Your required training begins during your application to become a foster carer and continues throughout your time with us in the form of additional professional development.
The questions that I was asked in my panel interview I already knew the answers to because of the Skills To Foster training.
Once you’ve been approved as a foster carer, you’re eligible to receive your first placement. Your supervising social worker will encourage you to get started on mandatory courses as soon as possible. They include topics such as:
I found the whole course to be helpful… I can’t pick one bit out that was most useful but the course as a whole has changed my perception on fostering. I am now more eager and excited to get into helping children feel safe and happy in our care, hopefully changing their lives for the better.
Great outcomes for our foster children are achieved by investing in you. Our aim is to 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 more satisfaction in your role as a care professional.
We encourage a culture of lifelong learning, so once you’ve mastered the mandatory training, try some additional optional training – we don’t place any limits on the courses you can do. Our training platform Shine provides something for everyone, and we’re launching new courses all the time.
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.