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Pre-approval training

We want to help you become the best foster carer you can be, which is why we offer quality pre-approval training.

Are you picturing lines of desks and test papers? Don’t be. Our pre-approval training is helpful, informal and, best of all, fun! It gives you the opportunity to find out more about fostering and the chance to talk to foster carers and professionals in a relaxed, laidback environment. It’ll equip you with everything you need to become a great foster carer. And there’s not an exam in sight!

What’s involved?

Journey to Foster is part of the assessment process and is designed to help you understand exactly what fostering involves and decide whether it’s right for you.

It’s held at an office near you over a three-day period and is run by social workers and experienced foster carers. You’ll come and meet the team – with a cuppa and biscuits, of course – and get to know other people who are also interested in fostering.

We’ll help you understand why children and young people are in foster care, explain your role as a foster carer and discuss how fostering may affect your family.

What’s covered in the pre-approval training?

You’ll work through six areas during the three days. These are:

  • What foster carers do
  • Team Parenting® and working together
  • Understanding children and young people
  • Safer caring
  • Helping you become a resilient and successful carer
  • Supporting children when they leave your care

There’s no test at the end; Journey to Foster is all about making sure you have all the knowledge you need to move on to panel and approval.

At FCA, we care about our carers. That’s why we offer unrivalled levels of support. And, with our excellent out of hours service, we’re only ever a phone call away.

To find out more about Journey to Foster training or to apply to become a carer, call one of our friendly advisors on 0800 434 6000 or fill in our online enquiry form.

How can we help?

Ready to start fostering a child or young person? Or just want a bit more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you? All you need to do is contact us.

  • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
  • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
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Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we're here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

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  • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
  • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
  • Please enter your postcode to see news and events in you area
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Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we,re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

Call me back

Haven't got time to chat now? Leave your details and we'll call you back at a time that suits you:

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