Training for Foster Care

We are currently following Government guidelines to prevent and limit the spread of Covid-19.

As a result of this we have had to change how we deliver our training. We are providing limited virtual training and have sourced a number of free online courses for you to complete in the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you.

Please click here to visit our online training resources.

Our Fostering in the Digital World App is still available and we encourage you to register and complete training via this informative app. Please click here for details on how to download the app


Becoming a Foster Carer is an invaluable decision. We appreciate that each foster carer brings their own set of unique skills and life experiences to the process and we hope to complement those with specialist and essential training and support throughout the process.

We are committed to providing the best training on all subjects relevant. With policies and legislation updating, the needs of children evolving, and the challenges faced differing with each case, we consider it vital to provide training that gives foster carers the tools they need to offer the best care in all circumstances.

Training and ongoing support offers Foster Carers the opportunity to develop skills and to build the confidence they need for their new roles.

These training opportunities are for all foster carers with some core courses for those of you newly approved carers and a range of opportunities and new training for all.

We have a wide range of topics covered in our training across Northern Ireland. If you’d like to find out more about each course please click the link.

To book training contact your supervising social worker.

Course Title Trust areas the course is offered in
Attachment, Trauma and Development
Baby Massage Belfast
Basic First Aid Belfast, South Eastern, Northern
Building Our Children’s Developing Brain
South Eastern
Care of the under 2’s Belfast
Caring for Children and Young People with ADHD Belfast
Child Protection Awareness Belfast
Core Issues in Fostering – Kinship Foster Carers
Core Issues in Foster Care – Stranger Foster Carers Belfast, South Eastern, Northern, Southern
Core Skills for Dually Approved Carers Southern
Emergency First Aid
South Eastern
Exploring Sensory Disabilities (including Visual & Hearing)
Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) South Eastern
Fostering in a Digital World App Demo & Workshop
South Eastern
Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Young People Belfast
Infant Mental Health South Eastern
International Cooking with the Urban Chef Belfast
LGBTQ Awareness South Eastern, Southern
Making the Move – From Foster Care to Adoption
South Eastern area carers ONLY
MAP 1 Kinship Foster Carer Training
Mindfulness for Foster Carers
South Eastern
Narrative Model and Life Story Work
PAUSE Workshop (Teen Coaching) Southern
Play and Communication Skills with Young Children
South Eastern
Promoting Children’s Emotional Health
Promoting Positive Contact (Family Time) Belfast, Northern, Western
Recognising the Role of Men in Foster Care Belfast, South Eastern, Southern, Western
Safeguarding Children – Level 2
South Eastern
Scaffold Programme Southern area carers ONLY
SET Connects Therapeutic Services Workshops
South Eastern
Sexual Behaviours in Children
Sexual Health & Relationships
Solihull Approach training for Foster Carers
South Eastern
Substance Misuse and Support Services for Foster Carers Belfast
Supporting Primary-Age Children’s Homework Southern
Talking to Teenagers South Eastern
The Impact of Parental Mental Health Problems on Children Belfast
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention in Fostering (TCIF)