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Support and training

Support

The decision to foster is not always simple but it helps to know if you decide to proceed you’ll be provided with extensive support and guidance. As a foster carer you’ll benefit from:

  • monthly visits from an experienced supervising social worker
  • 24 hour telephone support
  • support and guidance from family support workers
  • regular support groups
  • therapeutic support if required
  • respite relief when needed (unpaid)
  • free social events such as coffee mornings and celebration evenings
  • free use of local attractions such as leisure centres, Coral Reef Waterworld and The Look Out Discovery Centre

Handbook

Find an A to Z of information for foster carers in our handbook. To navigate to a section, please click on the title in the index.

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Training

We want you to enjoy being a foster carer, to be confident in what you do and proud that you are doing it to the best of your ability. We provide a range of face to face and online training opportunities.

In recent years we have covered a range of topics, including:

  • caring for children who have been neglected/abused
  • caring for different age groups (toddlers, teenagers)
  • child protection
  • children who foster (a group for foster carers' own children)
  • drugs awareness
  • first aid for carers
  • managing contact with birth families
  • managing difficult behaviour
  • substance misuse and mental health
  • bereavement and loss

Contact information

Fostering

Email: fostering@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

Phone: 01344 352020

Make an enquiry