Home study and assessment
Following the initial visit and the decision to proceed, the Fostering Agency social worker will arrange to start your assessment.
The assessment will involve about twelve home visits from the assessing social worker who will also visit your referees and any other relevant people.
By the end of the assessment you will be expected to show you can develop the following skills:
- The ability to communicate with children, their families and professionals;
- An awareness of child development and the particular needs of foster children;
- A willingness to work with the care plan for the child including working with their families;
- The ability to keep accurate records;
- A willingness to attend meetings, support groups and training courses.
The home study is an enjoyable experience however it can be demanding and feel intrusive at times.
The assessment will cover all aspects of your life in depth. The Fostering Agency has to meet legal requirements, and needs to ensure that they 'get it right' for the foster children you look after. Just as importantly, the Agency needs to get it right for you and your family.