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chocaholic2011 Tue 21-Jun-11 11:53:22

Hi all

Hope all you lo's are doing well!

Just attempting to start the dreaded CWDC task!! Has anyone got any tips! What I really mean is a book or something which has all the answers in fancy speak - lol!

Loving fostering, but CWDC does not look like fun way to spend my spare few mins while lo at contact! Any short cuts welcome!

SW did explain quenstion 1 and show me how to answer it, I nodded in all the right places but was really thinking "WHAT" lol

ANy help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance


claire1977red Thu 18-Dec-14 10:39:03

Im new sad could any of you please help me with 3.4 a.b & c im running out of time . Would really appreciate your help

elliesilver Sun 12-May-13 07:12:45

please help me i cant even answer first question i have been approved since jan but no children yet its a black cloud hanging over me i look at the dreaded cwdc then put it away any help would be great

boots87 Fri 18-Jan-13 15:14:34

Hi everyone I've just recently become a family and friends carer and have to complete the fostering standards. Is it simple to complete or am I just over thinking too much as standard 1 has me stumped? Any help or advice would be much appreciated thanks x

stumpymosha Mon 26-Nov-12 22:00:37

I've just handed mine in to my social worker today, she is going to be reading it and signing it off. She did have a look through it while she was still here and she was very impressed with my work. If you need any advice, just inbox me and I will help you if I can. smile

kiddiwinkles Mon 26-Nov-12 15:00:47

Beware of doing on line, I have lost all my information twice, Having, just about completed these, ( but rather silly of me not to have them signed off as i went along!!) due to changing/closing of web sites. We have been advised to in paper form at present.

DecAndAnt Wed 07-Nov-12 22:16:45

I've just started mine aswell, what a nightmare.
No help or support from my social worker at all. Is it your social worker who has to read it? Any help would be massively appreciated.

ShutTheFrontDoor Mon 05-Nov-12 22:03:35

I'm just starting mine. Anyone who has completed it, how long do you think it took you ? I'm hoping to complete mine in 2 weeks, possibly doing an hour a day, is that possible?

gallivantsaregood Sat 03-Nov-12 16:06:46

Good thread. Can I just point out re the beginning and health and safety. Socket Covers should NEVER be used. They actually cause a hazard. See here :

Our agency is very clear that using them is ion breach of health and safety guidelines.

Just to keep you right smile

Before we were approved I wnt and bought covers for the entire house and had to chuck them all in the bin!!

kalirusty Sat 03-Nov-12 14:08:40

Hi italianmama I'm also new to this forum. I have a paper copy of cwdc to complete but would prefer to complete online. I have been on the web & although I have downloaded the workbook all the guidance was taken off on the 1st Nov. New material available shortly but doesn't help me now. I just don't know how to start ! Words of encouragement would be good lol

italianmama64 Mon 29-Oct-12 19:32:33

hiya all

just joined your lovely forum and enjoying looking around but being distracted so easily lol
what ive come on here for is some help as a foster carer trying to complete the online cwdc info, standards 1 to 7
it appears this year 2012 its changed and supposed to be so much easier, so wondered if others are also completing this newer version online,
thanks italianmama

Gymbob Thu 11-Oct-12 20:52:29

My sympathies, as if we don't have enough to do - we are all too busy fostering grin

What do you need to know? If I can't help someone else will be along....

chocaholic2011 Thu 11-Oct-12 20:18:32

Hi nic, I did finish it ok and have lent mine to a friend to help with hers sad but everyone on here was fantastic helping with mine and am sure would help with questions you are struggling with! ( but in my case that was pretty much all of it lol)!!! X

N1kla Thu 11-Oct-12 18:25:12

Did you manage to do this, sorry for replying to old threads but I am trying to complete my workbook as we speak and in desperate need of help... !!!! Anyone want to 'buddy up' or help me out of the kindness of your hearts? I have to have it finished by 20th Oct 2012!!!

