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. The needs of looked-after children and young people vary, but are often complex, and can be met only by a range of services operating collaboratively across different settings.

This course provides an overview of the physical and emotional health and welfare needs of children who are in care and how carers can work towards meeting them.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand what health means and how the definition can differ from person to person and within different settings
  2. Understand the factors affecting health and wellbeing
  3. Explore own attitudes to health and wellbeing
  4. Understand how health outcomes for looked after children can be improved
  5. Understand the roles and responsibilities of carers in promoting healthy lifestyles for children in their care
  6. Understand the importance of resilience and how to help children in care develop and maintain it
  7. Identify and understand the importance of support strategies for the carer
  8. Appreciate the roles of key health professionals and how to contact them

Is this course for me?

Recommended to be completed within the first 2 years of approval.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

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