Foster care training goes online

Media release

The Fostering Network is making its training courses available online from now on so they are more accessible to foster carers with limited time and those who live a long way from training centres.

Ongoing professional development in fostering, to ensure that children receive the highest standards of care, is becoming more recognised and expected. Foster carers are expected to attend training to ensure they are up to speed with the latest developments in child care practice and policy changes. But they lead very busy lives, whether they foster full time or work outside the home alongside fostering. If they need child care or have to travel a long way to attend training sessions, it can become impossible for them to take part.

The online courses, which would be paid for by local authorities or independent fostering providers, cover subjects as diverse as contact, safer caring, attachment, education, health and behaviour. They should take no longer than 10 hours to complete and can be broken into one or two-hour segments.

Kate Mannion, the Fostering Network's training manager in England, said: "It's vital that professional development opportunities are available to all foster carers if they are to provide the highest standards of care to the children they look after.

"Giving foster carers the chance to fit training around their other commitments means that it will be easier for them to benefit from the professional development opportunities on offer. This means that no foster carer should miss out on training because they live too far away or are too busy to attend."

For more information contact the Fostering Network on 020 7620 8415/6441/6416 or email

Notes to editors

  1. To find out more about the online training courses contact the Fostering Network’s training manager in your country. For contact details call 020 7620 6400 or email
  2. There are 51,000 children and young people living with 43,000 foster families on any given day in the UK.
  3. The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading charity for all those involved in fostering, and aims to make life better for fostered children and the families that care for them.