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.
The Confidence in Care Consortium has been funded by the Big Lottery to deliver the programme for fostering agencies in Wales
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.
There are 12 places available on this final free course and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis. It is important that foster carers and supervising social workers are able to commit to attending for the full 12 weeks and that carers are expected to have a child in placement for the duration of the course. The sessions will run on Fridays from 10am – 1.30pm with time for lunch and networking.
- March 20 & 27
- April 3 & 24
- May 1, 15 & 22
June 5, 12 & 19