foster care training

Training and development

With over 30 years’ experience in therapeutic fostering, we deliver a first-class foster care training programme and ongoing professional development.

Helping you become a fostering professional

Being a foster parent is a profession and like all professions that means an opportunity to learn and develop new skills - and even to gain qualifications. With over 30 years’ know-how and experience, you can be sure you’ll always have access to first-class training throughout your career.

This starts before you’ve even welcomed your first child and then never really stops, helping you build your knowledge and expertise in therapeutic fostering. With an extensive programme running throughout the year, there’s always the chance to learn something new.

Foster care training courses are usually held at your local ISP centre during school hours, so they’re convenient and accessible. They’re also open to anyone who’s over the age of 16, so for people with their own birth children, it’s a chance to get the whole family involved.

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Preparing you to foster

Training starts even before you’ve been approved as a foster parent with a 3-day preparation session at your local centre. Designed to give you a good idea of the work, what’s involved and what to expect, it also gives you the chance to meet foster parents and their families and ask questions. It’s a vital primer and you’ll build on this strong platform over the years.

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Building your knowledge

Once you’re approved, you’ll have access to ongoing training. At the heart of this, there’s the Training Support and Development Standards (TSDS) which is a portfolio of courses all foster parents must complete over time.

These cover vital topics including;

  • Safeguarding
  • Child Protection
  • Creating a Therapeutic Childcare Environment
  • Paediatric First Aid and more
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Specialist courses

We also have a wide range of specialist courses to choose from and we’re adding to these all the time, including:

  • Autism Awareness
  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Theraplay
  • Keeping Children Safe Online

There’s even the chance to study for professional qualifications, such as NVQ3 or a QCF Level 3 in Health and Social Care. Our aim is to help our foster parents become as knowledgeable as possible because that improves the experiences of the foster children and young people in their care.


You receive lots of training and support, so you feel part of a professional team – ISP really help you to develop your skills!

Helen, ISP Foster Parent

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Rewarding your efforts

Being a foster parent is rewarding emotionally, but there’s also a financial element which recognises your expertise as well as the costs of looking after children. As with any career, this increases over time to reflect your skills.

So, while all new foster parents start out on our core payment tier, they receive increments over time: for example, after completing all the core training and the TSDS portfolio. In simple terms, the more you learn, the more you’ll be rewarded.

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