Training courses

The Fostering Network can provide individual or packages of courses on a variety of topics to meet your service’s needs. Our in-service training can be tailored to benefit all professionals in the team around the child, while our open courses equip individuals in your team with the knowledge they need to enhance their role.

The Fostering Network have supported foster carers and services with training for many years, from developing the leading pre-approval training The Skills to Foster™, Managing Allegations and Fostering Panel training through to providing packages of courses covering a variety of topics to meet your foster carers's and service’s needs. Much of our training is designed to benefit both foster carers and social workers. We believe that there are significant mutual benefits for foster carers and social workers to access training together, both enriching the training itself and strengthening relationships within the team around the child. We deliver training in two ways:

Open courses

Our open courses provide an affordable way for members of the team to learn, expand their knowledge and improve practice. Check out and book into our upcoming courses on our training calendar. 

Open Course Calendar

 

In-House Training 

All courses on our Training Pathways can be delivered as in-house training and can be tailored to your service. Our team of in-house and associate practice experts will work with you to identify the needs of training participants and design a course to meet their specific needs. Courses are delivered virtually or on-site. We provide a post-training evaluation report as part of the package to demonstrate the impact of the training and further learning opportunities.

 

Training Pathways 

Our training pathways are shaped by The Department for Education’s Training Support and Development Standards for Foster Care in England, the Scottish Social Services Council’s The Standard for Foster Care, and the Welsh National Fostering Framework’s Post Approval Learning and Development Framework, to aid you in meeting the training standards required of your foster carers. We are continuously working to add to our training portfolio. If you have a training need not listed, please contact us to discuss your requirements. 


Pre-approval courses for foster carers and service staff

The Skills to FosterTM 

Contact us to find out more about The Skills to FosterTM and how it can work for you and your service.

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Pre-approval courses for service staff only

Foster Carer Assessment / Assessment tools             
Fostering Panel             
The Skills to Foster™: train the trainer stage 1 
The Skills to Foster™: train the trainer stage 2

Contact us to book any of these courses or to discuss the aims and objectives.

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Post-approval (entry and consolidation) courses for foster carers and service staff

Attachment focussed parenting            
Attachment, trauma and child development            
Caring for children who are sexually abused             
Caring for Children who have been Abused: a male perspective            
Communicating with Children             
Contact             
Court skills            
Delegated Authority             
Education and fostering             
Emotional abuse and neglect             
Family and Friends Foster Care            
Finance and Foster Care / Finance in foster care            
Fostering in a Digital World / Social media and digital technology             
Health             
LGBTQ+            
Life Story Work            
Managing Allegations and Standards of care Concern            
Managing Stress in Foster Care / Taking care of yourself             
Managing your own children's needs             
Men and foster care / Men in Foster Care / Men who Foster            
Moving Forward / Moving into Adulthood / Moving Children On            
Nonviolent resistance             
Parent and child together             
Participation with Children and Young People (through the Walking Tall project)    
Record Keeping            
Record Keeping for Parent and Child Placements            
Relationship based play             
Safeguarding levels 1 and 2            
Safer caring: a new approach / Safer caring            
Secure Base Model            
Telling children difficult information            
Therapeutic play            
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children             
Understanding behaviour     

Contact us to book any of these courses or to discuss the aims and objectives.

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Post-approval (entry and consolidation) courses for service staff only

Agency Decision Maker            
Annual Reviews            
Court Skills                         
Emergency placements             
Family and friends foster care            
Fostering regulations and standards             
Panel training             
Fostering in a Digital World / Social media and digital technology             
Social services and wellbeing act            
Supervision and the Supervising Social Worker / The Role of the Supervising Social Worker            
Understanding the Fostering Regulations, Guidance and NMS

Contact us to book any of these courses or to discuss the aims and objectives.

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Career Development (experienced and mentor) courses for foster carers and service staff

Building your Foster Carer Association (FCA)            
Fostering Panel 
How to Run a Good Foster Carer Support Group            
Parent and Child Together             
Peer Mentoring             
Permanence in Foster Care            
Preparing children and carers for moves             
Secure Base Model            
The Skills to Foster™: train the trainer stage 1 / Skills to Foster leaders course    
The Skills to Foster™: train the trainer stage 2            
Staying Put / When I'm Ready            
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children    

Contact us to book any of these courses or to discuss the aims and objectives.

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Career Development (experienced and mentor) courses for service staff only 

         
Terminations of Approval

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If you are interested in finding out more about our training courses or have a specific need, please contact us.

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I thought that the training was very good at refreshing my knowledge and a good learning opportunity. It was very well delivered by someone that understood my role as a foster carer and what I would need to improve to help me in fostering children..
Previous participant, Safer Caring
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