Foster carer training guidelines

The purpose of the Foster Carer Training Guidelines (PDF, 435 KB) Foster Carer Training Guidelines (DOCX, 139 KB) is to support a consistent approach to training, including mandatory training, for foster carers. It outlines the requirements for foster and kinship care agencies in delivering foster carer training to ensure potential and current foster carers receive a consistent standard of training.

Foster carer training is important to equip potential and current foster carers with the necessary skills and knowledge required to undertake their critical caring role. The training will enable carers to understand their role and responsibilities as a carer, including allowing them to make an informed choice to become carers. It will also assist carers to meet the legislative statement of standards and policy and procedural requirements when caring for children and young people placed in their care.

People considering becoming, or currently providing care as approved kinship carers can also access the training available to foster carers. However, foster and kinship care agencies will work with kinship carers to identify their specific learning, development and support needs and adapt the training accordingly in recognition of the unique challenges faced by kinship carers.

In addition to carer training the Family Caring for Family information guide (PDF) information guide is also available to support kinship carers.