Some of these courses have been developed to help foster carers and social workers to work effectively together to provide specialist placements while others were designed with specific groups of foster carers in mind and to address the issues particular to their role.
Click on the course title to see a sample of the aims and objectives. Courses can be bought individually, or as a package.
Family and Friends Carers
To support relatives and friends who take on the care of looked after children.
This course will enable you to:
- Clarify what childcare law says about family and friends
- Gain an overview of current issues and research
- Identify ways that childcare social workers and supervising social workers can work together in the interests of the child
- Explore preparation and ongoing training so that kinship carers can evidence their skills
Men in Foster Care
- Discuss how gender influences foster carer work.
- Consider the role of men in work with children and young people who have been sexually abused and the impact this has on Safer Caring.
- Reflect on the emotions working with abused children can arouse.
- Identify why it is important to confront sexism in practice.
Parent & Child Together Training
To prepare supervising social workers and foster carers to undertake specialist Parent & Child Together placements.
- Explore social attitudes to young parenthood & messages from research
- Consider what young parents say they need from foster carers
- Identify ways to help young parents develop important life skills
- Review the importance of encouraging attachment
- Become familiar with current advice given to new parents by health visitors regarding infant care
- Understand the financial and educational support available
- Acknowledge safe caring implications and additional support needs
- Clarify assessment, monitoring, recording and reporting issues
To improve the effectiveness and consistency of the supported lodgings provision offered to vulnerable young people.
- To consider the purpose of supported lodgings and the benefits of this option for young people
- To identify essential skills needed for young people to live independently and how supported lodgings can enable a young person to develop these
- To identify how to support placements and improve outcomes for providers and young people
- To develop an action plan for supported lodgings provision in Conwy
- Provide prospective support carers with information about the knowledge, skills and abilities they will need to begin a career in support care
- Enable participants to reflect on their values and attitudes in relation to the task of caring for children and young people using support care and working with their families
- Provide the opportunity for participants to understand what support care involves and the impact it will have on their lives, as well as the lives of others around them
- Clarify the support care role and the process of approval
- Consider the various contexts such as child development, family relationships, poverty and deprivation which impact on families accessing support care
- Consider ways of working with families using the support care service
- Clarify the roles and responsibilities of the various professionals involved in support care
- Introduce participants to the type of children and young people who will need support care and explore ways to meet their needs
- Identify ways to make the home a protective environment for the children receiving support care and the carers’ own family
- Explore ways to manage the issues of placement boundaries and endings