Support and Training

We take the greatest care of our NFA Family foster carers, giving you in-depth foster care training and 24/7 support, 365 days a year.

You’ll be part of an expert team of professionals who work together to improve the quality of life of foster children. So with support groups and social workers on call, you’ll never be on your own.

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.

Foster care training

The NFA Fostering Family provides foster care training courses that are available to all of our foster carers. They’re completely free and are high-quality, flexible and straightforward. They’re 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, so 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. 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:

  • Skills to Foster (your basic training)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Supporting young people with Autism and Aspergers
  • Attachment and bonding in abused and neglected children
  • Parent and child fostering

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

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 NFA Fostering Family recognise the importance of equipping our foster carers with the skills they need to care for traumatised children and young people, we do this by offering 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 and is consistent with the needs of children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma.

If you are considering becoming a foster carer and are interested in finding out how this therapeutic approach could help you to support a traumatised child or young person then please contact us for further information.

If you are already a foster carer and would like to be trained and supported by one of our DDP practitioners then we’d love to hear from you too, so please call us for a chat on 0800 044 3030.

We’re with you all the way

As an NFA Fostering Family carer you’re supported round-the-clock by local, professionally qualified teams who are with you ever step of the way:

Carer Engagement Officers: Build relationships with prospective foster carers and also support our current foster carers by running support groups and planning fun events for the entire fostering household.

Regional Managers: Bring together the community of carers, whilst been advocates for the children and young people in our care and ensuring that safeguarding is a top priority.

Supervising Social Workers: From the very start of your adventure you will be allocated your own supervising social worker who will be with you throughout your assessment and beyond. They will provide you guidance, access to training and support and simply be there for a chat.

Extended Carer Family: With 14 agencies within our NFA Fostering Family you will be supported by all of our carers, through our fostering buddy system, support groups, online groups and so much more. We encourage our foster carers to build strong relationships with each other as we value that our foster carers are the ones that truly know what it is like to foster and with their knowledge and support fostering is made easier!

In addition to all this support we also offer:

  • 24-hour telephone support
  • A monthly visit and a weekly telephone call
  • A fostering allowance to help financially with caring for a child or young person.
  • The opportunity to meet with other foster carers at support groups
  • Membership of the Fostering Network
  • Legal protection insurance
  • Regular foster carer’s news and information

"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 - NFA Fostering Family Foster Carer.

But that’s not all…

Regional Managers support the supervising social workers and our foster carers

Carer Mentors are experienced foster carers who advise and support our current foster carers

Support Groups are held locally for you to discuss issues with social workers and other foster carers from your area

Support Service is available to provide additional professional support services for specialist care areas

All our foster carers are members of the Fostering Network, an independent organisation providing quality professional support

Regional Trainers are responsible for making sure you receive the training you need to be a great foster carer

Senior Managers attend consultations around the country to discuss local and national issues with you and other foster carers