Becoming a foster carer Fostering FAQs: Skills, Training & Support

You may have many questions about fostering. Here are some of the most frequently asked related to the required skills, qualifications and training support.

1. Do I have the right skills and abilities?

Few Foster Carers start off with all the abilities they need, and that is why we give you the initial “Skills to Foster” courses followed by post-approval training.
Most people are surprised by the skills they already have – we’ll help you develop them.

2. Do I need qualifications?

You do not need specific qualifications to become a Foster Carer, although some experience of caring for children, either personally or professionally, would help. The most important qualities we look for in Foster Carers are the enthusiasm and commitment to provide a child with a secure family environment.

3. How do I cope with poor behaviour?

Before any child is placed with your family, we identify and risk factors and their triggers. This allows us to put safeguards in place and provide you with strategies to manage challenging behaviour.
We also provide you with extra support and respite on an ongoing basis, as well as help from our therapy team.

4. Will I cope emotionally?

The training and support we give you helps to face emotive issues, including difficult times such as when it’s time for a child to move on from your family.

If your question wasn’t answered in our Frequently Asked Questions Index, please contact our friendly team who will be more than happy to help:

Phone us on 0800 121 6401 or email

We’re currently recruiting Foster Carers in Essex, London, and Suffolk