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 Information for current foster carers

Information for Current foster Carers

Learning and development workshops

The Foster Carer Development workshops are held in the Metro area, and provided to  country areas via video conferencing. The aim of the workshops is to support carers (and staff) to build on their strengths, their areas of interest and to develop knowledge and skills to provide better support for children in care.
 
Workshop topics are chosen in consultation with the Foster Care Association, carers, and staff, and based on feedback of the current needs. These workshops are presented by professionals in their field, are interactive, and encourage carers (and staff) to actively engage in learning and skill development.
 
Carers are able to enrol in these workshops using the enrolment form which is distributed annually in January along with a yearly Development Workshop calendar. Upon completion of the course, each participant will receive a certificate of partiicpation.

Flexible learning options for carers

People learn in a variety of different ways. Some prefer to be part of a group in a workshop session while others prefer one on one learning opportunities in their own homes, or by telephone, web, email or videos etc.
 
The Department is now catering for these different styles of learning by providing  learning materials and opportunities in a range of different modes (click on learning opportunities icon to see what is available).

The Foster Care Development Workshop Calendar 2017 

Foster carer development workshops enrolment form 

 

Foster carer Resources

Support for carers

The Foster Care Association of Western Australia is an important partner in recruiting, training and supporting foster carers in Western Australia.

Foster Carer Handbook

The Care Team Approach Practice Framework highlights the importance of all members of a child’s care team, including a child’s carer, working together with the child in the centre of their thinking and interactions with each other. Each care team member provides invaluable support and participates in meeting the needs of the child to keep them strong, connected and secure.

Care Team Approach Practice Framework


Leaving Care

Leaving care to independence 
A guide for carers supporting young people leaving care and transitioning to independence.


Fostering information sheets

Documented Education Plans
Preparing a child for respite
Confidentiality
Guidelines on smoking
Health care planning
Safe Infant Sleeping
Taking care of yourself
Use of Physical Punishment and Other Discipline
Child Care Services
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) 
Permanency Planning - Information Sheet 
Practice Guidance – swimming pools and other bodies of water 
Viewpoint Information sheet for carers
Information from Kidsafe Western Australia on Child Car Restraints
Information from Road Safety on Child Car Restraints
Prospective special guardians




Under review:
Attachment
Centrelink benefits for foster carers
Childhood trauma
Family contact – information for relative carers
Mandatory Reporting
Safety and Wellbeing concerns related to Carer Households
What happens if a foster child says I have hurt them?
What happens if a foster child says I have hurt them? - Information for foster carers booklet

Departmental policies and frameworks 

Legislation

  Become a Foster Carer
You won't always see where they go. But you can help them get there. Become a foster carer. 1800 024 453
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