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Foster carer background checks

During the process we are required to carry out a range of checks.

These include:

  • 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 2 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.

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.