Training for Foster Carers
“They had everything covered from the expertise and resources to the training we needed to help us help the children we would be looking after” Amanda & Stephen, Foster Carers
Training for foster carers is important as we believe that fostering requires more than just ‘good enough’ parenting.
As a foster carer, you will be supporting some of most vulnerable children and young people in the UK. The training you receive will help you greatly in this role.
We provide a full calendar of training events focusing on the skills and knowledge you will need to effectively support a young person. Some of these events will be online, and some will be face-to-face at our Lancashire and Wolverhampton offices.
Once approved, you will meet with your Supervising Social Worker to develop a Carer Development Plan for the year ahead. This is reviewed during supervision on a quarterly basis.
Our training calendar is issued in November every year, so you can plan ahead and earmark the courses you must attend, as well as those you would like to.
Fostering Training Courses
There are many fostering training courses to help you develop your skills as a foster parent. Each foster family will have a personal development plan which charts your development throughout your fostering journey.
There is mandatory training for foster carers which you must complete. Some of these courses are in our offices and some are online training courses which you can do from home. We also recommend free online training courses for foster carers in our monthly newsletters and email shots.
As well as mandatory training, we provide many optional courses that we highly recommend. Training course topics include:
- Advanced safeguarding
- Secure Base
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Record Keeping
- Communicating with Children & Young People
- De-Escalation Techniques
- Therapeutic Parenting
- Teenage Development & Managing Behaviour
Sometimes additional training is required for foster carers depending on the needs of a young person. If needed, we will provide specific training to ensure the needs of a child or young person are met.
We take feedback on our training courses and regularly add new ones onto the calendar. If you know of a training event that we are not covering, let us know and we’ll look into it.
Attending training is part of your commitment to delivering the best outcomes for the young people you look after.
Fostering can be challenging at times, and foster carers must be equipped with the necessary tools to manage challenges that arise.
Training for foster carers is important for this reason, but also for the growth and development of foster parents themselves.
That’s why we also offer our foster carers the option of completing a Level 3 Diploma in the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce, fully funded by Family Care.
Completing the Level 3 Diploma can also increase your fostering allowances, providing you have completed mandatory training.