Nic x

fostermumtomany Fri 30-Sep-11 02:59:47

for the legislation bit and policies and procedures section, go on your la's website, everything will be on ther somewhere but you may have to dig for it lol.

im shocked at everyone sayng it has to be completed within 12 months of approval?
we didnt even receive ours until we had been fostering for almost 3 years! then just as i finished there was talk of doing away with it (so says my sw) then they changed their minds and have now decided that not only do you have to have cwdc, you also have to have four mandatory training courses completed, which include:
child protection awareness,
attachment and loss,
equality and diversity,
communicating with children and young people, all of which can be don eonline through akamas (Ask your sw)

and now my sw told me yesterday that as well as those they also require us to do a course on effective record keeping.(again online).
these are not just for our la they are mandatory for all carers nationwide as decided by the government.
also she wants me to undertake nvq 3 which she tells me all carers will have to undertake within the next 2 years (again nationwide all carers),
plus we have also been told we HAVE to attend monthly support groups or our fostering allowance will reduce as it is now on a tier payment method, tier 1 tier 2 and tier 3. differing amounts for differnet experience and training levels, tier one if friends and family carers, tier 2 is basically task centred carers and 3 is for your fostering focus carers (difficult placements or special needs).
if you fail to attend support groups you will be demoted to tier one.
me thinks they are going to lose carers in their droves!
anyway i digress, i have some leaflets here for cwdc, pm your address and i will post them to you, they do hold some answers to a few questions and were extremely helpful when doing mine.
hope this helps and sorry for whittering on!!!

Kahuna Thu 15-Sep-11 11:03:49

Oh dear, shame no one told you about the “sample” questions bit before – would have saved you loads of time and effort.
Not to worry though, you will find that the extra work you have done now will be useful for your Band 2 workbook!!

chocaholic2011 Thu 15-Sep-11 09:16:17

Thanks Kahuna

I thought I had to find a specific law? But could only find health and safety at work stuff and was sure that wasn't right - lol

All I have done is answer all the sample questions as I thought that was what we had to do and it has taken me MONTHS!! This was my last question!!!Do you think that will be ok? Cant face having to do it all again!!!

Will do what you said for that thanks again - am sure I have over done it all !!


Kahuna Thu 15-Sep-11 08:03:29

Hi, I have had my CWDC signed off.

Std3 Q1 – they are looking for you to show awareness of National Minimum Standard 6.

I quoted Std6.6 "The home and immediate environment should be free of avoidable hazards that might expose a child to risk of injury or harm and contain safety barriers and equipment appropriate to the child's age, development and level of ability".

Then went on to explain what safety measures I had put in place for the LAC’s – plug socket covers, safety gates etc….

Then I quoted National Minimum Standard 6.8: “Where the foster carer is expected to provide transport for the child, the fostering service ensures this is safe and appropriate to the child’s needs”.

Then went on to describe how my car is insured, MOT’d – tyres, water oil checks – appropriate car seats etc….

Don’t get bogged down with the “sample question” bit….you’ll be there for ever 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…

Hope this helps. PM me if you would like anything else.

chocaholic2011 Wed 14-Sep-11 20:26:02

Right last one - I promise (hopefully)

Standard 3 question 1 What health and safety legislation applies to you in your role as foster carer and give 2 examples of things which could happen which could break these laws???

errrr... i dunno lol

psiloveyou Mon 12-Sep-11 16:57:39

FFS I have just typed a massive reply to that question chocoholic but it disappeared.

Need to cook tea now but will do it again when the LOs are all in bed.
Can I ask, what LA are you with?. I have passed my CWDC on to several other carers with my FPSWs approval. They don't care how it gets done as long as they are completed. If you happen to work for my LA I will happily e mail you a copy. If not could your SW put you in touch with another carer who will let you have a look at theirs.
Is the question you ask about in standard 6 because mine is worded slightly differently.
The answers you are giving are great by the way.

