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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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September 2024

DateTimeCourseLocationTrainerPackage of training
24 September 2024  10am to 11.30am Foster Carer Induction *For newly approved Foster Carers only* G1, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site) Kirsty Musgrave Your First Year as a Foster Carer 
25 September 2024 9.30am to 12:30pm Supporting Children and Young People in Care with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) G1, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site) Trusting Hands SEND
25 September 2024  10am to 12:00pm Healthy Care LG4, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)NHS

Health and Safety 

26 September 2024 9.30am to 2.30pmAttachment Strategies  LG6, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)John Sands Attachment and Trauma 

 

October 2024

DateTimeCourseLocationTrainerPackage of training
9 October 2024 10am to 12noonVR Headset Attachment and Trauma - County Lines  G1, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Kirsty Musgrave Attachment and Trauma 
16th October 2024 9.30am to 2.30pmMandatory Refresh  G1, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Kirsty Musgrave and Natalie Thompson Your First Year as a Foster Carer 
17 October 2024  10am to 12noonStaying Put G1, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Mark Wilson Adolescents
24 October 2024 9.30am to 12.30pmEquality and Diversity Awareness for Foster Carers LG4, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Lesley Rance Equality and Diversity 

 

November 2024

DateTimeCourseLocationTrainerPackage of training
12 November 2024 9.30am to 12.30pm Let's Talk about Growing Up LG4, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Kirsty Musgrave Adolescence 
13 November 2024 9.30am to 12noonLearning and Attachment G1, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site)Joanne Hoyle  Attachment and Trauma 
14 November 2024 9.30am to 2.30pm Surviving and thriving: increasing foster carers' self-awareness and in particular increasing awareness of secondary traumatic stress disorders G2, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site) Liza Lomax Attachment and Trauma 
28 November 2024 9:30am to 12.30pmPolyvagul   G1, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site) Trusting Hands 

Brain Development and Child Mental Health 

 

December 2024

DateTimeCourseLocationTrainerPackage of training
11 December 2024 9:30 to 2pm The Impact of Neglect G1, Gateshead Council Learning Centre (Kingsmeadow School Site) Kirsty Musgrave Safeguarding 

 

Learning Reflection Session days

DateTimeCourseLocationTrainerPackage of training
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
      

 

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)