Safer Caring: a new approach

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Developing understanding, reviewing current practice and considering strategies to manage the risk inherent in foster care.

In-house or at a venue of your choice

This course enables both foster carers and social workers to develop their understanding, review current practice and consider strategies to manage the risk inherent in foster care.

This course reflects the new approach to safer caring recently launched by the Fostering Network and has three significant themes:

  • The role and status of foster carers: the relevance for safer caring of the foster carer’s position in the team around the child or young person
  • Risk sensible, not risk averse: the need for a realistic and proportionate approach to risk so children and young people can grow and learn
  • Delegated authority: whenever appropriate, foster carers with everyday responsibility for children and young people should be able to make day-to-day decisions for them

This course allowed me to start thinking about safer caring from a fresh and realistic perspective. It gave me a broader view of safer care and encouraged me to individualise and manage risk.

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This course is aimed at

...both social workers and foster carers. We can offer separate courses for social workers and foster carers (enabling each group to focus on its particular responsibilities), or courses with a mixed group of social workers and foster carers.

Learning outcomes

This course will enable participants to:

  • consider some of the tensions that arise between safer caring practice and achieving a normal everyday life for fostered children
  • review their own safer caring principles and practice with regard to keeping themselves and everyone in the family safe
  • consider their own services’ support and guidance in relation to safer caring
  • explore the issues in relation to safe use of internet and mobile phones
  • be aware of the different options available for reporting concerns, complaints or make a representation for looked after children

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