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Foster Carer Support & Training

Our foster training programme is extensive and is tailored to meet the needs of caring for children who have had a difficult start in life, in addition to providing you with advice, information and foster care training courses to help with you becoming a foster carer.

Foster Training Overview

Your training starts with our “Skills to Foster” course. This course generally runs over two or three sessions. You will meet members of our staff team along with people and families who are already fostering for Capstone. You’ll learn about what’s really involved in looking after children who are in care and have the opportunity to learn with others who are also making an application to foster.

The ‘Skills to Foster’ course covers the following areas of development:

  • What foster carers do
  • Understanding the needs of children in foster care
  • Safe-caring
  • Helping children to deal with change
  • Managing challenging behaviour
  • Working with children who display sexualised behaviour
  • Survival techniques for foster carers
  • The placement process and finance matters
  • Preparing for Panel
  • First Aid

Once you have completed your assessment and have received approval as a registered foster carer, you will be encouraged to attend training each year to improve your skills standards. This training will cover areas such as;

  • Attachment disorders
  • Managing challenging behaviour
  • Internet safety
  • Safeguarding children and child protection
  • Children and young people who self-harm
  • Learning disability awareness.

We also have more specialised training for carers who

  • Have the skills and desire to work with children and young people with more complex needs or disabilities and
  • who wish to do Parent and Child Assessments.

Foster Care Support Overview

At Capstone we know that the most important factor to successful placements is the foster support offered to our carers.

The main elements of the support for foster carers we provide includes:

  • Phone calls and visits from your own social worker as regularly as needed, but generally every two to four weeks.
  • Training in all aspects of looking after troubled children
  • Fun social events for carers at least twice a year
  • A network of foster carers in your area supporting each other
  • Up to 14 days paid holiday (respite) per year
  • Competitive allowances paid to you regularly and on time
  • Out of Hours service that gives you access to a social worker who knows about you and your placement, 24 hours a day, every day of the year
  • An assurance from us that we will listen to you and your needs and work hard to support you in a professional and friendly way.

Want to know more about the fostering support services we provide or more about our foster care training courses? Get in touch with a member of our helpful team today, or call us on 0800 012 4004.

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