To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what training on mental health awareness is provided to foster carers.
23 February 2016
The statutory framework is clear that fostering services must provide carers with the training, information and support necessary in the interests of children placed with them.
The Training, Support and Development (TSD) Standards provide a national post-approval training framework for what foster carers should know and understand. This includes knowing what ‘healthy care’ means for the mental health of young people, and how children develop relationships. My Department’s expectation is that fostering services should ensure that foster carers complete the training within 12-18 months of approval. The TSD Standards form part of the National Minimum Standards for foster care.