About this training programme:
Foster caring is not a safe profession. It involves risks. Many children in foster care have been ill-treated or abused by other adults and as a result they show a range of difficult and challenging behaviour, from sleep problems to rage, aggression and a failure to empathise with others. When foster carers open the doors of their home to an unknown child, they are willingly taking certain risks with their own health, happiness and peace of mind.
Traumatised children pose challenges that simply do not occur in most families. Risk can never be eliminated completely. Safer caring involves assessing and managing the complex risks that face children, foster carers and families, as well as the other children, adults and agencies involved.
Foster carers who take on the task of caring for troubled children need and deserve the best help available. And agencies owe it to them to prepare them as well as possible. This course aims to give foster carers the knowledge they need to prevent, recognise and get the right treatment for secondary traumatic stress disorders and to assess and manage risk and work as part of a team to provide safer caring.
LEARNING OUTCOMES AIMED TO COVER:
Recovery after post-traumatic stress
Vulnerability and resilience
Understanding, preventing and treating secondary traumatic stress disorders
The impact of trauma on risk assessment
Assessing and managing risks to the child, carers and agency