Fostering Training & Support provided to our Foster Carers

We are committed to providing on-going quality training that is accessible and relevant to all our foster carers.

During the assessment all of our foster carers complete the preparation training course called `Skills to Foster’. The course is focused on preparing you for fostering.

Following your approval, on-going training and development is provided to;Fostering Ethos

  • Ensure you receive a comprehensive induction training programme
  • Improve your knowledge and continuously develop your knowledge and skills in relation to fostering
  • Ensure that you are competent and confident in safer caring and in protecting children and young people from harm
  • Encourage you to take responsibility for your own professional development

All our foster carers are required to complete a minimum amount of training on relevant subjects, including;Foster Dad

  • Child Protection
  • Caring for children who have been abused
  • Safer Caring and Safeguarding
  • Child Development
  • Promoting Contact
  • Promoting Identity and Self-esteem
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Attachment, Separation and Loss
  • Managing Challenging Behaviour
  • First Aid and Health and Safety
  • Education of fostered children and young people
  • Caring for children with disabilities
  • Preparing children and young people for adulthood
  • Legislation and Regulations, Record Keeping

In order to be approved to offer parent and child placements, our foster carers must also undertake a specialist training course, which covers; Therapeutic Milieu

  • An introduction to parent and child placements
  • Tools used to assess the parent and their child in their care
  • Keeping the parent and their child safe from harm
  • Caring for parents with a learning disability
  • How parents form relationships with their children
  • Developing recording and report writing skills


We are committed to providing on-going quality support that is accessible and appropriate to all our foster carers. Five Rivers Fostering

You will receive regular contact from your supervising social worker and will be provided with written advice and guidance about caring for children and young people. 87

Monthly supervision and support meetings are held between supervising social workers and all our foster carers. Supervising social workers have primary responsibility for developing the skills of our foster carers and identifying their training needs. Supervision visits are an opportunity to discuss the needs of the child in placement and ensure you are able to progress the child’s care plan. Any concerns or difficulties are identified and discussed with an action plan identified. Foster Care Case Study

At weekends, bank holidays and at night all our foster carers have access to our on-call service which is staffed by supervising social workers who are supported by a Registered Manager. Attachment

Our foster carers also have access to family support workers who can assist you and the child or young person you are fostering. Foster Child

All foster carers are reviewed, which is an opportunity to appraise the past year of your fostering career, setting new goals and actions for the year ahead. Training needs are identified and a training plan agreed. 94

We have a comprehensive, yet easy to understand, Foster Carer Handbook that every one of our approved foster carers has access to in order to aid them with their fostering task. – See more at: Fostering Support.


Regular support groups are held in venues convenient for our foster carers. These are groups where information can be shared, any issues can be raised with us and most importantly, carers can learn from and support each other.


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      • Our education staff are able to offer support to our foster carers in negotiating with schools and promoting children and young people’s educational needs*
      • Our therapists are available to provide expert guidance and support to foster carers of children and young people who are experiencing serious emotional difficulties*
      • We provide our foster carers with Membership to the Fostering Network who offer free independent advice, the latest information and support on a range of issues relating to fostering
      • The Government also funds Fosterline, the confidential advice line for foster carers and prospective foster carers that provides independent, impartial advice about fostering issues.


We are committed to providing a careful matching process to ensure that the needs of the children and young people are met by the skills and experience of our foster carers.

Five Rivers Fostering Service has dedicated Placement Officers who are the first point of contact for enquiries about placement choices and who liaise closely with supervising social workers, foster carers and local authorities to ensure the best possible match for child or young person and foster carer.