Foster Care Assessment Skills (Step by Step)

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Quality provision of OOHC starts with quality foster care placements for children, and these start with quality carer assessments. Making good, evidenced based decisions about carer applicants suitability means fewer placement breakdowns for children who have already experienced enough trauma in their lives. Successful completion of this course leads to registration to use Step by Step (a suite of evidence informed competency based carer assessment tools).

This is a two part course.

The first part is a self-paced distance-learning course entitled Implementing Trauma Informed practice in OOHC. In order to be able to assess if a carer applicant has the capacity to provide the trauma informed care that children in OOHC need, assessors must be able to understand and confidently describe developmental trauma and reparative parenting. The assessment tasks for this course must be successfully completed before attending the face to face component.

The second part is a three-day face-to-face course that teaches how to use the Step by Step Carer Assessment Tools and provides an overview of the relevant legislation and agency obligations in relation to the Carers Register. It describes the personality traits and skills that research indicates good carers require and how to assess if carer applicants possess these. It introduces interview skills and provides opportunities to practice these. Guidance is provided on how to ensure assessments are not biased and how to analyse and record information. There are opportunities to practice recording information and analysis and learners receive feedback.

After the course learners must successfully complete and submit a carer assessment in order to complete their Step by Step registration.

All participants will receive a free carer assessment manual of their choice.

For any other information about Pathway B to register as a user of Step by Step 2016 please contact Louise Mulroney at or 02 9281 8822

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand relevant legislation and agency obligations of Carers Register
  • Understand personality traits and skills of good carers and how to assess for these
  • How to prepare for an assessment, including considering safe working practices
  • How to undertake a carer assessment using the Step by Step tools based on a task-centred competency approach combined with strengths drawn from the psychodynamic approach focusing on process and relationships.
  • Develop/improve interview skills
  • Analyse and interpret information gathered in the assessment process
  • Understand how reflective practice improves practice
  • Understand how to use information from background checks and third parties
  • How to write up an assessment using the Step by Step tools being mindful of carer applicants' confidential information

Who should attend?

Foster carer assessors

Please note: This course is not eligible for any MEMBERSHIP or CORPORATE PASS discount