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Training programme 2020/21

Last Updated 15/04/2020 1:00pm


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Welcome to the 2020/21 training programme

The programme has been put together to provide courses that will stimulate you and support you in your fostering role.
We are excited to announce that our training offer is becoming more diverse.

In addition to the training courses commissioned directly by the fostering service, this year we will carryon with our working relationship with DCC’s Social Work Academy. The Academy are responsible for organising training for social work staff within DCC, and they will be able to provide us with lots of additional expertise in relation to how we support you with your learning. They will also be making sure our carers have spaces when they commission some new training that will be for both social
workers and foster carers.

As well as this, we will also be working more closely with the Devon Children and Families Partnership to ensure their courses are accessible for our carers – please see page 10 for more information about this.

You will also be aware that there are lots of other ways that training and learning can be counted towards the minimum six per year that you need to complete (aside from attending one of our courses).

Please see page 6 (THIS WILL NEED CHANGING) for a list of these, and details on how to make sure they are counted when we calculate
allowances.

When considering which courses to commission we have looked at what was successful last year, feedback from carers, as well as gaps in our provision. You will see that some courses are new, some remain unchanged, and some are similar but have been ‘tweaked’ to better meet the learning needs of our carers.

What is the core training for a foster carer?

In order to receive the training element of their allowance, carers must complete at least six training or learning experiences per calendar year. However, all carers must complete the following as a minimum:

  • First Aid Training – to be renewed every three years
  • Attachment Training – all carers should have attended one of the courses around attachment in their first year. They should then evidence further learning around attachment each year, whether physical attendance at a course or by other means
  • Safeguarding is core training and should be renewed every three years. An online safeguarding course is currently being prepared. It is the expectation that all carers will complete this course within two months of it release
  • Child Exploitation – carers should evidence one relevant learning experience per year in relation to child exploitation, whether physical attendance at a course or by other means