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What type of skills, training, knowledge and experience should you have on your CV if you are interested in working in a fostering team?

What are you required to know and what should you include on your CV?

Although you may already be trained in how to conduct initial inquiries, Core Assessments, Looked After Children reviews, Form C assessments and Form Reg. 24 Connected Persons, you must be trained in Form F assessments and be prepared to present these assessments to a panel. 

What experience could you relate to in your CV?

Prior to a foster placement, some fostering social workers must facilitate information events to recruit new carers. If you have planning experience such as arranging meetings or attending meetings, such as core group, strategy meetings or case conferences these could be considered relevant skill building and therefore applicable.

Moreover, in your role on a fostering team, you will have to work intensively with foster carers to prepare them for their duties and assess the success of placements. Therefore, you could document how your experience of creating personal development and training plans for foster carers as well as supervising, supporting and monitoring them. Here, you’ll want to highlight your experience of managing, organising and evaluating any support work. If you have any experience or training as an AMHP this is also an important point to highlight.

What else should you draw on?

You will need to showcase the extent of your experience in linking and matching children to foster carers. This may include creating children and foster carer profiles and deciding suitability. If you already working in child protection, you will already have a good grounding, but do mention any specific training you’ve had to enhance your analytical and assessment skills. 

Lastly, fostering social workers engage in life story work with children. Therefore, you should add experiences that portray how you have used this in practice, especially where you have explored creative solutions to communicate with children and foster carers. 

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