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Safeguarding Children for Foster Carers

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This one day course will explain why, as children, we are particularly vulnerable and in need of safeguarding. We will explore reasons why some children might be especially at risk, focusing on concerns and challenges regularly encountered by foster carers. We will consider different types of abuse together with possible indications that abuse is taking place.

There will be the opportunity to reflect on personal experience and to explore personal values and beliefs and how they were arrived at.

Through key texts, group exercises and discussion, we will identify causes for concern and develop a clear understanding of reporting procedures including some important ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’.


  • To explore personal values and beliefs
  • To enable participants to promote the safeguarding of children in their care
  • To establish a shared understanding of best practice when offering support
  •  To understand and be ready to apply organisational procedures for reporting concerns

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course foster carers will

  • Have an understanding of the incidence of abuse according to published statistics
  • Acknowledge the findings of serious case reviews
  • Be able to identify types, causes, signs and signals of abuse
  • Recognize factors that make children vulnerable and reasons why some children might be particularly at risk
  • Develop an understanding of legislation and policy and be able to describe and apply child protection procedures
  • Know  what to do and what not to do when a child discloses
  • Begin to explore issues around internet safety


  • Domestics, aims, outcomes, ground rules, introductions
  • Social ‘norms’ and values
  • Definitions of abuse
  • Signs and signals
  • Online safety
  • Vulnerability
  • Avoidant and disorganized attachment
  • Signs and signals
  • Consequences of abuse
  • Incidence of harm
  • Legislation and guidance
  • Barriers to disclosure
  • Cause for concern?
  • Raising an alert
  • Following an allegation
  • Creating an open  and safer environment

What people say:

‘Well presented, interesting and a great way to discuss and explore a difficult subject’

‘Really helpful and dynamic – a breath of fresh air’

‘Feel much clearer on identifying and reporting concerns’

‘Thoroughly informative, fun and full of content’

Who is it for?

Foster Carers

For further information please contact: 

Tina Thordal – 07815 064710 or e-mail 

Bill Horrocks – 07929 035297 or e-mail