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This package of training courses has been specifically designed for social workers, managers and decision makers to update their knowledge base, reflect on current challenges, effectively support foster carers and develop practice within their fostering service.

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Wales

Click on the course title to see a sample of the aims and objectives. Courses can be bought individually, or as a package.

Assessment Tools

Assessing Foster Carers: Tools of the Trade

Aim

To increase participants competence and confidence to use a range of tools when assessing foster families

Objectives

  • Throughout the course of the session participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Familiarise themselves with a range of assessment tools
  • Explore the applications and uses of the tools
  • Review current assessment practice and develop an action plan for using assessment tools

An Introduction to Kinship Assessment Tools

Aim

To increase participants competence and confidence to use a range of tools when assessing kinship foster families

Objectives

  • Throughout the course of the session participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Identify the key challenges inherent in kinship assessments
  • Review current assessment practice and tools used for kinship assessments
  • Develop a tool kit for assessing kinship foster families

 

Managing Emergency Fostering Placements

Aim

To provide guidance for Social Work and Fostering Teams with regards making emergency placements and managing relevant issues for all involved

Objectives

  • To explain the legal framework for making placements in an emergency
  • To clarify the roles and responsibilities of the child’s social worker, fostering social worker, foster carer and panel
  • To identify essential information required as soon as practically possible when making and emergency placement
  • To understand the impact on the child or young person and identify strategies for supporting them through trauma and upheaval
  • To identify ways for the professionals involved to work positively together and support each other

 

Court Skills

Court skills for foster carers

Aim

To enable foster carers to widen their knowledge about their role in the court process, and provide opportunities to develop their skills for court.

Objectives

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

Aim

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.

Objectives

  • 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

 

Recruitment and Retention of Foster Carers

Aim

This course draws upon research and is designed to enable participants to design and evaluate effective recruitment strategies in their fostering service.

Objectives

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Identify their fostering service's recruitment needs
  • explore a range of recruitment methods
  • design a recruitment strategy
  • explore methods to evaluate and monitor their service's recruitment strategy

 

Fostering Panel Training

Aim

  • To provide the Panel with an opportunity to review its functioning
  • To provide the Panel with an opportunity to understand the competency model of assessment

Objectives

By the end of the day, Panel members will have:

  • Shared their views on the role and functions of the Panel
  • Gained a clear understanding of where the panel fits into the approval process as outlined in the Fostering Services Regulations and the Minimum Standards 2003
  • Become more aware of each other’s values
  • Explored methods of assessment
  • Discussed the way forward