Foster carers congratulated on regional training achievement


Foster carers congratulated on regional training achievement

Northern Ireland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People recently presented Western Trust foster carers with an award for completing the ‘Core Issues in Fostering’ training course.


This six session course is part of the regional fostering support and development strategy devised for HSC foster carers.


Presenting the awards, Patricia Lewsley said: “Too often foster carers are the unsung heroes of childcare and each and every one deserves recognition. Training foster carers in the core issues in fostering can help provide them with the knowledge needed to give each and every child and young person the best possible future." 


Speaking at the event, Helen Browne, Training Coordinator with Regional Fostering Recruitment and Training Coordination Service said: “I am delighted with the number of carers who have travelled from across the province, despite the weather, to receive their award today. By completing this training, they have demonstrated the value they place on personal learning and development.”


Social Work Manager – Fostercare Recruitment & Assessment Team & Training Coordinator, Ms Dympna Brogan, added: “The Western Fostering Services is very keen to support and develop all of our foster carers in order to help them with the fostering task.  The Core Issues in Fostering is essential training and is an important part of this support.


“This training is designed to help carers develop overall competence in fostering.  We are delighted to have nine foster carers who have successfully completed the course this year.”


There are children of all ages within the Western Trust area who urgently need foster homes on a short and long term basis. If you feel you have time and space in your life for fostering, please call 0800 0720 137 / 028 71314244 / 028 82835264 or visit