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Professional Pathways e-tool: foster care

Below are some of the most common qualifications foster carers and providers have told us they have undertaken (where level 1 is the lowest and level 8 the highest). You can also see where the TSD standards for foster care sit (which is part of your induction). Find out more by clicking on each box. Note that links will open in a new window.

Visit our qualifications explained page to find out more about the different qualification levels and frameworks used in England.

Scroll down the page to find out more about learning and development for induction, role specific and alternative qualifications or CPD, and information about other sectors or professions.

Level 8   8
7   Social pedagogy (MA) Social Work (MA, MSc)     7
6 Open University courses Social Pedagogy (BA) Social Work (BA, BSc)     6
5 L5 Dip Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services Foundation degree       5
4 NVQ4 in Health & Social Care Foundation degree L4 Award / Certificate Work with Parents NVQ4 Leadership and Management   4
3 NVQ3 in Health & Social Care L3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce (optional Foster Care units) L3 Award / Certificate Work with Parents     3
2 TSD standards for full-time or long-term Foster Carers (non-accredited) TSD standards for Short-Break carers (non-accredited) TSD standards for Friends and Family Carers (non-accredited)     2
1 Adult literacy/numeracy ICT (Information, Communications Technology) Working with Others Problem Solving Improving Own Learning and Performance 1
Level 8   8
7 Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People (MA, MSc) Management (MA, MSc, MBA, MPA) Psychology (MA, MSc) Counselling (MA, MSc) Health and Social Care (MA) 7
6 Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People (BA, BSc) Management (BA, BSc) Psychology (BA, BSc) Counselling (BA, BSc) Health and Social Care (BA) 6
5 Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People Foundation degree Management and related Foundation degree Psychology and related Foundation degree / Diploma Counselling and related Foundation degree / Diploma Social Care and related Foundation degree 5
4 Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People Foundation degree Management and related Foundation degree Psychology and related Foundation degree Counselling and related Foundation degree Social Care and related Foundation degree 4
3 Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People Certificate   L3 Award Psychology and related L3 Certificate in Counselling L3 Certificate in Health and Social Care 3
2       L2 Award / Certificate in Counselling and Related   2
1           1

Foster Care Training

The blue boxes above contain information on the most common and accessible qualifications that are relevant to your role as a foster carer. Click on each box to find out more.

There are many other types of learning and development that are not shown on the picture above. There are lots of different training courses or CPD on topics such as attachment, behaviour, report writing, and assessment skills for example. Click the link below to find out more.

Role specific qualifications or CPD

Induction

Upon starting a new role or job, you will need to undertake an induction which set outs what you should know, understand and be able to do within 6-18 months of starting. The amount of time you have will depend on the type of job or role you are doing. Foster carers have 12 months from approval to undertake their induction and complete the Training, Support and Development standards; see below for more information.

Alternative training / learning and development

The green boxes above contain information on the most common and accessible alternative qualifications that are relevant to your role as a foster carer. They show qualifications that other foster carers have told us they have undertaken or have thought about taking. Click on each box to find out more.

There are many other types of learning and development that are not shown on the diagram above, for example training courses or CPD on assertiveness skills, alcohol and drug awareness, life stories.

Follow the link to find out more about alternative / other qualifications or CPD.

Other professions or sectors

If you are interested in finding out more about a different profession or sector, or maybe considering a sideways move into another role but still working with children and young people then visit our information on other CPD or career frameworks.

 

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