Training is an essential part of every foster carer's ongoing personal and professional development and here at Pride we run a structured programme of courses based on the Training, Support and Development Standards for Foster Care developed by Children’s Workforce Development Council, and the Fostering Services Regulations and the National Minimum Standards for Fostering.
All applicants are asked to attend the 3 day Fostering Network course, Skills to Foster, as part of the preparation process. This is an opportunity to learn more about the rewards and challenges of fostering a child or young person, and an introduction to the legislation and standards that regulate foster care. It also provides a forum for discussion, asking questions and meeting staff and other potential foster carers.
All approved Pride foster carers are required to complete a mandatory training programme during their first year of fostering and in doing so gain the nationally recognised Children's Workforce Development Council Certificate.
We also pay a high increment in allowances and work towards this is supported by the foster carer’s allocated Supervising Social Worker who will help you to compile a portfolio for submission and accreditation.
Training modules in the first year include:
- Safer Caring and Safeguarding
- Promoting Positive Behaviour
- Attachment, Loss and Separation
- Understanding Difference and Diversity
- First Aid
- Working with children and Young People with Mental Health Issues, Special Needs including ADHD & Autism
- Working with children and Young People who have been abused
- Educational Needs of Children and Young People
- Drugs and Alcohol Issues & Gang Culture
- Sexual Health
- Preparation for Independent Living/ Permanency
- Supervision and Working with your Supervising Social Worker