foster care training

Foster Care Training

Like any career, fostering is a journey of learning. And just as there are different types of fostering, there are also different pathways you can take, depending on your interests. For example, specialising in asylum seeking children. Our foster parent training, support and development will help you become the best foster carer that you can be.

Taking our foster carers, and our services, to the next level

Our training courses package has been developed to support you in any activities. Our aim is simple: to help you become the very best foster carer you can be. There are different types of foster carer training and all our training is mapped to regulations and national minimum standards.

Introduction to Fostering

All of our prospective foster carers complete pre-approval training during their assessment process that explores:

Mandatory training

Once approved as a foster carer, there is a comprehensive programme of ongoing training and development available across our fostering network; starting with mandatory courses that all foster carers will receive. Covering all the ‘essentials’ that every foster carer needs to know for looking after children and young people, this takes place at the beginning of your career, and carries on throughout with regular refreshers along the way. Topics covered include:

Health and safety

Equality and diversity

Identity and self-esteem

Child protection

Attachment and child development


First aid

Protecting children & safeguarding foster carers

Managing difficult behaviour

Understanding self harm

As part of your development, you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in weekly group training sessions run by our dedicated FCA Scotland therapist.

Complementary training

We actively encourage and support our foster carers to develop their skills and knowledge through our comprehensive training programme. We have a wide range of courses available both online training courses and face to face training which inform part of your Personal Development Plan. Our fostering training courses are designed to develop your all-round fostering skills and/or support you in taking on more specialist fostering placements, this specialist training covers issues such as complex trauma and sexually harmful behaviour. It’s a big programme, and it’s being added to all the time. They’re all pieces in the jigsaw of being a better foster carers, and you’re welcome to attend as many as you like. These courses help to develop the practice of foster carers offering a greater depth of knowledge, theory and practical application.

online training

Online learning

As well as training and workshops, we offer a number of programmes through ‘Learnative’, our exclusive online portal which enhances your learning and gives you more control over how and when you learn.

This combination of face to face and online learning experiences means we’re able to offer you a flexible and continuous programme of learning and development opportunities to meet your needs, whatever and however you want to learn.

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Whether you’re ready to start your journey or just want to chat to an expert, we're here to talk.

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