If you are invited to apply, you will receive an application form and other documents which you will need to complete, and which your Recruitment Social Worker will then collect from you.
Submission of these documents begins the assessment process, entering you into Stage 1. This stage lasts 1-2 months and allows us to proceed with legally required background checks and references. These will include the likes of personal and employment references, a medical check, local authority and enhanced DBS checks, as well as obtaining some detailed information on your background and lifestyle so that we can assess your suitability to foster. During Stage 1 you will get chance to meet other foster carers who are also being assessed at the preparation training, and our Recruitment team will be here to guide you and answer any questions you have.
Once this is complete we will enter Stage 2 of your assessment, allocating you a Form F Assessor, the individual who will work with you to pull together your Form F. This document is used to highlight your skills and experience to ensure that we can match the right placements to you once you’re approved. Stage 2 usually takes up to 3 months to complete.