Our needs as supporting staff and as parents raising children are always changing, so it's in the child's best interest that we are always learning and refining our skills.
A specific enquiry about training can be directed to your LCC Case Worker or our LCC FCS training administrator , Leanne Norman via email@example.com.
In 2020, all bookings for foster carer training are made from the LCC website. All courses under the Staff & Volunteer Training Page on the LCC website are accessible and free of charge to all LCC foster carers.
It is essential for your mandatory training to be kept up to date. This includes;
- Safe Environments for Children and Young People (SECYP - formerly Child Safe Environments) refresher required every 3 years, and
- Infant Safety Training (Kidsafe SA), refresher required every 2 years for as long as you are caring for children under 2 years of age.
- First Aid & CPR (mandatory for Specialist Carers only). CPR refresher required every 12 months, and a general first aid refresher every 3 years.
Please be aware of when your training will expire and allow yourself enough time before it expires to book a refresher course. We host regular SECYP refresher courses and details about booking this course, Kidsafe Infant Safety and First Aid are also posted on the LCC website. If your certificates ever expire, you are required to attend the initial full day training again.
It is mandatory to maintain your first aid currency as a Specialist foster carer. While it's not mandatory to maintain First Aid & CPR as a generalist foster carer, it is highly recommended and can be undertaken at no cost to you as a foster carer. To maintain First Aid, you need to attend a refresher course every three years, and a CPR refresher course every 12 months.
If your current certificate has expired, you will be required to attend the full session which includes an online component prior to the class. If you would prefer not to complete the pre-work online there is a two-day option to attend in person.
Our preferred First Aid providers are St Johns and Red Cross. After visiting their sites to choose your preferred training date and time, proceed to the LCC website to register. Our training administration team will then finalise and confirm your registration for the course of your preference and take care of the bill for you!
Additional Learning Opportunities
We support you to seek additional learning throughout the year and encourage you to engage in developing new skills and knowledge on a variety of topics. This could include attending a local conference, an in-house workshop or an external training opportunity.
Courses hosted by LCC's Centre for Learning are available and free to access for all LCC foster families. A broad range of topics are available throughout the year including Domestic Violence, Vicarious Trauma and Suicide Prevention and Self-Harm. For the full list and session details, visit the LCC website. You can register online as an LCC Volunteer and enter "Foster Carer" as your LCC Site.
Your LCC Worker can also help you identify relevant and meaningful training opportunities based on your interests and goals outlined in your Personal Learning and Development Plan.
Online Courses (AC Education)
We have membership with AC Education who provide a range of online courses relevant to working with vulnerable children. As LCC Foster Carers, you have access to over 170 online courses.
Download the Course List to browse what is available to you through AC Education. Courses are online and can be be completed at your own pace.
To express interest in an online course, please contact your LCC Case Worker who can request an access login for you.
How to Book
To book any training hosted by LCC, please visit the LCC website Staff & Volunteer Training page and submit a booking form online.
If you have a direct enquiry you can contact Leanne Norman via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note Leanne works Tuesdays & Fridays, 9am - 1pm.