Fostering - What is the assessment process?
A social worker from the Fostering Team will visit to discuss what fostering is about and how it fits in your situation. This is a good opportunity to raise issues that may concern you.
You will be asked to attend a preparation course "Skills to Foster". This usually runs two or three times a year and lasts for one night a week for six weeks. This course looks in detail at why children come into foster care, keeping children safe, working with social work and families, record keeping and meetings.
A social worker visits at home over several weeks to prepare a report. A variety of checks are undertaken – health, police, references.
The report uses the competency model (a bit like SVQ) to show that you have the skills needed to foster.
The report is presented to the Foster Panel – you will be invited to attend – who make a recommendation about your suitability as a foster carer.
The recommendation from the Foster Panel goes to the agency decision making. In Moray that is the Chief Social Work Officer, who makes the final decision. He will write to you within 21 days to notify of the outcome.
Fostering & Adoption Team
PO Box 6770