The Fostering Process

The process from application to approval is quite extensive. This is because you need to be sure that fostering is the right choice for you and your household. The application involves a detailed assessment and background checks, but don’t worry – we’ll be with you every step of the way!

Here is the process from start to finish…

The Assessment Starts

with a visit from an FCC Social Worker to gain more information on you which will build on the detail already included in your original application form.


We take up both personal and professional references – people will be asked to comment on your ability to look after and care for children and young people.

Checks + Training

A full medical, DBS & Local Authority check need to be applied for. If all is well, you will attend our Skills to Foster training to learn about the different aspects of fostering, including introductions to others who are also being assessed as carers.


An FCC Social Worker will make a full in-depth assessment of you (and your partner) which will form the basis of the recommendation that you are approved as a Foster Carer.

Fostering Panel

On completion of the assessment, a Form F Report is written and submitted to The FCC Fostering Panel. The panel will consider the report fully. If successful, approval is recommended for specific numbers and ages of children.

You become a registered foster carer!