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Your fostering journey

Your fostering journey

The journey to becoming a foster carer is unique:

  1. Enquiry
  2. Initial Visit
  3. Skills to Foster, Statutory Checks, Full Assessment
  4. Foster Care Panel
  5. Approved by agency
  6. Ready to Foster

Enquiry
Please complete the online form and send this to us, you will be contacted quickly to advise receipt and to discuss this further. It’s only a click away!

Initial Visit
A member of staff will arrange to visit you to view your home, discuss fostering, any questions you have, and have an in-depth discussion for around 2 hours. It would be useful to meet all members of the household during this visit.

Skills to Foster, Statutory Checks, Full Assessment
These can occur simultaneously, you will be allocated a qualified worker to complete a full assessment on you and your family, you will be asked to attend the “Skills To Foster Training Course” and your statutory checks (criminal record checks, medicals and references) will be processed.

Foster Care Panel
This is a quality assurance review of your application by a panel of assessors, they will make a recommendation to approve your application.

Approved by Agency
The Agency Decision Maker will make the final decision on your application.

Ready to Foster
You are now a foster carer and ready to offer a child a caring place in your family home.

How placements are made:

  • All placements with our foster carers are carefully matched to ensure that the best decisions are made for each child and the foster carer
  • Foster carers are involved in the matching process
  • Information about the carers and the child will be shared and discussed
  • Together we will consider the carers’ skills, experience, lifestyle and location, along with the needs of the child, to make sure we have a good match
  • If the match is agreed, carers will be given full written information about the child and their legal situation
  • If time allows, careful introductions will be planned to help the child and the carers to get to know each other before the child moves
  • Meetings will be held, either before or as soon as possible after placement, to discuss the day to day care of the child, future plans, any additional support needs and arrangements for family contact
  • Once a child is placed, there will be regular visits by the child’s social worker and members of the Swiis support team.

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