Stuck on the CWDC workbook.

(95 Posts)
stumpymosha Sat 10-Nov-12 15:01:55

I am in desperate need of help. I have tried to do it on my own but I am running out of time. My SSW doesn't even understand the question I'm on now. It's 5.6 understanding contexts. I have only two weeks to finish it now and I really need to have a look at some examples of answers to the remaining questions so I have an idea of what is expected of me. If anyone can show me some examples or help in any way, I will be extremely thankful. I promise I won't copy your answers, I just need an example to get myself going.

somewheresomehow Sat 10-Nov-12 15:09:21

hi not sure about your workbook but when i was doing my level 3 child care course i found help and answers on the silkysteps web site
if you join up and put the question on there something may come up thats useful for you

stumpymosha Sat 10-Nov-12 16:42:04

Thanks for the suggestion but silkysteps sent me here. sad

Fosterangel Sat 10-Nov-12 17:13:31

Post the question 5.6 for us all to look at and we can send you some ideas. xx

stumpymosha Sun 11-Nov-12 08:50:56

Understanding the development of chldren and young people.
Understanding contexts.
Evidence (summarise your evidence below.
I was thinking...
Our foster child has contact with his parents and 7 of his siblings twice weekly. This encourages him to keep and develop his relationship with his family and maintain his identity and heritage.We have learned about his religion and this helps us to support him in following the muslim traditions.
Our foster child is very quiet due to his past adversities and we encourage him to take part in our conversations at a pace comfortable to him.
We work with his social worker to ensure we understand his needs and are able to cater for them.This is discussed regularly with the review team during his LAC reviews and PEP meetings.
We liaise with his school and medical prfessionals to ensure his health and education are developing correctly........
The question is really vague and I'm not sure whether I have the right idea here. The answer I have given is way too long to fit into the box so maybe I've got it completely wrong. If not, does anyone have an idea of how I can shorten it yet still keep the right evidence in there please?

Fosterangel Sun 11-Nov-12 14:34:45

Hi Stumpy - When I did the CWDC we were not restricted to the size of our answer and we could write as much as we liked as I did it on line. I did this so long ago and do not have a copy to hand but from memory here goes!

I think I approached this question from several directions - the first was looking at child development from Maslow's hierarchy of needs i.e. the child, in order to develop through many stages to a fully functioning adult needs to have all basic needs met in the first instance i.e. biological needs for food, shelter, sleep etc must be met for a child to survive. Building on that need being met, the next stage to help the child develop is keeping the child safe and secure, giving rules to live by and order to their lives and limits. The next stage to assist development is satisfying a child's need to feel part of a family and feeling that they belong and have good relationships. Next stage building on the previous ones is achieving good self-esteem and at the pinnacle you have a well-rounded and well developed child who has reach self actualisation and fulfillment. I gave examples along the way of how I achieved each stage with my foster children and how we saw them grow and develop and change into well rounded youngsters who were very much part of our family. We gave examples of how we see them enjoying their lives and achieving what they want to do in life. You can google Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

Secondly, I also looked a child development from attachment theory, and how as carers it was important to be a secure base to help the child develop a sense of safety and trust so they can explore their world and learn new skills, knowing you are there for them. Again, I used personal experiences with my foster children to show how I was a secure base for them when they felt unsure and how they learned to trust and enjoy new experiences over time.

You have identified the importance of your child's heritage and culture and it shows your sensitivity to the needs of your children and your awareness of their development which takes into account their background and birth family. That is a brilliant example and covers it all really. Encouraging your foster child to enter family discussions is all part of attachment (safe, secure base) so you have covered that too.

Also, you are mindful of health of your child and also education and following advices in PEP's and LAC's so really you have covered it all.

I am sure others have some more good ideas for you - hope you get a distinction!!

