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Attachment for foster care and adoption

| Mary Beek and Gillian Schofield

This training programme will provide workers and carers with a framework both for understanding the thinking and behaviour of the children in their care and for helping children to settle and flourish in their family placements. It accompanies the handbook and DVD of the same name.

Building identity

| Kate Cairns and Eileen Fursland

This training pack will enable carers to help children overcome their early disruptive experiences and boost their identity and self-esteem.

Fostering changes

| Karen Bachmann, Kathy Blackeby, Caroline Bengo, Kirsty Slack, Matt Woolgar, Hilary Lawson, Stephen Scott

Caring for looked after children can be an immensely stressful and complex task and foster carers need opportunities to process their experiences and reflect on their thoughts and feelings. This training programme provides practical advice and training for foster carers in order to develop their skills in managing difficult and challenging child behaviour and forming positive relationships with their foster children.

Fostering unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children PDF ONLY

| Selam Kidane and Penny Amerena

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children have survived the consequences of conflict and persecution – trauma, injury, pain, loss and separation. Once in the UK, local authorities have a duty to look after these vulnerable children to the same standards as any other looked after child, with an increasing number in foster care. Foster carers need formal training to give them additional understanding and skills to add to their existing experience and commitment. This training course provides a comprehensive introduction to the issues.

Listening to children's wishes and feelings - a training programme

| Mary Corrigan and Joan Moore

The Listening to children’s wishes and feelings training course will equip participants with a range of techniques for effective listening to and communication with children. It enables workers and carers to work effectively with children to process difficult experiences; use reflective listening skills and assessment techniques; assist children in processing and recording their life history; and support them as they prepare to move to permanence.

Listening to children's wishes and feelings - course handbook

| Mary Corrigan and Joan Moore

The Listening to children’s wishes and feelings training course will equip participants with a range of techniques for effective listening to and communication with children. This course handbook is designed for course participants to work through and take with them after the course.

Looking after unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children

| Selam Kidane and Penny Amerena

This one-day introductory training course is designed to provide social care professionals with an understanding of the issues surrounding unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children. It will empower them to have a confident approach to providing appropriate care and support to meet these children’s complex needs.

Parenting a child who has been sexually abused

| John Simmonds

Caring for children who have been sexually abused is demanding and challenging and foster carers and adoptive parents cannot be left to manage this alone. This course will enable agencies to establish effective partnerships with caregivers, providing them with information they can understand and use and arranging for practical parenting support that directly relates to the needs of these children.

Preparing to adopt - England

| Elaine Dibben, Eileen Fursland and Nicky Probert

Preparing to adopt is a well-established and highly respected training resource which enables agencies to offer relevant, high quality and comprehensive preparation for people who wish to adopt, and provides agencies with an agreed common curriculum for preparation courses. This Trainer’s guide includes a DVD containing film clips and a CD-ROM containing a PowerPoint presentation and hand-outs.

Preparing to adopt - England Applicant's workbook

| Shaila Shah

Preparing to adopt is a well-established and highly respected training resource which enables agencies to offer relevant, high quality and comprehensive preparation for people who wish to adopt, and provides agencies in England with an agreed common curriculum for preparation courses. This Applicant’s workbook is an accessible, appropriate and easy to use resource that provides an inclusive and comprehensive approach to the preparation process.