Fostering Changes training course


Today we started our 12 week Fostering Changes training course.  It is an evidence based training programme for Foster Carers.  It was developed in the UK by a team of clinical specialists who trained and practised as Social Workers or Psychologists, and delivers practical skills to foster carers empowering them to better manage their placements.

“Caring for looked after children can be an immensely stressful and complex task and foster carers need opportunities to process their experiences and reflect on their thoughts and feelings. The Fostering Changes programme provides practical advice and training for foster carers in order to develop their skills in managing difficult and challenging child behaviour and forming positive relationships with their foster children.

This unique training course has been developed from that programme. It brings a collaborative approach to training and is designed for use with foster carers in the local authority, voluntary and independent sectors. It draws substantially on ideas from current parenting training programmes that use a cognitive behavioural approach in order to develop skills.

Evaluation of the course has revealed significant improvements in carer–child interaction, child emotional problems and specific child problems causing most worry to carers. It has also shown a beneficial effect on carers’ sense of confidence and self-efficacy.

This training programme will enable carers to meet children’s needs as well as adapt to changing priorities

The programme includes twelve core sessions:


Session 1: Establishing the group and understanding and recording behaviour

Session 2: Influences on behaviour: antecedents and consequences

Session 3: Giving effective praise

Session 4: Positive attention

Session 5: Using communication skills to help children regulate their emotions

Session 6: Supporting children’s learning

Session 7: Rewards and reward charts

Session 8: Giving instructions and selective ignoring

Session 9: Positive discipline and setting limits

Session 10: Time out and problem-solving strategies

Session 11: Endings and review

Session 12: Acknowledging positive changes and taking care of yourselves.”


Would you be interested in joining a fostering agency that offers this exceptional training by an accredited trainer?

Please get in touch and have a chat about how to become a foster carer with