Fosterangel Sun 11-Nov-12 14:43:29

I forgot to add that if children have been subjected to severe neglect and/or abuse they can come into foster care failing to thrive and developmentally delayed and need time and love to help them with their development.

stumpymosha Tue 13-Nov-12 21:04:18

Thanks fosterangel. I'm doing mine online too but the boxes don't expand so I'm restricted to how much I can write.
I have 1 more standard that I'm stuck on now. It's Standard 7 Develop yourself. 7.1 Your role as a foster carer. I have answered most of it and am happy with what I have written. The only thing I can't do is C.Be aware of the particular issues for male, black and minority ethnic, gay and lesbian foster carers and the support available. Are there any foster carers that fall into any of these categories that could give me some ideas please?

Kahuna Wed 14-Nov-12 19:43:24

Hi Stumpy - I did my CWDC over 2 years ago and this is what I put for 7.C - most of it based on research from the Fostering Network site [ ]

Male, black and minority ethnic, gay and lesbian foster carer’s often face additional issues due to society expectations; women are traditionally seen as natural care-givers and some circles of society view men who devote their time to this role with suspicion.
Many male foster carer’s are afraid to hug a looked after child for fear of being accused of abuse, they don’t feel able to engage in the types of physical playing around like tickling or rolling around on the floor like they would with their own children.
Like any other carer, males carer’s have unique skills, experiences and abilities that they bring to fostering. However, they need to think about the role they play in caring for the child/ren, particularly when children have had negative experiences from men in their past.

It is often seen as a social stigma to foster care/adopt in ethnic minority families due to the emphasis on cultural blood-lineage and ignorance of the moral and religious merit

Gay and lesbian carer’s also face many prejudices from a society who regard nuclear families to be the only ones able to provide a stable and moral environment in which a child can thrive and flourish.

These prejudices, stigmas and suspicions should be challenged. Such families are just as able to offer the security, love, comfort and moral guidance to a child as any other “traditional” family.

It's all fairly vague but enough to show that you have an understanding of some of the prejudices faced by carer's with ethnic/cultural/sexual differences.

Hope this helps.

stumpymosha Mon 26-Nov-12 21:16:18

Thank you to those people that helped me with this. I know I didn't need much help but I did appreciate the help I received. I have finished and given it to my social worker today. I told her how difficult I found it to fill it in and she said that reading it, you can't tell I found it difficult. She was very impressed with my answers so a big well done to my helpers and thanks again.

mcfcforever Fri 15-Mar-13 20:37:52

I have just sat down to start the cwdc workbook.

Ahhh. I just don't know where to begin.

I would be grateful for any help that's out there.

Anyone got an example of what they had written for question 1.

Desperate mcfc fan

mcfcforever Fri 15-Mar-13 20:42:38

I have just sat down to start the cwdc workbook.

Ahhh. I just don't know where to begin.

I would be grateful for any help that's out there.

Anyone got an example of what they had written for question 1.

Desperate mcfc fan

fasparent Sat 16-Mar-13 10:59:38

You can download Fostercare standards and procedures 2012. This is what book is baced on. Easy too follow you can quote standard saves going into
detail, shows you are aware of and actual read it , Most LA,s use this in training also NVQ 3 , can google it Hove council have a link.

fostermumtomany Tue 19-Mar-13 02:13:59

hi all, I have my completed and certificated cwdc workbook right here with all the answers in it. let me know if you want some help xxxx

BadabingBadabong Tue 19-Mar-13 17:03:34

Hi I'm ploughing through the workbook.
Can anyone help me with the following question....

What advice and information should be available to children and young
people to promote their sexual health, and when? What is your role as
a foster carer?
5.7b What help do children and young people need to develop their sexual
identity in positive ways? How would you respond to a child or young
person telling you that he or she is gay/lesbian or bi-sexual or who was
unsure of their sexual identity?

