Calm in the chaos"

Today's blog comes from El, who saw our Sons & Daughters blogs on Twitter and was inspired to share her own experiences about growing up with foster carers for parents.

The Honeymoon Period

We’ve all done it. We arrive at a support group meeting singing the praises of the child who has just arrived to live with us, and who had a reputation for very challenging behaviour but it is now an angel. We give ourselves a little pat on the back. It was easy really.

Play

With the long summer holidays shortly upon us I thought it might be a good time to have a look at the importance of play. Play is essential for children of all ages.

Respect

One of the issues I explore in my book Happy Kids is that of respect.

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