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 since 2018

"Without all this training knowledge and support from Family Care, we wouldn't be where we are now...thank you once again to everyone!"

Wendy and Ken, Fostering since 2021

Fostering requires more than just ‘good enough’ parenting, and foster care training should reflect that.

We provide a full calendar of foster carer training events focusing on the skills and knowledge you will need to effectively support a young person.  Some are online training courses, and some are face-to-face.

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.

You will also meet with your Supervising Social Worker to work on a Carer Development Plan (training plan) for the year ahead.

Training Courses for Foster Carers

We provide a wide variety of training to help you develop your skills as a foster carer.

Some training is mandatory, and some is optional.  Fostering training courses include:

  • Advanced safeguarding
  • Secure Base
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Record Keeping
  • Attachment
  • Managing Transitions
  • Communicating with Children & Young People
  • De-Escalation Techniques
  • Therapeutic Parenting
  • Teenage Development & Managing Behaviour
  • Self-harm

There may be times when additional training might be required depending on the needs of a young person.  We will provide this to ensure the needs of a child or young person are met.

Foster Carer Development

Fostering can be challenging at times, and 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 your own growth and development.

Each family will have a personal development plan which charts your training record and what training you must complete.

Our foster carers also have the option of completing a Level 3 or level 5 Diploma in the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce, fully funded by Family Care.

Completing the Level 3 Diploma can increase your fostering allowances, providing you have completed mandatory training.

Come join us for a coffee

We host regular events where you can come join us for a coffee.
This is an informal place for you to ask questions and meet with us in person.

Enquiry Submitted

Thank you for your enquiry about fostering with Family Care! 

Our fostering team will be in touch soon with more information.  No question is a silly question so please be sure to ask us anything!

Phone: 0800 5 677677

Application Submitted

Thank you for your interest in this role, your application has been received by our HR team and is being reviewed.  

We endeavor to reply to all candidates, but if you have not heard back from us within 5-working days, unfortunately you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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