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Training and career progression

Fostering can be an incredibly rewarding career. And we’re here to help you get the very best out of it.

Whether you want to gain new qualifications, be trained to receive specialist placements or develop your fostering skills further, our training team will help you develop and progress in the direction you want to go in.

Types of training we offer

As a Foster Care Associates carer, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a wide range of courses, which are held regularly at our local offices across the country. Topics include:

  • Child protection
  • Managing difficult behaviour
  • Identity and self esteem
  • Life story work
  • Steps to adulthood
  • Young people and money
  • Working with children who have been abused
  • Health care of fostered children and young people
  • Education of fostered children and young people
  • Empowering children and young people

And as you progress on your fostering journey, you’ll have even more opportunities to further your skills through our advanced training.

Therapeutic foster care training

Living with the young person you care for means you get to know them really well and can help them begin to trust in adults again. However, to do this, we know you need specialist training and support. That’s why we run a number of training courses that teach therapeutic knowledge and skills.

Our one and two-day therapeutic courses include:

  • Understanding attachment and attachment difficulties
  • Understanding and responding to complex trauma
  • Brain development in infancy
  • Understanding and managing self-harm
  • Responding to sexually harmful behaviour
  • Introduction to reflective and therapeutic practice

We also offer weekly group training sessions including ADAPT, which stands for Attachment Difficulties and Parenting Therapeutically. These sessions are run by a therapist and offer carers the opportunity to support one another and learn from one another’s experiences.

Find out more about training opportunities with Foster Care Associates

To find out more about the training and career development available to you and how you can start fostering with Foster Care Associates, please call us 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.

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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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? 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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