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When you apply to Swiis to become a foster carer, you will have to go through an assessment process. Part of this process will be undertaken by a qualified social worker who will gather lots of information about you and your family members and after several meetings this information will be used to form the basis of a report, a Form F. Whilst going through this process, you will also be expected to attend a training course called ‘Skills to Foster’ which is delivered by social workers and other swiis staff. Occasionally there will be input from an experienced foster carer, a young person from their family and sometimes a young person who is presently in care. This training covers the responsibilities of being a foster carer with Swiis. Our expectation is that all prospective foster carers must attend this course as part of their assessment.
Once you have been approved as a foster carer with Swiis, our view is that training remains essential to ensure your continuing personal and professional development. We believe that we have a responsibility to provide training to best support you as a foster carer to develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake the often challenging fostering role.
We ask that all our foster carers attend child protection training on a yearly basis and training such as safer caring and self regulation three yearly. We provide first aid and recording training three yearly but only by our main carers. In the Learning and Development Team we provide a Training Calendar six monthly and this offers ‘in house’ training as well as highlighting links to external, optional training that our foster carers might have a specific interest eg mental health first aid.
In order to accommodate the different needs of our foster carers we aim to deliver training at various times during the day as well as offering Saturdays and Sundays such is the emphasis that we place on supporting our foster carers to attend. The training that we provide takes into account key pieces of legislation that guide Swiis in its philosophy and determine policies and procedures. It also ensures that our foster carers are well equipped with knowledge in areas such as child development, resilience and attachment to support their understanding of a child’s behaviour, the impact past experiences can have and how to support positive change. Areas such as recording training provides our foster carers with the understanding of the how, where, when and very importantly, why we expect them to record.