Training for Foster Carers

Our free training is designed to give you valuable skills and confidence. You won’t have to go far either – we’re a national Group but all our training is delivered by your local agency.

Foster carer training

Our training courses are available to all our foster carers. They’re completely free, high-quality, flexible and straightforward. They’ve been designed to give you valuable skills and help you grow in confidence and knowledge.

Our foster care training has been created to fit around your lifestyle. This means you won’t have to go far to find one of our training centres, and you can access additional courses from your computer, tablet and smartphone.

  • Our trainers have personal experience of fostering
  • You can meet and share stories with other carers, new and experienced
  • Begin with our Skills to Foster (your basic training) – what foster carers do and how to care for children with interactive and engaging sessions
  • Specialist training in areas, like caring for children with challenging behaviours or who are on the autism spectrum


Our most popular courses

We offer overview courses for new foster carers, as well as more bespoke training for specialist types of foster care.

Here are some of our most popular courses:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Supporting young people with Autism and Asperger’s
  • Attachment and bonding in abused and neglected children (DDP)
  • Parent and child fostering

This in turn provides you with the self-assurance and know-how to face your fostering adventure with the backing of a nationally recognised fostering family support team on hand should you need us.


Train to improve children’s emotional health

Some children have not had the chance to develop a secure, positive, close relationship with a parent or caregiver in early life which can lead to trauma and difficulties in trusting others.

The National Fostering Group recognise the importance of equipping our foster carers with the skills they need to care for traumatised children and young people, and we offer a range of support services to both carers and children.

One of the key approaches we use is Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). This is an attachment focused therapy and parenting approach that helps improve the emotional health of children and supports the reparative healing that traumatised children need.

This approach was originally developed by Dan Hughes as a therapeutic intervention for families who were fostering or had adopted children with significant developmental trauma and insecurity of attachment. It is consistent with the needs of children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma.

DDP training is available to both new and experienced carers.

The questions that I was asked in my panel interview I already knew the answers to because of the Skills to Foster training.

Jane, National Fostering Group carer

Start your fostering journey with National Fostering Group

  • We’re 14 close-knit independent fostering agencies
  • Over 3,500 carers already part of our family
  • Benefit from our local support groups and social workers