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Fostering a child or young person is a rewarding experience, but naturally, there are challenges and complexities that exist within such a role. In order to equip foster parents with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate potential challenges, foster care training is often provided. 

Foster care training is a type of training that aims to make the transition and journey to becoming a foster parent easier. In this post, we take a deeper look at what foster care training involves, and also, the different types of fostering support available to foster carers in Ireland. 

Read on to find out more, and if you have any questions – feel free to contact us using the details at the bottom.

What Does Fostering Training Involve?

Here at Compass Child and Family Services (CLG), we provide a comprehensive training programme covering a wide range of different aspects. This includes: Foundations for Fostering, Management of Actual and Potential Aggression (MAPA), Child Protection, Introduction to Social Pedagogy, First Aid and Fire training. Furthermore, other relevant training is also provided, as well as annual refresher training too. 

Do You Need Foster Parent Training?

This is a question that we commonly receive, and the answer is that yes, training is a mandatory part of becoming a foster carer. Every foster carer needs to undergo training, as there are a diverse range of skills needed in the role. 

Whilst there are skills that you will pick up and develop naturally, there are other skills that need to be taught and developed with the help of professionals. This is where foster care training is so important, and it will help to ensure that the best possible care is provided to all children and young people in foster placements across Ireland.

What Foster Support is Available?

We provide both foster care training and support. All of our carers and young people can get in touch with a member of the fostering team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year for support. Every foster carer will have a Fostering Link Worker, who will work closely with you to support the relationship between the carer and young person. 

There will also be regular supervision from qualified and trained Link Social Workers too. Likewise, there will be carer team meetings, where foster carers have the opportunity to discuss the needs of children and young people with service managers. This will also be an opportunity to discuss and share successful foster care approaches together too.

Want to Learn More About Foster Care Training? 

If you’ve read our post above, and would like to know more about foster parent training, as well as the fostering experience in general, then please contact us today. We’re here to help answer any questions you have, provide you with more information and assist you in any way possible. 
You can reach us by phone on +353 (0) 61 622040 to speak with a member of our team. Alternatively, you can email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, head over to the Compass Child and Family Services website today for more information.