REACH Training for Foster Carers

Promoting positive, attachment informed childcare underpinned by positive psychology.

As a Compass foster carer you’ll be supported with all the skills and training you need to really make a difference to children’s lives. Many of our carers choose to access our specialist training, gaining professional expertise and reflecting their commitment to fostering.

Compass Fostering is a learning and developing organisation which puts people and children at the centre of everything we do. We provide outstanding services and seek to make continuous improvements to enhance the lives of children and young people. Our aim is to equip those who provide this support and services with the most effective tools possible and be the enablers of positive achievements and sustainability. Our goal of enhancing and improving children’s lives for the better underpins our actions, plans and services.

I think the training programme is varied and relevant. One of Compass’ strengths is definitely the training available to carers.
Foster Carer Survey

In addition to the 3 day Skills to Foster and Induction training courses which every applicant must attend, you’ll also benefit from a range of specialist therapeutic courses throughout your fostering career, designed and delivered by a leading expert in the field. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Issues of Attachment and Trauma
  • Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Parent and Child Training
  • Management and Support for ADHD
  • Compassion Fatigue Workshop
  • Managing Anger
  • Positive Psychology and Building Resilience
  • “Talking Your Way Out of Trouble”
  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking C&YP
  • Secure Base
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Cultural Awareness and Diversity

We believe in empowering our carers to develop a full range of skills and professional expertise – not only to help and support the children they look after, but also to enrich and enhance their own lives.

The REACH Approach

The REACH approach is more than just a training programme, it is a whole approach to fostering. The aim is to be optimistic and to enter fostering thinking that change is possible. It emphasises the immense importance of building trusting relationships with children and young people as being at the heart of fostering.


Through the REACH approach we will aim to equip foster carers to build resilience, to provide stability and offer a child centred methodology and attitude to each individual child and young person. REACH is a theoretical framework based on resilience, attachment and a range of social support mechanisms, which strengthens and underlines our practice by which children can be helped to move towards a sense of security and improve their emotional well being.

Training courses within The REACH Training Programme include:

  • Introduction to Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Attachment and Trauma
  • Managing Anger
  • Positive Psychology and Resilience Building

88% of our carers thought REACH training exceeded their expectations.
Foster Carer Survey