During the assessment process, you will attend a series of sessions to learn more about fostering. You will have a chance to hear from experienced foster carers and learn about a range of issues. You will be introduced to the Training, Development and Support Standards (TSDS) for Fostering, which gives you a framework for your ongoing training and professional development.
Alongside the preparation, you will be visited by a social worker at home, usually around eight to ten times. If you have children, they will also want to speak with them. This is how we get to know you and we’ll be able to assess your suitability as a foster carer. It’s also a great opportunity for you to ask questions about what is involved, and with your social worker, you’ll be considered whether you have the necessary skills and strengths.
The assessment will explore your background information, history and individual profiles. The point of this is to build an accurate account of your family and life experiences so far.
As well as other areas, your social worker will take with you about your experience with children and your approach to caring for them. You will need to think about your reasons for wanting to foster.
Our social workers are not necessarily looking for a problem-free background; having worked trough earlier traumatic experiences and coming out the other side can be an important strength.
Why is the assessment process necessary?
All children needing foster care will have experienced separation from their family with many having experienced neglect and abuse. They are, understandably, likely to be demanding to care for and, for their sake and yours, it is important that you are well prepared and confident in any situation you may face with fostering.
Regulations set out the information that we are required to gather and the issues we have to address. You can look at these yourself by visiting the government’s website here.