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The role of the foster carer

Level: 3 | Modules: 1 | Hours: 10

Foster care is a professional level task which takes place in a domestic environment. It is vital that all foster carers are equipped with knowledge and understanding of their role. This course enables carers to gain essential knowledge, to develop understanding, and to apply these to their day to day experience in living with traumatised children and young people.

Target audience: Foster carers

Learning outcomes / assessment criteria

  1. Understand the context of foster care: legislation; agency policies and procedures; roles and responsibilities
    1. Identify relevant legislation, policies and procedures relating to foster care and know how to find further information
    2. Explain the overall aims of your fostering service, and explain the role and responsibilities of foster carers.
    3. Explain the importance of agency policies and procedures (including complaints and allegations)
  2. Understand working as part of the foster care team
    1. Explain how you can build individual and family resilience to mitigate the impact of living and working with traumatised children and young people
    2. Reflect on how you can contribute to teamwork as part of the foster care team
    3. Explain how you can contribute to the planning process for children and young people, including your participation in meetings and reviews

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