Fostering training and support

Fostering is increasingly seen as a profession, and there is training and support to help foster carers develop.

After you are approved

The help and guidance does not end once you are approved.

There is a range of support available:

  • Newly approved carers are ‘matched’ to a mentor, an experienced carer, who can provide advice and support whenever the need arises.
  • Each carer has a designated supervising social worker available to support them throughout their career as a foster carer.
  • Every child and young person who is fostered will have their own social worker who will provide them with support and guidance.
  • An out of hours emergency team is on hand to provide additional support.
  • We will pay for your yearly subscription to either The Fostering Network or Fostertalk who supply independent support for foster carers.


We will help and advise you on what courses would best suit your skills and development. Training can take place throughout the working week, during evenings, as well as at weekends, and online.

You can find information about all the training available at AfC CPD online.

Training, Support and Development Standards Portfolio

For new carers in their first year, a Training, Support and Development Standards Portfolio(pdf, 566KB) has to be completed.

This provides a national minimum standard, setting out what foster carers should know, understand and be able to do within the first 12 to 18 months after approval. The Standards Portfolio is a mandatory requirement, and is completed during the assessment period and the first year of approval with the support of a social worker.

Training will take place throughout the year to develop new carers’ skills, as well as support them for their yearly fostering review.

Updated: 13 January 2017