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Support and training for transferring foster carers

As the largest independent fostering agency in the UK, we have excellent resources to support and train you. If you’re keen to be challenged and want help to be the best you can be, this is what’s in store.

A supportive team and community

Because children are the heart of everything we do, we provide our foster carers with everything they need in which to create a comfortable and nurturing home environment for them.

Professional frameworks

As a National Fostering Group carer, you’re supported round-the-clock by local, professionally qualified teams who are with you every step of the way. The teams at our local agencies are  experienced and work with you to provide a high quality of care.

  • Initially, you’ll build a close relationship with a carer recruitment officer and a supervising social worker.
  • Behind them are a strong team of registered managers, regional trainers, specialist psychologists and a 24/7 out of hours phone line for additional support and guidance.
  • If you are interested in developing existing skills (or gaining new ones) or exploring different types of fostering, you can also benefit from our dedicated support service for specialist care areas.

New friends

You’ll find yourself within the supportive network of an extended carer family too – with access to our buddy system, carer mentors, peer support groups, online groups and so much more.

Additionally, as a National Fostering Group foster carer, you’ll become a member of The Fostering Network, an independent organisation that provides professional support, legal advice and more.

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

Training for excellence and positive outcomes

First rate training is available to all our foster carers, both mandatory and optional. We believe all foster carers come to us with a unique set of abilities, skills and talent. You can add new perspectives to your experience and develop new skills with our extensive range of free and flexible courses.

  • Our most popular courses include supporting young people with autism and Asperger’s
  • We also offer key skills, avoiding burnout and stress management courses
  • Specialist training is free and delivered either online or, in some cases, at local venues
  • When you transfer to us, you’ll begin with Skills to Foster, and choose to specialise thereafter – for example, if you want to care for children with challenging behaviours.

Visit the Support and Benefits section for a full breakdown of the support and training you will receive as a foster carer with us.

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Frequently asked questions

Will I be offered training if I transfer to a new foster agency?

Yes, as much as you want! All our foster carers – new and those transferring – are offered three-day basic training (Skills To Foster). It’s an excellent induction into how we operate and you get to meet other local carers. After that, you can choose from wide range of different courses, which take place at local venues or online. Our most popular courses include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and supporting young people with Autism and Asperger’s. Read more about training when you transfer to a new foster agency.

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