Developing your skills and career in the long term
Children and young people are on a journey and we want to support them continuously. The same applies to our foster parents, making sure they have the skills and know-how to manage the situations and challenges they may face.
Training is a big part of this. When you join Fosterplus, you’ll be part of an organisation that is constantly looking to grow and develop your capabilities as a person and a foster parent.
Our training combines a blended learning experience of online e-learning, virtual courses, and face-to-face training within in our local offices, usually during school hours. Courses are generally completed in a day, but some might go over two or three – for example, Skills to Foster, your preparatory training course. They take the form of workshops and presentations, as well as discussion and practical exercises. They’re designed to be interesting and accessible to everyone and they don't involve exams or written work either.
With all of this training, we’re able to create a tailor-made package to meet your needs, interests and availability.
Training for every stage of your career
We have a large programme of training courses and modules, and they fall into three broad categories.
As part of the assessment, you’ll attend a three-day ‘Skills to Foster’ course which gives you a basic and practical introduction to fostering.
Core training modules
Once you become an approved foster parent, you’ll work through a series of key training modules over your first year or two.
Once you become an approved foster parent, you’ll work through a series of key training modules over your first year or two. In addition to key aspects of child behaviour and psychology, our training courses cover vital topics that all foster parents need to know, including;
- First aid
- Safer Caring
- Health & Safety
- Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
- Protecting Rights in a Caring Environment (PRICE)
- Medication & Health Care
You’ll also learn more about the Secure Base model, which gives you a practical framework for fostering and helps you build strong relationships with the children and young people in your care.
Support for the family
With Fosterplus, you'll be connected to the support you need 24/7/365. This ranges from a dedicated social worker, regular support groups, direct access to Fosterplus management and an out of hours service.Find out more
Careful, considered matching is key, and over many years' experience, we've developed an outstanding reputation for quality matching and excellent outcomes for children in care.Find out more
You’ll benefit from an attractive fostering payment for when a child is in your care, together with other benefits and rewards. Find out how much you could receive using our allowance calculator.Find out more
Can't find what you're looking for?
One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your fostering queries.
You can get in touch by filling out our online enquiry form with any queries that you may have.
Your local team
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