Paths to Fostering
With most local authorities once a completed inquiry is received a prospective foster carer is either invited along to an informal fostering event or an initial home visit is arranged. This home visit is often carried out by the supervising social worker. Checks are made to access the suitability of the potential carer and referees are sought.
This assessment process is thorough process and is designed to make sure that the person applying to be a foster carer is suited to the role and also is there to help insure the safety of young people in foster care.
The assessment is a series of discussions with the entire household of the potential foster carer. Many things are discussed and assessed including: family background, support network, relationships and parenting styles. This is a time to find out your strengths and perhaps uncover some areas for improvement.
This is a time where a strong relationship is forged between carer and the social worker.
Obviously the care of young people and their safety of paramount concern to the local authority, and with this in mind, a full range of checks are made and references taken. These include checks to assess: criminal convictions, medical issues, employment and educational checks where applicants have children.
These checks take on average 4 months to complete, from initial application. Normally your social worker to keep you updated on the progress of these checks.
You are normally given your report and are free to challenge any aspects that you feel to be incorrect. There is also a review and appeal process in place. Once successfully completed this process means that you added to the authority’s list of approved foster carers.
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