Training & Support comes in many forms and this means changing lives for the better
Skills to Foster Training
At the very outset, alongside your assessment, prospective foster carers will be invited to our Skills To Foster training which takes place over six to eight evenings.
The Skills to Foster course provides basic information that will enable people interested in fostering to decide whether fostering in Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole is for them or not. You will be given case studies to look at and activities to help you understand aspects of child development, safeguarding and safer caring, equality and diversity, as well as looking at the legal aspect and how children come into care.
During the course you will have the opportunity to meet some of our foster carers and you will be able to ask them anything you like about their fostering experiences.
BCP Fostering have an extensive programme which will take you through everything you need to know from starting off as a brand-new foster carer; all the way through your progression to becoming an experienced and knowledgeable foster carer.
There are several training plans which lay out the mandatory requirements for all new carers as they progress in their fostering career. You will work with your Supervising Social Worker to develop a training plan which is specific and tailored to your needs as well as ensuring you have all the basic information needed to fully understand your role as a Foster Carer. Topics will include, but not be limited to:
- First Aid
- Child Development
- Non-Violent Resistance
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Substance Misuse
- The Impact of Domestic Violence
- Working with Child Sexual Abuse
- Safer Foster Care
- Life Story Work
- PACE and many more
There will also be a number of other specialised training opportunities that can be booked throughout the year that are not mandatory, but will be beneficial to improve your skills as a foster carer, these could include:
- The Great Behaviour Breakdown – Challenging Teenage Behaviour
- Parenting Following Domestic Violence
- Court Skills
- Global Development Delay
- Mental Health First Aid for Youth and many more
Courses may change every year to reflect carers identified learning needs and where these are consistent with national and local service objectives.
As a brand-new foster carer, we also provide the 1st Year of Approval Group to give you more information around the services given to yourself and the children you will provide for.
There is also additional support and information available at our monthly fostering forums and bi-monthly evening forums, all topics are decided on an annual basis. And further training is available online through our specialised training provider.
The training topics for each financial year are set out in our carer’s ‘Fostering Training Programme’ which you will receive on completion of your assessment and Panel attendance and the ‘Schedule of Events’ that is emailed to all carers monthly.
Many people are deterred from fostering as they think that only very particular kinds of people can foster but this simply isn’t true. What we are looking for in BCP from our foster carers is somebody who has the right qualities to give children and young people the secure, caring environment they need.
Who needs fostering?
Just like our foster carers, our children are all ages and from all backgrounds. Around two-fifths of children in care are aged 11 to 15 years. Finding foster carers for teenagers is a key priority for us at BCP Council.
Be a part of our fostering community
Our carers never feel unsupported and have identified that one of the most important aspects to them is a sense of a ‘fostering community’ with a team of experienced professionals and a foster care buddy scheme. If you would like to know more – please call us on 01202 028013 or fill in our online form.