Training and support

Once you’ve had the initial visit from the fostering team and made an application to foster, you will be invited to complete the ‘Skills to Foster’ course, developed by The Fostering Network.

Skills to Foster training

The Skills to Foster course is lead by fostering team social workers and experienced foster carers. Children who have been fostered, as well as the sons and daughters of carers, attend to give you their insights and experiences.They will take you through six sessions, which cover:

  • What foster carers do
  • Identity and life chances
  • Working together
  • Understanding children in foster care
  • Safer caring
  • Transitions

These training days are held once a month in either Richmond or Kingston.

If you would like to attend one of our Skills to Foster training courses please get in touch so we can arrange an initial visit with you prior to the training dates.


King Charles Centre
Holyfield Road

Twickenham Tranining Centre
Grimwood Road

Training dates
Date Time Day (sessions) Venue
Friday 27 March 9.30am to 4.30pm 1 (1 to 3) Kingston
Saturday 25 April 9.30am to 4.30pm 2 (4 to 6) Petersham Room, TTC
Friday 29 May 9.30am to 4.30pm 1 (1 to 3) Teddington Room, TTC
Saturday 27 June 9.30am to 4.30pm 2 (4 to 6) Kingston
Friday 31 July 9.30am to 4.30pm 1 (1 to 3) Kingston
Saturday 29 August 9.30am to 4.30pm 2 (4 to 6) Mortlake Room, TTC
Friday 25 September 9.30am to 4.30pm 1 (1 to 3) Mortlake Room, TTC
Saturday 31 October 9.30am to 4.30pm 2 (4 to 6) Kingston
Friday 27 November 9.30am to 4.30pm 1 (1 to 3) Kingston
Saturday 9 January 9.30am to 4.30pm 2 (4 to 6) Mortlake Room, TTC


Fostering is increasingly seen as a profession, and as such there is a range of training available to foster carers.

For new carers in their first year 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 12-18 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 fostering team social worker.

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

The fostering team 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.

If you would like to find out more about the Skills to Foster course, or to request an information pack, please contact our fostering team who will be happy to supply more detail.

Contact the fostering team, or a foster carer

Call: 0800 085 7072

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Updated: 18 March 2015