Foster Carer Training

Whether you’re a new or experienced foster carer, our training is for you. 

Extensive training designed to help you thrive as a foster carer.

Learning & development – two essential ingredients to great foster care!

At CAF, we believe that learning and development are two essential ingredients in becoming a foster carer. 

We are committed to providing the highest quality foster care training experience in the UK. We train both our staff and foster carers in best practices and therapeutic parenting methodologies.

Ultimately, our goal is for you to feel equipped to handle any challenge that fostering presents. Our training provides you with the tools to be adaptable and capable of addressing any situation that arises.

The benefits of our foster care training

Foster care training, bespoke to your needs

Over the years, we’ve delivered a lot of training! We’ve learned that, in order for training to be successful, it needs to be engaging (surprise surprise!). As a result, we ensure that training is delivered by a variety of professionals in a way that’s suited to how you learn. We also learn a lot from your experience of training, so your feedback is important to us.


Fits into your busy life

We understand that you lead a very busy life (especially as a foster carer!). As a result, we deliver our foster care training at weekends as well as office/school hours, meaning that you can attend training at a time that suits you.


Delivered at home, if required

Can’t make it into the office? No worries! If you’re struggling to attend certain training courses, or you feel that you need help in a specific area, we can either deliver training courses at your home, or online, if that’s easier.


The benefits of our foster parent training

Our training courses are some of the best in the business.

We spare no expense; it’s our goal to make sure you have the skills needed to be an excellent foster carer. This is why we ask all carers to undertake specific training in their first two years of fostering with us.

If you have prior fostering experience with another agency, we’ll consider this in your personal development plan. We aim to avoid repeating courses that you’ve already completed and that are still valid.

  • Develop your skills and grow in confidence.
  • Learn new ways to deal with difficult situations at home.
  • Fully customisable to your needs. Need specific help? Let us know!
  • Speak to our friendly team

Speak to our friendly team

Why foster with Children Always First?

Benefits of using CAF

24-hour support

We operate a 24-hour support line, 365 days a year meaning you can call at any time and talk to one of our friendly team. Whether you need advice or reassurance, we’re here.

Dedicated support worker

Every child 5 and over is assigned their own dedicated support worker. It’s their job to ensure you have everything you need, and to help out wherever possible.

Regular youth events

We’re one of the only fostering agencies in the UK who have a focus on youth events. We regularly run fun days for children and families to come together.

Allowances & fees

We offer one of the most generous compensation packages in the UK, ensuring that you can afford everything you need, both for yourself and your foster child.

Keep up to date with CAF!

Find the latest fostering news here.

Whether you’re looking for fostering tips, or you want to know what’s going on, this is the space for you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What types of foster care training does Children Always First offer?

Children Always First offers comprehensive training for foster carers, covering key requirements such as safeguarding, first aid, and child development. We place a strong focus on therapeutic and attachment training to equip you with the skills needed to support children effectively. Our training is delivered by both internal and external trainers, ensuring you receive the best possible preparation and ongoing support.


How is the training delivered to foster carers?

Training for foster carers at Children Always First is delivered both in-person at our office and online. This flexible approach ensures you can access the training you need in a way that fits your schedule.


Is the foster care training customised for individual needs?

There are some mandatory training courses and then the foster care training at Children Always First is tailored to meet the individual needs of each foster carer. We understand that every carer and every child is unique, so our training programs are designed to be flexible and adaptable to your specific circumstances and requirements.


What is the importance of feedback in the training process?

Feedback plays a crucial role in the training process as it helps foster carers and trainers understand what is working well and what can be improved. By gathering and implementing feedback, we ensure that our training programs remain relevant, effective, and responsive to the needs of foster carers and the children in their care.


What are the benefits of completing foster care training?

Completing foster care training equips carers with essential skills and knowledge, enhancing relationships and outcomes for children. It offers ongoing support, resources, and networking opportunities, empowering carers to navigate challenges and make a positive difference in children’s lives.


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