Once we have conducted an initial visit and assessment of your home, you will be provided with an Application Pack. You will need to complete certain forms and return them to us. Once received we will commence the statutory checks and arrange a medical with your GP. You will be allocated an Assessing Social Worker, who will conduct your assessment. This will include enquiries into your background, character, health and your overall family circumstances, plus your experiences and strengths as a carer. Once the Assessing Social Worker has completed their assessment, they prepare a report about you called a Form F. This Form F is then presented to our fostering panel once you have signed to confirm its accuracy. The Fostering Panel is made up of people from Health, Education, Foster Care and other appropriately experienced people, who make recommendations to approve foster carers.
We undertake various checks on applicants and members of their household. These are some of the checks we do;
- Identity Checks – to confirm your identity and address
- Relationship Status – to ascertain that you are single or in a stable relationship
- Personal References – to get the viewpoint of people that know you well and can discuss your previous experiences with children and how you can transfer these skills to fostering
- Health Checks – to confirm that you can cope physically and mentally with the demands of caring for children
- Enhanced DBS Checks – on you and other household members aged 18 years and over. This is to ensure that a child in your care would not be at risk.
As part of the assessment, you will be expected to attend a short training programme known as ‘Skills to Foster’.
Foster Care can be a demanding task. You will certainly need good health, an understanding of the difficulties faced by parents and a commitment to the welfare of children which is shared and support by all family members.