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Foster carer training

Our Learning Hub allows you to book onto your training and complete any e-learning where applicable. Please see the list of upcoming training we have on offer. 

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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 your pre-approval training.

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.

Your brand new foster carer training plan is here! Your new plan includes packages of learning with a choice of options to complete, including our brand new self-directed learning to support you in your role!  All dates for learning are available until March 2025 and are viewable on Learning Hub. Take a look below at some of the training we have coming up over the next few months and which package of learning they belong to.

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May 2024

DateTimeCourseLocationTrainerPackage of training
7 May 20249.30 to 12.30pmEquality and Diversity for Foster CarersLG4, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Lesley RanceEquality and Diversity 
9 May 20249.30 to 2.30pmConnections before CorrectionsG2, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Kirsty MusgraveStrengthening Parenting
21 May 20249.30 to 11amCompassion Focussed Reflections *Brand new*G1, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Trusting Hands

Well-Being

23 May 20241 to 2.30pmFoster Carer Induction *For newly approved Foster Carers only*LG6, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Kirsty MusgraveYour First Year as a Foster Carer

 

June 2024

DateTimeCourseLocationTrainerPackage of training
5 June 20249.30am to 12noonPost 16 Options and TransitionsLG4, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Virtual SchoolEducation
18 June 20249.30am to 2.30pmCreating safer connections: the impact of digital media on vulnerable children's brains - and how to respond *Brand new*G2, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Liza LomaxBrain Development and Child Mental Health
18 June 202411am to 12.30pmCorporate ParentingMS TeamsKirsty Musgrave and Natalie ThompsonYour Role as a Foster Carer
26 June 202410am to 12pmParenting with PACEG1, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Trusting HandsAttachment and Trauma

 

July 2024

DateTimeCourseLocationTrainerPackage of training
2 July 20249.30am to 2.30pmMandatory Refresh *For newly approved Foster Carers only*LG4, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Kirsty Musgrave and Natalie ThompsonYour First Year as a Foster Carer
4 July 202410am to 12noonVirtual Reality Headset Trauma Training- The Primary School YearsG1, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Kirsty Musgrave Attachment and Trauma
9 July 20249.30am to 2.30pmYour Self CareG1, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Kirsty MusgraveStrengthening Parenting

 

Learning Reflection Session days

DateTimeCourseLocationTrainerPackage of Training
19 June 20249.30am to 2.30pmLearning Reflection SessionG2, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)VariousN/A
6 November 20249.30am to 2.30pmLearning Reflection SessionG2, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)VariousN/A
11 March 20259.30am to 2.30pmLearning Reflection SessionG2, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)VariousN/A

 

Coffee breaks

DateTimeCourseLocationTrainerPackage of Training
24 May 20249.30 to 11.30amFoster Carer Coffee Break 

Bewicks B, Civic Centre

Fostering TeamFoster Carers

 

Dates for First Aid, further Safeguarding Training and much more are viewable on your Learning Hub!

Foundations for Attachment

Our 6 week Foundations for Attachment course is currently only available to carers via referral and cohorts will be running throughout the year. Those referred will be contacted in advance to confirm your place with information of dates, times and venue. You will be booked onto this via Learning Hub once your place is confirmed. 

 

Don't forget that we have a number of courses running throughout the year to support you and your wellbeing! Take a look at the well-being package of learning on your Learning Hub to find out more.

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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.

There will be Foster Carer Induction Sessions 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. Please look at dates on the Learning Hub to book your place. 

TSD Family and Friends Connected Carers (PDF) [706KB] (opens new window)

TSD Short Break (PDF) [855KB] (opens new window)

TSD Workbook (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)