The Fostering Changes Programme is behaviourally based and derives from research into parenting skills, attachment, educational attainment and the academic progression of looked after children who are in Foster Care. It is flagship course for Foster Carers that provides them with the practical skills in behaviour identification and management that will support the longevity and stability of placements and make a significant difference to a looked after child’s life. The 11 sessions will delivered over 11 weeks within term time from January to March 2021 with a half term break, and each day runs from 10am to 1pm to support carers with school commitments.
The Fostering Changes Programme was established in 1999 by the Conduct Disorder, Adoption and Fostering National and Specialist Team at the Maudsley Hospital. Following the increasing request from foster carers for more practical solutions to the problems they were experiencing with their looked after children to manage behaviour and avoid disruptions, the team developed and trialled a course with Southwark foster carers.
It was received positively and developed into a formal programme of training for foster carers as the Fostering Changes Programme.
'If I had this training many, many years ago some of the placements I had, I would have kept them. Rather than saying I can’t be bothered, I would have worked with it. Since doing this course, any placement I should get these are staying with me.' Joan
'I have gained a lot around praise; I am doing that a lot. It’s a brilliant course and I think all foster carers should do it.' Janet
'As a new foster carer coming on this course has opened my eyes.' Lorraine
As part of the Confidence in Care consortium, The Fostering Network has been delivering the Fostering Changes Programme for foster carers approved by independent fostering agencies based in Wales since January 2016.
The Confidence in Care programme finishes 31 March 2021 and this is the final free course we will be able to offer.
There are 12 places available and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis. It is important that carers and staff are able to commit to attending for the full 11 weeks and that carers are expected to have a child in placement for the duration of the course.
The sessions run from 10am to 1pm on Wednesdays in 2021
- January - 6, 13, 20, 27.
- February - 3, 10, 24.
- March - 3, 10, 17, 24.