Support and training
We are committed to providing our foster carers with excellent support and high levels of training. Currently we offer our carers in excess of 60+ courses each year across a variety of subjects to support foster carers practice and in doing so, aid the outcomes for our children in care.
As you are approved to Foster you will be given a Training & Development Portfolio for completion, for which training and support will be provided to assist you. This will require completion in your first year of fostering and is a mandatory requirement for all foster carers in the UK.
We offer our carers a variety of support throughout their fostering career, including a New Foster Carers support group, a Diversity support group, and a wider Fostering Network monthly meeting. We also offer new carers a fostering buddy for their first year of approval, as well as professional and nurturing monthly supervision from your own allocated Supervising Social Worker. We also offer out of hours support to our carers, and this is manned only by our in-team fostering staff.
We are always talking to our current foster carers and are open to ideas about redesigning our support and training services to ensure that they are what foster carers want.