We encourage our Foster Carers to continue training, development and higher learning for continued professional development in line with your professional status. So, Safehouses provides a varied training and support programme designed to meet the needs and expectations of our Foster Carers, in line with the National Minimum Standards.

 Training subjects include, but are not limited to: Child Protection and Safeguarding; First Aid; Safer Caring; Sexual Abuse Awareness; Working with Teenagers; Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality; Re-Parenting; Sexual Health; Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children: Child Sexual Exploitation; Attachment and the Impact of Trauma; Sensory Development; Self-Harm (understanding and responding to); Addictive Behaviour; and Behaviour Management.

This is just a sample of the courses offered and if there is a more specific course that a Carer requires then Safehouses will try to accommodate that.

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Foster Carers’ learning needs are identified on an ongoing basis but formally reviewed and re-defined each year in conjunction with their Supervising Social Worker/Link Worker. Each Foster Carer agrees with their Supervising Social Worker/Link Worker a Personal/Professional Development Plan (PPDP) that is reflected and commented on at each Foster Carer annual review.

Foster Carers are expected to attend the following training:

Mandatory Training

Main and Joint Carers:

Generally, in-house training sessions held during the day from 10am to 2pm will be equivalent to 4 hours’ training.

Applicable to Second Carers:

Contact us for further detail

Training Support Development Workbook

All new Foster Carers are required to complete a TSD Induction Workbook within their first year of fostering. Supervising Social Workers/Link Workers will support Foster Carers in this process. Group Supervisions and individual mentoring is also available if required.

Other courses available may include those listed below:

In line with the Government’s Code of Practice, (produced with the OFSTED National Standards) at Safehouses we expect our Foster Carers to undertake a certain level of training, this includes both Carers, (if you are a couple who foster). While Safehouses accepts many 2nd Carers work the training programme is flexible, ie with weekend/evenings sessions  and there are also opportunities for e-learning. Local Authorities take into account a Foster Carers training record when considering a placement and Safehouses would like their Foster Carers to develop their skills to the best of their ability.

Flexible learning may take the form of in-house training (preferred) or other development or learning opportunities which have been identified and agreed as such with your SSW and evidenced via reflective logs. This might include reading; research; workshops.

Generally, in-house training sessions held during the day from 10am to 2pm will be equivalent to 4 hours’ training.

For more experienced carers with longevity of service we offer access to an AQA recognised Advanced Practitioner Award.

Safehouses also operates an E-Learning resource, making access to learning easier for second Carers but is intended as an additional resource rather than a replacement for attendance at training. E-Learning courses are allocated as an identified need and in agreement with your Supervising Social Worker/Link Worker.

Susan Deamer
Training Manager

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