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 the care-givers. 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.

Learning Outcomes:  

  1. Understand how the gender of carers is relevant, considering this from the viewpoint of the looked after child
  2. Determine what makes a positive male role model
  3. Understand the barriers to achieving a successful male caring role and how men might navigate through these challenges
  4. Know the key areas of influence that men have on children in care and how this is relevant for different age groups

Is this course for me?

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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