Skills to Foster training is a valuable part of the process of becoming a foster carer. Delivered by a social worker and foster carers, the course covers what foster carers do, how they do it, and looks at some of the key issues you and your family need to think about and understand in order to welcome a child into your home.
Some of the best feedback on the three day course relates to the ‘chance to meet and chat to existing foster carers about the every-day practicalities’ and ‘chance to chat to other candidates who are also going through the process’.
The training is informal, easy to follow and participative so its not a case of sitting in a stuffy classroom all day! It runs parallel to your assessment meaning any questions you have which arise from the training can be easily handled during the regular visits you have with your assessing social worker.
The Skills to Foster preparation training also helps you prepare practically for the “what next” of a child arriving to live with you. How can you help a child feel at home in your home? If you were asked to care for a child from a different cultural background or a different faith to your own, what kind of issues, considerations or changes might you need to consider to help a child feel secure, comfortable and welcome?
Training is also available for 11-16 year olds whose families are considering fostering.