Learning and development

This learning is done by attending regular GLF training courses, and at least 3 TSDS sessions. This develops carers understanding of GLF’s practices and the thinking underpinning them. The sessions focus on using carers’ experience to show that they have met the TSDS requirements and identifying any areas where further learning is needed.

Sometimes we recognise that the whole of GLF needs to improve an aspect of our service and so we will identify this in everyone’s PDP and run this training a number of time to enable everyone to attend. We ask all foster carers to attend mandatory training on First Aid, Safeguarding including Managing Allegations at least every three years.

Learning and Development Programme

 

GLF is committed to providing the best possible care for children by giving carers and staff the support, training and development opportunities they need to undertake this challenging role. We want the whole organisation to improve by learning from everyone’s experience.

 

Stage 1: Preparation Training

 

This is done through the Skills to Foster course. This introduces applicants to what fostering with GLF involves. It starts people thinking about the role of foster carers; heritage and identity; working with families and professionals; the needs of children who have been abused and the safer caring implications for foster carers; helping children manage their behaviour; and helping children to move on in a positive way.

These are all topics that carers will need to think more about in the light of experience.

 

Stage 2: Induction

 

After approval all GLF carers will have an individual induction programme carried out in their home with their supervising social worker and a member of the Referral and Assessment Team before they are ready to take their first fostered child. This covers the essential policies and procedures that they will need to know about to get started. It will also involve agreeing a professional development plan (PDP), drawing on the information contained in the assessment about their skills and areas for development.

 

The development plan will always include achieving the Training, Support and Development Standards (TSDS) by the end of the first year after approval. These are a set of nationally recognised standards covering the things that all foster carers must know about by the end of that first year of fostering.

 

This learning is done by attending regular GLF training courses, and at least 3 TSDS sessions. This develops carers understanding of GLF’s practices and the thinking underpinning them. The sessions focus on using carers’ experience to show that they have met the TSDS requirements and identifying any areas where further learning is needed.

 

The evidence of this learning is collected in a portfolio which is evaluated by GLF’s Training Manager. This portfolio identifies what the carer needs to learn about next and this is recorded in a new professional development plan.

 

Stage 3: Continuing professional development

The professional development plan sets out things the carer would like to learn more about and skills that they would like to develop further in order to develop as a foster carer. It also set out how this will be achieved and the timescale. Some development is done through supervision or coaching from another foster carer; some is done through reading or the internet; other learning is done through courses, either run by GLF or other organisations; and others learn by supporting and training other foster carers. Sometimes we recognise that the whole of GLF needs to improve an aspect of our service and so we will identify this in everyone’s PDP and run this training a number of time to enable everyone to attend. We ask all foster carers to attend mandatory training on First Aid, Managing Challenging Behaviour and Safeguarding including Managing Allegations at least every three years.

 

At each annual review your PDP will be re visited and you will be asked to give feedback on the quality of the training and development you have received. You and your supervising social worker will agree a new PDP for the year ahead and this information is used to draw up GLF’s on-going training programme.

 

The training programme includes some courses which run regularly because they cover an area that we know lots of carers will need to learn about while others are specially arranged in response to particular needs that arise over time. Sometimes we recognise that the whole of GLF needs to improve an aspect of our service and so we will identify this in everyone’s PDP and run this training a number of time to enable everyone to attend.

 

In addition, all carers approved for parent and child placement, must attend Parent and Child Placement training prior or immediately after a parent and child placement is made.

Last Update: January 6, 2019  

January 6, 2019   rich    Foster Care Handbook