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Fostering Across Borders

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Mapping work underway

CoramBAAF has begun the first phase of the FAB Project - mapping current training provision and training needs for social workers and foster carers in England looking after unaccompanied migrant children. Similar work is taking place in Austria, Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg and Poland.

This EU-funded project, led by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and implemented in the UK by CoramBAAF and Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC), aims to improve and expand the quality of foster care for unaccompanied migrant children, with foster carers and social workers trained in the issues and challenges the children face. You can find out more about the project by scrolling down.

We have asked the large number of local authorities and independent fostering agencies that are CoramBAAF members to complete a survey which will  provide us with valuable information about workforce and current training provision  for supervising social workers and foster carers and children’s social workers and leaving care workers. We have also asked about priorities for future training. 

If your agency is not a CoramBAAF member you can also contribute to the survey here:

We will publish the findings from the survey in July. For more information, please contact Kevin Lowe, FAB Project Manager, CoramBAAF: Kevin.lowe@corambaaf.org.uk

 


More About Fostering Across Borders

CoramBAAF (CB) and Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) are leading the work in the UK on a new international fostering project managed by IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

The project aims to improve and expand the quality of  family-based care for unaccompanied migrant children (UMC) with dedicated foster carers trained and supported specifically in the issues and challenges affecting UMC; and to establish the highest standards of care and protection provided to children.

The European Commission (EC) co-funded this 20 months project, which brings together organisations from six EU member states: UK, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg and Poland.

The Reception and Living with Families (RLF) project identified the need for more foster carers for this is group of children, plus special tools and training that covers issues such as context, legislation, impact of trauma, and supporting the transition into adulthood

attendees at FAB

Attendees at the first FAB workshop, hosted by CoramBAAF

To project partners will:

      •   Work with relevant regulated providers of foster care services to strengthen their ability to recruit and support families to foster UMC
      •  Adapt appropriate training for fostering services and carers to equip them with the knowledge to provide safe and effective family care for UMC
      •  Engage with UMC to ensure foster care arrangements meet their needs and promote this model to families interested in fostering.

Activities:

      •   mapping and analysing the current training materials in the six EU member states and carrying out a training needs assessment of fostering providers
      •   adapting existing training materials for social workers and families
      •   supporting professionals working with UMC to promote recruitment/retention of carers
      •   engaging with UMC to produce relevant materials raising awareness of their circumstances and needs
      •   delivering relevant training to using a train-the-trainer approach.

Outputs:

      •    information material for recruitment of potential foster carers
      •    training materials for social workers and foster care providers
      •    video and support material on the views and experiences of children.

Outcomes:

      •    increased numbers of FC recruited and supported to care for UMC with relevant skills/knowledge
      •    greater awareness amongst communities, professionals and foster care providers of the needs and circumstances of UMC.

 

Contact: Kevin Lowe, CoramBAAF: kevin.lowe@corambaaf.org.uk


[1] Reception and living in families: Overview of family-based reception for unaccompanied minors in the EU Member States, available at: http://engi.eu/wp-content/plugins/download-attachments/includes/download.php.