Support and training
When you foster with us, we will provide you with all the necessary training, specialist support, and guidance to build your skills and confidence. As every child is different, your training needs may vary depending on the needs of the children you are looking after, so we’ll always look for the most relevant training for your circumstances.
When you foster with us, you will have a dedicated social worker who will be your main point of contact and always available at the end of the phone. You will also have a family support worker who will be able to help you with any specific issues or areas in which you need extra support.
We also have direct links with other specialist children’s services, that fall under the local authority, where we can refer to you for more specialist support.
To begin with, all you need to do is demonstrate an understanding of children and have had contact with them. No previous training or qualifications are required. We begin with the basics as build up from there.
Our skills to foster training course offers a real insight into the demands and rewards of fostering. During these sessions, you’ll be given the chance to meet with foster carers and young people who have been fostered and speak to them about what it’s really like.
Once you have been approved to foster, your fostering social worker will work with you to identify any skills and training you may need. As every child is different with different needs, we'll also work with you to find further learning opportunities, so we’ll make sure that’s covered too.
We are the first fostering service in the North West to offer a 'Reflective Fostering' course, in partnership with NSPCC. This innovative programme is offered to all our foster carers, who commented that they have seen an instant benefit when applying the new tools they have learned.
Training is really important in a foster carers life, because every child has different needs. Training has given us strategies to use, and being consistent in our approach we’ve seen a definite change in the behaviour of the children we look after. They now have the confidence, self-esteem and self-worth to aspire and fulfil their dreams.
Paula, Foster Carer
Development days and forums
We invite all our foster carers to development days twice a year, and forums on a monthly basis.
These days provide a chance to meet up with fellow foster carers, attend workshops that cover a wider range of topics and meet voluntary agencies and professionals who can support you in your role.
Come along to one of our online events to find out more and hear from our foster carers too!