Training for new foster carers

Fostering is a skilled task, so we will provide training to help you care for and understand how to support a child who has been separated from their family and who may have been neglected or abused.

Applicants will undergo the preparation course ‘Skills to Foster’.

This course includes sections on children’s needs, how to manage behaviour, and working with parents, among other aspects of fostering.

“It has helped me to understand the subtleties and complexities of looking after children that have had a damaging start.”

Once approved, foster carers are given training on a wide range of subjects, some of which are mandatory, such as Emergency First Aid and Safeguarding. Carers are encouraged to attend training to develop their skills.

Becoming a foster carer is an important step for your whole family, and we plan to offer a skills workshop to the children of parents who are applying to be foster carers.

We also value our group of foster care buddies, who work with registered carers to help them achieve the Fostering Training Standards. We also provide additional training once you become a foster carer.

Our foster carers become members of the national Fostering Network, which provides an independent advice and mediation service.