What is the Recruitment Process?
The process consists of 4 phases;
Please do not be afraid to pick up the phone – we do not put people under any pressure and that’s a promise. When you phone to speak to us we will ask a few simple questions to make sure that you meet some basic criteria such as do you have a spare bedroom. Assuming that you and we are happy that these basic criteria are met your details are passed over to the local Recruitment Officer who will arrange to come out and meet you at your home.
The initial visit usually lasts a couple of hours and gives both parties the chance to ask lots of questions. We find out more about you and you find out more about us and what we can offer. If everyone is happy to proceed you will be given an application form to complete. If however, having found out more about fostering, you decide that you do not wish to proceed, then do not feel embarrassed to say so.
Assessment (BAAF Form F) & Initial Training
Once you have completed you application form you will go into the assessment process. The Assessment process, undertaken by a qualified Social Worker, takes you back over your life in a way that discovers the skills and experiences you have amassed and that you will bring to fostering. It is a thorough process and one which helps people understand what has shaped their lives, prepares them for the challenge of fostering and determines their motivation to foster. During this 4 month process, you will also attend the “Skills to Foster“ course that provides the foundation for future learning and development as well as giving you the confidence to undertake your first placement, and compile a portfolio of evidence to support your assessment.
At the end of the assessment process, the completed BAAF Form F Assessment and portfolio, which is signed by both parties, will be presented to the Fostering Panel. The Fostering Panel is made of experienced social work practitioners and independent members, who will have carefully considered the report in advance of the panel. You and your assessor will both attend the Fostering Panel to enable panel members to meet you, address any points for clarification and hear any final questions you may have. If the Fostering Panel is satisfied the requirements regarding your suitability to foster are met, they will make a recommendation to approve you as a foster carer.
The ultimate decision to approve or not lies with the Agency Decision Maker, who will carefully consider the recommendation made by the Fostering Panel.
The recruitment process is dealt with in more detail in our free guide “Choosing a Fostering Agency” which is downloadable from this site.