National Caregiver Training Programme (NCTP)

The National Caregiver Training Programme (NCTP) offers 11 one day workshops delivered throughout the country.

We recommend Attachment & Resilience, Child Development and Understanding & Managing Behaviour as the three core workshops that all caregivers should attend as foundational learning. For further details on the workshops, scroll to the bottom of the page.

These six hour workshops are free and open to Whanau/Foster/Kin caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren and Permanent/Home for Life caregivers.  Almost anyone who is raising children not born to them. Limited places may also be available for Caregiver Social Workers and NGO representatives that support these caregivers.

If you would like to register for any of these courses, please click here for the workshop calendar to find dates and venues and complete the registration process online.

Any questions, or for any assistance registering please contact the Training Coordinator: or 0800 100 849

Learning Workshops

Child Development:

This workshop identifies a range of child development milestones and how you can provide the child/ren in your care opportunities for further development.  You will begin to understand how neglect/abuse/trauma can impact on child development and the brain.

Attachment and Resilience:

This workshop will help you understand the different types of attachment and how this influences behaviour. You will learn how to build secure attachment and understand the importance of building resilience.

Understanding and Managing Behaviour:

This workshop will help you recognise values and beliefs surrounding children’s behaviour.  You will look at ways to encourage change in children/young people’s behaviour and strategies to begin to manage unwanted behaviours.

Safety & Prevention:

This workshop will help to develop strategies on how to keep caregivers, their families and the home environment safe.  You will learn the processes of complaints and allegations.

Maltreatment and Family Violence:

This workshop will help you to identify child abuse and neglect.  It will look at the impact of these on children and young people and how to respond appropriately.

Identity and Belonging:

This workshop will help explain what is important for a child or young person entering care.  You will begin to understand the losses experienced and the importance of maintains relationships and cultural connections.

Legal Issues:

This workshop will help you to understand the impact of the law on your care situation.


This workshop will help you further your skills in effective teamwork, understanding communication styles and problem solving strategies.

Carer Families:

This workshop will help you to understand your rights, responsibilities and role as a caregiver.  You will gain knowledge on the importance of support networks and identify stress triggers for the whole family in the care experience.

Working with Adolescents:

This workshop will help you to understand and appropriately begin to respond to a young person with behavioural issues. It will develop your knowledge on signs of substance abuse and transition towards independence.

Health and Wellbeing:

This workshop offers you great tips on how to provide a healthy environment.

Feedback from Caregivers who attended recent training:

“A useful informative and well presented workshop”

“Training was done very well, very relaxed, well presented and everyone participated”

“I have found your training classes extremely useful and often refer to the booklets when I get children in with issues”