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November 21, 2017

Teenagers Lifestyle


Date:       21 November 2017
Time:     10am – 12pm
Venue:   Carrick Enterprise Centre, Carrickfergus

This practical workshop taken by the Looked After Children’s Nurse for the Northern Trust will look at issues which impact on physical health like diet, smoking, alcohol and drug misuse.

It will also look at issues impacting on emotional health like body image and self esteem and how you as a foster carer can help support a child/young person through the changing physical and emotional needs teenagers face at this difficult time of developmental change.

Start: November 21, 2017 10:00 am
End: November 21, 2017 10:00 am

November 22, 2017

Core Issues in Kinship Foster Care


Date:       Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Time:      10am — 4pm
Venue:    Newry Teacher Centre

Facilitator:    Trust Staff/Kinship Foster Carer


Date:      Wednesday 21st March 2018
Time:     10am — 4pm
Venue:   Dungannon Teachers Centre

Facilitator: Trust Staff/Kinship Foster Carer

Legal issues in LAC Reviews

  • To assist with knowledge and understanding of the law in relation to Fostering
  • Have open discussions on legal issues in a controlled setting
  • Reinforce your valued contribution to reviews and increase awareness of the review process
  • To manage difficult situations through good preparation, thereby reducing anxieties in LAC review settings
  • To promote learning through discussion, experience and best practice.

Impact of Fostering on the Family and Contact Issues

  • To raise awareness of the potential impact fostering may have on the foster family
  • To encourage Foster Carers to carefully consider what children may best match their family
  • Encourage Foster Carers to prepare their family for the arrival of a foster child or young person
  • To consider the impact Fostering may be having on family members and to develop strategies to cope
  • Highlight the central role of contact in Foster Care.

Safer Caring, Health and Safety, Allegations and Recording

  • To assess the impact of safer care guidelines on Foster Carers and their families
  • To identify and help resolve dilemmas
  • Assist in developing or reviewing the Safer Care Family Plan and the Health and Safety Checklist
  • To prepare for the possibility of allegations and how to handle these if they arise
  • To increase confidence in, and understanding of, good recording
  • To promote the sharing of good quality recording between Foster Carers and Social Services.
Start: November 22, 2017 10:00 am
End: November 22, 2017 10:00 am

November 23, 2017

Mental Health First Aid


Date:      Thursday 23 November and
                 Friday 24 November 2017
Time:      9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue:   St Columbs Park House, L’derry

Please liaise with your supervising social worker to find out more.

Start: November 23, 2017 9:30 am
End: November 23, 2017 9:30 am

Raising Mental Health Awareness


Date:       Thursday 23rd & 30th November 2017
Time:      10am – 1230pm
Venue:    Armagh Teachers Centre

Facilitator: Fostering Network

Raising children in today’s uncertain and dangerous world can be a daunting task. Children are susceptible to so many forces around them, and they can be lost in the chaos without a strong carers to guide them. Strengthening our knowledge about mental health will always benefit children in our care.

The training workshop will be practical, informative and interactive. They will focus on reflective learning around mental health awareness. The programme will present an understanding of the signs and symptoms associated with mental ill-health.

You will gain:

  • A better knowledge of Mental Health and Mental Illness
  • The ability to change stereotypical thinking
  • Awareness of how foster carers and children can protect and promote their own mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Useful resources and signposting.

The course will be over two half days dealing with mental health and emotional resilience. Look at stages in the helping process when faced with adversity and understanding life transitions. Examine the common concepts in shared parenting. Place an emphasis on self care and ethical and professional practices.

Start: November 23, 2017 10:00 am
End: November 23, 2017 10:00 am

November 25, 2017

Core Issues in Kinship Foster Care


Date:      25 November 2018
Time:     10.00am – 3.00pm
Venue:   Ballymena North Business and Recreation Centre,
                 Cushendall Road, Ballymena

Target Group

  • Kinship Carers who have been recently approved, as well as long-standing kinship carers.

This is essential training to provide kinship carers with a greater understanding of the fostering task.


  • To assist kinship carers with their knowledge and understanding of the Law in relation to fostering
  • To highlight the central role of contact in kinship care
  • To assess the impact of safe care

This is an informal course where kinship carers can talk to other carers about their experiences and gain support from others facing the same issues.

Start: November 25, 2017 10:00 am
End: November 25, 2017 10:00 am

December 1, 2017

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)


Date:      Friday 1st December 2017
Time:     930am – 1230pm
Venue:   Armagh Teachers Centre

Facilitator: FASD Trust

Exploring FASD – A practical informative session essential for anyone involved in frontline work with Looked After Children

  • What is FASD?
  • How do you get it?
  • Which/How many Children & Young People are affected?
  • How do you identify and best support/care for those with FASD?
Start: December 1, 2017 9:30 am
End: December 1, 2017 9:30 am

December 5, 2017

Foster Carer Support Group – Contact: Everyone Matters


Date:      5 December 2017
Time:      6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Venue:   Millbrook Hotel, Ballynahinch

Start: December 5, 2017 6:30 am
End: December 5, 2017 6:30 am

December 6, 2017

i-CAMHS (Understanding Infant Mental Health)


Dates:      Wednesday 6th December 2017
Time:       10am – 1pm
Venue:     Dungannon Teachers Centre

Facilitator: i-CAMHS Staff

‘Understanding Infant Mental Health’

  • Introduction to i-CAMHS and Practitioners
  • What is Infant Mental Health
  • Why it is important
  • The baby brain
  • DVD Toxic stress
  • Faya
  • Discussion
  • DVD- Social Baby and Toddler
  • Discussion
  • Interactive session on the Foster Carer’s role and support network
Start: December 6, 2017 10:00 am
End: December 6, 2017 10:00 am

December 6, 2017 – December 6, 2017

Steps to Cope


Approximately 1 out of 11 young people are affected by a parent who is using/or who have used alcohol during their childhood. Steps to Cope calls this ‘Hidden Harm’ because so often it is covered up, hidden and not talked about. Young people can be affected in a lot of different ways. Some of them describe feelings of:

  • Worry, fear, confusion
  • Embarrassment, sadness
  • Loneliness, guilt, shame, anger, anxiety.

Steps to Cope is a training programme aimed at helping foster carers to learn more about:

  • Alcohol and alcohol misuse
  • The impact on children and young people of living with parental alcohol misuse
  • How to support young people
  • How to access further support.

Facilitators: ASCERT – Steps to Cope programme

Start: December 6, 2017 10:00 am
End: December 6, 2017 10:00 am
Venue: TBC

Skills to Foster (Review Session)


Date:      Wednesday 6 December 2017
Time:      7.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue:   Clooney Hall, Clooney Terrace

Please liaise with your supervising social worker to find out more.

Start: December 6, 2017 7:00 pm
End: December 6, 2017 7:00 pm