Kahuna Tue 19-Mar-13 17:53:09

Hi Bada, for the first one I put something along the lines of:

Promoting good sexual health in children and young people include answering the child’s questions in an age appropriate manner.
Understand what the child is asking – very young children often ask “mummy, where did I come from?” resulting in mummy giving an abridged version of “the birds and bees” when in actual fact, the child wanted to know because “Johnny at school said he came from Manchester”.
Answer the child’s questions honestly and directly, but without elaboration unless it is asked for. Too much information confuses them and may make them too afraid to ask further questions.
Promote self care and self respect for their bodies.
Teach them that it is ok to say “No” if someone touches them or does anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.
It’s ok to tell someone if someone has made them feel uncomfortable. People will listen, believe them and help them.
If they don’t want to speak to their parents/carers they can speak to their pastoral advisor at school, teachers, G.P, school nurse, Social Worker, other trusted adults such as grandparents/aunts/uncles or help lines.
Allow them to participate in PHSE lessons at school.

and for the 2nd one:

To enable children and young people develop a positive sexual identity they need to know that the changes in their body and emotions are normal.
If they are maturing quicker than their peers, reassure them that their peers will soon catch up with them.
If they are maturing slower than their peers, reassure them that they will catch up with their peers.
Confused feelings about their sexual identity are normal and not to be feared.
Advise them of help lines/websites that are available to help with sexual orientation issues.
Teach them the values of gender equality in all aspects of life – home, school, work, relationships etc.

Hope this helps.

BadabingBadabong Tue 19-Mar-13 19:04:09

Kahuna I love you!!
Thanks so much you've really helped.
Just section 6 & 7 to go now!

Kahuna Tue 19-Mar-13 19:18:52

Buda - more than happy to help a fellow FC. PM me and I will forward you my whole CWDC book if it will help. I did the on-line version so have a full electronic copy available.
Though I do have to warn you that I did mine nearly 3 years ago and things may have changed since then. I have also realised that although the CWDC is supposed to be "central" i.e. the standards that ALL LA's are supposed to work towards, it's not always the case. BTW: I have done my work book 2 and half way through my diploma so have more material at your disposal if you need it.

Kahuna Tue 19-Mar-13 19:19:52

arg - sorry - Bada x

Kahuna Tue 19-Mar-13 19:28:53

Oh and whilst I'm here, can I reiterate something I said on another thread of the same subject ....

Don’t get bogged down with the “sample question” bit….you’ll be there forever if you answer all those too….
And remember, where it says “show an awareness” they are looking for an answer to related legislation/practices – you do not have to provide examples.
If the question reads Demonstrate…then you should provide an example of where you have put the legislation into practice with the LAC in your care…

BadabingBadabong Tue 19-Mar-13 20:22:17

Work book 2?
Nooooo, please tell me there isn't another one.
It's ok you can call me buda!

MrsMLB Sun 23-Jun-13 23:10:20

Hmmmm my SSW gave me a link to the evidence workbook which I am to complete but its all about evidence and doesn't seem to be questions like people have stated here!?? Now I'm even more confused lol...arrrrgggggg! :-(

jojofun22 Mon 24-Jun-13 13:24:28

I'm just doing my CWDC also.. on standard 3 but really struggling what to put, had a look at 4 and well I'm about to throw it and missed a couple on 2 aswell xxx

millmz Fri 19-Jul-13 11:37:14

Hi, I have just had my cwdc work book and have no idea on some of it. Would you mind sending it me too please. Also can only fit a certain amount of words in the box and it will not let me expand it. Any idea???!!!!

belindafiddler Sun 21-Jul-13 15:02:22

i have just started the cwdc work book I am struggling on lots of answers from 2.1 anyone that came email me some answers much appriecated thankyou

Roshbegosh Sun 21-Jul-13 18:47:51

Good luck, I hope someone helps you. I hated doing this when I started fostering, a waste of time and nothing to do with how well you care for a child. Utter bollocks, I feel your pain. I find SWs focus on these things and miss the glaring examples of bad care in the children's lives while they are in the care system, not with the parents that let them down but with the carers and services that often fail these children. Yet another demand made of us while neither we nor the children we care for can expect anything from the SWs.

