Support and training

We take the greatest care of our National Fostering Group carers by providing free, high quality, in-depth foster care training and 24/7 professional support, 365 days a year. We’re with you all the way.

National expertise – local support

Although many fostering services are arranged through our head and regional offices, the key work involving high-quality placements for individual children remains with the foster carers and their supervising social workers at a local level.

As a National Fostering Group carer, you’ll have access to a range of qualified and experienced fostering professionals, even in emergencies. They include regular contact with Carer Engagement Officers and Supervising Social Workers. We also operate a buddy system and encourage peer support through local carer support groups. In addition, we provide 24-hour telephone support and legal protection insurance.

Support for foster carers

Foster care training – delivered locally

Our training courses are available to all our foster carers. They’re completely free and you won’t have to go far to find one of our training centres. You can access additional courses from your computer, tablet and smartphone too.

We offer overview courses for new foster carers, as well as more bespoke training for specialist types of foster care. Our most popular course includes Skills to Foster (your basic training), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Supporting young people with Autism and Asperger’s.

Training for foster carers

Free membership to The Fostering Network

The Fostering Network are the UK’s leading fostering charity. They support foster carers to transform children’s lives and work with fostering services and the wider sector to develop and share best practice.

All National Fostering Group Carers receive membership to The Fostering Network, this gives you discounts on legal expenses, mortgages, holidays and family days out, including Haven, Alton Towers & Chessington World of Adventures, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Centres & Sanctuaries and much more.

The Fostering Network provide a helpline to advise on many aspects of fostering. Call 0207 401 9582 or email [email protected] to find out more.

Click here to find out more about The Fostering Network. 

Click here to find out more about the financial support available to our foster carers.


Financial support for foster carers.

There are so many different avenues within fostering and my agency gives me the tools I need, to challenge myself and grow as an expert.

Paul - National Fostering Group Foster 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