Becoming a Foster Carer

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The first step on your journey to becoming a foster carer is to either attend one of our Q&A events or contact us directly either by phone or via our contact form.

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Once you have more information, then we will arrange an initial home visit for you to meet with one of our supervising social workers. This will give you a chance to ask more questions and also gives us a chance for us to get to understand your individual circumstances better.

Once you have more information, then we will arrange an initial home visit for you to meet with one of our supervising social workers. This will give you a chance to ask more questions and also gives us a chance for us to get to understand your individual circumstances better.

Following the initial visit, if it is felt that you are ready to progress to the next stage then you will be sent an application to begin the fostering assessment process.  

Before you can become an approved foster carer you and your family will need to engage in a fostering assessment. The assessment is split into two sections: 

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The first stage involves us undertaking a number of checks and references including criminal records checks and medicals. 

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Stage two is a formal assessment process in which an assessing social worker will visit you and your family in your home a number of times in order to consider your suitability to foster. The social worker will compile a report at the end of this stage detailing the discussions you have had and their recommendations regarding your suitability to foster. 

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During the fostering assessment you will be asked to attend a three day pre-approval course which will equip you with the basic knowledge and skills you need to begin fostering. 

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Once the assessment is complete, your assessing social worker will compile a report about your suitability to foster. This will then be presented at our fostering panel who will make a decision as to whether they recommend you to become approved foster carers.

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