We assess all applicants to see whether they have the right skills and abilities to become a foster carer. The assessment process takes up to four months from start to finish and all your questions and concerns will be discussed in depth.
After an initial discussion over the phone we gather some basic information to help start assessing your suitability and what type of fostering best suits you.
A member of our team will visit your home to discuss fostering with you in more detail, and look at the space you have available for a foster child. We can also answer any questions you may have.
If we both agree that the assessment should proceed, the social worker will complete a comprehensive assessment including discussions about your background, experiences, parenting skills and the qualities you bring to fostering.
Together with the social worker you will provide evidence of your ability to care for children or young people.
The assessment will also involve talking to your children, any adult children who have left home and ex-partners where applicable.
We will complete reference checks via your local authority, NSPCC and ask you to provide three personal referees.
You will be invited to attend a three-day training course for prospective foster carers which is an important part of the assessment process.
This training will cover a variety of topics in order to prepare you for your future role as a foster carer.
Other checks, such as DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service), and health assessments will also be undertaken.
You will have the opportunity to read and comment on the final report before it is presented to the Fostering Panel.