Whether you are an experienced carer or new to the role, everyone can benefit from learning more about being a carer.
Ongoing learning assists you to:
Whether it is through informal sources, such as a fact sheet, or in a more formal training session, there are a variety of learning opportunities available to you as a foster carer or kinship carer.
Some of these include:
You can talk about your learning and development needs at any time with a child safety officer or non-government foster and kinship care service support worker.
These needs will be recorded in your learning plan in the Foster Carer Agreement, or Placement Agreement if you are a kinship carer.
If the cost of a course is substantial, funding may be available to help you attend. The manager of the child safety service centre will need to approve any funded external training that you attend.
While all carers have access to the same training opportunities, there are different training requirements for foster carers and kinship carers.
The Quality care: Foster care training package is provided free of charge to approved carers.
If you are a kinship carer, it is highly recommended you also participate in this training, although it is not mandatory.