See below for details of seminars, focus groups and training events in the coming months.
And don’t miss the Fostering Network annual conference 2013 on Wednesday 16 October. This essential event will focus on child-centred fostering – putting the child at the heart of foster care.
For many social workers, training foster carers and foster care applicants is a significant part of their job. Many experienced carers are also involved in delivering training. It is considered good practice by most fostering services for foster carers and social workers to combine their skills and experiences and to facilitate training together.
The story so far: Commissioning, the Inspection Framework and the Care Inquiry.
A workshop run by the Fostering Network Wales’ fundraising officer, Graham Mallaghan, focusing on how to come up with innovative and exciting community fundraising ideas that are both workable and compelling.
The role of men in foster care and residential work has been the subject of increased debate. There is concern about how best to work with children who have been sexually abused, worries about abuse by carers, and unsubstantiated allegations of abuse in foster care. The course explores the idea of the "positive male role model" to identify ways in which men can be more effective carers.
The relationship between supervising social workers or ‘family placement supervisors’ and foster carers has a key part to play in ensuring children and young people receive high quality care. However, the role of the supervising social worker is far from straightforward.
Enabling participants to develop training skills, knowledge and confidence in delivering pre-approval foster care training linked to assessment.
This course is intended for those who have already attended The Men in Foster Care course.
Men often feel at their most vulnerable as carers when trying to understand and support children who have been abused - even more so when the abuse has been of a sexual nature. Following on from the Fostering Network’s hugely popular Men in Foster Care, this course deals with the issues surrounding child abuse with a particular focus on the perspective of male carers.
The Fostering Network annual conference is for everyone involved in foster care, bringing together foster carers, fostering services and young people to explore the issues that matter in fostering today.
This course will use the Fostering Network’s newly-developed assessment materials which will help you to assess potential foster carers on the basis of their skills, knowledge, abilities and experiences.