Foster carer support


During your assessment, and throughout your fostering career, you will be encouraged to undertake training to help you develop your skills as a foster carer. We offer a comprehensive package of training courses and e-learning to help and support you in this. These include:

  • first aid
  • healthy and safety
  • safeguarding
  • keeping safe online and on social media.

Help and advice on training is available. Don't worry if you haven't studied for a while - we are here to support you.

System of support

We use a foster care support system called Mockingbird. This is an innovative way of supporting foster families by providing:

  • expert peer support
  • social activities
  • regular joint planning and training sessions
  • respite through sleepovers and short breaks.


You will have your own supervising social worker. They will visit you regularly and be available to help you work through any issues or difficulties that may arise.

Through them you will have access to the placement support service, which includes specialist clinical social workers and psychologists.

Emergencies and out-of-hours support

If you have an emergency or concern out of normal office hours you can call the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) or a dedicated fostering support line who will offer advice.