This package of courses explores the crucial areas of child protection and risk management in the context of delegated authority. They will enable both foster carers and social workers to develop their understanding, review current practice and consider strategies to manage the risk inherent in foster care.
Click on the course title to see a sample of the aims and objectives. Courses can be bought individually, or as a package.
Safer Caring: A New Approach
To consider the key themes in Safer Caring; a new approach.
- To explore risk and harm in the context of this work
- To review local safer caring practice in the light of this approach
Fostering in a Digital World
To explore how we can balance fostered children and young people’s rights to live normal lives in an increasingly digital world with the need to keep them as safe as possible.
- To increase knowledge of the various ways in which children and young people engage with the virtual world
- To raise awareness of the benefits and opportunities digital technologies offer to looked after children and young people
- To explore potential safety issues for looked after children and young people using digital technologies
- To identify the core skills that foster carers can use to support young people to operate safely in the virtual world
Safeguarding/Child Protection (introductory and advanced level)
Induction level training for foster carers
To develop awareness and understanding about safeguarding and increase carer confidence in their safeguarding practice.
- Outline the legal framework for safeguarding children and young people and the All Wales Child Protection Procedures.
- Clarify what is meant by the terms ‘child abuse’ and ‘neglect’ and what their signs, symptoms and indicators might be.
- Raise carers’ awareness of their role and contribution to the protection of children and young people within the framework of the Foster Care Co-operative’s policy and procedures and the broader multi-agency setting.
- Enable carers to review their current safeguarding practice and identify areas for their further development.
Advanced Child Protection Training
To ensure childcare workers have an understanding of the nature of abuse and of their responsibilities to prevent abuse and to respond effectively to concerns and allegations of possible abuse in line with policy and procedure.
- By the end of the training participants will have gained
- An understanding of the procedures to be followed in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff or volunteer in line with procedure
- An ability to report concerns, suspicions or allegations in line with these procedures
- Familiarity with the roles and responsibilities of other professionals involved in the procedures
- An understanding of the relevance and format of strategy meetings and outcomes
- Confidence to ensure that their setting has the necessary policy, procedures and supporting documents to meet regulatory and practice requirements
- Provide participants with a greater understanding of allegations in foster care
- Assist participants to consider how everyone involved in fostering can play a part in minimising the incidence of allegations of abuse
- To inform you about the process for managing allegations and serious concerns about foster carer’s practice/standards of care.
- To explain the help and support available to carers.
- To increase your awareness of approaches to minimising the risk of allegations and strategies for coping if they occur.
- To review the importance of information sharing in providing safe care and provide a practical tool to gather key facts.
- To provide social workers and foster carers with an introduction to the assessment of risk in the context of family placement.
- To provide an opportunity to practice risk assessment and risk management skills.
By the end of the course, participants will have:
- Re-examined their responsibilities in relation to sharing information on children placed in foster care.
- Considered the concept of risk assessment and the role it plays in safer caring practice.
- Practised applying the steps to risk assessment and risk management.
- Considered what action they will take to apply the learning to their work.