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SAFEGUARDING You and Your Family (5 hours)

A passing score of 28/32 or higher is required, a certificate will be issued to you upon successful completion of the training.

Your Email Address:
Your Name:
Name of the Children`s Aid Society group you are fostering for/ belonging to (if applicable):
If not part of a CAS, please specify area of interest (e.g. Daycare, Group home, etc..)
In order for foster parents to protect themselves from allegations of abuse it is important that foster parents understand the background of children and young people so that they can be helped to the best of individual foster parent’s ability and to avoid situations which may be perceived as abusive.
As a foster parent, understanding the background of abused children will help you to understand and predict the behaviors of these children.
A foster child might make a false allegation if he/she has conflicting loyalties or wishes to please his/her bio parents.
Sexually abused children are easy to understand and work with to help them recover from their experiences.
Abused children always try to avoid repeating a frightening and distasteful activity.
Many allegations of physical abuse revolve around the use of discipline.
To accept a child into your home without pre-placement information is sometimes compared to playing Russian Roulette, therefore, you might want to prepare your own list of pre-placement
Foster parents should not need to take a break from the responsibilities of foster parenting.
A few of the things that foster families need to consider prior to becoming a foster family are: policy on training, respite care and understanding how past experience impact on current situations.
Some ways that foster parents can protect themselves in case of an allegation of abuse is lodged against their family are: recording all activities, visitors, medications, changes in behaviour, family meetings, alternate caregivers and house rules.
In order to protect yourself as foster parents you must know and have a copy of your Society's policies.
Foster parents should accept all placements, even if they feel their skills cannot meet the needs of the child.
If you are under investigation for an allegation, talk it over with your social worker - you do not need a Lawyer.
The Society is there to assist you during an investigation.
During an investigation the police do not have the right to question you.
You should follow your Society's discipline policy.
Telling a child they will be removed from your foster home for bad behavior is a recommended method of discipline
Redirecting and distraction are poor discipline methods.
Family meetings are an effective means to encourage communication and help to bring to light and keep potential abusive situations or "secrets" from developing.
It is important to know what Serious Occurrences are.
Your record log/daily recordings should be kept in a secure location.
Your records should be shared with workers.
Teen or adult males should not be alone in the home or car with female child or teens.
It is always OK to hug.
Pre-placement visits should be included in planning for a new foster child.
Adults should not play with foster children on beds. Beds are for sleeping only!
We should be cautious not to use suggestive language in the foster home.
We should be cautious not to use suggestive language in the foster home.
A critical emotional stage that might lead to a false allegation is during crisis when a child wonders if you will still love them after doing such a bad thing.
A foster parent is not allowed to read the Society's file on the foster child.
If you are under investigation you should contact the child to try to work it out.
You should have a pre-set limit on the number of children you will/can take.

FPSO thanks you for your participation in this training. We hope this has been of value to you.

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