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training and support

Training

In any role there is always more to learn so your training starts from day one of the assessment process when you will be invited to a Skills to Foster course. This is a general overview of fostering and the task ahead and will help you understand more about what foster carers do and understanding the needs of looked after children.

“Nexus is very good at focusing on the best relevant training for our needs” - Foster Carers Linda & Ken

Even once you start fostering your learning doesn’t stop. The training programme becomes more personalised and tailored to reflect the needs of the children you are looking after. Some examples of the training on offer are:

  • Drugs Awareness
  • Self-Harmimg
  • De-escalation
  • Child Development

If our foster carers find a course they are interested in and there are enough carers to take part in the training, we’ll organise it!

Support

“There have been lots of training days to attend. Also carer support groups have been helpful. Our link worker is a valuable source of information and is always on hand for help and support. It is nice to have 24-hour support if you need it from the duty worker” - foster carers Tina & Richard

Fostering is ultimately rewarding but can be a challenge and you cannot do it on your own. You’ll need a reliable support network of friends and family as well as the comprehensive and ongoing support Nexus provides.

As a minimum you can expect from us:

  • Regular and insightful free training including the QCF Level 3 award in Children and Families
  • Therapeutic support
  • An allowance from £357 to £819 per week to reward you for your valued work and ensure the upkeep of children placed into your care. We also offer extra payments for festivities, birthdays and holidays and the option to join our pension scheme
  • Regular support groups for all carers, some tailored to help with specific issues
  • Outreach workers who provide support for children and young people in placement and optional support for all children of foster carers
  • Day trips and activities for all the family, including your own children
  • A generous Introduce-A-Friend Scheme, which offers the chance to top up your income
  • A fortnight’s paid respite per year
  • Regular monthly supervision with dedicated, professionally trained staff
  • Monthly newsletters containing useful updates and reminders for your diary and one for all children and young people of your household
  • Frequent visits, and phone contact in-between, from your own supervising social worker
  • Experienced, local staff and managers who are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year to support you
  • Membership of FosterTalk, which includes access to their legal advice line
“Support from Nexus has been excellent whilst children are in placement. Our link worker is always more than happy to listen, offer advice and support with any issues that have arisen” - Foster Carers Steve & Karen

If you need more support, especially at the beginning of a new placement, our supervising social workers and social work assistants are always on hand to help.