Applying to become a foster carer with the Childhood First Integrated Therapeutic Fostering team



If you feel you have the skills and passion to make a difference to children’s lives then this is what Childhood First integrated Therapeutic Fostering team asks of our fostering families:

  • You are aged over 21-there is no upper age limit
  • You are passionate about children achieving their potential
  • Each foster child over 3 years of age has their own bedroom
  • Children under five years are placed in non-smoking fostering families
  • Pets are non-aggressive or dangerous
  • Homes may be rented with landlord permission, or owner occupied
  • You are in good health
  • You are willing and open to reflective practise and to learn from experiences and your own personal and professional development.
  • You are able to work as part of our team approach
  • Childhood First welcome and value applications from individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds


The process to becoming
a foster carer


When we are contacted by you about being interested in fostering we check out a few details with you, for instance, that you have a spare room. After a chat, we will book a time to come and see you in person. If you go on to apply to foster the process starts from here. 

If considered appropriate, you may be invited to complete an application form. You will also be asked to provide consent to obtain references and for statutory checks to be undertaken. A fostering assessment will then be carried out.



A fostering assessment

A fostering assessment is also known as a Form F assessment. The assessment process enables us to make a decision as to your suitability as a integrated therapeutic foster carer. It is your chance to show what qualities and skills you have to offer a child.

The process is very detailed – we need to gather as much information as possible so that we can build an accurate picture about your lifestyle and experiences. This is so we can make sure you are able to provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for a foster child with complex emotional needs. 

You will be allocated a social worker who will spend time getting to know you and your family over a number of months. They will visit your home and spend time talking to you about yourself and your life, including past relationships, your childhood, personal interests, family, health and work history. They will also need to visit your referees and discuss your support network with you.

A number of other checks will also be undertaken, including; home safety and pet assessments, medical reports, DBS and residency checks. Alongside the assessment, you will be required to attend some workshops as part of your journey.

Once the report has been completed the social worker is required to present it to our independent fostering panel, for their approval and recommendations. You will be invited to attend the panel with the assessing social worker where you can ask any questions you might have or discuss your journey through the assessment process.



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