Foster care; as carers will know, involves a considerable amount of procedure. This is inevitable because properly safeguarding vulnerable children and young people will always be the priority. For someone who is considering fostering, or has been recently approved, there is a lot to learn and much to be aware of. This should not be too off-putting as caregivers can rely on the fact there will always be support available from their Supervising Social Worker. Rainbow ensures this is always the case for its Foster carers. These blogs are intended to be jargon busting and familiarise those with an interest in fostering with what lies behind acronyms they will encounter.
Foster care – TSD’s.
All Foster Carers in England must complete the Training Support and Development Standards within twelve months of becoming approved to foster. Usually abbreviated to the TSD standards they are an important part of a caregiver’s overall induction into their role of the foster carer. The aim of TSD’s is to set out a national minimum benchmark establishing what foster carers should know and be able to do in the first year following their approval. Carers are provided with TSD workbooks which chart their progress. These are also available for short breaks foster carers and kinship carers. All foster carers can expect support form their social worker in completing their TSD’s.
Foster carers will be required to complete an ‘evidence workbook’ as part of their TSD’s. It provides a single point of reference for evidence that’s recorded to benchmark against the standards. Your supervising social worker will provide guidance in the way information is ultimately set out. It should be concise, factual and capture only those details necessary. Along the way, it is good practice for a foster carer to keep a portfolio ring binder to compile evidence of progress made and knowledge acquired. This will be a foster carer’s unique record and can include certificates from training courses, witness statements, supervision notes and ‘reflective logs’ i.e. something a foster carer may have written reflecting on a piece of work accomplished or training course completed. The workbook can also include other report or records made by a carer, their photos or videos. Annual review documentation, a copy of a carers Form F assessment will also be a part. Discussion notes from meetings a foster carer has with their supervising social worker might also be included. All this information can be edited and set out. Help will be given by the supervising social worker as regards style and content presentation.
Rainbow Fostering is committed to supporting their foster carers to become proficient, highly competent and professional. Our goal is to provide successful and stable placements for our children. This means that they can, with the support of their carers, make significant progress. We aim for our children and young people – including those with complex needs – to have their needs met on an individual basis.
For reference, The Department for Education has made available a guide for the evidence booklet.
When completed the TSDs will demonstrate that a foster carer has a good understanding of their role. This means the evidence for the standards will be related directly to a carers parenting of any child or young person in their care.
More information can be found about the Training Support and Development Standards at https://bit.ly/2KX9Vrb
Could you foster a vulnerable child?
Rainbow Fostering are committed to supporting their foster carers to become proficient, highly competent and professional. Our goal is to provide successful and stable placements for our children. This means that they can, with the support of their carers, make significant progress. We aim for our children and young people – including those with complex needs – to have their individual needs met.
Rainbow is supporting fostering placements in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Hampshire. If you are considering becoming a foster carer, we provide all the help and guidance needed. Our Team at Rainbow has over two decades of experience. And our agency has been rated ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by Ofsted. This means our applicants and foster carers can depend on receiving the best support and training available.
Find out more about the varied career opportunities fostering now offers. Call our team on 0330 311 2845 today.
Fostering is open to people who are (over 21) married, divorced, single or cohabiting. You can provide fostering care for children or young people whatever your sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural background.
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