Future Families is committed to ensuring that all our carers have access to training to enhance their learning and development. Before you become a foster carer and as part of the assessment process, all prospective foster carers are invited and expected to attend our training programme called ‘skills to foster’. The course is fun and informative and will provide prospective foster carers with information and knowledge about the reasons why children are looked after, what foster carers do, working with professionals, safe caring and information about our agency are some of the areas explored on this three day event. Once you have attended panel and are approved we invite foster carers to attend a one day Induction Workshop where carers are provided with further information about Future Families policies and procedures, information about the organisation and the referrals we receive from local authorities.

When you become an approved foster carer we continue to encourage and support our carers with post approval training as we see this as being an essential part of your fostering role. Our comprehensive training programme contributes to foster carers learning and professional development and enables them to offer children quality support and care. We offer foster carers an opportunity to attend training such as, first aid, attachment, managing difficult behaviours, SHADES, education, contact issues, safe caring and child protection plus many more courses. Foster Carers also have an opportunity to continue their learning at home through e-learning programmes that can be accessed electronically. This package offers foster carers opportunities to increase their knowledge and skills in areas such as, communicating with children and young people, children’s rights, sexual development and sexual abuse, autism and many more. All foster carers are expected to complete Training Support Development (TSD) training and Future Families provides four workshops to assist and support foster carers in completing their TSD workbook and demonstrate their competence as carers. If foster carers wish they are encouraged and supported to attain either NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care Qualification or a B.tec Advanced Award in fostering via e-learning.