Free online learning resource for foster carers of children and young people with disabilities


The Fostering Network has partnered with Disability Matters to put together a free online learning resource for foster carers.

The Disability Matters for Foster Carers learning package comprises eight courses focussed on issues relevant to foster carers of children and young people with disabilities. The package provides the perfect starting point for developing your understanding about the health and wellbeing of children and young people with disabilities.

​Launched in February 2015, disability Matters offers a range of resources that have all been co-developed including contributions from young people with disabilities and parent carers.

The site offers 96 courses in total covering a broad range of topics with the aim of providing high quality, practical advice enabling learners to better support young people to achieve the outcomes that matter to them.

The e-learning has been very well received a since the launch, with 86% of learners reporting that Disability Matters was helpful or very helpful and 77% of learners saying that Disability Matters has boosted their confidence.

One learner writes: “I have never had the confidence to work with children with certain hidden disabilities because I didn’t have the knowledge or skills. These short e-learning sessions are very good and I can’t wait to do some more next week. Thank you for a wonderful resource.”

The e-learning package can be accessed here free of charge.