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Guernsey Foster Care

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Training and support for foster carers

Training and support for foster carers

We provide the comprehensive training and support you need to excel at being a foster carer. Our training is designed to:

  • Help foster carers become better at doing their job
  • Improve knowledge and skills and assist carers in promoting the physical, social and emotional development of children and young people
  • Establish an explicit, positive framework of values which promotes equality of opportunity
  • Encourage foster carers to reflect and look at the effect of discrimination in all parts of the community, recognising that they care for children in the context of a wider society and that, for many children, discrimination is a fact of everyday life
  • Ensure that all foster carers are competent and confident in caring and protecting children from harm
  • Encourage foster carers to take responsibility for their own professional development through the creation of individual training profiles

In addition, we are committed to supporting our foster carers to receive formal recognition of their skills, knowledge and experience if they wish to do so.

The course includes learning all aspects of:

  • Child protection
  • Working with children who have been abused
  • Safe caring
  • Managing difficult behaviour
  • Managing and promoting family contact
  • Identity, self-esteem and attachment issues
  • Valuing diversity and promoting equality
  • Providing written records
  • First Aid
  • Health and safety
  • Health care of fostered children/young people
  • Education of fostered children/young people
  • Empowering children/young people

This is the comprehensive, on-going support you'll receive:

  • Regular face-to-face and telephone contact is always readily available from the fostering service
  • We provide essential items of furniture, baby equipment, school equipment, clothing and bedding for foster carers
  • We have a "buddy" system where foster carers receive support and mentoring from experienced foster carers
  • There are lots of social activities for you, your children and the children you are caring for, especially during the school holidays
  • All carers are allocated to a social worker in the Fostering and Adoption Team who will offer support as well as supervision and monitoring
  • We will arrange monthly support groups for any carers who want to raise issues and enjoy the advice and support of other carers
  • A fostering duty system is in operation during the hours of 8.45 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. A duty officer will receive, and act on, as appropriate, any requests/concerns of carers
  • Our team is on call 24 hours a day to support and advise carers on an emergency basis

Want to become a foster carer?

Call 01481 713230 now!

“What we desperately need is a wide range of different people who can foster for either a short or long period of time. The child could be a baby, a toddler, a teenager, a young mum and baby or a disabled child.”

Julie Barnes - Service Manager for Fostering and Adoption Watch my video » Training and support for foster carers