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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 training we have available below for November and December. Further training dates are available on the Learning Hub for you to be able to book in advance. If you would like to book onto any of the below training, Support Groups or Coffee Mornings, either look for the course name on your Learning Hub home page or search for the course title in the Learning Hub search bar and click on show dates.

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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 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.

Training schedule

9 November 202210am to 12.30pmDrug and Alcohol Awareness - CANCELLED DUE TO STAFF AVAILABILITY Platform
10 November 20229.30am to 1.30pmLevel 3 Emergency First Aid (Day 1) - FULLY BOOKEDBrockett, DrydenKirsty Musgrave
11 November 20229.30am to 1.30pmLevel 3 Emergency First Aid (Day 2) - FULLY BOOKEDBrockett, DrydenKirsty Musgrave
15 November 20221 to 2.30pmFoster Carer Induction/TSD Session (For Carers who have recently been approved through panel)WD3, DrydenKirsty Musgrave
16 November 20229.30am to 12.30pmRecording and Disclosure Skills- A Comprehensive LookWD2, DrydenKirsty Musgrave
22 November 20229.30am to 2.30pmThe impact of Bereavement and Loss on Traumatised ChildrenCouncil ChambersLiza Lomax
23 November 20229.30am to 12.30pmLearning and AttachmentWD1, DrydenJoanne Hoyle
29 November 20229.30am to 2.30pmSafer Caring and Recording and Disclosure Skills Pre-Approval Training (For Foster Carers going through the approval process or who have recently been approved)WD1, DrydenKirsty Musgrave
1 December 20229.30am to 2.30pmConnections before Corrections (Previously known as Practical Strategies)WD1, DrydenKirsty Musgrave
6 December 202210 to 11amPhilomena Missing Child ProtocolWD2, DrydenNorthumbria Police
13 December 20229.30am to 2.30pmThe Impact of Neglect FULLY BOOKEDWD1, DrydenKirsty Musgrave
14 December 20229.30am to 12.30pmEquality and Diversity for Foster Carers - FULLY BOOKEDGladys Evans, DrydenKirsty Musgrave


Upcoming Payment for Skills Consultation Event

You all should have received an email regarding a consultation on the Payment for Skills policy and framework. Please book your place onto this event via the Learning Hub.

15 November 202212.30 to 2pmPayment for Skills Consultation EventConference Hall, DrydenGill Little


Upcoming support groups and coffee mornings

8 November 202210 to 11:30amFoster Carer Coffee MorningBewicks B, Civic Centre
30 November 202212noon to 1.30pmSupport Group- Gender Identity WD1, Dryden
2 December 202211:30am to 3pmMockingbird Launch EventVENUE TBC
15 December 20229.30 to 11amFoster Carer Coffee MorningConference Hall, Dryden


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The The foster caring training requirements document (PDF) [418KB] (opens new window) will remind you of the mandatory and core training requirements and the number of training courses and support groups 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.

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)

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