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This 3 hour course from LGSS Learning and Development for Northamptonshire Foster Carers, Adopters, Family Link and Connected Person Carers.

Who wish to:

  • Undertake a general review of allegations made against foster carers to provide perspective, to identify the differences between complaints, causes for concern, allegations and to discuss why allegations are made
  • Understand what happens at Northamptonshire County Council when an allegation is made and details of the National Minimum Standards 2011 as they relate to allegations
  • Consider the key activities foster carers can undertake to help protect themselves as much as possible.

This 2 x 2 hour session course from LGSS Learning and Development is for Northamptonshire Foster Carers, Adopters, Family Link and Connected Persons Carers

Who wish to:

  • Understand the legal, policy and procedural issues involved and how to apply them in your area of work
  • Name the categories of abuse and recognise possible indicators of abuse
  • Describe what to do if you have a concern about a child or young person's welfare
  • Relate safeguarding issues to your own practice

This 5 hour course from LGSS Learning and Development is for Northamptonshire Foster Carers and Adopters.

Who wish to:

  • Know how to observe and record children's development
  • Know milestones in child development
  • Know about indicators of developmental delay and developmental impairment
  • Understand the impact abuse can have on children's development

This 4 hour course from LGSS Learning and Development is for Northamptonshire Foster Carers for Foster Carers and Adopters.

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Recognise how identity is formed through a variety of factors including personal experiences, cultural and environmental factors
  • Recognise that identity can be imposed and the effect of this
  • Identify a series of supportive approaches such as attention to life stories and biography that can be used to help children and young people in care reframe their identity and that which is imposed upon them.
This 2 hour course from LGSS Learning and Development is for Northamptonshire Foster Carers, Family Link and Connected Person Carers. This session is specifically aimed at enabling foster carers and adopters to understand and appreciate how difference and diversity can be valued and appreciated. As part of achieving this, participants will be provided with an understanding of why it is important to provide care that respects each child's protected characteristic as defined by the Equality Act 2010 and will be supported to develop skills to effectively manage unconscious bias and overt discrimination, as well as enhance the self-worth of children and young people in their care.

This 2 hour course from LGSS Learning and Development is for Northamptonshire Foster Carers, Family Link and Connected Person Carers. This session is aimed at enabling foster carers and adopters effectively work across cultures that inclusive of their own and the child(ren) that they are caring for. The session will focus on enabling participant's to appreciate the different ways of understanding events and relationships that exist within diverse cultures. Through a series of case studies and exercises participants will explore how they can apply the key skills of cultural competence to promote the child or young person's welfare.


This bitesize course from LGSS Learning and Development on behalf of Northamptonshire Fostering and Adoption focusses on the growing issue in regards to Gangs and Knife Crime and is applicable to any Northamptonshire Foster Carer, Adoptive Parents or Connected Persons.

This course will help delegates to:

  • Have an increased awareness of the growing gang culture in the county
  • Be able to support the early identification and intervention for YP at risk
  • Increase awareness of services available - look at CIRV (Community to Reduce Violence)
  • Be able to identify risk and respond appropriately
  • Learn to use the 'signs of gang involvement screen tool'
  • Explore gang language and terminology and how this impacts on YP in the county


This 1 hour session from LGSS Learning and Development on behalf of Northamptonshire Fostering and Adoption is delivered by Blue Cross Training with 2 temperament assessed education dogs present and is for Foster Carers and Young People.

This session is a general overview of the needs of pets and is aimed at under 5's, this session introduces about being responsible for our dog and teaches young people about pet welfare, staying safe around dots and responsible pet ownership from an early age.

Foster Carers - when booking a place on this course, can you please also send a separate email to state how many children are going to be attending with you and their ages - lgsslearning@northamptonshire.co.uk Thank you.


13th August 2019 - 11am-12pm - One Angel Square, Northampton NN1 1ED

This 1 hour session from LGSS Learning and Development on behalf of Northamptonshire Fostering and Adoption is delivered by Blue Cross Training with 2 temperament assessed education dogs present and is for Supervising Social Workers in Fostering and Adoption who wish to:

Learn about dog safety and dog body language which should be useful when supervising Social Workers risk assess a dog.


13th August 2019 - 9.30am-10.30am - One Angel Square, Northampton NN1 1ED

This course from LGSS Learning and Development is for Northamptonshire Foster Carers who offer a Foster Care Progression Scheme offering an opportunity to progress to the Advanced Level within the Fostering Service. 

If the Applicants meet the pre requisite Advanced Level Requirements, then one aspect of the Supporting Evidence includes a Case Study that should be structured as follows:

• The Case Study should present a brief description and detailed critical analysis of at least 1 child or young person the Foster Carer/s has looked after.

