Training

Our courses are run on a requirement basis, if you are a Carer and feel you would benefit from any of the courses detailed below, please contact your agency or Child Safety. If you work within the Child Protection System and feel this training would be beneficial to yourself, colleagues or carers you work with please contact Foster Care Queensland.

Carer and Agency Training

Partners in Care Workshops

Partners in Care Workshops

We know how important foster and kinship carers are in providing care and support to some of Queensland’s most vulnerable children and young people.

Because we share a deep concern for the safety and welfare of children and young people in our care, we are inviting all foster and kinship carers to participate in the Partners in Care project.

As part of this project we are holding workshops across Queensland to hear directly from carers and discuss ideas to continue to improve support for their role, and build cooperation between carers, support agencies and child safety staff.

We want to hear the voices of as many carers as possible, so we are holding day and evening sessions at each location.

RSVP: To register for your preferred session please visit www.qld.gov.au/PartnersInCare or call 3405 4628.

For more information about the Partners In Care project visit www.qld.gov.au/PartnersInCare or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information Sharing

Length of training: 3 hours

This workshop will explore the topic of Information sharing.  Specifically three areas will be covered:

  • What happens if a child in your care is absent or missing

  • What does confidentiality mean when providing day to day care

  • Social Media - the dos and do nots

This Information session will explore with participants what the provisions of the act regarding Confidentiality means in terms of providing day to day care for carers.  Surveys continue to provide us information that carers are not receiving the information they need in order to provide safe and appropriate care to children in care and other children they may be caring for.  So what information should you be getting access to and how can you advocate for this information - who should you then be able to share this information with.

This session will also explore the complicated world of Social Media and provide some very clear guidelines from Child Safety as to what you can and cannot do as a carer in relation to Social media when caring for a child in care

Family Contact Training

Length of training: 4 hours

Contact training explores with carers the following areas:

  • Roles and responsibilities of carers regarding contact

  • How the care team can contribute to positive family contact

  • What children and young people want

  • Greif and Loss for children and carers

  • Beliefs/values and attitudes

  • Parenting in the context of the Child Protection System

  • How to effectively provide feedback to the care Team. 

The overall aim of this training is to provide educational around contact so that carers are better equipped to provide relevant and crucial feedback to Child Safety around a child or young person’s contact experience that will assist Child Safety in ongoing case plan decisions around contact and reunification.  Carers will come away with an actual tool developed by FCQ in consultation with Child Safety to assist in feedback. 

Transition From Care – Training for Carers

Length of training: 3 hours 

This training will enable carers to: 

  • Develop an understanding of the purpose of transition from care planning
  • Identify and consider the needs of young people transitioning to adulthood, including developmental needs and life skills
  • Identify ways that carers can support young people to transition from care to adulthood.
  • Current Queensland policy and legislation will be examined. Practical supports will be explored.
  • Carers will be offered a safe and supportive forum to discuss their thoughts/ideas/feelings about young people leaving their care.

3rd Party Guardianship

Length of training: 2 hours

This training provides participants with an overview of 3rd Party Guardianship and includes 

  • How Child Safety determine whether a carer is ‘Suitable’ to be a Guardian

  • Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Long Term Guardians

  • Support and assistance provided to Long Term Guardians by Child Safety

The training looks at the Child Protection Act (1999) and Child Safety’s Practice Manual to assist carers in understanding the above

Understanding QCAT and Children's Court

Length of training: 4 .5 hours

There are some decisions which Child Safety make, that effect foster and kinship carers, which they can have appealed through QCAT.  This training seeks to outline for carers exactly what these are and how they can go about appealing a decision recognised as reviewable within QCAT.

This training provides participants with an overview of QCAT and how this relates to carers and covers the following: 

  • What is QCAT, who are they and who are they responsible to

  • What appealable rights do carers have through QCAT

  • How do carers make an application to QCAT

  • Once an application is made – what is the process

  • Who will assist carers through this process

    This training also explores the Court Reforms which took effect in Qld on 1st July 2016.  The training assists carers in understanding:

  • Who the key players in Children’s Court

  • The role of these key players

  • Carers role in Children’s Court

This training session is information rich and will assist carers to understand both QCAT and Children’s Court

Reunification Training

Length of training: 3 hours

Reunification is the ultimate goal for most children and young people in out of home care.  A successful reunification will see children return to their family of origin in a home environment that has been assessed as being no longer harmful. This training provides participants with an overview of Reunification and includes

  • Exploring parenting in the context of the Child Protection System

  • Assessing and planning reunification – what are the considerations from the key players i.e. Child Safety and the Children’s Court

  • What makes a good reunification

  • Building resilience in children and young people

  • What carers should do if they have worries

  • Grief and loss for carer families – how to manage this

     

Carers should come away from this training with a thorough understanding of how decisions are made for children to be reunified in the context of a very broad Child Protection System.