SimplyTes Mon 12-Sep-11 13:52:05

Hello, I have been fostering for about 6 months and have to finish my CWDC asap. I have completed training on and along with three day training course have completed all standards - just need to fill out booklet. Can you ask your agency/council to enroll you on relevant on-line courses? They include, promoting positive contact, keeping records, child protection awareness etc.

Tip: Keep refering to ECM - every child matters and the five rules.

chocaholic2011 Mon 12-Sep-11 12:44:20

Thanks Scarlet- I thought the CWDC book was standard??

Sorry hassling you all again, Question on CWDC again, not really sure what answer they are looking for??

"What are the responsibilities of your fostering service and of foster carers for protecting and safeguarding children" Does it mean some sort of specific quotes from children Act or something???

Help AAAARRRRGGGGG! gota finish this thing this month too b4 our first review???!


scarlet5tyger Wed 24-Aug-11 19:51:27

I've just finished mine but it sounds really different to yours! Did they do different books for different areas of the Country??? I stressed over mine for 2 years but once I finally sat down to do it with my support worker it was much more straightforward than I'd made it in my head. I did have to pack the kids off for the day so I could concentrate though.

Just looking at your last post though Choc, I'd agree with everything you've put but might also add:

1) Any special events or trips taken (birthday parties, zoo trips etc), milestone achievements (first tooth, first steps etc) - I foster babies

2) Can't think of anything to add

3) Perhaps planned holidays?

4) Care plans or decisions made by SS - I always let child's SW pass on any long term plans and keep my conversations with parents on day to day matters.

Not sure if any of this helps as your ideas already seem fine to me!

chocaholic2011 Wed 24-Aug-11 12:52:32

Sorry me again!!HELP

doing standard 4 - communication

Info which should be passed on to parents - ive put health, school achievements? anything else??

What should happen to info a FC might pass on to you - i've put record and pass to SW?

Example of a decision you should consult with parent? weaning/haircut???

confidentional information you should not share with parent? disclosure of abuse??

What do you think? am I along the right lines or missing the obvious!! lol

If anyone is currently working on CWDC and wants to " buddy up" pls get in touch - also if anyone wants to sell me their book answers -pls get in touch (only joking - a bit)lol!!!!

NanaNina Wed 29-Jun-11 20:43:10

This sounds like the old Health & Safety checklist we always did before CWDC - I retired before that came in. I think it's just appalling that so many of you are worrying about this - what the heck are your link workers doing - they should be assisting you - by way of a meeting or individual workers assisting their carers. Foster carers were meant to complete the H & S checklist (which got longer and longer) but I always did it - in fairness it was only a tick box but there was a space for comments. It's ridiculous to expect foster carers to spend 10 hours on this - and what happens to it when it's completed? If it is the H& S check (and it sounds like it) this had to be done obviously before the applicants went to panel. Sometimes there would be issues that needed to be addressed and if that involved considerable expense, then we as a LA agreed that it would not be fair to ask applicants to spend money before approval, and so the approval was given subject to the H & S issue beign addressed.

I am always amazed on these threads that so many of you are not assertive enough with the social workers - someone said she nodded and pretended she understood - another that she was afraid others would think she was thick. This makes me very sad - foster carers are like gold dust and should be assisted in their incredibily hard task, by social workers, not left to worry over some stupid form. Often the social workers themselves don't understand these forms (especially if they are new and inexperienced) - you could contact Fostering Network (national organisation for foster carers) for info on these forms and I'm sure they will be helpful but will also I suspect encourage you to get help from your link worker.

p99gmb Wed 29-Jun-11 08:21:50

play equipment - ensure it is 'age appropriate'
electric - check flexes for breaks/kinks regularly, ensure no 'trip' hazards from cables, have any electrical items used by children 'pap' tested annually

Apparently ever foster carer should have a fire evacuation plan in place
- ensure access to keys for locked windows is possible
- run through with older children how to get out in various situations depending on where the fire is

Its endless!!! They told us covering basic items and demonstrating a knowledge was sufficient, it doesn't have to be every single item!

Keep smiling smile

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