Fudge1807 Fri 09-Aug-13 10:23:02

Hi Kahuna - I too have also just started my CWDC course and I'm finding it difficult to know what to put. Would it be possible for you to forward me your electronic copy just to see what I should be putting? I would really appreciate this. smile

danderman1 Sun 11-Aug-13 15:11:29

I would really appreciate having a look at a completed workbook too, if you wouldn't mind. Thank you soooo much xx

sargent72 Sun 25-Aug-13 10:18:40

hi, I have just started to look at my cwdc workbook, and it looks complicated, then I found your blog saying that you would be able to send a copy of your completed workbook to another desperate user, and I just wondered if you would be very kind as to send me a copy of your completed workbook also as I am also in desperate need of assistance, if you would be able to do this for me I would very much appreciate it. my e-mail address is
kind regards

MrsMLB Thu 29-Aug-13 19:22:57

I would absolutely love a copy too....please and thank you!!! X

sam1040 Fri 30-Aug-13 17:34:35

I've been trying to complete the CWDC with 3 kids in tow! I have nightmares about it. I've had no social worker more or less since I started, so haven't been able to turn to anyone. I've had a good stab at it (completed nearly 4 standards) but unsure if I am on the right track with a lot of the questions. Some of the questions are worded like there could be one or more meanings to them. I would love to see a copy of yours if you wouldn't mind, just to see mainly if I'm on the right track.
Many thanks..............

Davebora Thu 05-Sep-13 11:29:37

Could anybody please e mail a completed CDWC so that I can ensure that the one I'm about to submit is on the right track

Davebora Thu 05-Sep-13 11:30:19

Would help if I gave my e mail

cehowells3389 Mon 16-Sep-13 13:02:27

Hi all, its great to be able to get advice from people with more experience and one day you never know I’ll hopefully be able to help someone back:-) We have been approved as FC in July 2013 and are awaiting a long term placement, since then I have been plodding through as much of the CWPC as I can whilst I’ve got some time, but have got to the stage that I may of gone of track and missed the main points of what they are looking for despite hours of reading the help notes, please please could some one be so kind in emailing me a copy of a completed one so that I can double check that I’ve included the main points!!! Thanks for any help I receive in advance.

cehowells3389 Mon 16-Sep-13 13:04:25

sorry my email address is:

cehowells3389 Mon 16-Sep-13 13:11:48

1.2 Equality, inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice
-Statement of purpose objective
-Skills to Foster training
- Local library information
- Social worker info
-provide a secure and accessible environment in which children can flourish and in which all contributions are considered and valued (developing social skills and self pride).
-provide positive non-stereotyping(The Equality Act 2010) including gender roles, diverse ethnic and cultural groups (Religions and beliefs) and people with disabilities.
-improving knowledge and understanding of issues of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and valuing diversity (being positive about identity, observing traditions)
-challenge and eliminate discriminatory actions i.e at school, clubs etc.
Food- dietary requirements that arise from their medical, religious or cultural needs are met.
Education- making children feel valued and good about themselves and equality of access to learning. Am I on the right track??

SheilsMac Tue 17-Sep-13 11:57:58

Hello fostermummytomany,
I would be so grateful if you could send me your copy of your cwdc book. My email is
Huge thanks in advance

SheilsMac Tue 17-Sep-13 12:01:52

so sorry last message should of been to fostermumtomany

whippetty123 Wed 18-Sep-13 19:01:03

hi im just starting my cwdc and as everyone else in confused , could you email me your completed one please i would be so grateful , many thanks xx

whippetty123 Wed 18-Sep-13 19:03:40

sorry that was to fostermumtomany xx

pjmram21 Sun 22-Sep-13 20:15:33

Please could anyone email me a copy of their CWDC as i am stuck
Seems so simple but hard to get into
thank you

shenazp Sun 29-Sep-13 17:29:11

please please can someone help me with 5.1 and 5.6. i would be so grateful i have 1 week to finish my workbook and am ready to pull my hair out.

