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Foster carer training

For Gateshead Council foster carers

Due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 virus we have taken the decision to cancel all face to face training organised by Workforce Development until further notice. We are reviewing this as and when guidance is coming in. If you have any queries please email

Caring for children can be a demanding role. The opportunity to receive regular, high quality training is very important in supporting carers to undertake the tasks required in caring for children, some of whom may be exhibiting difficult and challenging behaviour. Workforce Development have a strong commitment to providing several training opportunities each year which build on the skills first discussed during the Skills to Foster preparation course. 

The training directory below has been specifically developed for Foster Carers who are in a unique position in terms of the care which they give to vulnerable children and young people, and supports the need to recognise carers as professionals in their own right.

It has been designed to reflect the core competencies that have been set out in the National Foster Care Standards, to support the completion of the Training, Support and Development Standards for Foster Carers and to provide a clear pathway for career development through Payment for Skills.

Icon for pdf Foster Carer Training Directory 2019-2020 [3.99MB]

All new foster carers are required to complete their Training, Support and Development (TSD) Standards for Foster Carers portfolio prior to their first review approximately 10months.

These Standards are a national benchmark and give foster carers the recognition they deserve for the role they play. We know you will want to demonstrate your professionalism and achieve these standards and we believe in supporting you to achieve them. Where applicable, courses within the directory will indicate which TSD Standards are covered within the training session.

There are a number of TSD support groups which run throughout the year to provide guidance on completing your work book. In addition, your Supervising Social Worker will be able to provide guidance and support whilst you are completing it. Please see page 105 of the training directory.

Icon for pdf TSD Family and Friends Connected Carers [706.15KB]

Icon for pdf TSD Short Break [855.65KB]

Icon for pdf TSD Workbook [1.07MB]

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