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OxfordshireChildren's Services Procedures Manual

Training of Foster Carers


This procedure applies to all approved foster carers.

The Foster Carer Training Group identifies the training priorities for each year and then organises training across the county.

Foster carers are given a training bulletin and regular flyers inviting them to apply for training by booking a course online.

Where two adults in one household are approved as joint carers, both must successfully complete all mandatory training.

Where necessary, the family placement social worker will arrange practical support to enable foster carers to take up agreed training and development opportunities, providing payment for travel and child care costs.

The Supervising Social Worker's Role in Training

The role of the supervising social worker in facilitating training for foster carers is paramount. They must:


Be aware of the minimum fostering standards for training and have knowledge of training available including other resources. The basic areas that carers need to attend training, or undertake appropriate resources in are:


  • Foster carer training support and development standards;
  • First aid;
  • Safe-guarding;
  • Moving and Handling (for carers approved to take children with disabilities).

Other core training available includes the following:

  • Advocacy Skills;
  • An Introduction to Counselling and Listening Skills;
  • Assessing the Risk to Children & Young People of Domestic Violence;
  • Assessing Parent-Infant Relationships;
  • Assessment Framework for Children in Need and Their Families;
  • Attachment Theories;
  • Basic Child Development;
  • Calming and defusing;
  • Child Protection - Signs Symptoms and Safeguarding Level A;
  • Child Protection Safeguarding Level B;
  • Direct Work with Children and Young People;
  • Managing Physical Interventions;
  • Missing children, Child Sexual Exploitation and Risky Behaviours;
  • Safe Caring;
  • Caring for Children that have been neglected;
  • Caring for Children that have been Sexually Abused;
  • Why do Children Behave the way they do?
  • Substance Misuse in young People;
  • Children Looked After and the Law;
  • Healthy Outcomes for Children Looked After;
  • Preparing Young people for Independence;
  • Making the Most of Supervision;
  • KEEP: (Keeping Foster and Kinship Carers Supported).

    As part of the MTFC support arrangements, the Service runs KEEP, a training programme based on MTFC principles for mainstream foster and kinship carers. Keep Standard is offered to carers with children aged 5-12 years.

    We also offer KEEP Safe for carers of adolescents; ADoPT for adopters and KEEP 3-6 for carers of young children.
2. Ensure that each foster carer has a Training and Development Portfolio to record their achievements;
3. Check that each foster carer has a current training bulletin and that they receive flyers throughout the year reminding them or inviting them to training;
4. Encourage foster carers to undertake the NVQ level 3 'Caring for Children & Young People' by contacting the training section;
5. All foster carers to achieve the Training, Support and DevelopmentĀ  standards within 12 months of approval (or 18 months for family and friends carers);

Identify the training and development needs of each foster carer and their family at their annual review and link to forthcoming training. These are to be set out in a personal development plan, detailing the ongoing training and development that is appropriate to their needs and experience.

We recommend that they attend 3 courses a year or complete relevant online training or alternative training opportunities;

7. Foster carers should receive relevant training to provide appropriate care where caring for children with complex health needs;
8. Support foster carers to attend training by: encouraging them to apply for travel and child care expenses, advising them of what to expect and linking them up with another foster carer if necessary;
9. Support foster carers in arranging training for their support groups;
10. Monitor quality of training by encouraging foster carers to complete e valuation forms and/or give feedback to the Fostering Service;


National Standards for foster carers need to be met;

12. Details of the carers' development and training should be made available to agencies where the carer moves.