Training and support
We are committed to helping our carers develop further skills, knowledge and qualifications. We want to particularly ensure foster families feel emotionally secure and confident.
A comprehensive and extensive training programme is available for foster carers at different stages of the process. The training is in place to meet the foster carer’s needs, and to help deal with the needs of the children in their care.
We’ll continue to support you to develop you skills with training and qualifications throughout your fostering career.
You will receive three days preparation training. You will get this training either before your assessment begins or during the assessment period. The training is your opportunity to gain insight into the role of a foster care and to give you some of the knowledge and skills to be a foster carer.
Once you are approved you will have the opportunity to attend a number of training courses throughout the year. This will include:
- understanding the foster carers’ roles and responsibilities
- child protection
- first aid
- managing challenging behaviour
- internet safety
You will have a professional development plan which will identify your current skills and training that you would benefit from to improve your knowledge and skills. Individual training is also available should it be needed.
Our foster carers are also able to take additional qualifications to help build their professional status.
Bridgend Foster Care understands that fostering is a highly responsible and sometimes stressful job. We pride ourselves on the level of support we offer to our carers and their families to ensure they are ready to meet the needs of different children. Help and advice will always be available to foster carers, you are never on your own.
- Direct access to educational support and advocacy
- Respite support – this gives foster carers a break from their foster child
- Direct access to a dedicated health adviser
- A dedicated, supervising social worker, who will directly support you in your role as a foster carer. They visit on a monthly basis and when support is needed. They provide assistance and guidance when required. Each child will also have their own social worker
- FREE out-of-hours support so we are just a call away at any time of the day or night. You can phone us whenever you need assistance and speak to the team
- Foster carer support – each carer will be allocated to an experienced carer who can provide informal support and mentoring
- Our foster carers have their own support groups where they meet for coffee, organise social events etc.
- Information consultation events – organised twice a year, the events are aimed at informing carers about developments in fostering and within the department.
- Bi-monthly foster carer surgeries – a chance for carers to meet up with fostering staff and discuss anything that is troubling them.
- Support group for sons and daughters.
- Support group for male foster carers.
- Foster care handbook which outlines all the essentials things you need to know and what to do.
- Fostering Network subscription – all approved foster carers are given an annual subscription to the Fostering Network. This national fostering organisation will keep you up to date with what is happening in the world of fostering and offers plenty of useful advice.