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Training For Quality Carers

Taking care of a child is a demanding yet thoroughly rewarding role. In order for a child to successfully integrate back with their family or in with an adopted family, he or she will need to feel safe and stable before the transition is made. As an independent fostering agency, we take time to carefully consider our foster carers before training them to the highest possible standards. We are constantly seeking to improve our carers’ skills – even once fostering has begun – with our supportive community, buddy system, and fostering forum.

So that high quality care and training remains at the forefront of our work, we have a two-part training system in place:

Pre-approval
If you decide to foster, we will enrol you in a three-day course for ‘skills to foster’. The course is well-liked and informative, providing you with some background knowledge on how to foster and why children might need a foster carer. The course is designed to prepare you for your assessment to become a carer, with additional tailored courses available should you feel you need further training. You’ll get to know our values of having a community and providing you the support you need to be an excellent foster carer, as well as getting to know the process for becoming a carer.

Post-approval
It it of the utmost importance that our carers are providing the best possible care, which is why post-approval, we run two training sessions one day a month. Sessions are usually held on a Saturday with a session in the morning and one in the afternoon. Our foster carers enjoy lunch together, attend the fostering forum, and get to catch up with one other. We also have training sessions additional to this when there is a need for more specialist training. We look to improve your skills and knowledge as a professional, with our social workers collaborating with you to make a professional development plan. The skills you have, and any you’d like to improve upon, will be discussed in these sessions. You can suggest the kind of training you think you’ll benefit from, and as long as it is relevant to your fostering role, we can often help you attain the qualifications.

We also encourage any national recognised qualifications in care to be taken, such as social care, nursing, and teaching, as they will enhance your capabilities as a carer, and importantly, benefit those in your care.

As highlighted in our recent 2015 Ofsted assessment, as an agency, we strive towards high quality of care, thorough training for carers, and on providing safe, stable home environments for foster children. To learn more about us and our work, please take the time to read the report in full – we’re proud of our achievements and are continually looking to improve and develop. If you have any questions on any aspect of the report or are interested in becoming a foster carer, please contact us today – we’d love to hear from you.

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Posted on 26 February 2015

Posted in Becoming a foster carer

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