These courses will introduce newer carers to some key issues in fostering and provide them with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges with confidence. Experienced foster carers will be encouraged to deepen their understanding and further develop their abilities. Social workers who attend will continue their professional development by reflecting on these issues in depth and exploring ways to support foster carers.
Click on the course title to see a sample of the aims and objectives. Courses can be bought individually, or as a package.
Attachment, trauma & child development
Introduction to Attachment
To provide participants with an introduction to Attachment Theory and its practical implications, and to consider how this may impact on children in their care.
By the end of the course participants will:
- understand how attachment patterns develop in infancy
- be able to recognise the link between disrupted attachment, delayed development, and difficult behaviour
- have re-examined their expectations in light of their learning about attachment
Attachment (Level 2)
To build upon participants’ knowledge and understanding of Attachment Theory and its practical implications, and to consider how they may use this knowledge to inform their practice in caring for Looked After children.
- have reviewed and built upon their understanding of healthy and unhealthy attachment
- be able to recognise the links between attachment, trauma, development and presenting behaviour
- have an understanding of how they can help children to develop resilience
- have considered the implications for themselves as carers
Attachment & Child Development – Advanced
- To build upon participants’ knowledge and understanding of Attachment Theory and its practical implications, and to consider how they may use this knowledge to inform their practice in caring for Looked After children.
- To outline how the physical and emotional development of children and young people who are looked after may be affected by their experiences.
- To consider how participants can help to plan and prepare to meet the developmental needs of children and young people.
- Reviewed and built upon their understanding of healthy and unhealthy attachment.
- Advanced their ability to recognise the links between attachment disorder, the impact of trauma, delayed development and presenting behaviour.
- Have an understanding of how they can help children to develop attachments and become resilient.
- Have considered the impact of caring for children with attachment disorder for themselves as a fostering family.
- Considered how children and young people’s development can be affected by events in their lives.
- Have considered how to recognise development, which is unusual, bearing in mind that all children and young people are individuals and will develop at different rates and in different ways.
- Explored ways of using their knowledge of child development to help them meet the needs of the children and young people they look after.
- Explored what support services are available to meet the developmental needs of children.
Understanding and managing behaviour
To help participants understand and respond to the more complex types of behaviour that children and young people may sometimes display and map out clear and detailed coping strategies.
- Explore the context within which certain types of behaviour occur
- Recommend a range of constructive ways in which to respond to complex behaviour
- Help participants to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their current approaches and to develop new ones
- Identify where there may be a need to develop local policies on aspects of responding to difficult behaviour
- Place this work within a framework which promotes equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice
Supporting Challenging Behaviour
- To help participants understand challenging behaviour in looked after children
- To explore different approaches to managing challenging behaviour in looked after children
- To identify the links between attachment issues and behaviour
- To explore the impact of trauma, abuse, and neglect on brain development, emotional and behavioural functioning
- To provide an overview of the key models for managing challenging behaviour in looked after children
- To provide an opportunity to put theory into practice
Understanding Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Develop a greater understanding of ASD
- Learn about the ASD Triad of Impairments & Theory of Mind
- Understand how children with ASD struggle with communication & sensory issues
- Understand the links between ASD & other conditions
- Learn how as foster carers we can go on to support children with ASD
- Learn new and effective strategies to use with children with ASD
Communicating with Children
One day course.
To enable professionals to develop positive relationships with children young people and others involved in their care.
- Understand why effective communication is important when working with children and young people
- Meet the communication and language needs, wishes and preferences of children and young people
- Develop positive relationships with children and young people
- Develop positive relationships with other professionals in order to promote effective communication with the children and young people
- Overcome barriers to communication
- Apply principles and practices relating to confidentiality
Preparation for adult life
To provide practical guidance and information on meeting the requirements of The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 and for anyone who has responsibility for preparing fostered young people for adulthood, in order to ensure that they make a smooth transition to adult life.
Throughout the course of the workshop participants will have:
- discovered how children in care face different challenges in their journey to adulthood
- explored the help and support needed by looked after children in taking on the risks and responsibilities of independence
- identified the expertise needed to empower young people as they step into adult life
Foster Carers and Contact: Supporting children’s contact with family and friends
- To look at the implications of legislation and the National Standards for foster carers in promoting and facilitating contact for children and young people in care
- To identify the issues of contact between fostered children and their birth families and the impact contact can have on foster acres and their families
During the workshop foster carers will:
- Be introduced to legislation and national standards in terms of contact arrangements for looked after children
- Understand the importance of contact for children and young people in care
- Appreciate their role and learn how to support children and young people through contact
- Discuss appropriate issues linked with the National Fostering Standards and Regulations and National Occupational Standards
- Increased knowledge of the health outcomes for looked after children and young people.
- Increased understanding of the role of the foster carer in promoting the health and well being of looked after children
- Increased knowledge of specific health topics such as mental health
Education of Looked After Children
This one-day course will enable the learner to understand why children and young people in foster care may need help in order to achieve their educational potential, and how to help them.
- Understand why children and young people in foster care may need help in order to achieve their educational potential
- Know how to promote the educational achievement of children and young people in foster care
Identify the key difficulties that may affect the education of children and young people in foster care
Explain the impact of unmet attachment needs and trauma on the ability of children to achieve their educational potential
- Explain how to encourage and support children and young people with their education (including early years, further education, training) and help them overcome setbacks
- Explain how to work actively with families, social workers, and teachers to help children and young people achieve
- Explain how to advocate on behalf of children and young people to ensure their educational needs are met