The creation of a network of stakeholders in the field “transitions in later life”
PROJECT TITLE: Education for Fosterparents Project description This partnership aims to improve training available to foster parents in four countries, enabling them to better meet the needs of foster children. Learners (=foster parents and staff) will benefit from knowledge and information transfer as each partner organisation brings at least one specialised training programme to the partnership (see a to c below). Specific attention will be given to a) ’emergency’ fostering (foster parents and child have not met previously)b) children returning to their birth parents (support for foster parents) and c) frequency and design of contact with birth parents, age of child in relation to this. Then learners and staff will have the opportunity to observe trainings and discuss their experience in focus meetings. Electronic meeting summaries will be shared with all learners and an e-learning tool (e.g. film) will be created and made available to professionals and foster carers in the field. It is anticipated that learners will benefit from finding out about other/new approaches to issues they face and that organisations will review their training programmes accordingly. It is hoped that this will be the start of a Europe-wide knowledge and information exchange on training for foster carers, which currently does not exist.
Ongoing evaluation will be part of the exchange, a summary of which will be shared
Name – Abbreviation: Tavistock Haringey Service for Looked After Children Address: 120 Belsize Lane GB-United Kingdom, NW3 5BA, London Telephone: 382225