Our training courses

Fostering is a rewarding career and we want to help you get the very best out of it. Foster Careline provides an ongoing programme of free-to-attend training courses throughout the year for foster carers. We put in place tailored programmes for each of our foster carers to support them and provide the best possible care for their foster families.

We employ expert external trainers to deliver up-to-date and relevant courses.

Face-to-face training, support groups and some activities are run from our office but most of your work can be done from home and our social workers visit you.

We understand the challenges of running a busy home and fitting in children, work and school. We run training courses from our centre, but can also facilitate sessions closer to your home to cut down on travel time and help you make the most out of each session.

Mandatory training

Skills to foster‘ is a mandatory training course will be completed during your application process. Designed to prepare you for fostering, it will help you decide whether fostering is the right career for you.

Ongoing training

Once approved, there is a range of mandatory training which must be completed, and kept up to date, during your foster care career. This includes specific training in safeguarding, recording and reporting, safeguarding, paediatric first aid, equality & diversity, PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy) and TSDS (training, support and development standards). There is also a two-day mandatory course for carers wishing to specialise in parent & child placements.

Complementary training

We actively support and encourage our carers to develop their skills and knowledge and have a range of complementary training courses that are free to attend. These may include:

Social media has a pervasive role in children and young people’s lives. This course explores its potential effects and safe, positive ways to engage with it.

This course gives an overview of the Dan Hughes PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy) model – a therapeutic approach which can work wonders with children and young people. The course explains the complex behaviours of children who have suffered developmental trauma (attachment difficulties) and will help carers to consolidate therapeutic parenting strategies to work more effectively together, achieving better outcomes for children and young people.

This session is run by Nick Barwick, who has first-hand experience that unfortunately a lot of children in the care system go through.

He shares some inspiring stories of how he was destined to fail but otherwise overcame some of life’s greatest obstacles and now looks to help others.

This is a one-day training course which will provide participants with up-to-date knowledge and equip them with practical skills to use when working with young people with ADHD and associated conditions, covering:

  • The history and context of ADD and ADHD
  • The process of diagnosis and treatment
  • Develop and practice skills and approaches to care for children and young people with ADHD

Relationships are fundamental to human experience, and in this course you will learn about the common attachment types and how they affect a person’s life.

Get an up-to-date understanding of the substances, the legal framework, and the societal patterns of drug use which are impacting young people today.

Run by Craig Pinkney, a criminologist, Urban Youth Specialist and Chief Executive of SOLVE: The Centre for Youth Violence and Conflict.

Learners will understand:

  • The evolution of county lines, youth violence, gang culture,
  • The key drivers for and indicators of county lines activity and gang membership.
  • The role of young women in criminal and sexual exploitation
  • The impact of early intervention
  • Understanding gang culture and local and national resources to support young people involved in county lines and gang activity and sexual and criminal exploitation

A mandatory two-day training course for parent and child foster carers. By the end of the two days, participants will have a more in-depth understanding of:

  • Legal frameworks
  • Types of parent and child arrangements
  • The role of the foster carer
  • ‘Good enough’ parenting
  • Recording skills
  • Safeguarding
  • Safer caring
  • Managing risk
  • Referrals and matching
  • Placement planning
  • Supervision
  • Relationships
  • Support and training
  • Managing endings
  • Lessons learned from serious case reviews

This is a cutting edge one day training course combining the latest neuro-scientific research into autism with experiential exercises that will help you to understand what it might be like to live with some of the characteristics of autism:

  • Explore the history of autism
  • New diagnostic criteria and how the triad of impairments has become a dyad
  • The impact of genetic and environmental factors in the ‘explosion’ of autism
  • How the brain of someone with autism may differ from a neuro-typical brain
  • Strategies for supporting young people who experience symptoms of an autistic spectrum condition

Build an understanding of;

  • The importance of timely, respectful and accurate recordings
  • The legislative frameworks requiring us to record
  • Why we need to record and how records may be used in the short and long term
  • Recognising how recordings can keep you and the child or young person in your care safe and assist you in the event of an allegation
  • Being mindful of language we use when recording

This training will explore the causes, symptoms and long-term effects of parental mental health issues and strategies for working with parents. Particularly useful for parent and child foster carers.

Speak to us about training

To find out more about any of the courses mentioned above, or any other training and development resources, please speak to your Supervising Social worker, or call the office on 0151 378 6873.

Could you improve a child’s experience of life?

If you would like to find out more about the skills and qualities we’re looking for in a foster carer, we would love to hear from you.