Our foster training programme is extensive and is tailored to meet the needs of caring for children who may have had a difficult start in life, in addition to providing you with advice, information and foster care training courses to help with you becoming a foster carer.
At FosterCare UK we are committed to providing our foster parents with the skills they need to provide the best possible care service. As a member of the FosterCare UK team, you’ll have access to a range of high-quality foster carer training opportunities to help you meet the national minimum standards for fostering as well as aid in your professional development.
Training for our foster carers starts as soon as you apply to become a foster parent. All prospective foster carers are required to attend our ‘Skills to Foster’ training course. This preparatory course is based on a programme originally developed by the Fostering Network and aims to raise awareness about potential issues you may face as a foster carer.
These fostering courses are delivered with help from experienced carers who have received specific Fostering Network training – as well as managers, FosterCare UK staff and looked-after young people.
As an approved foster carer you will be expected to complete a minimum amount of core and specialist foster training annually to ensure you meet the Fostering Service Standards. At FosterCare UK we are dedicated to providing all the support and development services that our carers require, so we offer a wide range of training options that cover a variety of skills.
Some of this training is specific to foster parents and some courses are offered in partnership with other people involved in supporting children and young people in care.
Our annual foster care training plan is produced and distributed annually in March with the first courses starting the following month. We’re also more than happy to take requests for alternative courses – especially if your supervising social worker recommends a course that would be particularly helpful for your circumstances or foster care approval process.
Our contingent of core foster training courses includes:
Every foster carer’s training and educational needs are different. A carer who cares for young children for example, will have less need for training about care leavers. As a carer, you will have your own personal development plan which will form part of your discussion with your supervising social worker and with monthly support group meetings.
Our range of specialist training opportunities build on the skills and knowledge developed during our Core Training Programme. These classes give carers an opportunity to better understand the needs of children, young people and their families and the skills required by different types of fostering services. Our specialist training provision includes:
For more information on our fostering training and support services, or to start your journey to becoming a foster carer, please contact us today – our friendly staff are here to help. You can reach us by calling 0844 800 1941 or by filling out our online contact form.