We are hoping to become short term foster carers to give as many kids as possible a chance at a better life. We are not looking to extend our family. We are looking to help others.
The training also acts as another step in the assessment process. The first step is the house visit and if they think you have potential they put you on the course.
Then, based on the discussions etc. in the course they decide if you are suitable to go into the complete and rigorous assessment process which can take up to 6 months to complete.
The good news is, after the training course, we have been accepted into the next assessment phase!
I must say I have been hugely impressed by Barnardo’s so far. Many years ago we went through this process and got this far with our local council and it was a thoroughly unpleasant and worrying process resulting in us deciding not to go any further.
Barnardo’s are focussed on the children. Throughout all our contact with them it is very clear they are acting in the best interest of the kids in everything they do and that has somewhat restored my faith in things after being very disillusioned with Social services.
Not only do they focus very much on the kids but they fully support you as carers. You have your own social worker, the kids have their own social worker and the birth parents also have one. Everyone works together as a team to do whatever is in the best interest of the kid(s).
The training was well structured and honest without going into the realm of scaremongering. There is also loads of mandatory training.
It was hard to go through the training. As with last time when we reached the part of the course where we talked about all the different types of abuse it became a bit like a game of bingo for me. But unlike last time I was ok. Yes it was hard, and yes it was a little bit too real, but that’s what kids are going through so we all need to know about it. It hasn’t been a trigger for me. I haven’t lost that sense of peace I’ve had since I last saw Trevor.
In fact I am more convinced now, after the training, than I have ever been that this is the right thing to do. All my skills as a parent and a therapist will be good for helping other kids escape from whatever it is they are stuck in…even if it’s just for a few weeks for them…it’s worth it.
And to do it with Barnardo’s is wonderful. My respect for them as an organisation has shot up after the training. If you are looking for an organisation to support that works with kids then I would highly recommend you choose them because clearly they do the right stuff for the people that count – and that’s the children.