Irish Foster Care Association: Foster Carer Reviews Training Workshop with Bridget McDonagh

We are very pleased to offer IFCA members who are foster carers the opportunity to take part in a training workshop to support you.

About this Event

Foster Carer Reviews Training workshop with Bridget McDonagh

We are very pleased to offer IFCA members who are foster carers the opportunity to take part in a training workshop to support you in how you can best participate in foster care reviews. The workshop will provide participants an opportunity to receive information, share experiences, ask questions and learn from each other.
Aim of workshop: to support foster carers in how they can best participate in the reviews of their continuing capacity to provide high quality foster care and to assist with the identification of gaps in the fostering service as set out in Standard 17 of the National Standards for Foster Care.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop, it is hoped that you will:

  • understand the purpose and process of foster carer reviews
  • be able to identify the pro-active steps that you can take to prepare in advance, and be an active participant during your own foster carer review to ensure it is done with you as opposed to about you
  • know who is being asked to provide written contributions to your review and what social workers do with this information about you
  • understand the steps you can take if you consider you have been misunderstood in the process or misrepresented in the reports.

Practical details

How much will it cost?
Tickets are €10 per person. The workshop is subsidised by IFCA.

Who is the workshop for?
The workshop is for foster carers who are members of IFCA.

Where and when will the workshops take place?
Tues 20 November Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee, Co Kerry

What time will the workshop take place?
09.30 − 10.00 Registration, tea and coffee
10.00 – 13.00 Workshop

Will I receive a certificate for attending?
Participants who complete the workshop will receive a certificate of attendance from IFCA.

How can I book a place?
You can book your ticket here on Eventbrite at the following link A waiting list will be used if the course is over-subscribed.

What if the workshop isn’t running in my area?
Please email us at if you would like this workshop to take place in your area and we will try to meet your needs when planning further ones.

About the trainer, Bridget McDonagh

Bridget brings to this workshop a wealth of experience and skills in foster care from over 20 years working across the fields of therapeutic, treatment and general fostering and social work in Ireland and the UK.
Her career to date has been shaped by her belief in the right of every child or young person to experience safe, secure and fulfilling life experiences in family placements with highly trained and supported foster carers. She promotes the view that foster carers reviews undertaken inclusively and respectfully with foster carers as partners in the process can be a valuable opportunity for foster carers to reflect, learn and further promote their continuing professional and personal development. She is a CORU-registered social worker with a Master in Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Management. She provides independent training, consultancy and supervision services to foster care services.

For more information, please contact IFCA Learning and Development on or phone the national office on 01 459 9474.


Tralee, Co Kerry

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