Assessing Prospective Foster Carers, 2-Day Workshop, Birmingham
Undertaking the assessment of prospective foster carers presents particular challenges for assessors given the context of the complex needs of children in the care system and growing legislative and regulatory requirements regarding assessment.
his two day workshop will look at developing assessment plans, applying frameworks for analysis and using tools for assessment that will enable assessors to be confident of presenting well evidenced and robust recommendations to Fostering panels.
Independent assessors and social workers from Local Authorities and Independent Fostering Providers, as well as Managers and Panel Advisers or those who quality assure assessments.
Nicky Probert is a Training Manager for Family Action with over 30 years of social work experience. She is an experienced trainer and manager, having worked for BAAF for over 12 years, and currently chairs a fostering panel.
By the end of the two-day workshop, participants will be able to:
- Name the key legislation, regulations and guidance relating to the assessment and approval process;
- Plan and manage the assessment process;
- Develop robust methods to review and analyse checks and references based on learning from Serious Case Reviews;
- Define the skills, knowledge and values required by foster carers to fulfil their role;
- Name sources of evidence which can be used to support applications;
- Identify tools to engage all family members in the assessment process;
- Apply frameworks for analysis which identify risk and protective factors;
- Develop recommendations regardingtraining/development plans for carers;
- Present robust and well evidenced recommendations to Panel.
This training is equally applicable when using any assessment template, such as the Form F or the Skills to Foster assessment materials.