All foster carers are offered regular training on various subjects throughout the year. We do stipulate that carers must attend mandatory training such as Safeguarding Children, First Aid, Administering Medications, Child Development and Attachment, Equality and Diversity, Child Sexual Exploitation and Managing Challenging Behaviour to keep up to date with government initiatives.
Other topics offered may include Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, IT, Encouraging your Child to
Read, Safer Caring.
Training programmes are put together following consultation with foster carers and staff. We also look at the training needs of the Foster Care Panel and Trustees who oversee Community Foster Care.
We also ensure all our newly approved foster carers complete the Training and Development Standards for Foster Carers workbook in their first year, set out by the DfE. Community Foster Care supports its carers to do this by providing additional one-to-one support.
Some carers require specific training such as Makaton or are interested in a particular therapeutic approach. If so, Community Foster Care will provide support.