Foster Carer Training from the Fostering Foundation
Foster Carer Training
We are committed to ensuring all our carers receive the appropriate training and development to enable our carers to manage and care for children in the most appropriate and rewarding way. We have a particular emphasis on therapeutic approaches and therefore access to training in Attachment Theory, PACE and Therapeutic Parenting. We also offer training in First Aid, Child Protection, Managing Behaviours, Gender Identity, Internet Safety and Managing Feelings for Carers.
All prospective carers will undertake a 3 day Skills to Foster training course which will give them the initial skills, information and knowledge to commence their journey into fostering. This course also contributes towards your assessment.
About our Fostering Training
Our training programme is extensive and is tailored to meet the needs of caring for children who have had a difficult start in life.
Your training starts with our ‘Skills to Foster’ course. This course generally runs over two or three sessions. You will meet members of our staff team and people who are already fostering for the Foundation. You’ll learn about what’s actually involved in looking after children who are in care and have the opportunity to learn with others who are also making an application to foster.
The Skills to Foster course covers the following areas;
- What foster carers do
- Understanding the needs of children in foster care
- Helping children to deal with change
- Managing challenging behaviour
- Working with children who display sexualised behaviour
- Survival techniques for foster carers
- The placement process and finance matters
- Preparing for Panel
- First Aid
Once you have been approved as a foster carer there is mandatory training that you are required to attend every three years.
These are currently:
- First Aid
- Safeguarding & CSE
- De-escalation/Positive intervention
- Safer Caring
- Equality & Diversity
You will also be encouraged to attend training each year to improve your skills. This training will cover areas such as;
- Attachment disorders
- Internet safety
- Children and young people who self harm
- Learning disability awareness
- Therapeutic parenting
We also have more specialised training for carers who
- have the skills and desire to work with children and young people with more complex needs or disabilities and who wish to do parent and child assessments or work with young people on remand.