Training and support for foster carers
Caring for children can be a demanding role, and regular, high quality training is offered to support carers and their partners and/or family. Some courses are available on evenings, weekends or online. Some training is mandatory. Each carer has an Individual Development Plan to identify specific training and development needs. Current carers input into the development and delivery of training to ensure it is relevant and timely.
Foster carers in Gateshead can use this directory to identify mandatory training requirements and find further in-depth training:
A range of support networks are available to ensure carers receive the help they need to foster with confidence:
- Named Supervising Social Workers- Once approved you will receive ongoing support from a named qualified and experienced social worker.
- Supervision Meetings - Supervision meetings usually take place at your home on a monthly basis, although this can be increased if needed.
- Support Groups - Regular meetings provide opportunities to meet with other foster carers and share their experiences whilst hearing about topical and relevant issues.
- Telephone Support - Access to telephone support is available to all foster carers. There is always someone at the end of the phone to offer support. An out of hours service is also provided 365 days a year.
- Respite - Planned respite is available to offer carers and their families time off when necessary.
- Therapeutic and psychological support can be provided for children where necessary.
- Educational support - is available for carers and children when the child is experiencing difficulties at school. All children are provided with a personal educational plan and there are strong links with all schools.