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Code: SGC/21/0988 FCSG: South Group (Formally Geographical area 4)


The Purpose for the support groups



We realise that fostering can be really difficult at times. Perhaps the only people who really understand it are other foster carers and so therefore we want to give you a place to meet up.

There will be biscuits and/or cake, coffee, tea, and an opportunity for an informal chat at all of the meetings.

Although these will be informal meetings, each session will have a brief agenda, attendance list, and agreed group rules. This is to help those who don’t know anyone and feel awkward about coming along to a new meeting, to feel that they won’t be left alone on the side-lines.

Sometimes there will be speakers and topics as requested by the group, this will hopefully make it as relevant to your fostering as you like.

These sessions should be recorded on your Personal Development Plan (PDP).

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1 23 September 2021 10:00 - 12:00 Cadbury Heath Children's Centre Map

Code: SGC/21/0891 FCSG: Support Group for carers caring for children with additional needs.


The Purpose for the support groups



We realise that fostering can be really difficult at times. Perhaps the only people who really understand it are other foster carers and so therefore we want to give you a place to meet up.

There will be biscuits and/or cake, coffee, tea, and an opportunity for an informal chat at all of the meetings.

Although these will be informal meetings, each session will have a brief agenda, attendance list, and agreed group rules. This is to help those who don’t know anyone and feel awkward about coming along to a new meeting, to feel that they won’t be left alone on the side-lines.

Sometimes there will be speakers and topics as requested by the group, this will hopefully make it as relevant to your fostering as you like.

These sessions should be recorded on your Personal Development Plan (PDP).

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1 23 September 2021 19:00 - 21:00 Microsoft TEAMS Map

Code: SGC/21/0829 Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Professionals often panic when faced with sexualised behaviour from children and young people. This training is designed to give professionals an insight into this behaviour, its causes, when to really be concerned, risks and how to react appropriately.

Polaris Children’s Services are now running a service in South Gloucestershire for people displaying harmful sexual behaviour.

More details can be found here

South Gloucs Harmful Sexual Behaviour Service - Polaris Children's Services (polarischildrensservices.co.uk)

Documents Library (proceduresonline.com)

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1 23 September 2021 13:00 - 14:30 Webinar: Microsoft Teams Map

Code: SGC/21/0611 Foster Carer Buddy Catch Up!

This session has been arranged for foster carers acting as a 'Buddy'  for newly approved foster carers.

The session will be a chance for the buddies to come together and discuss what's going well as well as be a forum where questions can be asked, or any uncertainty regarding the role can be addressed. 

Most importantly it is to be used as a session to develop and support each other in this important role.

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1 24 September 2021 13:00 - 14:30 Webinar: Microsoft Teams Map

Code: SGC/21/0960 MECSH - Introduction to a new Health Visitor Programme - Training for foster carers

Introduction to a new Health Visitor Programme

A session for foster carers

Fai Pope and Wendy Hollister, Health Visitors (HV),  are currently working on a project for HV’s to support foster carers with children under 5 and to share some of the new MECSH resources. As part of this project we are going to put on some training which will cover:

The role of the health visitor
What is the aim of this project?
What is MECSH and how it can help you?
Understand the resources and evidence behind them.
Understand the role of the health visitor in fostering?

We would love you to come along as this is a project and we would value your input to help shape your future service with us


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1 05 October 2021 10:00 - 12:00 TBC Map

Code: SGC/21/0979 Virtual School Keeping in Touch Days with Foster Carers - Welcome

The Virtual School value the time they spend with carers, and to enable this to be an even more successful partnership between school and home, would like to have more sessions available for meeting you during the course of the year. Each session will have a focus, but as ever, if there are topics we haven’t identified that you would find more helpful, please let Catherine Charlton know, by emailing: catherine.charlton@southglos.gov.uk



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1 12 October 2021 10:00 - 12:00 TBC Map

Code: SGC/21/0612 Foster Carer Buddy Catch Up!

This session has been arranged for foster carers acting as a 'Buddy'  for newly approved foster carers.

The session will be a chance for the buddies to come together and discuss what's going well as well as be a forum where questions can be asked, or any uncertainty regarding the role can be addressed. 

Most importantly it is to be used as a session to develop and support each other in this important role.

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1 05 November 2021 13:00 - 14:30 Webinar: Microsoft Teams Map

Code: SGC/20/1457 FCSG: Central Group (Formally Geographical area 2)


The Purpose for the support groups



We realise that fostering can be really difficult at times. Perhaps the only people who really understand it are other foster carers and so therefore we want to give you a place to meet up.

There will be biscuits and/or cake, coffee, tea, and an opportunity for an informal chat at all of the meetings.

Although these will be informal meetings, each session will have a brief agenda, attendance list, and agreed group rules. This is to help those who don’t know anyone and feel awkward about coming along to a new meeting, to feel that they won’t be left alone on the side-lines.

Sometimes there will be speakers and topics as requested by the group, this will hopefully make it as relevant to your fostering as you like.

These sessions should be recorded on your Personal Development Plan (PDP).

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 08 November 2021 10:00 - 12:00 Webinar: Microsoft Teams Map

Code: SGC/21/0998 FCSG: Evening Group ( Formally Geographical area 1)


The Purpose for the support groups



We realise that fostering can be really difficult at times. Perhaps the only people who really understand it are other foster carers and so therefore we want to give you a place to meet up.

There will be biscuits and/or cake, coffee, tea, and an opportunity for an informal chat at all of the meetings.

Although these will be informal meetings, each session will have a brief agenda, attendance list, and agreed group rules. This is to help those who don’t know anyone and feel awkward about coming along to a new meeting, to feel that they won’t be left alone on the side-lines.

Sometimes there will be speakers and topics as requested by the group, this will hopefully make it as relevant to your fostering as you like.

These sessions should be recorded on your Personal Development Plan (PDP).

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 09 November 2021 19:00 - 20:30 Microsoft TEAMS Map

Code: SGC/21/1037 Launch Pad Session 2: Supporting and Facilitating time with Family. Dedicated Induction, Training and Support Group for Connected Carers including Special Guardians


What is it? This is a new dedicated Induction, Training and Support Group for Connected Carers, Including Special Guardians
Why are we running it? We recognise that your situation is very different to that of main stream foster carers. The new role that you find yourself in now, is often not a pathway you may have planned on taking. Unlike foster carers, you are thrown in at the deep end without having had a course to prepare you for what lies ahead, and how ‘The System’ works. This course aims to do that as well as recognise the particular difficulties that you as ‘Kinship Carers’, whatever your role, face.
How will it run? There will be six sessions, each lasting approximately 2-2.5 hours, which will take place over the course of a year. It is hoped that you will attend all six, but as new carers arrive, they can join the programme at any stage. The sessions will be led in the main by Social workers from our team. There will be light refreshment of tea and coffee provided at each session, but it would be rather nice if we could take it in turns to bring and share some food. The first session will be catered for, but we will discuss how this works for future sessions at the end of our first meeting.

This session will focus on 'Keeping in Touch'.  The legal system refers to this as Contact, but this is a word that we know our children and young people do not like, so are trying to avoid it.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 09 November 2021 10:00 - 12:30 To Be Advised Map