After feedback from our members and the success of our recent roadshows, we will be taking our popular national conference on the road in 2017/18. We will be delivering 12 conferences across the UK to give members the opportunity to explore local, regional and national issues in fostering.
This workshop aims to help kinship foster carers understand more about the online world and provide hints and tips on how to help the children and young people they care for stay safe online.
Male foster carers continually highlight a number of signficant issues affecting their role. There is concern about how best to work with children who have been sexually abused, worries about abuse by carers and unsubstantiated allegations of abuse in foser care. The course explores the idea of the 'positive male role model' to identify ways in which men can be more effective carers. This course is for male foster carers only and is facilitated by an experienced male foster carer.
The Skills to Foster: Training the Trainer course is designed to enable participants to develop their skills, knowledge, and confidence to deliver the Skills to Foster pre-approval training course.
This course will provide an opportunity to reflect on practice, explore challenges faced by both supervising social workers and foster carers, and consider effective ways of supporting foster carers through their fostering journey.
Peer mentoring is vital as foster carers undertake the care of children in their home and do not have a ‘workplace’ with immediate colleagues and supervisors around them. For new carers especially, peer mentoring provides support and helps to prevent isolation.
The Agency Decision Maker course aims to increase confidence for decision makers in carrying out their role, and to understand how to make decision making compliant with current legislation and case law, this course also considers the practice implications of this work.
Continuing care can lead to young people potentially remaining with their carers until they are 21 or beyond depending on circumstances. Foster carers have primarily supported children through to the ages of 16 or 18 and in some rare cases for longer. The skills of a foster carer are therefore mainly centred on looking after children.
This training is being created to help support carers in a very different role.
Enabling participants to develop training skills, knowledge and confidence in delivering pre-approval foster care training linked to assessment.
This course identifies the purpose of assessing prospective foster carers, key issues in assessment, planning the assessment, dealing with difficult information, issues in assessing family and friends carers, making sure information included in the final assessment document is relevant and how to provide good analysis.