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Training & support

Offering our carers the specialist support and on-going training they need helps our children thrive.

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What we stand for

As a foster carer, you have a vital role in helping looked-after children achieve their full potential. We believe that by passing on our knowledge and experience to you, you’ll be able to make an even bigger difference to the lives of the children in your care.

That’s why we’re committed to offering you all the support you need to succeed – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

When you foster with us, you’ll receive:

  • A generous financial package
  • Paid respite
  • A comprehensive training programme
  • Regular peer group meetings
  • A calendar of events, activities and days out for you, your family and the children you care for
  • Access to key local community groups and further support resources
  • Regular home support visits from your personal Link Worker.

Our training

Cultural-specific training is at the core of what we do. We assist carers in learning new skills and working to improving their specialist knowledge, so they are able to care for the children and young people they look after as well as possible.

Our carers are encouraged to attend specialist training and support groups where they can develop their knowledge of different faiths and religions, and share cultural insights.

We’re also currently developing a unique additional faith-based training programme to equip carers with the skills necessary to support children with a wide variety of cultural and religious needs.

The training we provide teaches carers how to respond to the individual needs of foster children from vastly different backgrounds, who will all have a unique set of needs.

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Our training sessions & workshops

Journey to Fostering is a course that is a must for all potential foster carers, as it provides real insight into fostering, like:

  • looking into key areas, eg what brings children into care
  • what legislation is used to ensure children are safe
  • recognising the behaviour indicating children may need additional professional help
  • confidentiality
  • diversity, inclusion and equality
  • attachment disorders
  • legislation
  • health and safety

On-going training & support

  • First aid
  • Promoting positive behaviours
  • Exploring values, discrimination and prejudice
  • Good record keeping
  • Safeguarding
  • Teamwork, communication and contact

These are only a few examples of the mandatory training courses that all ACS carers attend, equipping them with all they need to provide constructive, understanding and sympathetic care.

To find out more about fostering and the ongoing support we offer our carers, call us on 0800 917 7937 or fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you.

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