We guide you through the process of fostering with a simple 5 step guide.

Process of fostering

Initial enquiry

within 24 hours
  • Contact us on 01634 335726 if you’re interested in fostering
  • We talk you through a series of questions to see if fostering is for you

Home visit

5 working days
  • A visit will be made to you at your home
  • If all parties agree to proceed we will ask for further information to help us complete statutory checks

Stage one assessment

2 months

You'll be invited to a three-day training course and will learn about:

  • What foster carers do and their experiences
  • The children in need of foster care
  • Safer caring

Checks will need to be completed, these include:

  • Local authority
  • Probation
  • Finance
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Health checks with your GP
  • Disclosure and Barring Service checks - on anyone 16+ in the house to check any criminal records
  • Personal references

Stage two assessment

3 to 4 months if you're new to foster care
  • An assessing social worker will ask about your background, parenting skills, experiences and fostering qualities
  • They will work with you to put together a report for the fostering panel called ‘Form F’
  • Midway Review - A visit to check assessment is on track
  • Fostering panel - Your Form F is given to a panel of independent social workers, team managers, health visitors and foster carers
  • If you are able to foster, the panel will make a recommendation of the type of fostering, age and number of children you would foster


  • A child will be matched to your family
  • Your supervising social worker and the child’s social worker will visit on regular basis to ensure your needs and the child’s needs are being met

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Contact us

If you're thinking about fostering and would like some more information or just an informal chat, please complete the form below and one of our foster care specialists will be in touch: