Working with vulnerable young people between 0 – 17 in a children’ home or fostering setting may sometimes be challenging and it is very important that the right training has been provided to you. As part of your role in the children’s home or as a foster carer is First Aid training which is the most important and useful training that you will attend. Unpleasant as it may be, accidents happen. Even experiencing it as an onlooker foster carer or residential care worker in a children’s home, an accident is not a pleasant scene.
If an incident happens in the home, you cannot be a helpless bystander, since simply standing by and not doing anything can potentially worsen the situation. Being in a responsible position as a foster carer or residential care worker you have a duty of care towards children and young people which is why it’s important to have at least some form knowledge of first aid.
At its most basic, first aid is the initial assistance given to a victim of injury or illness. First Aid is relatively simple techniques that can be performed with rudimentary equipment and is usually carried out by a suitably trained individual until professional medical assistance arrives. The Children’s Home Regulation 2015 and Fostering Regulations 2011 state that First Aid is a mandatory course and without this qualification you are not able to conduct your duties as a residential care worker or foster carer.