Quality Care: Foster Care Training (Pre-service): Learning outcomes assessment form c = Competent N/C = Not yet competent




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Quality Care: Foster Care Training (Pre-service): Learning outcomes assessment form

Quality Care: Foster Care Training (Pre-service): Learning outcomes assessment form

C = Competent

N/C = Not yet competent

Learning outcome 1


Demonstrate an awareness of why children and young people require out-of-home placements, how children come into care and the impact this process has on children and young people.

Module

Elements

Performance Criteria

C

NC

1

  1. Explain why children can require alternative care placements.

1(a). List three reasons why children and young people require out-of-home placement.





  1. Demonstrate knowledge of how children come into care and who is involved in the decision making.

2(a). How does the department decide whether a child or young person needs to be placed in out-of-home care?





2(b). Who is involved in the decision making?





  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the needs of children in care, and the roles and responsibilities of foster carers in meeting those needs.




3(a). Describe how a child or young person in your care may feel if returned to live with their parents, even though they had experienced harm at home?





3(b). Why are there special arrangements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and their families?





3(c). Name at least two requirements for the placement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.





3(d) Describe the main role and responsibility of both Child Safety Services and foster carers





3(e) Name three principles that inform the carer role and work with families and name three rights for a child in care.





Learning outcome 2


Demonstrate an understanding of the past issues affecting a child or young person in an out-of-home placement.

Module

Elements

Performance Criteria

C

NC

2

  1. Explain an understanding of the developmental stages of childhood and adolescence.

1(a). List the five areas of development for children and young people and briefly describe.





  1. Detail an understanding of the experience of abuse and how it impacts on children.

2(a). What effects can abuse have on a child? Provide four examples.





2(b). How would these effects of abuse be different for children of different ages?





2(c). What would you, in your role as a foster carer, do to assist a child or young person who has experienced harm? Provide three examples.





2(d). What do you think are your responsibilities in relation to disclosure of abuse by a child in your care?





2(e). Who would you talk to about this?





  1. Detail an understanding of what attachment means for a child, and how separation impacts on attachment.

3(a). Why could it be difficult for a child or young person who has experienced harm to develop a trusting relationship with other people?





  1. Identify the variety of losses that may be experienced by children who came into care and by birth family members.

4(a). How could you help a child or young person in your care deal with loss and grief? Provide three examples.





  1. Explain an understanding of the importance of connections for a child.

5(a). Provide three examples of prohibited practices





5(b) How would you assist a child or young person to maintain connections with their birth family? Provide three examples.





Learning outcome 3


Develop the knowledge and skills to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of children and young people subject to statutory intervention and develop an understanding of the importance of participation by children and young people and their families in decision making.

Module

Elements

Performance Criteria

C

NC

3

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the framework around decision making in meeting a child or young person’s protective needs.

1(a). Describe how the principles of Child Protection Act 1999 will guide you in carrying out your role as a foster carer.





  1. Name the factors that would be taken in consideration in deciding whether to accept a placement.

2(a). List five factors that would assist you and your family in deciding to accept a placement.





2(b). How would you assist your family to prepare for the start of a new placement?





  1. Define the key factors in building a relationship with a child or young person.

3(a). What could you do to help a child or young person establish a positive relationship with you? Provide three examples.





  1. Demonstrate knowledge of ways to encourage a child or young person’s sense of safety and identity.

4(a). Consider the Charter of Rights for a child or young person. How does this compare with your own beliefs about the rights of children and young people?





4(b). How will you know if you are providing an appropriate standard of care for a child or young person? Give four examples of ways that you would provide quality care.





4(c). Describe ways that you would try to communicate effectively with a child or young person in your care. Provide three examples.





  1. Demonstrate understanding of supports for carers and learn processes, including what it means to work with the department.

5(a). What supports and resources could you access to assist you and your family during this period?





5(b). Describe the impact fostering will have on your current lifestyles and your current relationships with friends and family. Provide three examples.





5(c). What could you do to manage this? Provide three examples.








  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of a child’s case plan and the role of a carer as a stakeholder in the child’s life

6(a) Case plans are the place where key decisions, actions and person responsible for the actions are recorded. What are the key areas of the case plan that carers may be asked to contribute to actions?





Learning outcome 4


Demonstrate an understanding of the partnerships that exist between children, their families, foster carers and workers (both in the government and non-government sectors), and their roles and responsibilities of working together as a team.

Module

Elements

Performance Criteria

C

NC

4

  1. Demonstrate understanding of behaviour management options.

1(a). When a child has experienced harm, they might display a wide range of behaviours. How do you think you could manage those behaviours in positive ways? Provide three examples.





  1. Detail the process of advocating for a child or young person.

2(a). Why do you think it may be important to advocate for a child or young person in your care?





2(b). In what circumstances do you think you might need to do this? Provide three examples?





  1. Demonstrate how all key places can work together, including what to do when things go wrong.

3(a). Who needs to be involved in planning to resolve child protection issues for the child or young person?





3(b). How do you think you could contribute to that team?





3(c). How would you identify the supports you (and your family) need and advocate to ensure these needs are met? Provide three examples.





  1. Discuss the complexities of ending a placement.

Imagine that you are a child or young person who has been in a placement for six months. With very little notice, you have been told that you will be going to live with a new foster family.

4(a). What might you be thinking and feeling?





4(b). What could your foster carers do to help make your move less traumatic? Provide three examples.








  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal requirement to inform Child Safety Services if there are changes to your circumstances while you are a carer.

5(a) What changes in circumstances to you or your household do you legally need to tell Child Safety Services staff about?





Participant


Name of participant:

     

Date of course:

     

Trainer


Name of trainer:

     

Signature:






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