Guide: The fostering process

Personal assessment

Once we’ve all agreed that a career in fostering could be right for you and your family, we will formally invite you to apply to become part of our exceptional fostering team.

You will receive regular visits from your social worker as we work with you through the assessment process.  These visits enable us to build a picture of your strengths and abilities, and explore the type of fostering that will suit you and your family best.  This part of the process can seem lengthy and may take up to four months, but it is very important.

This starts the formal process of assessment which includes a number of checks taking place on you and all members of your household.  These include DBS checks, medical reports and references which are all part of safeguarding children and young people and are a legal requirement.

You will be invited to attend a  ‘Skills to Foster’ course too. This four day course gives you the practical day-to-day skills needed for when you take your first placement. You will have the opportunity to meet experienced foster carers, young care leavers, fostering professionals and other prospective foster carers going through the process.