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Training for Carers

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) values what carers do and provides training to support you to be well-prepared and to have the skills and knowledge to make a positive difference in the life of a child or young person. 

Foster and Kinship Carer Induction Training - Learning Outcomes


Module 1 Introduction to Foster and Kinship Care

  • Myths and Realities of Fostering
  • Types of Care
  • National Standards for Out of Home Care
  • Carer Legislated Responsibilities
  • Carer responsibility to notify CEO
  • Overview of the Department
  • Administration - Payments
  • Map around the Carer - Supports
  • Charter of Rights • Access to the Community Website 

Module 2 Caring for an Aboriginal Child in your care 

  • What does culture mean to you?
  • Historical and Political context
  • The Myths
  • Understanding Aboriginal Culture
  • Understanding the overrepresentation
  • Families
  • Aboriginal Child Placement Principle
  • Reunification and Contact
  • Caring for a child
  • Grief and Loss 

Module 3 A New Child in Your Home 

  • Benefits and challenges of fostering for your family
  • Preparing for placement - concepts of ‘matching’ and transition’ when placing children in families
  • Concepts of ‘safe’ caring, and protective strategies
  • Sexual Behaviours in Children and Young People
  • The Seven Steps to Safety
  • The system around the child
  • Placement Agreements, Care Plans, Essential Information Records (EIR)
  • Concerns about the safety of children in care
  • Complaints process
  • Death of a Child in care
  • Carer Insurance 

Module 4 Why Children Come into Care

  • Understanding what constitutes harm
  • Types of harm and abuse
  • Protection Orders
  • Witnessing Domestic Violence
  • Responding to disclosures
  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Information Sharing 

Module 5 Understanding the Impacts of Trauma: Creating a healing home 

  • In-Care Support
  • What is trauma?
  • What is complex trauma?
  • What are the effects of complex trauma?
  • Trauma and the brain
  • Attachment
  • Managing emotions
  • Time In
  • Creating a healing home
  • Kids do well if they can 

Module 6 Self-Care and Managing Continuity 

  • Signs and indicators of vicarious trauma
  • Strategies for managing stress
  • Self-care and support
  • Grief and loss issues for carers
  • Life Story Work
  • Travel and passports
  • Sleepovers and School Excursions
  • P.A.C.E - A therapeutic model of Caring 


Modules:

  • Module 1 Introduction to Foster and Kinship Care
  • Module 2 Caring for an Aboriginal Child in your care 
  • Module 3 A New Child in Your Home
  • Module 4 Why Children Come into Care
  • Module 5 Understanding the Impacts of Trauma: Creating a healing home
  • Module 6 Self-Care and Managing Continuity
 

DCF informs carers of other training opportunities as they arise and strongly encourages you to attend.