• Links will also need to be made to training undertaken in relation to the child/young person

• Referencing linked to relevant research and literature is to be completed

Please note: you will be required to complete homework between the two sessions.

Before booking please ask your Supervising Social Worker to advise if you are eligible to apply for this Level. You must have completed TSD and be 2 years post approval.

This 4 hour course from LGSS Learning and Development for Northamptonshire Foster Carers, Adopters, Family Link and Connected Person Carers.

Who wish to:

  • Undertake a general review of allegations made against foster carers to provide perspective, to identify the differences between complaints, causes for concern, allegations and to discuss why allegations are made
  • Understand what happens at Northamptonshire County Council when an allegation is made and details of the National Minimum Standards 2011 as they relate to allegations
  • Consider the key activities foster carers can undertake to help protect themselves as much as possible

This 3 hour course from LGSS Learning and Development for Northamptonshire Adopters.

Who wish to:

  • Look at the environmental and neurological context of attachment formation
  • Examine how early childhood trauma has long term effects
  • Identify some of the recognised symptoms of attachment difficulties and their effect on Adopters Explore parenting and therapeutic approaches

This 3 hour course from LGSS Learning and Development is for Northamptonshire Foster Carers, Family Link and Connected Person Carers.

Who wish to:

• Look at the environmental and neurological context of attachment formation
• Examine how early childhood trauma has long term effects
• Identify some of the recognised symptoms of attachment difficulties and their effect on Foster Carers
• Explore parenting and therapeutic approaches

Baby Brain training is a 3x3 hour course from LGSS Learning and Development and is available for Northamptonshire Foster Carers accompanied by their Supervising Social Worker (unless the SSW has previously attended this training then carers can attend without a worker) and who have a baby in placement or a toddler under the age of 2 years.

You will learn:

  • Babies' Brain Development
  • Babies' Emotional Development
  • Babies' Playing and Laughing

You will need to complete all 3 sessions.

Please speak with your Supervising Social Worker before booking onto this training.

To book a place please email Linda Cohen lcohen@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk / northantsbabyroom@northamptonshire.gov.uk

 

This 5 hour course from LGSS Learning and Development is for Northamptonshire Foster Carers and Adopters.

Who wish to:

  • Know how to observe and record children's development
  • Know milestones in child development
  • Know about indicators of developmental delay and developmental impairment
  • Understand the impact abuse can have on children's development

This 3 hour course from LGSS Learning and Development is for Northamptonshire Foster Carers, Adopters, Family Link and Connected Persons Carers.

Who wish to:

  • Understand what 'sexual exploitation', 'grooming' and 'trafficking' mean
  • Understand what might make a young person vulnerable to sexual exploitation
  • Recognise the signs of sexual exploitation

This is a 2 x 4 hour session course from LGSS Learning and Development is for Northamptonshire Connected Persons only not for general Foster Carers.

Who wish to:

  • Have the opportunity to increase your support networks through discussion of shared experiences
  • Explore key issues faced by Connected People Foster Carers including statutory requirements and assessment processes Identify risky behaviour and strategies to keep children safe
  • Understand the impact of Separation and Loss on children and explore how to support children to recover from this
  • Develop understanding of issues arising from managing contact for children
  • Develop confidence and skills in supporting children within their education.

This 2 x 2 hour evening course or 4 hour daytime course from LGSS Learning and Development is for Northamptonshire Foster Carers, Adopters, Family Link and Connected Persons Carers.

Who wish to:

  • Help participants understand the legal context of contact.
  • Ensure delegates appreciate the importance of contact for the child.
  • Help delegates to be better equipped in managing the process of contact

This is a 1 day course from LGSS Learning and Development is for Northamptonshire Foster Carers, Adopters and Family link Carers and Connected Persons who may be called to court regarding looked after children.

Who wish to:

  • Understand how to give evidence and the potential for being cross examined

  • Learn the pitfalls and tips for why we give evidence and how to do it for the best possible outcome
  • Discuss and explore the legislative framework
  • Understand the court room procedures

This 4 hour course from  LGSS Learning and Development is for Northamptonshire Foster Carers, Adopters, Family Link and Connected Persons Carers

Who wish to:

  • Understand relevant legislation including Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010, the Fostering Services Regulations 2011 and associated statutory guidance, which came into force in April 2011 and Amendments to the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations, July 2013
  • Develop fully your understanding of the Delegated authority policy 2013 for children in foster care
  • Understand how decisions are made in practice
  • Explore foster carers' responsibility and how this relates to everyday practice

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