If you are interested in becoming a foster carer and joining the Therapeutic Fostering. Please read the process outlined below:


Registration of Interest. You can register your interest by completing the online form or alternatively you can call the office and speak to one of our team who will be more than happy to talk you through the process and gain some more information from you. Please contact Garry Williams on  01772 651427or 07446 046294.


Initial home visitA social worker from the Therapeutic Fostering team will visit you in your home at a time convenient to you to discuss fostering with you and answer any questions you may have.


Pre-approval TrainingIf you and the Therapeutic Fostering social worker agree to continue your application you will be invited to complete pre-approval training called ‘Skills to Foster’. This training is conducted over 2 or 3 days at weekends and in the evenings to allow greater flexibility for people to attend.


ApplicationFollowing pre-approval training you can make an application to continue onto assessment, by signing and completing the form that will be sent to you following the training:


Assessment Stage 1

As part of the assessment process, you will be required to have a full medical completed by your own GP

Therapeutic Fostering service pays for this medical. If you have a medical condition or are receiving treatment we will ask your GP or consultant for further information. The purpose of the medical is to ensure that you are healthy and fit to look after a child or young person.

Statutory and DBS checks

You and all members of your household aged 18 years and over will have a DBS check completed. The DBS form requires identification to be verified by the social worker e.g. passport, birth certificate or driving license.

Statutory checks will also be carried out. This involves Therapeutic Fostering writing to your health authority, probation, education and NCPCC


Health and SafetyThe assessing social worker will undertake a Health and Safety check on your home. This is to ensure there are no obvious risks or hazards in your home and ensure you’re own and the safety of any child or young person you may care for.

ReferencesYou will be asked to give the names of two referees who are not related to you and a further referee who may be a family member.     Your referees will be asked to complete a written reference and will also be visited by the social worker completing your assessment. It is important that you speak to your referees to make sure they are willing to do this and that they will speak honestly about you.


Stage 2

The Fostering AssessmentOnce you express an interest in fostering, your suitability to care for children and young people will be assessed. It is a thorough process but it is necessary to ensure the safety and welfare of any child or young person in your care. Many applicants find the assessment experience very helpful and supportive in understanding their own strengths and skills.

We aim to complete the training and assessment of all prospective foster carers within a three to six month timescale.

During the assessment the social worker will talk with your own children to ensure that they understand how fostering will affect them and also answer any questions that they have.

We encourage all prospective carers to contribute to the assessment and attend the Fostering Panel to make the process as inclusive as possible. During this time you will be able to consider how fostering will affect you, your family and friends, and reflect on issues that may have been raised within the assessment.  You will then have the opportunity to read the assessment report and add your own comments before the assessment is presented to the Fostering Panel.

The Fostering Panel.The fostering panel will read your assessment report and will speak with your assessing social worker before inviting you into the panel meeting. Many of the questions that the panel will have had will have been answered by your assessing social worker. However panel members may want to know how you found the assessment process and look at your commitment to ongoing training. The panel will then make their recommendation which will be sent to the Agency Decision Maker who has overall responsibility for your approval.

Post approval Training and Development.Following approval all Therapeutic Fostering Carers receive a full programme of post approval training and support groups. They also receive regular monthly supervision from their supervising social worker.

The Children’s Workforce Development Council’s training, support and development standards (TDS) and national standards for foster care identify the key skills and competencies required.

All Therapeutic Fostering training and assessments relate directly to these standards and ongoing training is seen as a continuing process for all of our foster carers

Following ‘Skills to Foster’ training, all Therapeutic Fostering carers have access to ongoing mandatory and post approval training.

All our foster carers are provided with a personal development portfolio. This includes an annual training schedule, to support them plan their training needs, with support from their supervising social workers or therapists.

The portfolio includes sections for keeping training certificates and any other additional reading materials undertaken.

Contact us:
If you have any further questions or would simply like to progress your interest in becoming a Foster Carer with the Therapeutic Fostering family please contact one of our team on:

Telephone: 01772 651 427 or 07446 046294


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