ohno3boys Wed 16-Oct-13 22:59:20

Am I too late for a copy of the completed workbook? #clutching at straws
(oh and you would be saving me from a fate worse than death)

tracydee Tue 22-Oct-13 14:20:06

hi just sat down with my book and i dont know where to start then i came across this blogg i would be forever grateful to look at your book to set me on the right track
kind regards tracy

tracydee Tue 22-Oct-13 14:22:38

i would be grateful to see any completed cwdc books

dandy13 Fri 25-Oct-13 22:37:12

hi, ive almost completed my cwdc, but finding some of it a nightmare i would really appreciate it if somebody could send me a copy of theirs to have a look at. i have panel on monday and it HAS to be finished.
thanks in advance

angeltange Sun 27-Oct-13 14:35:05

if anyone can send me a copy of a completed cwdc i would be very grateful, just started mine and im so confused.

dandy13 Sun 27-Oct-13 18:55:05

anybody there??

Swizz1973 Mon 28-Oct-13 09:34:32

Hi can anyone help me with my cdwc, I have been stuck on it for ages now, I need help with standard 6 & 7,any help would be greatly appreciated, feel free to email me at

mcfcforever Fri 01-Nov-13 16:50:41

I have only 1 week to complete my CWDC and I am only half way through standard 5. I would be grateful for a copy of a completed workbook if there is anyone who has an online version. Hoping in vain. Sharon

mcfcforever Fri 01-Nov-13 16:54:08

Hi can anyone help me with the dreaded Cwdc. anyone with an online version can email
much appreciated

muddymommy Sun 03-Nov-13 16:03:03

Me too! I have completed mine but think i may need to add quite a lot to it. It is so hard to get my brain into gear. If anybody could E-mail me a completed copy I will be forever indebted smile

Lolly50 Mon 04-Nov-13 16:21:22

Help please I haven't a clue with cwdc, does anyone have a completed one that could be emailed to me please. Email address

Mandula Mon 02-Dec-13 16:45:36

HELP... I'm doing my CWDC and can't make head nor tail of it!! If some lovely person who has already completed it could send me the answers I would be eternally grateful ����

My emails is:-

Thanx in advance ��

xxtracybabexx Tue 03-Dec-13 22:27:02

Hi Kahuna, I have been working on my CWDC book for weeks now and don't seem to be getting anywhere. I'm not sure if what I am writing is right. Im very confused, could you possibly help me please ?
My email address is, if you can help, I would be very grateful and hopefully wont get any greyer. xxx

Mandula Thu 05-Dec-13 23:06:46

Sorry my email is :-
I would be grateful for any help. Thanx in advance smile

Chirpycarer Wed 18-Dec-13 17:59:25

Hi all,
I too am a new foster carer under pressure to complete the book would really appreciate someone sending me an electronic copy pleeeeeas so I can check I'm on the right track. Would really really appreciate it. I have my years review in less than four weeks and would love to have it all done for presenting then.can't even think about Xmas...

sharon16 Mon 30-Dec-13 14:11:20

I too am a foster carer under pressure to complete the CWDC workbook. My SSW has given me until the beginnning of the New Year to complete it. I have had it for two years now and I keep putting it off. So much other stuff to do. I have completed three standards, but would really appreciate someone sending me some help!! Thanks.

