Foster Carers and Social Workers

We offer you training specifically for Fostering, Children Services and Children’s Homes. Our courses are designed to develop skills, improve attitudes and increase confidence. We use evidence based best practice so that carers can understand and improve the social inclusion, health, independence and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable in our society.

All of our training is Ofsted compliant and covers The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, The Children’s Homes Regulations (England) 2015 and Children’s Homes Quality Standards 2015.

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Mandatory Courses

This course is mandatory for all foster carers and those working with under 18’s. In order to keep children safe key adults need to be able to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect. It is also vital that the reporting and recording process is fully understood.

This course deals with some of the new challenges around protecting children on the Internet and other technologies. It explores best practice in parenting / caring in this digital age.

This course will help carers understand and respond to the needs of children and young people placed with them who could be at risk of sexual exploitation.

This course provides a foundation understanding of the key stages of child development and how it influences a foster carer’s role in working with children and young people.

Attachment is a deep and enduring emotional bond that connects one person to another across time and space. This emotional bond between infant and caregiver is the means by which the helpless infant gets their primary needs met.

This course shows how resilience is linked to recovery from trauma and how adults can help children and young people to develop resilience.

This is a mandatory training requirement for all those working with under 18’s and fits in with Safeguarding responsibilities.  It is important to understand what the radicalisation process looks like in order for families, friends and communities to help prevent acts of violent extremism.

Recommended Courses

All too often, a child’s cultural identity can be forgotten as they move through the care system. Yet we know that providing settings where cultural identity is respected, understood and celebrated is key to successful placement outcomes.

Good communication is central to working with children, young people, families and carers. It helps build trust and is key to establishing and maintaining relationships in the home.

This course has been designed for carers to understand how important observation is when looking after young people and how observation can assist you in developing relationships.

There are many reasons why looked after children and young people can present different types of challenging behaviours.  It is vital that we have strategies for responding to and managing these behaviours. This training considers what challenging behaviour is and how we, as individuals, can react to different types of behaviours in different ways.

This course will outline the multiple uses of the National Minimum Standards. They may be used by providers and staff in self-assessment of their services; they provide a basis for the induction and training of staff and carers; they can be used by parents, children and young people as a guide to what they should expect a fostering service to provide and to do as a minimum; and they can provide guidance on what is required when setting up a fostering service.

De-escalation techniques are inherently abnormal because they go against our natural ‘fight or flight’ reflexes. To be effective we must remain calm and centred. We need to be professionally detached.

The rise of technology and our reliance on the Internet has changed the world and the way we interact with each other. The impact for young people of being constantly “plugged-in” as they grow and develop is still to be discovered.

This course is suitable for social workers, particularly newly qualified social workers or those involved in permanence planning for children, i.e. practice managers, social workers, social work resource officers and community family workers.

It is essential that we use Trauma-informed practice when working with children and young people who have suffered neglect, rejection or emotional/physical/sexual abuse. If we don’t support them to work through their trauma they will continue to experience neurological, developmental and psychological consequences, even when placed in a secure nurturing environment. Therapeutic care provides a child with a supportive foundation where they can build a trusting relationship with foster carers to help them to overcome traumatic experiences.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Courses

The course will better equip workers and carers to help the young or vulnerable people in their care navigate this complex area.

This course will look at why it is important to think about Safe Care in relation to foster carers, their families and wider networks, ensuring children and young people in care are safe in a family environment.

The National Minimum Standards for Fostering and Fostering Service Regulations 2011 require fostering services to provide foster homes for children that are warm, adequately furnished and decorated and maintained to a good standard of hygiene.

The course is for those with no prior knowledge of the conditions and is particularly relevant for those undertaking or considering Parent and Child Placements.

Drugs and alcohol can affect young people and influence their development, educational attainment, health and wellbeing. This course empowers attendees with knowledge about specific drugs and alcohol.

A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This is not necessarily physical contact and sexual abuse can happen online.

Looked-after children and young people should expect to have the same opportunities as other children and young people, including being healthy and safe. They should be provided with the opportunities needed to help them move successfully to adulthood.

Supporting individuals who identify as Trans and understanding the complexities of gender identity can be confusing for professionals and carers. This course will explain and explore issues around gender, identity and sexual orientation and provide attendees with a thorough understanding of the needs of Trans clients.

Exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity should be a positive experience for all young people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people. It isn’t always easy for carers to know how best to support a young person as they embark on these discoveries.

Harrowing experiences of war and conflict, the challenges of settling into a new environment and the inability to communicate in English makes young refugees and asylum seekers one of the most vulnerable groups of children and young people in care.

