May has already been a busy month for our Foster Carers, taking part in mandatory training to assist them to be more confident, prepared and informed for their role.
Safer Caring & Managing Allegations Training
The course provides information on safeguarding principles and legislation; covering guidelines for the realities of life in your own home, what happens if a child makes an allegation about you, someone in your family or team. Also, using examples and case studies to think about particular difficulties foster carers may face caring for children in their own home.
Foster Carer comments:
“A good all round course – spins your eyes and refreshes complacency.”
“The course gave me a lot more ‘food for thought’…reflecting on my own safer care policy and potential vulnerability. It highlighted a decision we made as a family – which was the right thing to do.”
“This course has made me think and rethink lots of my practice. The examples some of the other foster carers brought up, I hadn’t thought about.”
“You always need reassurance that you’re doing the job correct. I think all foster carers need brushing up on safe caring and allegations, you never know everything.”
Safeguarding & Child Protection Training
The course is essential for those working directly with vulnerable children. The course covers everything our foster carers need to know about what might concern them, how to respond to those concerns appropriately and to consider a safe working practise. Topics covered include legislation and guidance on safeguarding children, the recognition and types of child abuse and how to respond to concerns and what to do in the event of a disclosure.
Foster Carer comments:
“The course brought me right up to date on the latest procedures in safeguarding – also new information was very worthwhile. I found the group exercises, interacting with other foster carers, most interesting.”
“I always look to increase and review my knowledge – the course exceeded my expectations.”
“I found the going over the process of disclosures most useful, and listening to the different types of abuse. I think this will really aid the support I give in the future.”
“I enjoyed working with and talking to the other foster carers – hearing their experiences gave me good insight to support my current placement.”
“Covered all areas, especially what child protection is and how to report on it. Listening to the other carers share their experiences is always incredibly valuable.”
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