- disclosure and barring checks
- seeking references from employers
- contacting ex-partners and children who have left home
We would also need to contact your GP and organisations such as the probation service, schools and health visitors.
As a prospective new carer you need to provide us with the contact details of two friends for personal references and a family member who would be able to comment on your ability and skills in caring for a child or young person.
We will also want to speak to any adult children you have and in most cases any ex-partners.
You would also be required to undertake a full medical, provided for by us, to determine your physical and emotional suitability to become a foster carer.
Please note, the assessment process can be ended at any time - by yourself if you feel fostering is not right for you, or by us if we decide you should not proceed for whatever reason.