Competency and Skills Based Training
Becoming a support worker or foster carer requires more than just meeting the necessary requirements. It calls for a blend of personal and professional qualities that come from within. While the specifics may vary depending on your local authority or organisation, you have the power to develop the critical competencies needed to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
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Includes providing a safe and nurturing environment, meeting children’s physical and emotional needs, and promoting their overall well-being.
Excellent communication skills are essential for building rapport with children, families, and professionals. You should be able to listen actively, express yourself clearly, and navigate sensitive conversations.
Observation, Record-Keeping and Assessment
Maintaining accurate and detailed records of children’s progress, communication, and incidents is essential for continuity of care and legal purposes.
Observing children’s behaviour, identifying their needs and assessing potential risks is essential to ensure their safety and well-being. Prevention of abuse and neglect is crucial, which involves identifying and addressing risks that could lead to harm, such as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Promoting well-being is equally important, which includes creating safe and supportive environments where young people can thrive.
Foster carers and support workers collaborate with a team of professionals, including social workers, teachers, and therapists. Effective teamwork is essential for providing coordinated care and achieving the best outcomes for children.
Understanding and respecting diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences is crucial for building trust and providing culturally appropriate care.
Trauma and special educational needs awareness
A large number of children in care have gone through traumatic experiences, which may have also led to unidentified educational needs. Therefore, it is crucial to have an understanding of the impact of trauma on children, and how to provide them with effective support.
Foster carers and support workers will often need to manage challenging situations and resolve conflicts constructively.
Resilience and self-care
Caring for children that have experienced trauma can be emotionally demanding. It’s important to have coping mechanisms and prioritise your well-being to ensure you can effectively care for others.
Far too often, practitioners receive incisive training, but it needs to be fully supported by the organisation to be transferred into daily practice.
In a groundbreaking report by the Early Intervention Foundation called “Trauma-informed Care Understanding the Use of Trauma-informed Approaches Within Children’s Social Care 2022” evidence through extensive interviews shows that practitioners have great enthusiasm for these principles; however, their application needs more consistency.
Principles underpinning trauma-informed approaches
- Seeing through a trauma-informed lens means that there is an understanding and acknowledgement of the links between trauma and mental health.
- Adopting a broad definition of trauma beyond PTSD, including recognising social trauma and the intersectionality of multiple traumas.
- Making trauma enquiries sensitively and with knowledge about how to respond.
- Refer people to evidence-based, trauma-specific support where indicated.
- Addressing vicarious trauma and re-traumatisation.
- Prioritising trustworthiness and transparency in communications, such as limiting the professionals a person must repeat their traumatic history to.
- Moving towards collaborative relationships and away from helper roles based on trust, collaboration, respect and hope.
- Adopting strengths-based approaches that reframe symptoms as coping adaptations, such as dissociation as an adaptive strategy to escape unbearable experiences.
- Prioritising emotional and physical safety for service users and providers.
- Working in partnership with trauma survivors, for example, to design, deliver and evaluate services.
At Social Care Training Solutions, all our training is mapped to Trauma-Informed Care.
Our goal is to help the young person journey proficiently through the care system and eventually successfully transition to post-trauma flourishing!