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Code: SGC/21/1000 Foster Carer Support Group


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 11 November 2021 10:00 - 12:00 Webinar: Microsoft Teams Map

Code: SGC/21/0984 Understanding what ADHD is and how you can support your young person.

In this session, Katie Pitman ( Educational Psychologist), will give a presentation on what ADHD is.

Would you like to know more about supporting children with attention difficulties including ADHD?

If so, please join our session run by the South Glos Educational Psychology Service. The session aims to give you a wider knowledge of ADHD and attention-related difficulties, how a deficit in executive functioning fits into the bracket of ADHD, and which children are more likely to have these types of difficulties and why.

We hope for you to come away with strategies to help a child cope with attention difficulties, to help you manage and support a child with these difficulties and to minimise the knock-on effects on family life. We also aim for you to have a wider understanding of the difficulties the child may be experiencing at school, and educate you on school support.’

 
This session is broken into 3 parts with a break between each section; each part will  be around  50 minutes long and will include include activities.

I would strongly recommend that you use a laptop or computer to access this training.  Tablets and phones have a very limited functionality ( ie videos, if used, cannot always be heard/viewed easily) and as a result, use of a computer/laptop will result in a much more enjoyable and engaging learning experience for you.

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1 11 November 2021 09:30 - 13:00 Webinar: Microsoft Teams Map

Code: SGC/21/0990 FCSG: Under 5's


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 15 November 2021 10:00 - 12:00 TBC Map

Code: SGC/21/0892 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 16 November 2021 10:00 - 12:00 TBC Map

Code: SGC/21/0980 Virtual School Keeping in Touch Days with Foster Carers - Early Years


 Jacqui Lewis (Early Years Setting Support Officer) and Jo Hiam (Virtual School teacher) will lead this session

It will look at what the Early Years (EY) Provision actually looks like, and whether there is anything specific that you as foster carers need to be aware of.
Many of us don’t always know what is available re support or what you should expect settings to provide once accessing EY provision, and the various processes and funding the setting can receive to support the child’s development.

They would be very interested to answer any questions that you may have so if you do have any questions, could you either please email them to catherine.charlton@southglos.gov.uk or raise them at the Under 5 support group, where Sarah and Zara will be asking carers whether there are any questions that they would like answered e.g.

Examples of questions could be:

 
Do children looked after have PEP’s ( Pupil Education Plans)at this age?

Does the child’s social worker get involved with nurseries and preschools at all?

It is hoped that this session will run annually, so it will also be used to share any local and national updates that there may be.







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 18 November 2021 20:00 - 21:30 Webinar: Microsoft Teams Map

Code: SGC/22/0079 Preparing Young People for Independence

Care leavers have told us that they would have found moving on to independence much easier if they had developed more life skills before leaving care. This event aims to provide information for carers to understand the options for young people in terms of housing, education and benefits; to enable you to help to assess the needs of your young person. With this knowledge you will also be more able to consider how changes to the "fostering" status may have an impact on your household. We will also have members of the team to offer advice on accommodation options including Staying Put Scheme and Supported Lodgings.

Following feedback this course will be delivered over two sessions starting from 9:30 - 13:00

Session 1 will cover

- What are the issues that YP in care are faced with at the age of 16 and how do these compare to those not in care?
- Care leaver/ambassador shares their story of leaving home
- Introduce Passport to Independence - 
- Pathway Plan 
- Staying Put
- Introduction to Aspirations Steve 
- Apprenticeships/work experience 


Session 2 will cover 

- Independent Living 
- Bridges SG App – entitlements and benefits 
- Budget exercises 
- Practical and Emotional aspects of Leaving Care 
- Additional Resources  ( Young Money)

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1 25 November 2021 09:30 - 13:00 TBC Map
2 02 December 2021 09:30 - 13:00 TBC Map

Code: SGC/21/0684 Therapeutic Life Story Work

In this training programme for South Gloucestershire, Richard Rose will work with practitioners to enhance their engagement with children and young people affected by early life trauma. Through his innovative and creative techniques, Richard will demonstrate ways of working that enable placements to become healthy and nurturing through enhanced understanding and attachment, with the goal of helping these young people achieve their full potential.

Who Should Attend?: Life Story Therapy will greatly benefit all those working with children affected by early life trauma including: those working with children in care; teachers; youth workers; therapists; and those who are involved in recovery work with children and families in need. If you are a professional working with children and young people affected by early life trauma in child protection, out of home care, youth work, education or involved in recovery work with children and families in need, this is a wonderful opportunity not to be missed.

This workshop provides participants with an introduction to the Life Story process and how this work helps children make sense of the past, so that what has happened to them does not dominate, control, or inhibit the present. Based on Richard's Rose book 'Life Story Therapy with Traumatised Children - A Model for Practice', attendees will be shown techniques that have been successfully utilised to assist children to communicate their trauma.

The workshop will be led by Richard Rose, Director of Child Trauma Intervention Services Ltd (CTIS) which seeks to engage with children affected by early life trauma and to help them achieve their full potential. Richard undertakes consultancy and training on Life Story Therapy and working with 'hard to reach' children and adolescents and develops academic training programmes in the UK and internationally. Prior to founding CTIS in 2011, Richard worked in the UK in local authority child protection and in the highly regarded residential therapeutic treatment agency SACCS, including four years as the Clinical Practice Director of the Mary Walsh Institute. Throughout his career, Richard has worked with children and their carers in out of home care and family placements, with the aim of enabling placements to become healthy and nurturing through enhanced understanding and attachment. He is the author of three books including Life Story Therapy: A new therapy for traumatised children – A model for practice, published in 2012 and Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work 2017. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University.

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1 03 December 2021 10:00 - 16:30 Webinar: Zoom Map

Code: SGC/21/1017 FCSG: Foster carers own children

This is group ran by the FACs team to support foster carers own children. We realise that fostering can be difficult for your children and the important role they play in a fostering family.
This group is ran 4 times a year in different venues with different activities so your children can come along and met others who are part of a fostering family.
Our aim is to enable your children to talk freely and openly about their emotions regarding fostering, make new friends and have fun.
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 feel welcome and less awkward about coming along to a new meeting, also 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/children, this will hopefully make it as relevant and fun for your child/ren.

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1 04 December 2021 10:00 - 11:30 TBC Map

Code: SGC/21/0875 Responding to Disclosures of Rape and/or Sexual Abuse

This 1-day course is for people working in an environment that involves disclosures of sexual violence/ sexual abuse. It Covers: - Barriers to disclosure -Current Sexual Violence Legislation -Discussions About Safeguarding -Information about trauma, flashbacks, and grounding techniques -The support needs of survivors of rape and sexual violence - Services that are available for survivors of rape and sexual violence. The standard charge for this course is £80 per day. Please refer to our Course Charges on the Home page for information on discounts and exemptions.

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1 13 December 2021 13:00 - 15:00 Webinar: Zoom Map

Code: SGC/22/0087 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).

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 11 January 2022 19:00 - 20:30 Microsoft TEAMS Map