Fostering is becoming an ever more complex task and although many of the skills you utilise in caring for children cannot be taught, there are always new skills and learning to be acquired and all foster parents are expected to complete a core training programme.
Where there are two foster parents in a household, both are expected to attend training
Training topics are: -
- Keeping Good Records
- Equality and Diversity
- Sexual Abuse and Recognising Grooming
- Child Sexual Exploitation Level 2
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Bullying and Cyberbullying
- Information Sharing and Consent - for People Working with Children
- Effective Communication with Children and Families
- Hidden Harm: Parental Substance Misuse, Parental Mental Ill-Health and Domestic Abuse
- Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery
- Safeguarding Against Radicalisation - The Prevent Duty
- GDPR - Foundation
- Honour-Based Violence and Forced Marriage
- Safeguarding Children Level 2
- Criminal Exploitation and County Lines
- First Aid
- Missing Children
- LGBTQ+ Awareness
- Autism Awareness
- Self Harm
We will also expect you to undertake further training and development as identified in discussion with your SSW or during your annual review of registration. You can access our training portal here.
All foster parents are expected to maintain an individual training profile. This should include details of training and development undertaken and future training needs. Your Supervising Social Worker will help you produce and maintain this during their regular supervisory visits.
We will ensure that you are notified of available training and development opportunities on a regular basis. We will also ensure that all mandatory training is accessible to all foster parents and endeavour to ensure that all other training and development activity is accessible to all foster parents.