Training for foster carers is “inadequate” and new national standards are needed, a charity has claimed.
Speaking to the parliamentary Education Select Committee, Kevin Williams of the Fostering Network called for a new training standards and nationally recognised qualifications. The Committee is currently examining the mental health of children in care.
“Once we have that type of training then we’ll be able to think about developing registration for foster carers, and part of that training needs to include an understanding of attachment, but also a clear understanding of …mental health issues…It’s about developing and building their self-esteem and resilience.”
David Graham of the Care Leavers’ Association also spoke to the Committee, saying care homes would also benefit from higher training standards amongst their staff.
“Within good residential care there is an ideal opportunity to work on building those relationships for young people, building that trust and communication. Too often it’s workers with the lowest qualifications who are put in those day to day situations.”