Training

In any role there is always more to learn so your training starts from day one of the assessment process when you will be invited to a Skills to Foster course. This is a general overview of fostering and the task ahead and will help you understand more about what foster carers do and understanding the needs of looked after children.

“Family First Fostering is very good at focusing on the best relevant training for our needs

Even once you start fostering your learning doesn’t stop. We have an extensive induction programme that allows for your development during the first six months of being a foster care. The training programme becomes more personalised and tailored to reflect the needs of the children you are looking after. We have an extensive training programme, some examples of the training on offer are:

 

  • Safeguarding
  • Safer caring
  • Bullying
  • Self-Harming
  • De-escalation
  • Child Development
  • Working with unaccompanied asylum seekers

·      And many more

 

If our foster carers find a course they are interested in and there are enough carers to take part in the training, we’ll organise it!

Support

Fostering is ultimately rewarding but can be a challenge and you cannot do it on your own. You’ll need a reliable support network of friends and family as well as the comprehensive and ongoing support Family First Fostering provides.

As a minimum you can expect from us:

  • Regular and insightful training
  • An allowance from to reward you for your valued work and ensure the upkeep of children placed into your care.
  • Regular support groups for all carers, some tailored to help with specific issues
  • Day trips and activities for all the family, including your own children
  • A generous Introduce-A-Friend Scheme, which offers the chance to top up your income
  • Regular monthly supervision with dedicated, professionally trained staff
  • Quarterly newsletters containing useful updates and reminders for your diary
  • Frequent visits, and phone contact in-between, from your own supervising social worker
  • Experienced, local staff and managers who are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year to support you

If you need more support, especially at the beginning of a new placement, our supervising social workers and social work assistants are always on hand to help.

 

Foster Carer Support Groups

We run monthly support groups so that foster carers can share their experiences and learn from each other. They are also accompanied by supervising social workers.

Social Events

We run regular social events for our foster carers, so that they can have a break and mingle with other foster carers.

24/7 Helpline

We have a 24-hour helpline that runs 365 days a year. We believe foster carers should never feel alone. We are always available to provide advice or just listen. We encourage our foster carers to express their thoughts and feelings so that we can cater for their needs. We value genuine and non-judgmental interaction.

Supervising Social Workers

Each foster carer will be allocated a social worker to support them in their development. Foster carers are able to contact their social worker about whatever concerns them with regards to a placement or their role as a foster carer. The social worker will do their utmost to support their foster carers.



Contact Us

Call Us: 0800 389 4448

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Family First Fostering Limited
4th Floor, Office 14
Bizniz Point Stratford Ltd
Burrell House
44 Broadway
London E15 1XH