Support and training
As a foster carer with Medway, you’ll get 24 hour support, this includes:
- a fostering family support worker to help you develop your parenting skills
- a social worker who will visit you every four to six weeks or more if needed
- a youth service co-coordinator to grow interest in leisure, sport and arts
- on-going formal and online training
- support groups for you to share your experiences with other foster carers
All foster carers are expected to attend training which will help you develop skills to support children with challenging behaviour.
- Paediatric First Aid
- Recording Skills
- Internet/Digital Safety
- Equality and Diversity
- Child Protection and Safer Care
- Administration and Safe Storage of Medication
- Training, Support and Development standards for foster carers (TSD)
Further training opportunities:
- Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness
- Parent and Child Assessment
- Transitions from Foster Care to Adoption
- Therapeutic Parenting
- Coping Between Sessions
- Foster Carer Peer Mentoring
- Smoking Cessation and Promotion of Good Health and Well Being
Training courses available to our carers include:
Induction of new carers
- This is a three-day course split over the first year of your approval. It brings new carers together for extra support and a chance to explore their role with others in the same position.
A child's world
- The course will be led by someone previously fostered who will take you through his journey and experience in care. This course helps caregivers empathise with children and understand why they may have certain difficult behaviours.
- This course teaches positive parenting techniques and will explore attachment and the impact on children’s behaviour. You’ll also learn about the early brain development, ways to improve relationships with children and manage behaviour.
Safer Caring and Child Protection (mandatory for foster carers)
- This course looks at the indicators of abuse and aims to develop understanding and review current practice and strategies used to manage common risks in foster care. The goal is to increase awareness of safeguarding issues and promoting the welfare of children.
Understanding and caring for the traumatised foster child/young person
- This course allows foster carers to think about the impact of trauma. You'll learn how best to respond to traumatised children and young people and the impact of it on their development.
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If you're thinking about fostering and would like some more information or just an informal chat, please complete the form below and one of our foster care specialists will be in touch: