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Training for Foster Carers

Our free training is designed to give you valuable skills, confidence and greater satisfaction in your role. You won’t have to go far – while we’re a national group, our training is delivered at a venue close to you and online.

Foster carer skills training

Professional 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 many 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
  • You will gain the self-assurance and skills to meet the challenges of your fostering role head-on

Our most popular fostering courses

We offer overview courses for new foster carers, as well as more bespoke training for specialist types of foster care. Our most popular courses include:

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

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

The power to manage your own training

Whether it’s an e-learning course, virtual classroom or face to face training, you will book all your training through Shine. 

This award-winning platform provides a personalised training journey where you can proactively manage personal development and keep on top of training compliance. 

  • Search and filter 100s of courses by topic, category or time taken
  • Use on your laptop, mobile phone or tablet at any time – 24/7 access
  • Book courses around your childcare requirements
  • Automatically updates your foster carer personal record
  • Add external qualifications in a few easy steps
  • See which courses your supervising social worker recommends

Your supervising social worker will help you get to grips with the system and Shine also offers excellent user support.

Train to improve a foster child’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.

We 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.

We’ve done quite a bit of training, and it’s all been really detailed. The core training was really useful, and the training about attachment and trauma is really interesting.

Christine & Shahzad, National Fostering Group carers

Foster care training is an investment – in you

National Fostering Group is committed to providing first rate fostering that has positive outcomes for the child. Our goal is to build incredible futures for vulnerable children and young people in the UK.

One way we achieve this is by encouraging you to undertake training. By investing in you, we empower you to give children and young people a safe, supportive and nurturing environment where they can thrive and be happy. It also gives you a great sense of satisfaction in your role as a care professional.

If you have any questions about foster care training, or any other aspect of becoming a carer, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local team.

Start your fostering journey with National Fostering Group

  • We have fostering agencies all across the UK
  • Over 3,000 carers already part of our family
  • Benefit from our local support groups and social workers