These training courses provide experienced foster carers with the opportunity to gain expertise. They will also provide social work teams with an opportunity to involve foster carers in the development of the fostering service.
Click on the course title to see a sample of the aims and objectives. Courses can be bought individually, or as a package.
To provide an overview of a peer mentoring scheme
- Understand what peer mentoring is and your role in it
- Appreciate the stages in the mentoring process
- Learn and practise the essential skills of a mentor
- Identify potential problems and possible solutions
Court skills for foster carers
To enable foster carers to widen their knowledge about their role in the court process, and provide opportunities to develop their skills for court.
By the end of the course participants will have:
- had the opportunity to ask questions about court
- received information about court processes
- obtained some tips to assist their performance
- practised giving evidence
- discussed future training needs.
Court Skills for Social Workers
To help social workers build greater confidence in giving evidence in a court setting by working on practical ways of identifying and providing the most relevant information for court proceedings.
- help social workers develop the practical skills required for giving evidence
- give social workers the opportunity to practice giving evidence
- allow social workers to fully acknowledge their role as an expert witness within children’s court proceedings
To explore issues related to Foster Carer’s financial rights and responsibilities
- Clarify what the Foster Carers Allowance is and what it should be used for
- Identify a Foster Carer’s responsibilities for paying Income Tax
- Explain what insurance a Foster Carer should have
- Explore the issues for Foster Carers who are receiving benefits
- Understand how fostering can affect state pension entitlement
- Look at the financial implications when a child aged 16 plus remains in the foster home
Recording Keeping for Foster Carers: Receiving, Gathering, and Storing Information
To assist foster carers to keep accurate records and share these appropriately
- To ensure foster carers are clear about their role in recording
- To identify the reasons for recording information
- To clarify what should be recorded
- To consider the legal issues involved in receiving, giving and storing information
- To ensure foster carers are aware of national and local guidance and best practice in recording
- To provide an opportunity to practice recording skills and reflect on own practice
Building Your Foster Care Association
To provide fostering agencies and carers with information and resources to establish, develop and strengthen their Foster Care Association
- To explore the functions and activities of FCAs
- To outline the process for setting up an FCA
- To explore the practicalities of running an FCA including establishing a constitution, key policies and procedures, monitoring and budgeting
- To identify key roles and responsibilities within the FCA
- To disseminate the findings of the Fostering Networks project work with FCAs in England
Preparing Children and Carers for Moves
Foster carers have the important role of supporting children & young people when they must move on: back to their own families, to adoptive placements, to other foster carers, to residential accommodation, or when they are mature enough, to live on their own. It can be a challenging time for all and one full of mixed emotions.
The course will involve a variety of learning methods, and will be designed to promote exploration and discussion of the following;
- The range of reasons why children move on
- The impact of loss for the child, yourself and your family
- Sharing previous experiences of placement endings
- Strategies to help the child/children make the transition
- Minimising the trauma of moves for your self and your family
- Understand the range of reasons why placements come to an end
- Recognise the impact of transitions on the children and adults involved
- Know how to help children and young people deal with their sense of loss resulting from change and help them prepare for moves
- Considered their own feelings and how to manage them and those of their family.
Managing Your Own Children’s Needs
Foster Carers’ Training Day.
- To increase awareness of how fostering can affect foster carers’ own children
- To look at ways foster carers can meet their children’s needs and manage potentially difficult situations
By the end of the course, participants will have:
- Reflected on research into the impact of fostering on sons and daughters of foster carers
- Looked at how fostering currently impacts on their own sons and daughters, and the role their children have within the household
- Considered safer caring, and ways to minimise risk to their children
- Considered practical strategies to deal with common issues (e.g. sharing parents, supporting partners, balancing the needs of their own children with those of fostered children, sharing the caring)
- Developed strategies to make sure their children’s needs are not overlooked