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Training for fostering services

FosterTalk currently offers two training courses for fostering service staff with further training courses on the horizon for 2019.

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Staff training – allegations and concerns

FosterTalk offers training on allegations for social work staff working with Foster Carers. The training offers an opportunity to understand the implications of allegations against Foster Carers, as well as the impact upon them. The course will also enable participants to identify key components to include in their planning for and approach to dealing with allegations and in the production of a good practice guide.

The aims and objectives of the course include :

  • For SSWs to understand their role when working with their Foster Carers who are facing standards of care concerns and allegations
  • To consider some good practice principles
  • To understand the difference between independent support and the role of the SSW
  • To gain a greater understanding of the role of independent support
  • To refresh and remind SSW’s of the Regulations and the National Minimum Standards that apply

Find out more about this course here.

£149 members – £199 non-members – Plus VAT – Full Day Course

Staff training supervision skills for supervising social workers

Supervision skills training is aimed at supervising social workers who may be new to the role or for experienced SSW who may require refresher training and an opportunity to reflect on current practice. These are the learning outcomes for the course:

  • Understand the regulatory context and purpose of Foster Carer supervision
  • Reflect on issues and dilemmas inherent in Foster Carer supervision
  • Understand the importance of own practice in effective supervision and especially how this can positively or negatively impact achieving good outcomes
  • Learn how best to manage performance and capability issues in foster care
  • Develop tools and skills to address and resolve these issues

Find out more about this course here.

£149 members – £199 non-members- Plus VAT – Full Day Course

Panel Training for Fostering Service Staff

FosterTalk offers comprehensive training on Fostering Panels, aimed at assisting colleagues in both the statutory and independent sectors to be informed in this crucial and critical role within any Fostering Service.

It offers an opportunity to look at the requirements, processes, tasks and functions of effective panels as well as an opportunity to consider underpinning legal and regulatory frameworks and to learn key messages from Serious Case Reviews. It can be attended as a ‘whole panel’ or individual members from your organisation can be booked to attend.  Training takes place in Birmingham office or can be provided on site at your organisation when training is for all panel members.

£149 members – £199 non-members – Plus VAT – Full Day Course

Tax, Benefits & National Insurance Training

Tax, National Insurance & Benefits Training for Foster Carers.

A vital information session regarding Foster Carers Self Employment, Tax Returns, Benefits and National Insurance with our qualified accountant.

£55 members – £75 non-members – Plus VAT – Half Day Course

Child Sexual Exploitation Training

FosterTalk offer training on Responding Effectively to Issues of Child Sexual Exploitation and how this impacts on Missing from Care and other forms of Abuse. This course is aimed at Foster Carers who are caring for children and young people in both the local authority and statutory sectors.  The course provides an opportunity for Foster Carers to gain confidence and efficacy in dealing with this often complex and difficult field.  In detail, the course focuses on;

  • Identifying what is a Healthy Relationship
  • Definition of CSE and how this links to other forms of abuse and Missing from Care
  • The Concept of Consent
  • Risks of Sexual and Criminal Exploitation
  • Provide a Safe base to ensure children are protected as much as possible
  • To be able to describe the meaning of CSE and Child Criminal Exploitation and grooming
  • Identify Vulnerabilities in children/ young people and help safeguard them against CSE
  • To Consider strategies to support young people and work together as Professionals to minimise Risk

This course may also be adapted for social workers, supervising social workers and support workers who are involved in working with vulnerable children and young people.

£149 members – £199 non-members – Plus VAT – Full Day Course

Life Story Work

FosterTalk offers training to social workers, support workers and social work managers on conducting Life Story work with children and young people. The course is aimed at identifying the key planning, approach and skills required to effectively carry out this crucial work.  The course will present materials and information on how to facilitate work with young people in an appropriate manner and emphasises process as well as outcome.

By the end of the training participants will be able to apply learning to:

  • A theoretical understanding of life story work
  • Using a range of approaches to life story work both textual and relational
  • Developing effective direct work skills relevant to life story work
  • Explaining difficult life stories to children and young people
  • Contribute to the organisation’s role as a corporate parent
  • Practice with integrity and respect in accordance with DFE Knowledge and Skills Statement

£149 members – £199 non-members – Plus VAT – Full Day Course

E-mail for a booking form or call us on 01527 836910.