Here, our Training Coordinator, Heather, tells us what training with Newcastle looks like and why we support our carers every way we can with this.
Fostering Network says, “Fostering is one of the most varied, challenging and rewarding jobs that you can do. Like other jobs working with children, fostering isn’t easy but can be very rewarding and makes a huge difference to children’s lives”.
My role as the Training Coordinator is to help prepare you for life as a foster carer. When considering a career in fostering you will be invited to attend the 4-day Skills to Foster training programme. This is a robust introduction to fostering and takes place during the Form F assessment period.
Once you are approved as a foster carer, we are committed to ensuring you have all the necessary training and support you could possibly need to help you on your fostering journey and in your commitment to the children in your care. I need to ensure there are as many learning opportunities as possible for you to engage in and to further develop your knowledge and skills. We understand that foster carers are busy people, so we also offer opportunities for learning via our online Learning Management System (LMS) and the Newcastle safeguarding children partnership website as well as face-to-face, classroom-based courses too.
We think of fostering as a vocation, rather than a job, and we try hard to offer interesting, relevant and thought-provoking training. In doing so, we hope to provide carers with the tools they need to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children. This is why we provide an annual training programme delivered by myself, my colleagues within the fostering team and external specialists within their own field. We also work closely with our workforce development team and health services offer carers many other learning opportunities.
The part of the role I particularly enjoy is meeting with carers during the assessment period and then meeting with them again to complete their induction once they have been approved. This is an exciting time for carers as they are looking forward to building and developing relationships with our children. My role supports this aim and together we can make a difference to the lives of children in our care.
If you’d like to start your fostering journey today, enquire here