Foster carer training: resources, payment and support

Ogilvie, Kate and Kirton, Derek and Beecham, Jennifer (2006) Foster carer training: resources, payment and support. Adoption and Fostering, 30 (3). pp. 6-17. ISSN 0308-5759. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This article examines key aspects of training for foster carers, using quantitative and qualitative data from a study of remuneration and performance in foster care. Three main issues are discussed: the training undertaken by foster carers and whether it is thought adequate; foster carer and supervising social worker views on NVQ level 3 training and payment for skills schemes; and how foster carers can be encouraged to attend training regularly. The study found fairly high levels of participation in training among foster carers who generally expressed satisfaction with its quality. However, very few agencies had clear training strategies. NVQ training was broadly welcomed but concern expressed regarding its suitability for all foster carers and its relationship to high quality foster care. There appeared to be scope for improving attendance through attention to organisational issues such as venues, timing of the courses, and the availability of childcare. Finally, the relevance of training to debates on professionalisation and the place of foster carers within the children’s workforce are considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Foster carers, training, National Vocational Qualifications, Children’s Workforce
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Derek Kirton
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2008 11:51
Last Modified: 08 May 2014 15:18
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