Foster Care references and checks
Fostering Providers (Agencies) have to undertake rigorous checks by law to ensure the suitability of foster carers to look after vulnerable children and young people.
- Criminal Records Bureau checks on all people in the household over the age of sixteen years and any other people who would come into regular contact with a child or young person that was placed;
- Local Authority checks;
- References from employers, particularly where there is contact with children or young people;
- General Practitioners reference and medical examination;
- Two or three personal references. The referees will be interviewed and generally, must have known you for at least three years, not be related to you and if you are a couple, know both of you;
- Interviews will be carried out with all adults in the household and if appropriate with birth children who may live elsewhere.