Assessment process

Register your interest

We must make sure that all our foster carers are suitable to take on this very important role.

Here is a quick overview of what the first stage process involves for us to make a decision on whether you are suitable to become a foster carer.

We will provide you with lots more detail if you do decide to get in touch with us.

On your way to becoming a foster carer

  • You get in touch with us to say you would like to become a foster carer.
  • We will arrange an appointment to come out and visit you in your home.
  • A member of our fostering team will visit you for an initial discussion about foster care and give you details of the full assessment process.
  • If you want to proceed with your application you will then complete a detailed application form to provide us with information about yourself and other members of your household.
  • At this time we will also ask you to give your permission to carry out some checks including a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DSB), formally known as a Criminal Records Bureau check (CRB).
  • We’ll also ask for proof of your identity (such as a passport, birth or marriage certificate) and will ask you to have a health check to make sure that you are physically able to provide an appropriate standard of care to a child or young person.

We will need to know as much about you as possible, not only to decide whether you can foster, but also to make sure you match well with a child or young person who needs a placement.

Be prepared to meet with us several times and answer lots of questions.

All this time and effort will be worth it, when you see how much you make the difference to a child and young person’s life.

Register your interest