Caregiver Training & Resource Worker Training Development — Project Update
It is well known that skilled and trained caregivers enhance and improve the outcomes for children and their families. The ‘Strengthening Foster Care” goal in the Ministry’s 2015-2018 strategic plan lays the foundation for two projects—caregiver training and resource social worker training. The highlights of both of these projects are outlined below.
~ Caregiver Training ~
One recommendation of the Residential Review was to develop and implement a new caregiver education program that includes preparatory and specialized components and that promotes Indigenous world views and teachings within each component.
Over the past several months, BCFFPA has been working in partnership with a team of subject matter specialists from MCFD, delegated Aboriginal agencies, contracted service agencies, foster parents and other sector stakeholders to lay the groundwork for development of a revised comprehensive caregiver training program that is inclusive of out of care caregivers as well.
We will work with an Aboriginal advisory group and a content facilitator to develop the new curriculum which will not only incorporate Aboriginal perspectives, it will have a trauma informed, permanency and attachment focus. Our goal is to develop a comprehensive program that will better address the complex needs and the challenges of providing care.
A detailed program outline has been approved by the Ministry and work is about to begin.
~ Resource Social Worker Training ~
The partnership continues on in the development of resource social worker training.
We are building on and updating training that was developed in one of the service delivery areas and drawing on previous work developed by the Justice Institute. The training will incorporate new standards, practices and policies and it is our goal to ensure that the resource social worker training is aligned with the caregiver training.
The resource social worker training will also include the necessary Aboriginal perspectives.
We have a team of subject matter specialists working with us; social workers from the Ministry with a tremendous amount of resources experience among them. BCFFPA is very lucky to have Dianne Swansburg on board as Project Coordinator. She brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective from her many years at the Ministry, most recently as the Provincial Resource Consultant.