Fostering Assessment Process

A short guide to the assessment process

Step 1 - Make Contact

Call us and book a place on our information session where we can then arrange a home visit.

During this call, an initial enquiry will be undertaken to learn more about you and your family. If you meet the criteria, an initial home visit will be booked and a social worker will come to visit you.

Step 2 - Training

Attend our Skills-to-Foster three-day course.

Step 3 - Assessment (stage 1 and 2)

Once we have received your completed Registration of Interest Form, you will be allocated a social worker to carry out an assessment of your background, life experiences and the qualities you would bring to fostering. Statutory checks will also be carried out such as for example local authority, employment, DBS and medical. This will be reviewed halfway through to check any plans that need to be put into place.

We aim to complete stage 1 and 2 within 4 months.

Step 4 - Approval 

You will be invited to a Fostering Panel who will give the final decision based on the outcome of your assessment.

Step 5 - Pre-placement 

You will be enrolled on our payment system and allocated a Supervising Social Worker who will help you prepare you and your home ready for a child or teenager.

Step 6 - Fostering

Your life as a fully-fledged Foster Carer begins.

Step 7 - After one year as a foster carer

After one year, you will go back to a Fostering Panel who will review your first year as a foster carer.


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