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Foster Care Training

All our foster carers are reviewed annually: all agencies are required to conduct an annual review as are local authorities. We work to help all our carers grow and develop their skills. You might want to be trained to focus on specialist placements and perhaps gain further qualifications.

There is a particular need for parent/child placements and this is one of the areas we can provide specialist training. Just some of the other general types of training and courses we can offer you cover:

  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Children who have been trafficked
  • Sexually harmful behaviour
  • Allegations Management
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • ADHD & ASD
  • Counselling or Motivational Interviewing
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Safer caring strategies and managing risk
  • Attachment, Loss and Separation
  • De-escalation skills

We are responsive to suggestions via the social meetings we arrange for carers and other subjects we have covered include Child Protection, Identity and self esteem,Young people and money, Steps to adulthood and working with children who have been abused.

As your skills and capabilities develop, you may wish to take up the opportunity of more advanced training in the area of therapeutic foster care. To give you an idea, courses can cover:

  • Understanding attachment difficulties
  • Brain development in infants
  • Understanding and managing self-harm
  • Responding to sexually harmful behaviour
You may wish to acquire the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.

This is the recognised professional qualification in fostering. None of these courses are obligatory. The above are simply an indication of the variety of topics that make up the challenging and rewarding world of fostering. We will support you whichever direction you choose to follow.

Training Calendar

foster parent training

As a foster carer, you are giving a child in need the chance of a better life. You provide not just the basics such as food and shelter but support, encouragement, reassurance, self-esteem and most importantly love. Rainbow is an independent fostering agency providing specialized foster care services for children and youth with complex needs.


"My link worker has been very helpful, she is easy to talk to and reliable."

"I enjoy being a foster carer, I find it very fulfilling."

"The reward has been from my foster child seeing her blossom and flourish."