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Support and training for carers

Welcome to our friendly fostering team.

When you become a foster carer, you become part of our team. There may sometimes be difficult situations to deal with, but we'll always be on hand with advice, guidance and practical support to help you along the way. 

There are lots of learning and development opportunities available to our foster carers. 'Introduction to  fostering' is the foundation level training course you must complete before you welcome a child into your home. 

As you progress in fostering you can take more advanced training to develop your own skills. 

These include: 

  • First aid skills
  • Safe caring
  • Child protection
  • Managing behaviour. 

Training courses are held at a range of venues across the county and at times to suit the fostering task.  We also have an expanding number of online training courses available.

Advanced training courses 

Some foster carers decide to take their learning further and develop fostering into their full-time career. Each year we are keen to enrol some of our foster carers onto the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce, which is an online distance learning accredited qualification that's free to foster carers.

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Foster Carers Charter 2024 (PDF) [426KB] (opens new window)

Fostering Statement of Purpose (PDF) [551KB] (opens new window)

Children and young people's guide to fostering (PDF) [252KB] (opens new window)

Foster carer handbook (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)


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