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Foster carer training

We resumed face to face delivery for mandatory training from 17 May 2021, ensuring all Government guidelines were being adhered to.  Until we receive confirmation that all social distancing measures can be lifted, face to face training may 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 programme will be developed, as priorities change, or demand increases. It is recommended that you regularly check this page for updates.

Please see below for both face to face and virtual training up until the end of March 2022 available to book via iTrent.*  

(*iTrent is used by many organisations, each having their own link (in other words a front door) to get into the site. If you try to access the wrong link, your login won't be recognised. Therefore it's important that you only use the above link.)

DateTimeRoomCourseTrainer(s)
2 November9.30am to 12:30pmWD 1Icon for pdf Recording & Disclosure [834.39KB] Lisa Lannen
4 November9.30am to 2.30pmWD 2Icon for pdf Safer Caring [888.59KB] Lisa Lannen
10 November9.30am to 2pmWD 2Icon for pdf The Impact of Neglect [843.19KB] Lisa Lannen
11 November9.30am to 11amWD 2Icon for pdf Personal Education Plans [766.09KB] Rezina Chowdhury and Jean Thompson
16 November9.30am to 12:30pmWD 1Icon for pdf Drug & Alcohol Awareness [767.55KB]Nicola Portis - Platform
18 November9.30am to 12:30pmWD 3Icon for pdf The dynamics of siblings in care [172.74KB]Liza Lomax
18 November1.30pm to 4.30pmWD 1First Aid AwarenessIan Black
24 November9.30am to 12:30pmWD 1Icon for pdf Autism Awareness [878.47KB]North East Autism Society
26 November9.30am to 12:30pmWD 2 Icon for pdf Challenging Behaviours [771.5KB] *David Young and Rachel Green - NEST
2 December9.30am to 2.30pmWD 1Icon for pdf Practical Strategies 21_22 [894.63KB] *Lisa Lannen
7 December9.30am to 12:30pmGEIcon for pdf Understanding Eating Disorders [160.46KB]Maria Lavelle
7 December9.30am to 12:30pmVirtualIcon for pdf Attachment & Trauma [194.84KB]Liza Lomax (Clare supporting)
8 December9.30am to 12:30pmWD 2Icon for pdf Who's home? Exploring Placement Breakdown/Stability [160.07KB] **David Young and Rachel Green - NEST
14 December9.30am to 2.30pmWD 1Icon for pdf Safer Caring [888.59KB] Lisa Lannen
16 December9.30am to 2.00pmWD 1Icon for pdf The Impact of Neglect [843.19KB] Lisa Lannen
11 January9.30am to 12:30pmWD 1Icon for pdf Recording & Disclosure [834.39KB]Lisa Lannen
12 January9.30am to 12:30pmGladys EvansIcon for pdf Surviving and Thriving: Secondary traumatic stress [766.25KB]Liza Lomax
13 January9.30am to 2.30pmWD 2Icon for pdf Safer Caring [888.59KB]Lisa Lannen
19 January9.30am to 2.00pmWD 2Icon for pdf Attachment Strategies [1.03MB] #John Sands
15 January9.30am to 2.30pmWD 2Icon for pdf The Impact of Neglect [843.19KB]Lisa Lannen
1 February9.30am to 12.30pmWD 1Icon for pdf Recording & Disclosure [834.39KB]Lisa Lannen
8 February9.30am to 2.30pmWD 1Icon for pdf Safer Caring [888.59KB]Lisa Lannen
10 February9.30am to 2.00pmWD 2Icon for pdf The Impact of Neglect [843.19KB]Lisa Lannen
10 February1.45pm - 4.45pmWD 2First Aid AwarenessChristine Beattie
15 February9.30am to 1.30pmWD 2Icon for pdf Promoting Positive Behaviour [837.93KB] *Lisa Lannen
17 February9.30am to 12.30pmWD 2Icon for pdf Learning and Attachment [837.85KB] #Joanne Hoyle
1 March9.30am to 2.30pmWD 1Icon for pdf Practical Strategies [894.63KB] *Lisa Lannen
2 March9.30am to 12.30pmWD 1Icon for pdf Autism Awareness [878.47KB]North East Autism Awareness
7 March9.30am to 12.30pmWD 1Icon for pdf Drug & Alcohol Awareness [767.55KB]Platform
9 March9.30am to 2.30pmWD 1Icon for pdf Safer Caring [888.59KB]Lisa Lannen
15 March9.30am to 2.00pmWD 1Icon for pdf The Impact of Neglect [843.19KB]Lisa Lannen
21 March9.30am to 11.00amWD 2Icon for pdf Personal Education Plans [766.09KB]Rezina Chowdhury & Jean Thompson
30 March9:30am to 12:30pmWD 2Icon for pdf Challenging Behaviours [771.5KB] *David Young & Rachel Green - NEST

* any of these courses cover the Behaviour Training mandatory requirement

# either of these courses cover the Attachment Strategies core requirement

** this course covers the Placement Stability Core requirement for Level 2 and above carers

First Aid Awareness is a mandatory requirement only for secondary carers - this can also be undertaken via e-learning.  Emergency First Aid Courses are currently being planned for Primary Carers.  It is not a mandatory requirement for Respite and Short Break Carers to complete either.

The Icon for pdf The foster caring training requirements document [418.36KB] 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. 

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 or Flexible Learning

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 will indicate which TSD Standards are covered within the training.

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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