ON MONDAY (3 October), the nine foster carers from Thurrock Council’s Therapeutic Fostering Service received their Certificate in Therapeutic Foster Care from mayor, Cllr Charlie Curtis.
The certificate, which is taken with the University of Essex, is equivalent to half a first-year degree.
The University of Essex designed this ground-breaking course to increase the skills and knowledge of Thurrock Therapeutic foster carers. Therapeutic Fostering is part of the Thurrock Fostering Service and provides for children and young people who need specialist care.
Most of the group had not studied at this level before and despite busy lives as full-time carers, they completed a year of reading and assignments, with weekly tutorials from course tutor Jane Herd.