Bereavement and loss are experiences, which may affect all parts of our being – emotional, physical, spiritual and social. Approximately 180,000 children under the age of 16 years lose a parent and approximately 12,000 children die in the UK each year.

Loss transition and change are integral part of being a looked after children. This course aims to help foster carers fully understand their impact upon children, young people and families.

This one-day course is for anyone working with young people but particularly those in targeted youth support, pupil referral units or those working with looked-after young people.

This program aims to assist participants to understand how UK gang culture has developed and how a young person’s sense of self-identity can be related to gang culture.

This course draws upon the most up to date research to explore the rapidly changing drugs trends in the UK. In particular, the training will examine the increased use of new psychoactive substances (aka “legal highs”) such as Ethylphenidate, AMT and synthetic cannabinoids such as ‘Spice’.

Intervention Techniques

This course explores the importance of life story work for children separated from their family of origin. It can help them to make some sense of their past and their present in order to move into the future with confidence.

Successful placements enable children and young people to cope in foster care and support their positive life chances. This course will empower carers to take a ‘strengths based’ approach to supporting children in their care. It acknowledges the challenges foster carers face when providing a secure base for foster children who may have backgrounds of abuse and neglect.

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.

This course will provide an understanding of the complex issues involved in preparing a looked after child for leaving care. We cover how to provide the practical skills that will assist with independence.

This course is ideal for those who work in a helping or supportive capacity and aims to enhance the practice of those working on a face-to-face basis. This course provides carers with a basic understanding of the counselling skills they may be using already and how to use counselling skills more effectively.

A secure base is at the heart of any successful caregiving environment and is an essential agency model of caregiving that is based on theories of attachment and resilience.

Therapeutic care is a placement where a child or young person has undergone significant neglect or trauma and would benefit greatly from therapeutic care.

Parent and child placements are provided for parents and their children to give them the best opportunity of staying together in care. Most commonly, placements are for mother and their baby but it can also be for the father and also older children.

This course will enable workers to understand the processes of how a placement can break down. This awareness will enable workers to be more proficient at managing their own emotional state, as well as supporting the child more successfully.

This course is designed to help foster carers manage the ever-increasing risk of young people going missing from home/care. To understand the indicators that may predispose a young person to abscond and the risks involved.

This course aims to support carers and their families when dealing with issues around bullying. It will develop their awareness of how and why bullying happens and offer techniques to support both the victim and the perpetrator.

The course is suitable for anyone working with young people. It covers the stereotypes, myths and reality of self-harm, drawing upon young people’s actual experiences.

Mindful awareness exercises help children develop concentration and self-awareness. Mindfulness is a technique that can lead to structural changes in the brain that develop and enhance stress management qualities

Education Related Courses

Some looked after children and young people may not make the educational progress expected of them as appropriate for their age and school key stage. This is where the therapeutic relationship that foster carers can offer comes into it’s own.

Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. This can affect literacy development, mathematics, memory, organisation and sequencing skills to varying degrees.

This training course is aimed at carers who look after children or young people that have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or are on the Autistic Spectrum. Participants will gain a better understanding of ADHD and Autism and the effect they have on children and young people.

In September 2014 the Children and Families Act 2014 came into force. A new SEND Code of Practice covers children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities from birth to age 25. This has particular relevance to looked after children in terms of responsibilities of care agencies and foster families.

Some looked after children and young people may not make the educational progress expected of them as appropriate for their age and school key stage.  The therapeutic relationship that foster carers have with the child can have a very positive effect in this area.

Foster care Peer Support and Forum development Services Training

Actively engaging young people is essential to the sustainability of youth focused service provision. This training and consultancy programme will focus on how to develop an engaging Youth Forum.

Interpersonal Skills Courses

This one-day Coaching and Mentoring Course is for people wishing to develop their coaching or mentoring skills at any level of business.

This course aims to give participants a clear insight and understanding into the dynamics that happen between people when they work one-to-one.

This one-day communication skills course provides a powerful insight into the way communication works. It is a practical day, filled with exercises, games and discussion.

This assertiveness training course is highly interactive, practical and yet supportive. It uses many different forms of learning to develop assertiveness skills and lift self-confidence to enable you to work more effectively. The aim is to feel better about saying no without having to change who we are.

This one-day presentation course looks at all the factors that affect how confidently a presentation is delivered. It offers simple, easy to practise tools to help you cope with nerves, get your message across memorably, structure your material for the best impact and present to audiences of any size.