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Consultations take place once or twice a year. There is one in the south and sometimes one in the north of England.

The date for our 2019 consultation at Kings college is not yet fixed. Watch this space!

The times are: 10 am - 3.30pm at £50 per head.

These are important get togethers to network, share successes and challenges and review skills and strategies.




A Facilitators Course will take place

MONDAY 15th to THURSDAY 18th JULY (under twelves), FRIDAY 19TH JULY  - (one day adaptation for  12+)

   Kings College, London, Denmark Hill Campus.


 We are also able to arrange bespoke in house training.

Welcome to FCTC

Fostering Changes is an evidence based training programme for foster carers.

Developed in the UK by a team of clinical specialists who trained and practiced as Social Workers or Psychologists, the programme delivers practical skills to foster carers empowering them to better manage their placements. 

Now you can be trained as a Facilitators of Fostering Changes. Our 4 day Facilitator Course delivers skills and learning in group facilitation, adult learning and covers the entire content of the Fostering Changes Programme so you can deliver with maximum confidence and provide your Carers with a full range of learning and skills to manage their placements.

Our 12+ one day course is an adaptation for carers of adolescents.  We usually run this day immediately after a 4 day facilitators course so you can do all 5 days at once.  If you have already attended a 4 day facilitators course you are welcome to join us for the 12+ day as a stand alone day.

We usually run 2 facilitators courses a year at Kings College, London.  We also train whole organisations around the country, so if you are an Independent Fostering Provider, Voluntary Organisation or Local Authority who want your whole workforce trained, please contact us for details.  We have trained organisations in New Zealand and Austria, and a German language version of the training programme has been published. We have also run 4 facilitators courses in Japan and the final course will take place in March 2019.  The manual has been translated and published in Japanese.

If you need further information, please contact the team on
020 7848 5845  

The report on our Fostering Changes Randomised Controlled Trial is now available on the DfE website.



To access the Strange Situation clip:


1. Log on to wwwpsychology.sunysb.Edu/attachment

2. It will open to the ATTACHMENT page. Click on legacy; link to

3. It will give you the Bowlby website. Click on the New Strange Situation



     What Carers say... 

    Since doing the course I have become much calmer, I have more understanding. I do less talking and more listening. I have become stronger. With the kids, I feel I have become more positive. Things that would irritate me before, I now get over it. I am taking time to sit with the child and get to the bottom of it.

    If I had this training many years ago, some of the placements I had, I would have kept them. Rather than saying I can't be bothered, I would have worked with it.

    Since doing this course, my placement, any placement I should get, these kids are staying with me. Because now, I have ways of dealing with a situation.

    As a new Foster Carer coming on this course has opened my eyes. I will spend more time with the children that come into my house. I will listen and take time for myself.

    I am now well equipped with the tools and I am ready for the challenges. I don't think everything is just going to go smoothly, you have to try over and over to see the changes. I am seeing changes already.

    My young person now listens to advice and instructions, she now maintains a curfew, her attitude has changed and even her appearance has improved.

    I was on a downward spiral. The course has reinforced to praise and to continue to praise. I have learnt that you get so much more out of children if you don't constantly question them.

    Things change, placements change, but I will take the skills I have learnt with me.

    I listen more. Instead of giving orders, I ask, I use I messages and they are working.

    For me, being here has made me more hopeful. I have seen changes in myself.

    I have seen changes in my child. Before the course it was as if she didn't know what no means. All of a sudden it is as if she does understand. I have learnt how to deal with her. I have learnt how to talk to her, I have realised she is a person.

    I have become more patient. Things that used to get on top of me don't now. Instead of focusing on the negative I look at the positive. Yes, this course is brilliant.

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    Training for Foster Care Organisations

    Fostering Changes Training Centre
    Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London
    PO Box 86 Decrespigny Park
    London, SE5 8AF
    Phone: ++44 (0) 20 7848 5845
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