annette3 Mon 06-Jan-14 13:04:21

Hi im ploughing thriugh my workbook but my mind is going blank on a few simple questions, can anyone help me please, the question is: give 3 reasons why is it important for a foster carer to be organised and dependable x

annette3 Mon 06-Jan-14 13:07:00

Hi im ploughing throughmy workbook but my mind is going blank on a few simple questions can anybody help please , the question is: give 3 readons why it is important for a foster carer to be organised and dependable

maybebaby1982 Wed 08-Jan-14 19:56:47

Hello kanuna smile i`m new to mums net and I too have also just started my CWDC course and I'm finding it difficult to know what to put. Would it be possible for you to forward me your electronic copy just to see what I should be putting and what i`m actually writing is the right thing and not just waffling? I would really appreciate this?? thank you smile x

traceyr1975 Thu 09-Jan-14 12:01:17

HELP I am just halfway through my cwdc and my ssw needs it in by tomorrow can anyone please send me their completed one. I have the nneb and a health and social care diploma but still have to complete this mindboggling annoying piece of work. my email is

Mammajo67 Sat 11-Jan-14 22:54:13

Hi. I'm also new to mumsnet and am about to begin the cwdc workbook. I would appreciate it if anyone could email me completed workbook, not to copy but so I have an idea how to record my evidence correctly. My email address is Thanks x

Blueberrie Sun 19-Jan-14 17:20:27

Hi. Im another new comer to mumsnet, and yes I too am stuck on the cwdc workbook. I have tried desperately to finish it all myself and have managed about half ish. If anyone could please e.mail me their completed workbook, so I can compare and also pick up some hints on answering the many questions I have yet to get my head round, I would be very grateful. Im sure the evidence I have written so far is probably far too much, and could shorten it. My e.mail address is thank you.

claremiow Mon 27-Jan-14 23:03:16

Thank goodness I'm not alone! Though I have experience in childcare, I am completely floundering on how to evidence it within the confines of the cwdc workbook. Like those who have written here before me, I would very very much appreciate a look at a completed cwdc workbook. My email is

India1972 Thu 30-Jan-14 21:49:47

Hello kahuna
Hope you are well. Happy new year to you.

I was just reading your thread that you sent to someone last year who was stuck on their CWDC work book. I myself am about to start and would appreciate any assistance if at all possible.

Kindest regards


Fosterhelp Thu 06-Feb-14 14:36:36

Like a lot of people on here I'm struggling to fill in the CWDC workbook, could somebody please send me a completed workbook so I can check that I'm on the right wave length, it's not the easiest/fastest of things to fill in as well as having a family, as well as being a foster carer. My SW hasn't given us any advice.
Please help someone, I would hate to of filled it all in wrong

chrisa06 Thu 13-Feb-14 13:01:07

im just about to start on cwdc workbook an i only have a few wks to do it im getting panicky about it now as i haven't a clue what im doing can anyone help before my brain turns to mush ??

m1ssmoneypenny Fri 14-Feb-14 05:31:36

hi this is the first time i have been on this site, i have literally just registered! typed fostering in search and then just had to comment on here!
I'm happy to help if anybody needs it, i feel for you, its sooo monotonous, seemed confusing until i got my head round it, i managed to pass mine without having to change a thing, sw seemed very impressed!
hopefully i can help x

MissMac3 Mon 17-Feb-14 17:43:08

Hi I'm first time to this site too. I was wondering if anyone could send me their completed cwdc work book (not to copy - just as a guidance and so I know if I'm on the right track) my email is Many thanks x

meshipea Tue 18-Feb-14 21:55:05

I'm really stuck on my cwdc please could someone send me a copy of there compleated one then I can have ideas many thanks

Kazk75 Wed 19-Feb-14 12:51:58

I am working through my cwdc and could really use a guide am I too late for a copy of a completed one.........this would really reduce my stress levels......thanks

Naomi52 Fri 07-Mar-14 10:34:42

I don't know if you're still checking this thread, but if anyone is willing to share their completed CWDC a new foster carer I would be extremely grateful!

oberon101 Fri 07-Mar-14 17:29:24

Hi I am another new carer and like many others I am struggling with this work book so any help would be much appreciated Thanks

apartovi Sat 08-Mar-14 15:23:38

I have been attempting CWDC for ages now...Have managed to cross reference a lot to training courses, but is anyone is still willing to share their example workbook, would be forever grateful wink

m2014 Thu 13-Mar-14 23:01:57

I am a new fostercarer about to start my cwdc i would appreciate if anyone could send me a copy there workbook as a guide to use for reference thanks in advance

