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LifetrainUK Foster Care Training Services

What do we do?

Within this Website, you will find a wide range of different courses and workshops designed to suit your agency or organisation's training needs. We run a wide range of relevant and accredited professional courses and specialist workshops to give practical tools and strategies to foster effectively.

Who are we?

LifetrainUK has been delivering a wide range of programmes to professionals who work directly with children and young people for the past decade. All of or trainers have relevant and current fostering and adoption experience as well as an enhanced DBS clearance.

Our company is committed to improving and maintaining the standards of foster care for children and young people. To facilitate this we’re empowering foster carers to achieve better results and supporting employers to offer consistently high quality care provision through our innovative training and development packages.

How can we help you?

Children who need to be fostered come from a variety of backgrounds. They often have to deal with attachment issues, trauma from separation and loss. It can be overwhelming for foster carers to care for children who are experiencing some of these difficulties. Our training is practical, down-to-earth and meets the needs of today's foster carers.

Contact us for more information 07813 939268

To find out how we can help.


Fostering Preparation Course 

Course aims

This course offers a contemporary perspective on meeting the needs of Looked After Children. It reflects the updated Fostering Regulations and National Minimum Standards 2011 and draws upon latest research and practice to explore key issues in the fostering role eg building attachments, managing contact.

A key benefit is our ability to link training material to the CWDC standards which foster carers are expected to be evidence within the first year of registration. At the end of participation on our training course, carers will able to apply their learning to the CDWC standards handbook, thus placing them a step ahead of foster carers undertaking other programs.

Course content

▪ Role of the foster carer

▪ Children’s background (abuse, neglect) and Child Development

▪ Safeguarding

▪ Attachment and Loss

▪ Identity and Diversity

▪ Principles of Theraplay

▪ Contact

▪ Legislative framework

▪ working with professionals

▪ Strategies for Managing difficult behaviour

▪ Transitions: preparing children for adoption

▪ Support & developmental opportunities for foster carers

▪ Different types of fostering placement e.g. mother and baby fostering

Who should attend? All prospective foster carers

Course Duration - Four day course

Managing Conflict Situations in the Fostering Environment

Course Aims

Conflict Resolution is not just about understanding the nature of conflict. Confidence in your own abilities to deal with a situation effectively is crucial, and this course will provide a personal toolbox of strategies to enable you to achieve this. To define what conflict is and explore varying methods of resolution, as we realise that no two situations are the same. The course teaches how to have the flexibility in approach to deal with this..


Course Content

Strategies for working with young people around conflict

What is conflict?

Non-verbal communication

Language patterns when dealing with conflict

Short fuses

Scenario strategies

Safety boundaries

Who Should Attend? Prospective Foster Carers, Supported Lodgings Carers, Social workers and Hostel Workers.

Course Duration - One day course


Preparing Young People for Independence

Course Aims

This course focuses on the importance of supporting care leavers prepare for independence. Participants will develop their understanding of the advice and guidance young people need, in order for them to manage the pressures and responsibilities of adult life.

Course Content

Explore ways in which to engage young people positively in planning for adulthood

Identify the tensions between encouraging young people to manage responsibility and the duties of care

Explore the challenges for young people in sustaining safe tenancies

Develop knowledge of the benefits and support available to young people in care

Identify the practical skills involved in living independently

Offer practical training on how to deliver an independent living programme within the fostering environment

Who should attend? Foster Carers, Supported Lodgings Carers, Social workers, Care leavers (16+)

Course Duration - Two day course


Understanding Self Harm and Suicide

Course Aims

The course is informative whilst addressing head-on the taboo subject of self-harm and suicide. It gives practical solutions to professionals working with young people who are dealing with this difficult issues.

To explore the issues surrounding self harm and suicide, and gain a working knowledge of the issue

To give practical strategies when dealing with young people who self -harm or who have suicidal tendencies

To provide up-to-date information of the support and resources available for professionals working with young people confronting this issue.

Course Content

Part one – Self-Harm

  • Myths surrounding self-harm
  • Deliberate self-harm
  • Risk indicators for self-harming behaviour
  • Cycle of self-harm
  • Working with distressed young people
  • How can I get help; useful organisations

Part two – Suicide

  • Information about suicide
  • Understanding suicidal behaviour
  • Recognising risk
  • The effect of suicide on those working with young people
Who should attend? Foster Carers, Supported Lodgings Carers, Social workers, Care leavers (16+)

    Course Duration - Two day course


Working with Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans +++ Young People in the Fostering Environment


Course Aims

The course gives a useful insight into lesbian, gay bisexual and Trans young people. It focuses on how to support young people who are struggling with their sexuality.  This course explores the many complex issues facing young people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual. It provides practical solutions when supporting young people around coming out and accepting their sexuality. It uniquely focuses on how-to manage issues that may arise in the fostering environment through possible past reduction through to helping Foster Carers gain a better empathy of the subject.

Course Content

• Strategies for working with LGB young people

• Understanding LGB issues

• Myths surrounding sexuality

• Coming out

• Growing up gay

• Consequences and reactions

• Transsexual’s

• How can I get help

• useful organisations. 

Who Should Attend? Prospective Foster Carers, Supported Lodgings Carers, Social workers and Hostel Workers.

Course Duration - One day course.


Separation & Loss


This course introduces the key concepts of Separation & Loss and how to support a young person in placement.

Course Aims

The necessary removal of children from their caregiver(s) to whom they are attached, can have both positive and negative aspects. From a child protection perspective, separation has several benefits, the most obvious being the immediate safety of the child. Separating a parent and child can also have profoundly negative effects. Even when it is necessary, research indicates that removing children from their homes interferes with their development.  The more traumatic the separation, the more likely there will be significant negative developmental consequences. It is imperative that foster parents and other child welfare stakeholders be informed about how separation and loss impacts the children they care for and how to help minimise the impact. 


Course Content

•what separation and loss may look like for a child when losing their caregiver, siblings or other close relative

•challenges children may face when suffering from a traumatic separation, both in general and developmentally

•how an adult supporter may be able to help a child experiencing separation and loss

•strategies and tools available to assist and help a young person develop coping skills

Who should attend? Foster Carers, Supported Lodgings Carers, Social workers, Care leavers (16+)

Course Duration - One day course.


Understanding young people ADHD/ODD in the Foster Care Environment.


This course covers the behaviour associated with ADHD/ODD issues whilst exploring strategies that can help to maintain placements

Course Aims

This programme is a must for all Foster Carers working with young people. It covers the issues associated with ADHD and ODD. It also gives an overview of the different mental health issues facing young people and strategies for the foster care environment.


Course Content

The course covers the behaviour associated with mental health and ADHD whilst exploring both the effects and side effects of the various medications.

Strategies for working with young people with ADHD/ODD

  • What is mental health?
  • The relationship between attachment difficulties and ADHD/ODD
  • Myths surrounding ADHD/ODD
  • Safety implications when working with young people who have ADHD/ODD
  • Setting boundaries..

Who should attend? F oster Carers, Supported Lodgings Carers, Social workers, Care leavers (16+)

Course Duration - One day course.

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