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.

In conjunction with planned support, our department or licensed care service will ensure that the foster carer successfully completes the three standard training modules within 12 months of initial approval as a foster carer.

  • Each foster carer must satisfactorily complete worksheet questions at the end of each module.
  • An outcome of competent/not competent will be recorded for each foster carer and when competency is achieved in each of the training modules, participants will receive a Standard training - statement of achievement certificate.
  • Each foster carer may also complete four learning journals to demonstrate practical application of knowledge and skills gained from the modules and through their experience of providing care to a child or young person placed with them. Learning journals are discretionary and may be used by carers who prefer a reflective style of learning.

Completion of the standard training is a prerequisite for a foster carer's renewal of approval at the end of the first 12 month period of approval.

Kinship carers and long-term guardians may access standard training modules to support their care of a child or young person.

Training modules

Standard training consists of three modules. Each module includes a session plan, slides, handouts, assessment worksheets and evaluation form.

In 2008, the department introduced the 'Transforming Care' training program for care providers. If a carer has completed 'Transforming Care' training prior to undertaking standard training module 5, our department can recognise this as prior learning and the completion of module 5 will not be required. Carers are still required to complete modules 6 and 7.

Module 5: Promoting positive behaviours

5.1 Facilitator notes/ session plan (PDF, 1 MB)

5.2 Slides/OHTs (PPT, 10.2 MB)

5.3 Handouts for participants (PDF, 138 KB) 5.3 Handouts for participants (RTF, 77 KB)

5.4 Assessment/ worksheet (PDF, 58 KB) 5.4 Assessment/ worksheet (RTF, 16 KB)

5.5 Participant pre-training evaluation form (PDF, 36 KB) 5.5 Participant pre-training evaluation form (RTF, 10 KB)

5.6 Participant post-training evaluation form (PDF, 34 KB) 5.6 Participant post-training evaluation form (RTF, 11 KB)

Module 6: Caring for children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse

6.1 Facilitator notes/ session plan (PDF, 271 KB)

6.2 Slides/OHTs (PPT, 194 KB)

6.3 Handouts for participants (PDF, 351 KB) 6.3 Handouts for participants (RTF, 2 MB)

6.4 Assessment/ worksheet (PDF, 36 KB)

6.5 Participant evaluation form (PDF, 51 KB)

Module 7: Carer support, advocacy and self care

7.1 Facilitator notes/ session plan (PDF, 3.6 MB)

7.2 Slides/OHTs (PPT, 264 KB)

7.3 Handouts for participants (PDF, 4.9 MB) 7.3 Handouts for participants (DOCX, 48 KB)

7.4 Assessment/ worksheet (PDF, 47 KB)

7.5 Participant evaluation form (PDF, 54 KB)

7.6 Quality Care: Foster Care Training (Standard): Learning outcomes assessment form
(DOC, 66 KB)