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We care about foster carers and will give you continuing support in many different ways:
You will receive training both before and after approval as a foster carer.
The training will give you a better understanding of the children you will be looking after, some of what they may have been through, what’s expected of you as a foster carer and how to meet the needs of children we'll be asking you to look after.
Once approved as a foster carer you will be expected to complete a number of courses within your first year. You will also complete a portfolio to evidence that you have met the standards for foster care. Your supervising social worker will help you to complete this.
During your fostering career we, together with Health Services and other organisations, will provide training courses to help support you in your role. You will have a professional development plan. Individual specialist training will be given if needed, for example, training on epilepsy.
The group discusses what improvements need to be made to services for looked after children. It is made up of foster carers who meet with our senior managers 4 times a year. The group members are nominated and elected by other foster carers every 2 years.
Members of the group will take up issues on behalf of other carers at meetings with managers and then feedback to carers by direct contact, through support groups and the fostering newsletter. Group members offer different types of care and have different experiences of fostering. Each member is representative of a group of carers.
You can speak to any group member you wish to about issues you would like raised at the meetings with managers.