The resources and training opportunities on this page are provided by other organisations and are open to all authorised carers in NSW.
While we seek to include content which may be helpful in your journey as a carer, guardian or adoptive parent, this does not replace professional help in any area of caring and protecting self and others. Courses are for educational purposes only.
Please speak with a member of the My Forever Family NSW, Carer Support Team 1300 782 975 or your agency/DCJ case manager if you have questions or issues relating specifically to your situation.
Online safety resources for children and young people in care and their caregivers
The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has a range of resources aimed at raising awareness of online safety among children and young people in care and their caregivers.
The resources include a series of short videos for children and young people in out-of-home care, as well fact sheets and an online training course for caregivers. These resources were developed with direct involvement of children in care and carers, meaning the advice provided is both real and relevant.
Carers are encouraged to view the resources at this link.
Carers and children in care can also leave feedback on the resources available here.
Western Sydney Local Health District - Reparative Parenting Program
FREE for authorised carers of children in out-of-home-care in Sydney.
Who is eligible to attend?
Foster and kinship carers with children or young people in their care long term. Guardians and adoptive parents are also welcome to attend.
Carers can be from any area in Sydney (not just WSLHD) and do not require a caseworker.
This is NOT a one-off workshop; it is a cohesive treatment program for carers dealing with behavioural and emotional difficulties and particularly placements at risk of breakdown. It is not purely training and education.
It requires ongoing attendance, preferably by both carers in the home, for most of the sessions as sessions build on each other.
Click here for more information on the Reparative Parenting Program and the Alternate Care Clinic.
Who to contact?
Email or call and ask to speak to an Alternative Care Clinic team member about attending the Reparative Parenting Program.
Telephone: (02) 8890 6577
Fax: (02) 8890 9893
My Forever Family NSW is pleased to partner with the Australian Childhood Foundation and present you with the online Trauma Training course.
This training has been designed for carers to explore some of the core theories of trauma and its impacts and then translating that knowledge into practical strategies and approaches to providing trauma informed care. This training is designed as a starting point for learning and/or a reinforcement of what you already know and what you already do in your care for children and young people across New South Wales.
My Forever Family NSW is offering free registration for the online Trauma Training course to the first 1,000 carers to register.
If you have registered with the Carer Portal then you’re all set to go! Click the buttons below to log in or sign up today. Once logged in, go to the Online Training courses.
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Cultural Competence - Aboriginal Sydney (University of Sydney)
This open online course is offered by the University of Sydney - register here
This course explores some of the key themes and capabilities of cultural competence by exploring Aboriginal experiences and narratives of Sydney.
Course learning outcomes
1. Develop knowledge about cultural competence capabilities.
2. Develop a deeper and multi-layered knowledge and understanding about Aboriginal peoples, cultures and places in Sydney.
3. Develop a greater understanding of how history, cultures and places are represented, contested and interpreted and how that relates to their own context.
This is a free course, however if participants wish to access graded assignments and receive a certificate, there is a cost ($64). Course participants may apply for a reduced fee for the certificate based on their circumstances.
* The resources and training material provided by My Forever Family NSW on this website include material provided by other organisations. While My Forever Family seeks to include content which may be helpful in your journey as a carer, guardian or adoptive parent, this does not replace professional help in any area of caring and protecting self and others. Courses are for educational purposes only. Please speak with your case manager at your foster care agency or Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ, formerly FACS) if you have questions or issues relating specifically to your situation. Staff must always comply with relevant NSW legislation, including the NSW standards for out-of-home care.
Office of the Children's Guardian - Training and Webinars
The Office of the Children's Guardian offers free child safe training sessions for people working or volunteering in child-related organisations in NSW. The sessions will provide you with the skills and resources to help you establish more effective ways to manage risk and focus on creating safe environments for children and young people.
Topics include meeting your obligations under the Working With Children Check and implementing the Child Safe Standards. The workshops and webinars are free but registration is essential.
Free Webinars SAFE series
The NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian is proud to introduce Sam, Andy, Fiona, Eve and Mandu. They’re the stars of the SAFE series, a set of four books containing protective behaviour messages aimed at children 2-6 years old.
Join one of the many sessions that are being run - click on the link below for all dates and registration:
Click here for full details
Trauma Informed Care - LINKS Training and Support
LINKS Training and Support develops targeted, evidence-based training and resources in Trauma Informed Care and Problem Sexual Behaviour. Delivering on the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, LINKS Training and Support aims to improve the capacity of carers and caseworkers throughout NSW. Established in 2019, the LINKS Training and Support team is part of DCJ Psychological and Specialist Services.
Nearly every child in OOHC has experienced at least one traumatic event. LINKS Training and Support equips carers and caseworkers with practical skills and strategies to help children thrive after trauma.
Caring for children who have experienced trauma can be challenging. These resources will increase your knowledge of trauma informed care, help you better respond to trauma-based behaviours and provide links to relevant support services. Click here to access training and support resources.
University of Sydney Kinship Module
Learn about Aboriginal Kinship systems
This online learning module covers the systems of social organisation that traditionally govern Aboriginal societies and explains this significant cultural difference.
This module will help you to gain a better understanding of:
- Aboriginal Kinship systems and how they operate
- Aboriginal social structures and how these are different to Western societies
- potential conflict in working with people from differing cultural backgrounds
- how cultural difference impacts upon Aboriginal people in the social systems which operate in Australia (through education, criminal justice systems and the legal system more broadly, etc.)
Each module section includes a video, a series of related questions and a list of useful resources to help you learn more about the Kinship system.
Access the Kinship Learning Module here
eSafety Commissioner: Free webinars for parents and carers
The eSafety Commissioner regularly run webinars for parents and carers around keeping children and young people safe online. The webinar program includes a broad range of topics delivered by an expert education and training team.
Click here to view the program and register
UPA Youth Care Services Training and Events Calendar 2022
Youth Care Services provide a series of free training sessions to meet the needs of carers. The aim is to ensure carers receive expert training to enhance their knowledge and skills in providing quality support to our young people in care. You can access a copy of the 2022 training calendar here.
'Because You Care' FREE Online Training for Carers
Targeted towards carers of young people in out-of-home care, this training created in partnership with NSW Health is relevant to anyone interested in starting conversations around sexual and reproductive health, particularly with young people who may have had experiences of trauma.
Visit the Yfoundations website.
Community Development Initiatives - training for carers in the Riverina
These courses are available to carers in the Riverina area. Discuss these courses with your caseworker who can assist in arranging the training. For more information, contact Toyah on email@example.com or on 0406 414 898.
Behaviour Support Planning
The service is delivered by a qualified therapeutic specialist who is experienced in critical understanding of behaviours and how to analyse, plan and support those surrounding the client. The plan is developed with firm underpinning in therapeutic principles. See more at this link.
Safe and Sound Protocol
The service is delivered by a qualified therapeutic specialist who is experienced in critical understanding of behaviours and how to analyse, plan and support those surrounding the client. The plan is developed with firm underpinning in therapeutic principles. See more at this link
Parenting Under Pressure
CDI delivers Parenting under Pressure sessions over a 12-week period. The Parenting under Pressure course is a therapeutic parenting course. The course is delivered to the parents one on one, and takes into account the child and their needs, other children and the whole family. This is to ensure that all strategies are meaningful for the family. Assessment is completed at the start of the program as well as during the program. See more at this link.