Men in Fostering Course: Bespoke face-to-face training for Foster Carers and Social Workers
The role of a foster carer can be both extremely rewarding and at the same time extremely challenging. Being a male foster carer has, arguably, even more challenges.
Women are traditionally seen as caregivers. Often, a man who devotes his life to caring for children is viewed with suspicion.
Every foster carer has unique skills, experiences and abilities that they bring to the fostering task, regardless of gender. However, a male foster carer will need to think carefully about the role he plays in caring for children, particularly those who have had a negative experience with men in the past.
Many young people entering the looked-after system have come from a single parent family with no consistent male role model, and many benefit enormously from the mentoring, care and nurturing that a male carer can provide. This course provides male carers with a perspective on their role in the care of looked after children.