Training for foster carers | Oxfordshire County Council

Training for foster carers

Training available when you become a foster carer.

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Training is an important part of your support and is provided before approval and throughout your fostering career. 

We provide a comprehensive training package for all our carers to deal with the demands and complexities of fostering.

After you are approved

In the 12 months following approval, carers complete 'post approval training'. This will include:   

  • the Induction Standards, promoted by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC), which introduces carers to a wide range of fostering-related issues and practice. These can be completed through workbooks, online or by attending a drop-in day.
  • induction days for all newly approved carers. The event runs for one morning and involves workshops and stands giving you the chance to meet lots of people who you might come into contact with.

We also recommend that you attend the 16-week Keep Training training/support programme. The weekly sessions last 1½ hours.


In addition to your post approval training there is a requirement that you attend three training courses each year, these courses are either:

  • safe caring
  • first aid
  • manual handling (for carers dealing with disabled children).

You will also be invited to attend a number of other training courses throughout the year and we strongly recommend that you get involved.  Training gives you the opportunity to broaden your skills and also to link up with other foster carers.

Other fostering-related courses cover subjects such as:

  • allegations
  • child protection
  • working in partnership
  • managing challenging behaviour
  • record keeping for foster carers
  • managing contact
  • moving children on to adoption.

You may also be encouraged to find out more about the opportunity to undertake specialist training such as NVQ childcare.


Training courses are organised by Oxfordshire Skills and Learning.  Full course details can be found in the Learning Zone where you will also book your courses. 

Check out the events calendar for details of the training courses that are currently available.

Other training opportunities:


The Akamas programme is an online elearning package that offers foster carers and adopters the opportunity to complete training at home.

To request a brochure and/or request a licence, please contact your supervising social worker.


All new carers must complete the seven training, support and development standards for foster carers within the first 12 months after their first placement begins.

The CIS Assessment online programme offers carers a simple way of completing these standards online with a series of multi-choice questions, completed independently or with your supervising social worker.

Your supervising social worker will register you on the CIS site so check that you have your log in details.

Last reviewed
31 October 2017
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