Following initial approval as a foster carer, our department or licensed care service providing support to the foster carer will ensure that each foster carer has an individualised learning plan, recorded as part of their Foster Carer Agreement.
In conjunction with planned support, our department or licensed care service will ensure that the foster carer successfully completes the three standard training modules within 12 months of initial approval as a foster carer.
- Each foster carer must satisfactorily complete worksheet questions at the end of each module.
- An outcome of competent/not competent will be recorded for each foster carer and when competency is achieved in each of the training modules, participants will receive a Standard training - statement of achievement certificate .
- Each foster carer may also complete four learning journals to demonstrate practical application of knowledge and skills gained from the modules and through their experience of providing care to a child or young person placed with them. Learning journals are discretionary and may be used by carers who prefer a reflective style of learning.
Completion of the standard training is a prerequisite for a foster carer's renewal of approval at the end of the first 12 month period of approval.
Kinship carers and long-term guardians may access standard training modules to support their care of a child or young person.
Standard training consists of three modules. Each module includes a session plan, slides, handouts, assessment worksheets and evaluation form.
In 2008, the department introduced the 'Transforming Care' training program for care providers. If a carer has completed 'Transforming Care' training prior to undertaking standard training module 5, our department can recognise this as prior learning and the completion of module 5 will not be required. Carers are still required to complete modules 6 and 7.
Download the complete module: 5. Promoting positive behaviours .
6.4 Assessment - includes worksheets
Download the complete module: 6. Caring for children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse .
7.4 Assessment - includes worksheets
Download the complete module: 7. Carer support, advocacy and self care .