Foster carer training

Our department is committed to providing pre-service and in-service training for foster carers to support the development of the skills and knowledge required to provide quality care to children and young people in out-of-home care.

'Quality care: Foster care training' is a competency based training package and consists of three levels: pre-service, standard and advanced.

The training package has been designed to enable flexible and timely delivery, including training in small groups, self paced learning and one to one delivery for all or parts of the training.

To ensure quality and consistency in delivery of training content and assessment of competencies, certain qualifications and experience are required.

It is recognised that in rural and remote communities an officer of our department or experienced foster carer may assist in providing information and the training resources to a prospective foster carer.

However, assessment of competencies for pre-service and standard modules, as demonstrated through completion of worksheets, must always be completed by an officer of the department, staff of a licensed care service or a foster carer who has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Regions, in partnership with licensed care services and foster carers, are required to undertake workforce planning to ensure this standard is met.

Access to this information is subject to our copyright.

  • Foreword

    Foster carers play a crucial role, not only in meeting the daily care needs of a child, but also in partnering with other key stakeholders to plan strategies to resolve protective needs.

  • Procedures and guidelines

    Procedures and guidelines for Quality Care: Foster Care Training.

  • Frequently asked questions

    Frequently asked questions regarding foster care training.

  • Orientation

    The orientation is a three hour module that must be conducted by a trainer with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and experience in delivering the training package.

  • Learning outcomes

    Demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting a child or young person in an out-of-home placement.

  • Pre-service training

    Foster care pre-service training.

  • Water safety for carers

    Water Safety for Carers is about water safety awareness for all foster and kinship carers, regardless of whether they, their home or property has a pool, spa, creek, dam or access to any body water.

  • Learning journal

    The learning journal is an opportunity for the foster carer to reflect on their role as a carer and look for opportunities for learning and skill development.

  • Standard training

    Following initial approval as a foster carer, our department or licensed care service providing support to the foster carer will ensure that each foster carer has an individualised learning plan, recorded as part of their Foster Carer Agreement.

  • Caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

    In addition to the standard training, a module titled Caring for Jarjums has been developed for non-indigenous carers caring for Indigenous children. Caring for Jarjums in not a compulsory module however completion is strongly recommended.

  • Advanced training

    Advanced training is flexible and based on the foster carer's specific learning needs.

  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL).

  • Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgments are extended in relation to the knowledge, expertise and support in the development of the Quality care: Foster care training package.