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Foster carer training

We are resuming face to face delivery for mandatory training from 17 May 2021, ensuring all Government guidelines are being adhered to. Due to this face to face training scheduled up to the 21 June 2021 will run with limited places. Please do not turn up to a course without confirmation of booking as we can not exceed room capacity. If you have any queries please email wdsupport@gateshead.gov.uk

Caring for children can be a demanding role. The opportunity to receive regular, high quality training is very important in supporting carers to undertake the tasks required in caring for children, some of whom may be exhibiting difficult and challenging behaviour. Workforce Development have a strong commitment to providing several training opportunities each year which build on the skills first discussed during the Skills to Foster preparation course. 

Over the year the training programmes will be developed, as priorities change, or demand increases. It is recommended that you regularly check this page for updates.

Please see the below table for both face to face and virtual training being held in April, May and June available to book via iTrent.

Time

Room

Course

Trainer(s)

28 April

9.30am to 12.30pm

Virtual

Icon for pdf Intro to Shame [738.42KB]

David Young and Rachel Green - NEST

30 April

9.30am to 12.30pm

Virtual

Icon for pdf The Road to Somewhere - Becoming Trauma Aware [692.98KB]

David Young and Rachel Green - NEST

6 May

9.30am to 12.30pm

Virtual

Icon for pdf Child Protection [355.3KB]

Angela Dodd/Lisa Lannen

10 May

9.45am to 2.15pm

WD 2

Icon for pdf The Impact of Neglect [844.84KB]

Clare Cavanagh/Lisa Lannen

11 May

9.30am to 12.30pm

Virtual

Understanding Self Harm - BEING RESCHEDULED

Maria Lavelle

19 May

9.30am to 2.30pm

WD 1

Safer Caring - CANCELLED

Lisa Lannen

25 May

9.30am to 12.30pm

WD 1

Icon for pdf Recording & Disclosure [835.95KB]

Lisa Lannen

27 May

9.30am to 12.30pm

Virtual

Icon for pdf ACES & PACES [871.28KB]

Liza Lomax 

10 June

9.45am to 1.45pm

WD 2

Icon for pdf Promoting Positive Behaviour [840.13KB]

Clare Cavanagh/Lisa Lannen

18 June

9.30am to 12.30pm

Virtual

Icon for pdf Trauma and Practice [635.53KB] 

David Young and Rachel Green - NEST

22 June

9.30am to 2.30pm

WD 1

Icon for pdf Safer Caring [170.56KB]

Lisa Lannen

23 June

9.45am to 12:45pm

WD 2

 Icon for pdf Who's Home? Exploring Placement Breakdown/Stability [750.26KB]

David Young and Rachel Green - NEST

28 June

9.30am to 1.30pm

WD 1

Icon for pdf Promoting Positive Behaviour [840.13KB]

Clare Cavanagh/ Lisa Lannen

29 June

9.30am to 12.30pm

Virtual

Icon for pdf Caring for children who have been sexually abused and/or who abuse [764.28KB]

Liza Lomax

30 June

9.45am to 2.15pm

WD 2

Icon for pdf The Impact of Neglect [844.84KB]

Clare Cavanagh/ Lisa Lannen

Additional Safeguarding courses can be found on our Safeguarding and Community Safety training page

In addition to face to face and virtual training, foster carers can undertake e-learning courses.

The Icon for pdf The foster caring training requirements document [420.19KB] will remind you of the mandatory and core training requirements and the number of training courses, support groups and briefings you are expected to participate in annually. 

The training directory is currently being updated and will be available here within the next few weeks. 

 

Training, Support and Development (TSD) Standards

All new foster carers are required to complete their Training, Support and Development (TSD) Standards for Foster Carers portfolio prior to their first review approximately 10 months.

These Standards are a national benchmark and give foster carers the recognition they deserve for the role they play. We know you will want to demonstrate your professionalism and achieve these standards and we believe in supporting you to achieve them. Where applicable, courses within the directory will indicate which TSD Standards are covered within the training session.

Once social distancing restrictions are lifted there will be a number of TSD support groups running throughout the year to provide guidance on completing your work book. In addition, your Supervising Social Worker will be able to provide guidance and support whilst you are completing it. 

Icon for pdf TSD Family and Friends Connected Carers [706.15KB]

Icon for pdf TSD Short Break [855.65KB]

Icon for pdf TSD Workbook [1.07MB]

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