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Training and support

We are very proud of our fostering families and the care they provide for children across West Sussex. Our carers all bring their own unique skills and life experience to this role and we are committed to supporting them and their ongoing learning and development, from initial assessment right the way through their fostering career.



Prior to approval

Newly approved Foster Carers


Continued professional development

We have ongoing, regular, in-person and online training sessions available throughout the year – including evening sessions.

In addition to the ongoing mandatory training, a range of other courses are available to Foster Carers tailored to their needs to help them develop their skills and knowledge across a variety of different areas. This includes courses like:

Motivational Interviewing Training

Enabling Foster Carers to better communicate with children in their care

Secure Base Workshops

Sharing practical therapeutic approaches to attachment

Online safety courses

To help keep children safe in the virtual world as well as the real world

All Foster Carers will have access to our Learning and Development hub where they can find, and sign up to, courses they wish to attend.

Comprehensive support

We will support you every step of the way with:

One-to-one supervision from highly skilled and experienced Social Workers

Out-of-hours telephone support, so you're never alone to cope with difficult situations

Access to local face-to-face and online support groups for all types of fostering

Specialist links to therapeutic intervention services

Support for birth children through organised activities

Membership of the United Foster Carers Association - providing support and days out for fostering families

Free membership of The Fostering Network, the UK's leading fostering charity

Access to counselling services - should you ever need it

A new support network for Foster Carers


Professional support and competitive pay

Thinking of becoming a Foster Carer?

Do you want to make a difference to a child in West Sussex? Could you provide a safe, secure and loving environment and help them through a challenging time in their lives? Do you have a spare room? If the answer is yes, we'd love to hear from you.

Could you support a young person aged 16-24 to prepare for adult life?

By teaching life skills and providing emotional support, you could help a young person reach their full potential!