Mackmack Tue 25-Mar-14 14:31:43

Hi, trying to tackle the standards and when I did my training all the trainers said they were easy, I'm looking at them and they seem more complicated than they made out or is it just me! Does anyone have a completed one they could email me to give me an idea any help would be greatly appreciated. Do you have to answers the questions and give the evidence or answer questions within your evidence??

missy65 Thu 10-Apr-14 23:01:51

help me. help me.i am so so stuck with my cwdc, as if we have not got enough to do as foster carers without doing cwdc workbook, i keep opening the book reading again and again,scratching my head don't no where to start.this is a plea to any fellow foster carer pleases could you email me a copy of their completed workbook i would be so grateful and can stop worrying.

jkalrichards Thu 24-Apr-14 20:19:18

Hi I am a recntly new fostercarer, 4 months with first placement, about to start my cwdc, really strugging to understand the cwdc, i would appreciate if anyone could send me a copy there workbook as a guide to use for reference thanks in advance

jkalrichards Thu 24-Apr-14 20:20:24

sorry forgot to attach this I would really appreciate any help and guidance.

jochevolleau Mon 28-Apr-14 10:06:27

Hi Kahuna

I've just started my CWDC workbook and wondered if you could send me some help please. I'm really struggling with it. Could you tell me the best websites that could help me with the answers? Thank you

jochevolleau Mon 28-Apr-14 10:07:52

Sorry forgot to attach my email

jochevolleau Mon 28-Apr-14 10:09:13 I'm going mad !!

missy65 Mon 28-Apr-14 15:22:25

hi ,this is a second appeal for help as i had on response to the request for help with cwdc on the april 10th,i am getting desperate lol !!i will message mumsnet when i have had an email for a very kind person . thank you

debbiebid1 Tue 06-May-14 09:55:34

I am a new foster carer about to start my training, support and development standards, i would appreciate if anyone could send me a copy there completed workbook as a guide to use for reference, it really is keeping me up at night, my email is thanks in advance

SammieD24 Mon 12-May-14 07:31:49

Hi all

I am stuck on the cwdc workbook too. I was lucky enough to have someone give me a copy when i started but i've deleted it somehow and cant get it back.

Could anyone who has completed it send me a copy - i wont plagerise it
It was just handy as a prompt to get me thinking.

Many thanks in advance smile

SammieD24 Mon 12-May-14 07:32:35

Forgot to say my email address is


cotton46 Wed 14-May-14 12:57:48

Like a lot of lovely people on this site I'm also having problems in filling in the CWDC workbook. Could somebody please send me a completed workbook so I can check that I'm on the right wave length. My SSW hasn't given me any direction or advice.
If anyone can help me please forward a copy to
Thanking you in advance.

glenpk Thu 22-May-14 13:28:15

Sorry that I'm not adding anything new but I could really do with a completed CWDC workbook! Any help would be gratefully received. I am new to fostering and been given two really challenging, lively (but lovely!) kids who need a lot of attention. Add having to complete this workbook to the mix and my brains spinning a bit! I just need a little kickstart and a completed CWDC workbook would really REALLY help!

missy65 Thu 22-May-14 18:40:29

hi , I think everybody asking help with cwdc workbook are not getting very far on mumsnet ,because if you have completed the workbook you have no reason to access mumsnet.I have already put 2 appeals out for help with no luck.Doing the cwdc on own is so hard!!

