The resources and training opportunities on this page are provided by other organisations and are open to all authorised carers in NSW.
While we seek to include content which may be helpful in your journey as a carer, guardian or adoptive parent, this does not replace professional help in any area of caring and protecting self and others. Courses are for educational purposes only.
Please speak with a member of the My Forever Family NSW, Carer Support Team 1300 782 975 or your agency/DCJ case manager if you have questions or issues relating specifically to your situation.
Western Sydney Local Health District - Reparative Parenting Program
FREE for authorised carers of children in out-of-home-care in Sydney.
Who is eligible to attend?
Foster and kinship carers with children or young people in their care long term. Guardians and adoptive parents are also welcome to attend.
Carers can be from any area in Sydney (not just WSLHD) and do not require a caseworker.
This is NOT a one-off workshop; it is a cohesive treatment program for carers dealing with behavioural and emotional difficulties and particularly placements at risk of breakdown. It is not purely training and education.
It requires ongoing attendance, preferably by both carers in the home, for most of the sessions as sessions build on each other.
Click here for more information on the Reparative Parenting Program and the Alternate Care Clinic.
Who to contact?
Email or call and ask to speak to an Alternative Care Clinic team member about attending the Reparative Parenting Program.
Telephone: (02) 8890 6577
Fax: (02) 8890 9893
My Forever Family NSW is pleased to partner with the Australian Childhood Foundation and present you with the online Trauma Training course.
This training has been designed for carers to explore some of the core theories of trauma and its impacts and then translating that knowledge into practical strategies and approaches to providing trauma informed care. This training is designed as a starting point for learning and/or a reinforcement of what you already know and what you already do in your care for children and young people across New South Wales.
My Forever Family NSW is offering free registration for the online Trauma Training course to the first 1,000 carers to register.
If you have registered with the Carer Portal then you’re all set to go! Click the buttons below to log in or sign up today. Once logged in, go to the Online Training courses.
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Cultural Competence - Aboriginal Sydney (University of Sydney)
This open online course is offered by the University of Sydney - register here
This course explores some of the key themes and capabilities of cultural competence by exploring Aboriginal experiences and narratives of Sydney.
Course learning outcomes
1. Develop knowledge about cultural competence capabilities.
2. Develop a deeper and multi-layered knowledge and understanding about Aboriginal peoples, cultures and places in Sydney.
3. Develop a greater understanding of how history, cultures and places are represented, contested and interpreted and how that relates to their own context.
This is a free course, however if participants wish to access graded assignments and receive a certificate, there is a cost ($64). Course participants may apply for a reduced fee for the certificate based on their circumstances.
* The resources and training material provided by My Forever Family NSW on this website include material provided by other organisations. While My Forever Family seeks to include content which may be helpful in your journey as a carer, guardian or adoptive parent, this does not replace professional help in any area of caring and protecting self and others. Courses are for educational purposes only. Please speak with your case manager at your foster care agency or Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ, formerly FACS) if you have questions or issues relating specifically to your situation. Staff must always comply with relevant NSW legislation, including the NSW standards for out-of-home care.
Office of the Children's Guardian - Training and Webinars
The Office of the Children's Guardian offers free child safe training sessions for people working or volunteering in child-related organisations in NSW. The sessions will provide you with the skills and resources to help you establish more effective ways to manage risk and focus on creating safe environments for children and young people.
Topics include meeting your obligations under the Working With Children Check and implementing the Child Safe Standards. The workshops and webinars are free but registration is essential.
Free Webinars SAFE series
The NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian is proud to introduce Sam, Andy, Fiona, Eve and Mandu. They’re the stars of the SAFE series, a set of four books containing protective behaviour messages aimed at children 2-6 years old.
Join one of the many sessions that are being run - click on the link below for all dates and registration:
Click here for full details
Trauma Informed Care - LINKS Training and Support
LINKS Training and Support develops targeted, evidence-based training and resources in Trauma Informed Care and Problem Sexual Behaviour. Delivering on the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, LINKS Training and Support aims to improve the capacity of carers and caseworkers throughout NSW. Established in 2019, the LINKS Training and Support team is part of DCJ Psychological and Specialist Services.
Nearly every child in OOHC has experienced at least one traumatic event. LINKS Training and Support equips carers and caseworkers with practical skills and strategies to help children thrive after trauma.
Caring for children who have experienced trauma can be challenging. These resources will increase your knowledge of trauma informed care, help you better respond to trauma-based behaviours and provide links to relevant support services. Click here to access training and support resources.
University of Sydney Kinship Module
Learn about Aboriginal Kinship systems
This online learning module covers the systems of social organisation that traditionally govern Aboriginal societies and explains this significant cultural difference.
This module will help you to gain a better understanding of:
- Aboriginal Kinship systems and how they operate
- Aboriginal social structures and how these are different to Western societies
- potential conflict in working with people from differing cultural backgrounds
- how cultural difference impacts upon Aboriginal people in the social systems which operate in Australia (through education, criminal justice systems and the legal system more broadly, etc.)
Each module section includes a video, a series of related questions and a list of useful resources to help you learn more about the Kinship system.
Access the Kinship Learning Module here
eSafety Commissioner: Free webinars for parents and carers - various dates and topics
eSafety's guide to online sexual harassment and image-based abuse
This webinar will help parents and carers to understand online sexual harassment and image-based abuse, (non-consensual sharing of intimate images).
It is designed for parents and carers of young people aged 13-18. It will cover:
- the difference between online sexual harassment and image-based abuse
- how to report online sexual harassment to social media companies
- how to report image-based abuse to eSafety and when to report to police
- where to get support if you feel upset or worried about something that has happened online.
You can choose to attend the webinar with your teen or share resources with them afterwards from the webinar package.
eSafety's parent guide to popular apps
Learn how to help young people safely use popular apps including TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.
This webinar is designed for parents and carers of young people aged 8-13.
It will cover:
- an explanation of the popular apps used by young people
- case studies, research, and targeted advice
- ways you can support the young people in your life to have safe, enjoyable online experiences.
Click here for full details
UPA Youth Care Services Training and Events Calendar 2021
Youth Care Services provide a series of free training sessions to meet the needs of carers. The aim is to ensure carers receive expert training to enhance their knowledge and skills in providing quality support to our young people in care. You can access a copy of the 2021 training calendar here.