When you start the process to become a foster carer you will have a training programme that provides you with the knowledge and necessary skills to foster children and young people.
These training sessions are ongoing throughout the career of a foster carer with individual personal and professional development training plans put on place.
Since COVID-19, our training model has changed to virtual online sessions. This has worked extremely well and has certainly set the path for our future training courses as the virtual approach allows so much flexibility for foster carers who are already juggling so much.
Our foster carers have certainly embraced the new way of working and the format of sessions has enabled more engagement and sharing of experiences to help colleagues.
Trauma and the process for recovery
Our most recent interactive training course covered trauma and the process for recovery.
The training programme looked at Therapeutic Fostering giving the foster carers all the knowledge and skills needed to support children through the complex process of recovery for trauma and/or abuse.
In such a situation, children will be suffering and dealing with mental health issues. Therefore, a foster carer with the ability to recognise and understand the complicated situation is vital.
The course helped our foster carers understand what a child was most probably experiencing and how to recognise these behaviours.
The online course enabled the carers to share their own experiences with their fellow foster carers and how this training had improved their ability to deal with difficult situations. After the course, one of our new foster carers said: “I feel this is a must have session to have under your belt for any prospective foster carer.”
To support our carers looking after children and young people with a range of complex needs, OwnLife has commissioned a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She has over thirteen years’ clinical experience working with children, young people and families in NHS settings, schools, and private practice. This therapeutic supervision is in addition to the support supervision foster carers receive from their supervising social worker.
If you are empathetic, have great communication skills and a spare room in your home to accommodate a child or young person in care, become a professional foster carer at OwnLife fostering.