All prospective foster carers are provided with FREE introductory foster carer training. The initial introductory training normally takes place over 3 days in different locations according to demand.
People who are interested in fostering but unsure whether to proceed can request an invite to come to the first day simply to find out more. If you would like an invitation, please let us know.
The introductory training normally takes place on a Saturday to cater for people who are working during the week. These introductory events are designed to be fairly relaxed and informal. Most people find attending our introductory training workshops an helpful, interesting and enjoyable experience.
The main topics covered are, as follows:
- The reasons why children are placed with foster carers
- The range of children needing foster care
- Roles and responsibilities of foster carers
- Working as part of a team
- The difference between fostering and parenting
- The support we provide to enable foster carers to succeed
- Financial arrangements
- The approval process
Foster carer practice meetings and Support Groups
We run foster carer practice meetings and support groups at various locations across our catchment area so that our carers can easily meet up with other local foster carers for support and training and to share their experiences.
All fp.c foster carers are provided with access to ongoing training to enable them to develop their existing child care skills to the highest possible level. These training workshops are run at various locations across our catchment area. Our training workshops are led by in-house staff and external trainers with specialist expertise. We also provide funding for our foster carers to attend national and regional fostering events or child care related classes at local colleges. We also provide on-line training for foster carers who like to work with this medium.