Carer Finance

Length of training: 3 hours

This training provides participants with an overview of what financial entitlements carers can access.  Specifically the training covers:

  • Fortnightly Caring Allowance

  • Child Related Costs

  • Special Carer payments

  • Dual Respite

  • High Support Needs Allowance

  • Complex Support Needs Allowance

  • Centrelink benefits and entitlements

  • Foster & Kinship Carer Card

Everyone comes away from this training having learnt something !!

Respite Care Training

Length of training: 2 hours

This training seeks to explore the concept of respite and what this means for children and carers.  The training covers:

  • What is respite – what should it be used for and what should it not be used for

  • Carers entitlements around respite i.e. Dual respite

  • Difference between planned and emergency respite

This training is interactive and explores some scenarios in which participants are asked what they would do if put in situations – we hope to achieve a deeper level of understanding from carers and help carers to understand both a respite carers and primary carers perspective when it comes to respite care.

Standard of Care Training

Length of training: 3 hours

This training explores the processes undertaken when a Standard of Care or Harm report is raised for a child in Out of Home care who is placed with a carer

The following areas are covered:

  • History relating to how matters use to be dealt with and information around why and how this has changed

  • Detail on the three pathways Child Safety have available to them to address Standard of Care and Harm report matters

  • Step by step guide as to how these three pathways should be enacted in practice

  • Emphasis on how we work through matters in a way that is not punitive and blame driven

  • Discussion relating to Care Teams and the role of care team members in Standard of Care and Harm report matters. 

This training is suitable for Child Safety, Fostering and Kinship Care staff and carers as it works through procedures however highlights the importance of how practice determines success of procedures. 

Agency and Child Safety Training

NDIS Training

Length of training: 4 hours

This training explores how the National Disability Insurance Scheme works for children subject to Child Protection orders under the Child Protection Act 1999.  Co-written with colleagues from the Disabilities department through the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, this training is aimed at assisting carers to understand the following:

  • An overview of NDIS – what does it mean, how do children and young people qualify for service

  • How plans are developed and how carers can be involved in this process for the children they care for

  • What services are available through NDIS for children and young people and how this will look from a practical point of view

  • The interface between Child Safety and NDIS

Initial Assessment Training

Length of training: 7 hours 

This training is aimed at assessors and provides an in-depth session on initial assessments, covering the following: 

  • The history of assessments in Qld

  • Legal requirements of an Initial Assessment

  • Policy and Procedure that guide assessors in writing an assessment

  • A step by step guide through each of the sections of an assessment exploring what questions should be asked of an applicant and what a Manager will be looking for

  • Household Safety Checks – dispelling some of the myths

  • External checks – what is the purpose and when should they be sought

Assessors should come away from this training with confidence in what Managers are looking for in an assessment and how they can deliver on this.

Kinship Assessment Training

Length of training: 6 hours 

This training recognizes the unique difference in assessing a kinship carer and the complexities and added responsibilities given to assessors.  The training covers the following 

  • What is Kinship Care

  • Why are Kinship Care assessments unique

  • What criteria Kinship Carers must meet

  • Sharing of information

  • The importance of Strength based assessments

  • Initial challenges faced by assessors

  • Additional challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

  • Grief and Loss and how this impacts on assessments

  • Exploring Generational Issues

  • Importance of Genograms in assessments

  • Helping applicants to understand the Child Protection System

Assessors should come away from this training with an understanding of the uniqueness of kinship care assessments and will hopefully take their learning’s into practice which will result in better outcomes for kinship carers from the entry point into the Child Protection System.    

Renewal of Approval Training

Length of training: 4 hours 

This training explores re-approvals and covers the following: 

  • Background of Renewals

  • Purpose of renewals

  • What Renewals should not be used for

  • Process of applying to renew

  • What checks need to be carried out

  • Who should complete assessments

  • Assessment process

  • Addressing Standard of Care and Harm Reports in the context of Renewals

  • Recommendations

  • Outcome and ongoing supports

     

It is hoped that this training will result in assessors becoming more aware of the purpose and importance of renewals so they are not simply seen as a tick box process, rather an important tool to assess the ongoing suitability of carers in the Child Protection system.  The training will assist assessors in identifying strengths and areas for growth for carers and places an importance emphasis on recognising the evolving nature of carer families.

Quality Support for Foster and Kinship Carers

Length of training: 3 hours 

This training was developed by Bryan Smith, a carer for 25 years, and Executive Director of FCQ.   Bryan has been able to capture within this training what support for carers means in every day practice.   The training explores the following: 

  • Who are we and what role do we play?
  • What is your framework for practice and why?
  • Missed perceptions?
  • Foster and Kinship Carers – Spot the Difference
  • Having the hard discussions and identifying what they are
  • Ethical dilemmas when supporting Foster and Kinship Carers
  • General Discussion

In exploring the above, Bryan ensures lots of practical examples are used to assist workers in understanding what support actually is, what the difference between support and advocacy is and how workers own backgrounds, values and ethics can affect support.

Contact us for more information on our training programs.