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Learning and development for foster carers

Why not add a few more strings to your bow?

Whether you are newly approved as a foster carer, or have been fostering for some time, it is always important to update your skills and knowledge.There are many benefits to enhancing your skills and undertaking CPD, or learning and development. Read some of the reasons that foster carers have told us over the years:

  • Raises the profile of foster care as a key part of social care provision to children, young people and their families.
  • The TSD standards provide a national minimum benchmark, ensuring that all foster carers have the same level of basic knowledge.
  • There is always something new to learn that could help you work with your child more successfully.
  • Gives confidence to better deal with children with differing issues.
  • Professionalisation of the workforce.
  • Acknowledgement of the difficulties associated with further learning (child care issues, capacity, access to learning, etc.).
  • Gives foster carers greater understanding of their role and the service they work for.
  • Learn new skills to help you work with children with more complex needs.
  • Enhances the status of foster care.

Hear what children and young people say are the benefits of quality foster care.

Page updated: 4 April 2011

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Recent news

Fully funded Early Years Professional Status places still available 06 January
Applications to the January 2012 Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) programme will remain open until January 17.
New editable foster care workbook and guidance online now 20 October
CWDC's new editable foster care workbook and guidance can be downloaded now from our website.
Help shape the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment 17 October
The social work sector is being asked to comment on proposals outlining an Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).

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