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Our next consultation days will be in Bradford on 9th June - it would be lovely to see all our facilitators from the North :)

                                                London on 10th June 2015

We still have places so please let us know if you want to come to share successes and challenges!

10 -3.30  £50

Course Dates

Facilitators Courses:

Course Dates:  2015:  Fridays 27th February, 6th, 13th and 20th March

One day 12+ adaptation: 27th March 

2015: 14th (Monday) and 15th (Tuesday) September and 21st (Monday) and 22nd (Tuesday) September

one day 12+ adaptation: Wednesday 23rd September

 We are also able to arrange bespoke in house training.


 About Fostering Changes 

The Fostering Changes Programme came out of the Conduct Disorder, Adoption and Fostering National and Specialist Team at Maudsley Hospital, South London.


Working with Foster Carers, the team became aware that foster carers were asking for practical help to help them manage their placments and improve their relationships with the children in their care. The team developed a training package in 1999 that was warmly received by the first group of Southwark Foster Carers.  The materials underwent further development and published as a manual by BAAF in 2005.


Following the success of the Programme with a range of Fostering Services, a second edition of the manual (Fostering Changes: how to improve relationships and manage difficult behaviour) has now been developed to incorporate more details and information on attachment and education.  This edition of the manual forms the basis for the rollout of the Factilitators Course throughout England in 2009 to 2011.


For more information about the Facilitators Course click here.


Download our information flyer on the Fostering Changes Programme by clicking on the link below.


 What Carers say... 

Since doing the course I have become much calmer, I have more understanding. I do less talking and more listening. I have become stronger. With the kids, I feel I have become more positive. Things that would irritate me before, I now get over it. I am taking time to sit with the child and get to the bottom of it.

If I had this training many years ago, some of the placements I had, I would have kept them. Rather than saying I can't be bothered, I would have worked with it.

Since doing this course, my placement, any placement I should get, these kids are staying with me. Because now, I have ways of dealing with a situation.

As a new Foster Carer coming on this course has opened my eyes. I will spend more time with the children that come into my house. I will listen and take time for myself.

I am now well equipped with the tools and I am ready for the challenges. I don't think everything is just going to go smoothly, you have to try over and over to see the changes. I am seeing changes already.

My young person now listens to advice and instructions, she now maintains a curfew, her attitude has changed and even her appearance has improved.

I was on a downward spiral. The course has reinforced to praise and to continue to praise. I have learnt that you get so much more out of children if you don't constantly question them.

Things change, placements change, but I will take the skills I have learnt with me.

I listen more. Instead of giving orders, I ask, I use I messages and they are working.

For me, being here has made me more hopeful. I have seen changes in myself.

I have seen changes in my child. Before the course it was as if she didn't know what no means. All of a sudden it is as if she does understand. I have learnt how to deal with her. I have learnt how to talk to her, I have realised she is a person.

I have become more patient. Things that used to get on top of me don't now. Instead of focusing on the negative I look at the positive. Yes, this course is brilliant.

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Fostering Changes Training Centre
Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London
PO Box 86 Decrespigny Park
London, SE5 8AF
Phone: ++44 (0) 20 7848 5845
Email: jennifer.castle@kcl.ac.uk

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