Fostering requirements

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As a fostering service we need to ensure all our foster carers meet the following requirements.


Bedroom sharing

All children in foster care should have their own room. But if you are fostering a birth to two-year-old, the child can share the carer's bedroom.

Smoking procedures

Our policy is not to place children under five, or children with disabilities in a foster home where anyone smokes tobacco or e-cigarettes.

Criminal offences - Disclosure and Barring Service checks

During the assessment process, you must disclose any criminal offences so we can discuss your suitability as a carer. While we can accept that some offences will not limit your chance to foster, some offences will automatically prevent you from proceeding through the assessment.

Other standards

Carers need to be in good physical and emotional health and not have had any serious illness or any major life changing event during the previous twelve months.

Foster carers are expected to have some experience of caring for children.

Carers will need to have accommodation that is of a good standard and where their time as occupiers is secure so that children can experience stability when placed.

Our foster carers are expected to help children with their education and take part in social activities.

We will check any pets in your household in case they would be unsuitable when placing a child or young person with you.

Fostering services are governed by the Fostering Now regulations and Standards (opens in a new window).