Foster Care Social Worker Training

Social Work, Social Care/Development


Foster care social workers are professionals who work with children in foster care, their foster families and their birth families. They assess the needs of the children, provide support and guidance, and monitor their progress and wellbeing. 

Foster care social workers need to have a range of skills and knowledge to perform their role effectively.

In this Foster Care Social Worker Training course, you will learn everything you need to know to become a successful foster care social worker. You will study the history and context of foster care, the legal and policy framework that governs it, the duties and tasks of foster care social workers, and the best practices and methods to help foster children and their families. You will also examine the current issues and challenges that affect foster care, such as child sexual abuse, budget cuts and staff retention. This course will give you a comprehensive overview of foster care social work and how to pursue a fulfilling career in this field.

What you will learn

  • Explore the historical and contextual evolution of foster care.
  • Understand the legal and policy frameworks shaping the foster care system.
  • Master the diverse duties and tasks integral to the role of foster care social workers.
  • Learn best practices for effectively supporting and guiding foster children and their families.
  • Stay informed about current challenges, including child sexual abuse, budget constraints, and staff retention.
  • Develop essential skills in compassion and dedication, crucial for success in this field.


What you require

  • This course is available to all learners, of all academic backgrounds.
  • Learners should be aged 16 or over to undertake the qualification.
  • Good understanding of English language, numeracy and ICT are required to attend this course.