Training and support

Fostering with Northamptonshire Children's Trust is a not-for-profit independent fostering agency (IFA). We provide fostering services on behalf of Northamptonshire Children's Trust (NCT), who deliver children's services in Northamptonshire.

We believe that all children and young people in Northamptonshire deserve to live in a loving, caring, and stable home with people who will support them into adulthood. As such we work closely with NCT children's social care teams, aiming to provide the best support for children and young people because we want the best outcomes for them. 

Becoming a foster carer will make a difference to children and young people in Northamptonshire that will last a lifetime.

The benefits of fostering with NCT:

  • You will be supporting Northamptonshire's looked after children
  • We will always explore our in-house carers before we approach external providers
  • We offer an age preference to our foster carers
  • Access to 30 hours term-time funded childcare
  • We provide an extensive offer of training and support including online and face-to-face training
  • Our training venues and fostering panel are all based within Northamptonshire
  • Established and local carer support groups in your area
  • We are a not for profit Fostering Agency - ensuring public money is focussed upon the needs of the children on Northamptonshire

Training

We are committed to helping improve outcomes for children and young people in Northamptonshire as well as helping you grow professionally and personally as a valued member of our team.

See our extensive list of courses and book your place

Support

By becoming a foster carer with us you will bring your own experience, skills, and expertise.

We will give you the support you need to really make a difference to a child's life:

  • Financial support, with additional payments to cover a child's holiday, birthday, and religious festivals
  • Payment in line with Continuous Professional Development opportunities
  • Support and supervision from a dedicated supervising social worker
  • Interactive Virtual Reality which immerses you into situations that a child or young person may have been in previously, allowing you to understand trauma responses and how to support with that
  • A newly approved carer buddying scheme allowing you to lean on a fellow carer for support and advice whilst you are new to becoming a foster carer
  • Advice and support on a variety of health and wellbeing issues
  • Recognition for the role your birth children play in fostering giving them the chance the join Karing Kids, a support group for birth children allowing them to have the opportunity to interact with other birth children and go on fun packed days out
  • A suite of e-learning and face-to-face training on a variety of topics and issues with venues in Northamptonshire
  • Access to local foster carer support groups and membership to the Northamptonshire Foster Carers Association (NFCA) which is a group run by foster carers in order to help lean on each other for guidance, including the opportunity to attend foster carer events such as breakfast club
  • Membership to the Fostering Network
  • Free access to Research in Practice resources
  • Membership to the National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP) giving you access to a range of trauma related webinars and sessions
  • A quarterly magazine keeping you up to date with news, events, and activities