During your assessment you’ll have some foster care training requirements. You will be invited to your local Compass office to attend our three-day Skills to Foster training course. If you have a partner, both of you will need to attend.
During these three days you will be part of a group that is led by an experienced Social Worker in family matching and a local foster carer. The course will provide a fun, interesting and insightful opportunity for you to find out as much as you can about the role of the foster carer.
It is also a great opportunity to meet other potential foster carers and to share thoughts and ideas about how you have found the process.
What does the Skills to Foster course consist of?
The course uses a mixture of film, exercises and presentation, and will include exploration of:
- The Compass REACH approach
- The role of carers
- Why children and young people are looked after
- Attachment and trauma
- Child development
- Identity and loss
- Safer caring
- The impact of neglect and abuse
- Positive contact with birth families
The course is designed to help you learn about fostering alongside others going through the same assessment process as you. This training is an important foundation to give you the confidence to take your first fostering placement.
Whatever understanding and experience with children you may have, there is always room to learn! Every child is different, and they will have their own unique experiences and needs that they will need met. Our Skills to Foster course aims to give you the tools for looking after a child that may have challenge behaviours, or need that extra support.
The training is a good opportunity to ask questions, talk about any anxieties you may have and get to know other potential carers at a similar stage to you in your local area.
Our annual foster care training requirements carry on through to our foster parents once approved too. We encourage all our carers to access our specialist training, gaining professional expertise and reflecting their commitment to fostering.
Final step: Fostering Panel