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. The course explores the main issues and stages of ‘normal’ and ‘interrupted’ child development. We explore how the process of meeting developmental milestones may be adversely affected by the early experiences of a child in care. The course also looks at how foster carers can contribute towards improving the child and young person’s self-esteem and resilience.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Gain a basic understanding of how children of all ages form attachments and how these affect their on-going development
  2. Outline the important developmental needs of children and young people in your care
  3. Describe the difference between chronological age and stages of development and how this may affect a child or young person
  4. Understand how play, hobbies and interests are important in children and young people’s learning and development
  5. Understand the contribution family, caring and social networks make to the development of children and young people

Is this course for me?

Attendance on this course is MANDATORY for foster carers.  An update / refresher is required every three years.

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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