The fostering process

  1. The fostering process
  2. Referral
  3. Initial visit
  4. Skills training
  5. Your application
  6. Home study and assessment (You are here)
  7. Fostering panel
  8. Being a foster carer

Home study and assessment

If you decide to go ahead with your application, the next step is for a member of our team to visit you at home several times to get a more rounded picture of how you would cope with the responsibilities of foster care.

We'll talk about your life, your childhood, the way your family functions and other subjects that may influence the way you'd care for a foster child. This is in-line with national regulations for fostering and we'll guide you through the process.

We understand it can be a demanding and sometimes stressful process, but it's in everyone's interest to get it right for you and your family and for any children who may come to be looked after by you.

By law, we have to undertake rigorous checks to ensure the suitability of our foster carers to look after vulnerable children and young people, such as:

  • A Criminal Records Bureau check on everyone in your household over age 16 and any people who will be supporting you, such as relatives and babysitters
  • Council and other agency checks, such as NSPCC and Probation Service
  • Child health and education checks for any school-age children in your household
  • Written current or most recent employers' references for each applicant - additional references from any previous employer where there was contact with children will be obtained
  • A doctor's reference (where applicable)
  • A minimum of three personal referees (one of whom should be a family member), who will provide written references and be interviewed as part of the assessment process - these references need to span your lifetime
  • Interviews with any other adults in your household

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