Initial training for foster carers in NSW is based on the Shared Stories, Shared Lives training manual. This covers:

  • Principles of out-of-home care
  • Child protection
  • Why does child abuse occur?
  • Working with children who have been abused
  • Safe caring
  • Case plans
  • Understanding attachment
  • Building resilience
  • Understanding and managing difficult behavior
  • Managing and promoting contact with birth families
  • Developing identity and self-esteem
  • Valuing diversity and promoting equality
  • Understanding the impact of trauma
  • Recording and Life Story work
  • First aid/health and safety
  • Education of fostered children/young people
  • Empowering children/young people
  • Confidentiality
  • Maintaining cultural heritage
  • Responding to prejudice
  • Preparing young people for moving on and adult independence

The training can be run over two full days (such as consecutive Saturdays), or a series of evenings. It is usually available outside business hours. Training is also offered in an ongoing manner to foster carers, to update and broaden their skills.

Apply today! Begin the process to become a foster carer.