Brookie48 Thu 05-Jun-14 10:58:02

Hi there i have started my CWDC and am boggled, i would much appreciate it if somebody could send me a copy of a completed one so that i can see some examples. my email address is this would be a life saver, i am working with children and young people and would like to see the kind of things/answers they are looking for. Thank you

Birkridge Tue 10-Jun-14 12:45:27

I too am one of those people who has to complete my TSD standards for foster carers workbook. We were passed as foster carers last October but we have only just been given our workbook and we've just been told we have our annual review at the start of August (Don't ask me how that works!) and it would be good if I could have my workbook completed. I thought I would sit down today and get it started, oh my goodness I feel like a complete numpty! I seem to be completely blank and no matter how many times I read it I'm not coming up with the goods. I would really appreciate it if there is anybody who can just get me started with a couple of answers so I know the sort of thing they are looking for. My email is Many thanks in advance for any help offered

DwellsUndertheSink Wed 11-Jun-14 12:53:57

part of the issue here is that the workbook, by its nature, contains a lot of confidential information. handing it over to a random stranger on the internet goes against all safeguarding and confidentiality guidelines.

ALso, the workbook is supposed to be a personal reflection of your journey, what have you encountered, what have you experienced. You cannot copy these from someone else.

I can offer you some advice - the whole workbook can be daunting to start. SO start with the easy bits: Standard 5: Understanding development.

*area 1a*: understanding attachment: search the internet or look in your workbook for a short statement that shows you understand attachments and how they are formed and how abusive homes cause problems with this attachment. Then highlight how this has manifest itself in the child/ren in your care ..."Jonny showed symptoms of disorganised attachment...we have been nurturing, patient and attentive to his needs, and he has formed strong/tentative bonds with us.."

*area 1b*: We discussed specific areas of development our fc had with eg speech and language difficulties and also with cognitive issues. Discuss how you approached these issues, what help you have been getting, what progress made.

*ARea 1c*: Again, give an example of your own FC being behind in some way - again, we used Speech as FC was about a year behind. I wrote what the expected level of speech should be for a child his age, and then explained what the current level of FC was. Then talked about Speech and Language Therapy, lots of positive interaction etc. and progress made to date. I could also have written about FC's academic issues, as one FC was about 2 years behind at school with reading, math and spelling, and what steps we took to deal with this.

*Area 2a*: Resiliance: we offer encouragement, positive praise, get him involved in X Y and Z clubs to boost his self esteem...

ARea 3a Transitions: Talk generally about getting them into new schools or nursery and how you did that. If you have moved a child on, talk about how you got child ready to meet new family or go back to old family - eg books from the library, memory books etc

*Area 3b*: Transitions 2 -More of the same - but be specific about the transition opportunity ("jonny had to move to a new school") and what you did to help ("we took him around the school one afternoon and he got to meet the other children in the class and take part in a math lesson...)

Area 3c: - if you have teens, this is quite easy - life skills like learning to cook or time management, getting on the right bus etc. For our little ones, we talked about more basic life skills - handwashing, toothbrushing, toileting. Also include that you did this as a learning opportunity, not a failure on their part, thus avoiding any shame in FC.

Once you start writing, you will find it gets easier. Just tackle one section, write from the heart about the children in your care. If you cant think of any examples, go back to your fostering basic training and pull out examples - most work books have example case studies and the section referenced which case write "we studies the case of Jonny and Jane in our fostering preparation course (section X.X) and discussed this at length in our group. WHat I got from this was......yada yada yada."

There are some sections which require you to look on your LA website about eg their policy on fostering.

Birkridge Wed 11-Jun-14 15:01:11

Thank you for your help. I started on the Standard 3 as that seems to be the easiest for me so far, but chhers for your suggestions with reagrds to standard 5.
I think I just 'froze' when I looked at it but taking each bit slowly should get me there.

Thanks again

DwellsUndertheSink Wed 11-Jun-14 15:59:16

It took me about 8 weeks in dribs and drabs to do mine...I spend a lot of time sitting by waiting for my son's sporting committments to finish, and I used to take the laptop and jot down some notes as I went.

Just set your mind on finishing one section, even if its in bullet points. Then move onto the next.....Please PM me if I can help with specifics.

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