We encourage our Foster Carers to continue training, development and higher learning for continued professional development of practice in line with your professional status.

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Foster Carers’ learning needs are identified on an ongoing basis but formally reviewed and re-defined each year in conjunction with their Supervising Social Worker/Link Worker. Each Foster Carer agrees with their Supervising Social Worker/Link Worker a Personal/Professional Development Plan (PPDP) that is reflected and commented on at each Foster Carer annual review. Foster Carers are expected to attend the following training:

Mandatory Training

Main and Joint Carers:

Generally, in-house training sessions held during the day from 10am to 2pm will be equivalent to 4 hours’ training.

Applicable to Second Carers:

Training Support Development Workbook

All new Foster Carers are required to complete a TSD Induction Workbook within their first year of fostering. Supervising Social Workers/Link Workers will support Foster Carers in this process. Group Supervisions and individual mentoring is also available if required.

Other courses available may include those listed below:

Flexible learning may take the form of in-house training (preferred) or other development or learning opportunities which have been identified and agreed as such with your SSW and evidenced via reflective logs. This might include reading; research; workshops.

For more experienced carers with longevity of service we offer access to an AQA recognised Advanced Practitioner Award.

Next Step also operates an E-Learning resource, making access to learning easier for second Carers but is intended as an additional resource rather than a replacement for attendance at training. E-Learning courses are allocated as an identified need and in agreement with your Supervising Social Worker/Link Worker.

Susan Deamer
Training Manager

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