For us one of the most rewarding experiences in addition to the progress our valued foster carers make alongside the children and young people, who share their home, is supporting their own learning and development. It is always a pleasure to see the confidence, knowledge and skills of our foster carers grow alongside the compassion, understanding and sensitivity that underpin the relationships they build.
For 20 years here at Clifford House Fostering, we have been providing training rooted in our direct experience of helping children and young people begin to make sense of difficult past histories, cope with separation from their birth families and find a sense of security and normality. Right from the start we want to be with you every step of the way and offer our valued foster carers both initial and ongoing training.
Your initial foster care training occurs at the beginning of your fostering journey with our Skills to Foster course. This three day programme offers an opportunity to explore the actuality of fostering and equips you with the skills to confidently support your first child. A fourth day towards the conclusion of the assessment offers an opportunity to connect to the first of our core training topics as you prepare for the actuality of your first placement.
Once approved we offer a wide range of topics, workshops and development opportunities in developing your skills, knowledge and professional role. We believe any learning opportunity should be inspiring, informing and up to date with current best foster care practice. Our approach to learning together is to be engaging, welcoming, and interactive and to make it fun and enjoyable.
Often it is the children and young people who live within our carers that can provide a unique insight into their own experiences. In addition our experienced foster carers have so much to contribute through their fostering journey. This is exactly why they are both at the centre of the development and delivery of our training.
Our dedicated training team are passionate about the provision of high quality training, innovative approaches to making it accessible to all members of the fostering family (including birth children) and keeping up to date with the latest research and developments.