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Local Authority and Agency FAQ

Local Authority and Agency FAQ

The NFCQ Qualifications sets the standard for education within the fostering sector. 

Legislation and standards.

The entirety of the NFCQ education pathway is meticulously grounded in the National Minimum Fostering Standards, Fostering Regulations, and all statutory legislation pertinent to the fostering framework.

Quality Assurance.

Concerning quality assurance, assessment, and adherence to national standards, NFCQ has earned accreditation from iTOL, serving as a hallmark of quality that caters to professionals and providers alike. 

Accreditation.

ITOL accreditation stands as an independent international standard, facilitating the recognition of standards and learning achieved by NFCQ Accredited Foster Carers in meeting the needs of children in care. This accreditation transcends mere academic acknowledgement, reflecting the pivotal role and specialisations of foster carers within an industry context.

In terms of tangible feedback on practice resulting from the NFCQ education pathway, we conscientiously operate within the intricate landscape of local authorities and Independent Fostering Agencies, acknowledging and respecting the autonomy of each, alongside their established training frameworks.

Feedback, learning to practice.

In terms of tangible feedback on practice resulting from the NFCQ education pathway, we conscientiously operate within the intricate landscape of local authorities and Independent Fostering Agencies, acknowledging and respecting the autonomy of each, alongside their established training frameworks.

Feedback on practice and learning stands as a fundamental aspect of this educational pathway, facilitated through NFCQ Groups. These groups are designed to leverage relational and reflective practices, interpersonal interactions, and mutual support to enhance standards, outcomes, and stability for foster carers, providers, and the children under their care.

Originating from feedback from both foster carers and services, NFCQ Groups provide ample opportunity for engagement in collaborative and reflective group work bridging theory to practice. These groups are overseen by NFCQ Group Coordinators, to ensure proficiency through requisite qualifications such as the NFCQ Foundation Qualification and the NFCQ Group Coordinator’s Course.

Compliance, Foster Carer engagement.

A notable advantage of NFCQs lies in their compliance and increased uptake by foster carers, many who are actively seeking to qualify as NFCQ Accredited Foster Carers.

Assessment.

Assessment of the Foundation Qualification entails progressive learning and reflection throughout the course, culminating in a comprehensive test assessment upon completion. The intermediate and advanced levels, currently in production, will further elevate the learning experience, incorporating advanced requirements and the submission of written work assessed by qualified iTol registered assessors.

How long does the Foundation Course take?

We recommend 30-35 hours, however, some foster carers, especially those more experienced may complete it in less time.

How much does it cost and what does it include?

What is in the Accredited Foundation Course?

The Foundation Course encompasses a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide an overview and fundamental understanding of the subject matter.

In terms of structure there are 6 modules to the Foundation Qualification:

When will the Accredited Intermediate and Advanced Qualification be available?

Intermediate – Expected roll out August 2024
Advanced – In development, anticipated roll out January 2025
Price available at launch

Feedback

“Well done, it will be so helpful for new carers. It will definitely let them know that it’s not “just a spare room” you need! It’s a massive improvement on the skills for fostering course I did, with relevant information to try and prepare you for your first child arrives.”
Agency foster carer, 5yrs experience
“Lessons 3 and 4 are important as it seems very few carers can take courses on trauma, and it affects every child in some way. Certainly, the skills to foster will not cover the subject!”
Local Authority foster carer, 8yrs experience
“Whoever put this together knows what is needed to be a foster carer, this information would have been much more welcome than the ’skills to fostering’ course my wife and I did.”
Local Authority Level 3 foster carer
"I've been fostering for many years, but there was so much in here I haven't done in other trainings, plus it was really good to get familiar with the minimum standards and regulations, and my other favourite modules were the trauma informed ones, think we should probably have done those before we started!"
Agency Foster Carer, 2yrs experience
"I had no idea all this was involved, no idea at all. However it hasn't put me off just made me more keen to foster and more confident knowing what's involved and required of me."
Prospective foster carer, currently teacher
"After completing this course a new foster carer stated that, amongst other things, she now had a list of questions to ask during the matching process which she would not have thought to ask before"
Agency Manager

*More extensive feedback is currently being curated.

INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Modernising systems, reflecting on processes and learning from their implementation is essential for progress and improvement.

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