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Foster care training is a vital part of the service we give to all our carers. When you foster with us, we help you feel empowered, confident and capable in your role as a foster parent with plenty of high-quality training. We even start the foster care training process before you get your first placement so you know what to expect and feel prepared from the start.

We recommend courses that are highly relevant to you and easy to understand. Through quality training and support, you’ll be better equipped with the knowledge and professional skills you need to feel comfortable and confident in caring for a child.

Pre-approval foster carer training

As soon as you’ve applied to be a foster carer with us, you can start your foster carer training. While your application is reviewed, you’ll need to do compulsory Queensland Government quality care training. This includes four modules.

  • Module 1: The context of foster care
  • Module 2: Understanding the past for a child or young person
  • Module 3: Early days in placement
  • Module 4: Working together

Mandatory foster carer training in the first 12 months

Looking after a child or young person who has experienced trauma, abuse or neglect can be challenging. When you foster with us, you’ll start your carer training straight away to help equip you with the skills you need to support your foster child. All of our foster parents take this compulsory training course to help them feel prepared for their first placement. Once you’re an approved foster care, you’ll get further training through our Key Assets core curriculum. This includes Queensland Government quality care training modules five to seven.

  • Module 5: Promoting positive behaviours
  • Module 6: Caring for children who have experienced sexual abuse
  • Module 7: Support, advocacy and self-care

Ongoing foster carer training

Once you’re an approved foster carer, we’ll continue to support your professional development with a range of additional training courses. We’ll recommend the training courses we think would help you most based on your foster child’s background. Ongoing foster carer training topics include:

  • understanding sexual abuse in foster care
  • protecting children and supporting carers
  • safe care and allegations
  • promoting positive behaviour
  • attachment and the Team Parenting™ approach
  • teamwork, communication and recording
  • cultural awareness
  • foetal alcohol syndrome
  • key developmental assets training
  • managing risk
  • managing actual and potential aggression (MAPA)
  • three pillars of transforming care, understanding trauma, safety and coping.

Foster carer training topics

  • Child protection
  • Working with children who have been abused
  • Safe caring
  • Understanding attachment
  • Building resilience
  • Understanding and managing difficult behaviour
  • Managing and promoting contact
  • Developing identity and self-esteem
  • Valuing diversity and promoting equality
  • Understanding the impact of trauma
  • Carer recording
  • First aid, and health and safety
  • Educating foster children and young people
  • Empowering children/young people
  • Preparing young people for moving on and adult independence
  • You’ll need to do eight hours of training after initial renewal of approval. This is prescribed by the Department of Communities
  • Foster Parent College
  • Independence and connections
  • Infectious diseases
  • Loss and grief for children in care
  • Participation
  • Positive and protective series
  • Ready, Set, Fly! A parent’s guide to teaching life skills
  • Reality fostering
  • Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma (SMART)

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