Becoming a Foster Carer - how it works!

1. If you are still interested in becoming a foster carer, please complete the attached 'Enquiry Form'.

2. A worker will then contact you to ask you a few questions, if your application is then to proceed a Fostering Pack will be sent out to you. This pack will include a booklet and application form.

3. On receipt of your application form, a member of the Fostering Team will then contact you to arrange an initial visit. This visit will provide you with more details about becoming a foster carer and answer any questions you may have.

4. If you and the member of the team decide to progress with your application, you will be offered a place on the next available Skills to Foster Training. This training gives an overview of what your role will entail and usually takes place over three full days.

OR at this point, you may decide the time is not quite right for you and withdrawn your application. With your permission, we will keep your details on file and contact you at a later date.

5. If you wish to proceed to become a foster carer after the Skills To foster training and also the local authority feel that you will be suitable, we will undertake a Disclosure and Barring check, we ask that you go for a medical with your G.P (we will pay for this) and we also ask for NSPCC checks and other checks to be completed.

6. If all the checks come back and the fostering service is satisfied with outcome and if all parties still want to progress your application, we will undertake a more in-depth assessment (Form F).

7. A Social Worker will visit you on a number of occasions and ask you questions regarding, your life history and childhood etc. This process will be explained in more detail during the Skills to Foster Training.

8. If the assessment is positive, your assessment will be presented before the Fostering Panel. Panel consists of relevant professionals from health, education, the looked after children unit, elected members. These people will make a recommendation to the Agency Decision Maker whether or not to approve you as a foster carer.

9. If you are approved at Panel, you will be allocated a Supervising Social Worker, who will be there to supervise, support and guide you throughout your role as a foster carer.

10. You will be expected to undertake on-going training which will help you support the children in your care.

11. Each year, a reviewing officer will meet with you and your supervising social worker to discuss how things have been going for you over the past year. This is called a Foster Carers Annual Review.

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