THE TRAINING PROCESS
The foster care training process begins before your first foster child placement, so that have the knowledge and other tools to assist you through your foster care journey.
The courses we offer are developed specifically for foster carers and are easy to understand. The outcome is that you are comfortable, confident and self-assured in caring for a foster child (or children).
As soon as you’ve applied to be a foster carer with us, you can start our preliminary foster care training, which provides you with guidance on how to welcome and accept a foster child into your life. Basic training commences as soon as you are available to participate.
Once your foster care application has been approved, we will enrol you in carer training immediately. Caring for a child who has experienced trauma, abuse or neglect can be challenging and we want to equip you with the knowledge, skills and tools you need to support both your foster child and your own family.
For the duration of the foster care period, we will continue to support your professional and personal development by offering a range of additional training courses. Our Case Managers will recommend the training courses that will most help you to manage your particular foster child’s issues. Ongoing foster carer training options include:
• Understanding sexual abuse in foster care
• Protecting children and supporting carers
• Safe care and allegations
• Promoting positive behaviour
• Attachment and the Team Parenting® approach
• Teamwork, communication and recording
• Cultural awareness
• Foetal alcohol syndrome
• Key developmental assets training
• Managing risk
• Foster carer training topics
• Child protection
• Working with children who have been abused
• Safe caring
• Understanding attachment
• Building resilience
• Understanding and managing difficult behaviour
• Managing and promoting contact
• Developing identity and self-esteem
• Valuing diversity and promoting equality
• Understanding the impact of trauma
• Carer recording
• First aid/health and safety
• Educating fostered children and young people
• Empowering children and young people
• Preparing young people for moving on and adult independence