The fostering assessment – also known as the Form F assessment - is basically a very detailed report which goes into every aspect of your life and circumstances. This isn’t unique to Fosterplus, and every foster parent in the UK must complete one.
The fostering assessment is designed to check every angle and make sure you’re suitable for fostering - and equally, that fostering is going to be the right choice for you. Over a number of visits to your home (or via video call), your dedicated assessing social worker will ask you a variety of questions and gather all the information they need to complete the Form F report.
As well as social work visits, we'll also complete a number of background checks and references, and there's some initial training that you'll complete too.
Fostering assessment questions
The fostering assessment is about you, your life experiences and your suitability to foster, therefore, there's no set list of questions that will be asked as everyone is different. However, there are a number of topics we'll cover, including:
- Experiences in childhood
- Relationships, past and present, including with your birth children (if you have any)
- Working experience
- Physical and mental health
- Support network – family and friends
- Home and its suitability – e.g. locks, security, fire safety and pets
- Reasons for wanting to foster
How long does the fostering assessment take to complete?
Generally, it takes 4-6 months to complete your fostering assessment, which gives everyone some real thinking time so no hasty decisions are made. We work at your pace, and there’s no hurry. We want to make sure that at the end of the assessment, your Form F is a detailed document that fully captures your reasons, motivations and suitability for fostering. We also want to be sure you remain totally committed to becoming a foster parent.
Fostering assessment stages
Background checks and references
As part of your fostering assessment, we’ll complete a number of background checks, including a full DBS on anyone over the age of 18 who lives in your home (16 or over in Scotland), and local authority checks. We'll also follow up on a number of references too.Find out more
Skills to Foster training
You'll complete some initial pre-approval training, where you'll learn the basics on important topics, such as child development and safeguarding, speak with current foster parents and gain a real insight into the role.Find out more
Reasons to join Fosterplus...
Why choose us?
Everything we do is geared towards this idea of continuity, and it’s something that our foster parents experience too – with stable teams and consistent support and training.Find out more
Support for the family
With Fosterplus, you'll be connected to the support you need 24/7/365. This ranges from a dedicated social worker, regular support groups, direct access to Fosterplus management and an out of hours service.Find out more
You’ll benefit from an attractive fostering payment for when a child is in your care, together with other benefits and rewards. Find out how much you could receive using our allowance calculator.Find out more
Can't find what you're looking for?
One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your fostering queries.
You can get in touch by filling out our online enquiry form with any queries that you may have.
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