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Code: SGC/21/0893 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 11 January 2022 19:00 - 21:00 Microsoft TEAMS Map

Code: SGC/21/0102 Launch Pad Session 3: Transition of your Role. 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 the transition of your role.

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1 12 January 2022 10:00 - 12:30 To Be Advised Map

Code: SGC/21/1001 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 13 January 2022 10:00 - 12:00 Webinar: Microsoft Teams Map

Code: SGC/22/0038 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 14 January 2022 13:00 - 14:30 Webinar: Microsoft Teams Map

Code: SGC/22/0080 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

Please note the time of this session has yet to be decided - please indicate your preference when requesting a place.

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1 17 January 2022 00:00 - 00:00 TBC Map

Code: SGC/22/0077 Virtual School Keeping in Touch Days with Foster Carers - Post 16

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 19 January 2022 12:00 - 14:00 Webinar: Microsoft Teams Map

Code: SGC/22/0084 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 25 January 2022 10:00 - 12:00 TBC Map

Code: SGC/21/1047 Something for the Boys: a safe and healthy alternative to ‘learning from porn’

This course will explore what interventions are needed in order to properly engage boys and young men in RSE. It will analyse both what should be done, but also how education needs to be structured in order to prove appealing. An exploration of gender and identity forms the foundation of the course. Participants will get to use and evaluate a number of practical resources and learning exercises that have been shown to fit well with the learning needs of young men



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1 15 February 2022 10:00 - 12:00 Webinar: Microsoft Teams Map

Code: SGC/22/0063 Understanding Self Harm

This blended half day course has been developed in direct response to the current Covid 19 situation, and is designed specifically for online delivery to smaller groups of participants. It covers what self-harm is, and why people might hurt themselves, as well as providing space to think about what a helpful response to someone who has hurt themselves might be. It has a strong emphasis on bringing the voices of people who use self-harm to the virtual room, and provides space and time for reflection. This course has been developed to either stand alone or complement others in a series of events, and utilises a range of tools to offer a participative online training experience.

Worksheets, handouts and copies of the presentation will be available to complement learning.

Our expertise: Self-Injury Support has 30 years’ experience in delivering high quality self-harm education to a wide variety of settings and participants. Our approach is participative and reflective, and is focussed on bringing the voice of people who use self-harm into the room, building empathy and confidence for supporters.

South Glos Council Staff:  if you don't already have a Zoom license please see attached.

The standard charge for this course is £40. Please refer to our Course Charges on the Home page for information on discounts and exemptions

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1 16 February 2022 09:30 - 13:00 Webinar: Zoom Map

Code: SGC/22/0088 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 08 March 2022 19:00 - 20:30 Microsoft TEAMS Map