Fostering Training & Support provided to our Foster Carers
We are committed to providing on-going quality training that is accessible and relevant to all our foster carers.
During the assessment all of our foster carers complete the preparation training course called `Skills to Foster’. The course is focused on preparing you for fostering.
- Ensure you receive a comprehensive induction training programme
- Improve your knowledge and continuously develop your knowledge and skills in relation to fostering
- Ensure that you are competent and confident in safer caring and in protecting children and young people from harm
- Encourage you to take responsibility for your own professional development
- Child Protection
- Caring for children who have been abused
- Safer Caring and Safeguarding
- Child Development
- Promoting Contact
- Promoting Identity and Self-esteem
- Valuing Diversity
- Attachment, Separation and Loss
- Managing Challenging Behaviour
- First Aid and Health and Safety
- Education of fostered children and young people
- Caring for children with disabilities
- Preparing children and young people for adulthood
- Legislation and Regulations, Record Keeping
- An introduction to parent and child placements
- Tools used to assess the parent and their child in their care
- Keeping the parent and their child safe from harm
- Caring for parents with a learning disability
- How parents form relationships with their children
- Developing recording and report writing skills
- Our education staff are able to offer support to our foster carers in negotiating with schools and promoting children and young people’s educational needs*
- Our therapists are available to provide expert guidance and support to foster carers of children and young people who are experiencing serious emotional difficulties*
- We provide our foster carers with Membership to the Fostering Network who offer free independent advice, the latest information and support on a range of issues relating to fostering
- The Government also funds Fosterline, the confidential advice line for foster carers and prospective foster carers that provides independent, impartial advice about fostering issues.
We are committed to providing a careful matching process to ensure that the needs of the children and young people are met by the skills and experience of our foster carers.
Five Rivers Fostering Service has dedicated Placement Officers who are the first point of contact for enquiries about placement choices and who liaise closely with supervising social workers, foster carers and local authorities to ensure the best possible match for child or young person and foster carer.