So you are interested in becoming a Foster Carer with Caldecott Fostering. What happens next?
The first thing to do is either call us on 0300 303 8794 or complete an online enquiry form on this website. The first stage in our assessment process is always a conversation on the phone or in person.
Our aim at this stage is to get to know some more about you and your interest in fostering. We also check you have the basic requirements to become a foster carer.
If we are happy and you want to proceed, we will arrange a home visit to meet you and your household. If after the home visit you want to proceed, we will provide you with an application form.
Once you send your application form back to us, we will begin the assessment process. This will mean visits from an assessor who will ask you about your family and history; there will be some statutory checks to complete, such as personal and work references and DBS. We will keep in touch with you throughout the process to give support and advice.
Make an enquiry
If you are still interested in becoming a Foster Carer with us, complete our enquiry form below and we will get in touch.
Here is a detailed list of the steps involved in the process of becoming a Foster Carer us. It may seem daunting at first but you will be guided through each stage by our professional team.
The initial enquiry and home visit
After making an enquiry and your initial conversation with a member of our team we will arrange a home visit by one of our social workers. This visit is designed to help us build up a picture of your life, work experience, accommodation and reasons for wishing to foster. We will all explain in more detail about the role of a Foster Carer and answer any questions you may have. If you meet our minimum criteria and are interested in proceeding you will be given an application form.
On receipt of your application form we will begin the process of background checks on you and any other adult members of your household. Checks will include:
Criminal Records (DBS), Local Authority databases and Professional and Personal References.
During the application process you will be invited Foster Carer Preparation Training where you will meet other applicants and explore in-depth issues about Fostering. This course will help you finalise your thoughts about becoming a carer and give you the opportunity to discuss your thoughts and ideas with other applicants. The course is always very popular and essential to helping you decide whether fostering is for you and your family.
The formal assessment is the longest part of the process and will require a series of interviews and conversations with an assessing social worker in your home (this will include meeting with any other people who live in the house). The social worker will use the information you provide during the visits to write a report which you will see and will be asked to comment on. Whilst the process may appear daunting at first sight, be assured that we support you throughout.
When the formal assessment is complete and the report has been written, you will be invited to attend our Fostering panel. This panel is made up of members who are independent of our agency and from a diverse range of backgrounds relevant to young people in care. It also includes people with experience of Foster Care and you will have the opportunity to meet with the chair of the panel prior to the panel meeting starting. The panel will review your application and discuss it with you and your assessing social worker. At the end of your meeting the panel will make a recommendation to either approve or not approve you as a Foster Carer with Caldecott Fostering.
Following the panel meeting; the recommendation to approve you or not will be sent to a senior professional working for the agency known as the 'Agency Decision Maker" this individual will review your application and the panel's recommendation and then make a final decision. If you are approved by the decision maker then you will have completed your journey to become a Caldecott Foster carer.
On average the entire process from enquiry to approval takes around 4-6 months. Once you are approved we start identifying young people who may be placed with you.