Foster Carer Training

You can contact the Learning and Workforce Development team for more information by email: training@reading.gov.uk or phone: 0118 937 2102.

We provide free training for all Foster Carers managed by Reading Borough Council.


pdf icon Foster Carer Courses [338kb]


Courses are free of charge to Reading foster carers but please read our pdf icon charging and cancellation policy [60kb] as there may be a cancellation charge.

How to apply

Use our online training application form to apply for a Foster Carer course. Please note that your application must be authorised by your supervising social worker - please enter their name and email address on the line manager section of the form. 


Read our pdf icon Charging and Cancellation Policy [60kb] for full details as there is usually a charge for late cancellation or failure to cancel a place you have booked.

Online training

As a foster carer employed by Reading Borough Council, you will have access to the Research in Practice website.

The support and nurturing you give to children is invaluable. We understand that your role is both challenging and rewarding so keeping up-to-date with shifting policy and practice, understanding research, gaining insights into what is working well and what's not, can be extremely time consuming and often daunting. Research in Practice can support you with this.

To sign up, email our Workforce Development team with your name and address. You will then receive an email from Research in Practice with instructions on how to create your account.

Once logged on, you can access the RIP's e-learning area. The site contains accessible online learning modules to help you understand the headline points on key topics such as:

  • Neglect
  • Safeguarding in the 21st century
  • Play in outdoor spaces.

Research in practice also contains a freely available Fostering and Adoption Mini Site which has a host of training resources and materials targeted at people working in fostering and adoption.

Refresher courses

Universal Safeguarding

Renewable every three years - can be done online.  If, in that three years, you attend one or more of the LSCB-commissioned specialist safeguarding courses, please discuss with your SSW/Learning and Workforce Development whether this is sufficient to be deemed as a refresher.

Health and Safety for Foster Carers

Renewable every five years.

Emergency First Aid with Foster Carer Module (previously known as Paediatric First Aid)

Renewable every three years.


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