^Foster carers are welcomed as part of the professional network around the child, therefore it is important for foster carers to access training to support them in this key role. We offer NVQ accredited training as well as general training.
Diversity Foster Care provides a Skills to Foster training course for people who want to become foster carers. This is a 3 day training course and is a comprehensive training which will begin to prepare you for the role and responsibilities of a foster carer. It will inform you of our values, principles and expectations, from the fostering agency and the local authority, as well as legislation around fostering and child care. Once you are approved as a foster carer Diversity Foster Care expects that you will complete the Training, Support and Development standards which will underpin your professional learning as a foster carer. The Training Support and Development Standards (TSDS) involves workshops, group discussion and learning from each other to develop you as a foster carer.
New foster carers will complete their TSDS portfolio by the time they have been approved for 12 months. As a foster carer you will be expected to attend ongoing training and Diversity Foster Care will offer many different training courses every year such as Safeguarding; Child Protection; First Aid; Managing Challenging Behaviour, as well as more specialist training. You will have a training and development profile which is reviewed every year and be given the opportunity to undertake NVQ accredited training once you have had at least two years experience as a foster carer.