Our foster carers have the opportunity to attend a variety of training courses. These are very informal and take place in small groups. They enable foster carers to learn about good practice, discuss issues they may have and build skills and confidence, while having the opportunity to meet with other carers and professionals. These courses are FREE.

Skills to Foster

As part of the assessment process all potential new carers must attend the ‘Skills to Foster’ training course. This course is run over two Saturdays (10am – 4pm) and two Tuesday (6pm – 9pm) evenings.

Induction Training courses

There are a number of mandatory training courses that all foster carers must attend. All of the following courses need to be completed in the first 18 months of your approval and renewed every three years:

  • Safer caring
  • Understanding development and behaviour
  • Listening and communication
  • Eductation: from nursery to independence
  • Paedriactric first aid
  • Health and wellbeing of looked after children
  • Safeguarding looked after children in need of protection
  • Improving outcomes for looked after children

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Foster Carer Training

Our Workforce Development page gives a list of all training courses that are on offer to foster carers. You can search for a course by selecting ‘foster care’ from the first drop down menu. Information on each course can be found by clicking ‘view’ which is located next to the name of the course.

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How to book

If you would like to attend any of the training courses listed, please contact your Link Worker, who will book a place for you, or inform your Link Worker should you book a place yourself. You may be able to attend a Blaenau Gwent specific course if there is availability – please discuss this with your Link Worker.

Cancellations and non attendance of training courses

We appreciate that your role as foster carers can sometimes mean that unexpected events can prevent you from attending a training course. Last year last minute cancellations and failures to attend courses cost the council many thousands of pounds.

Places on training courses are limited and there is often a reserve list. If you are unable to attend a course please ensure you contact the training team, giving as much notice as possible so the place can be offered to someone else.

Other training opportunities

As well as attending courses, there are a number of course available for you to attend to enable you to develop your skills.

In the fostering team we have an extensive range of books, games and DVD’s available for you to borrow. We also have a mentoring scheme where an experienced carer will be allocated to you once you are approved, and they will be on hand to offer you some valuable advice and provide guidnace into becoming a foster carer. From time to time we will also point you in the direction of useful websites that may be relevant to you.