Training and development

Fostering a child or young person is a big responsibility and can involve providing physical and emotional support for children and young people, each with their own individual characters and some with complex needs.

To equip you to play your role we provide regular training and development opportunities. And to support your progression we hold annual reviews to discuss your fostering experience and development and future requirements.

We also run a Buddy system where new foster carers are ‘buddied’ with our experienced carers in their local area to give support and guidance. In addition we hold a monthly development and support group for newly approved foster carers.

As part of the professional approach Fife Council encourages, all foster carers are given membership of the Fostering Network, a nationwide organisation that offers guidance and advice on fostering related issues.

Once you are approved as a carer a dedicated supervising social worker will give you advice and guidance. Together you will create a dedicated training and personal development programme and you will have access to 24 hour support from skilled social workers.