How to become a foster carer

Step 4 - complete the assessment and training

This step is completed in 2 stages. Sometimes we can do both stages at the same time to speed things up.

Stage 1

During this stage, we'll undertake what is known as statutory checks, which includes a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, medical and references. You would usually attend a 3-day preparation training course. This is currently provided using Zoom so we are doing 6 shorter sessions of training.

During the training, you will meet other applicants and start to really understand the fostering role. Here are some quotes from people who have completed their training with us:

  • "It was really good. The whole training has been great."
  • "It was great to meet an experienced foster carer and hear from her."
  • "Listening to Tammi was great and we really liked the video, gave us a bigger insight on things, great training night yet again and loving it."

Stage 2

A social worker will visit you individually and as a family to get to know you. They will spend time understanding your personal history and what skills and qualities you bring to the fostering role. This part can feel a bit intrusive as we will ask lots of questions, but we must get to know you well. It will help us find the right child to be matched with you and your family.

Some people really enjoy this stage, taking the time and being able to reflect on their life history. Remember we will be with you supporting you every step of the way.

Here is a quote from someone who is near the end of their assessment which was done virtually due to COVID-19: "It's been a really good process. Bit strange at first over Skype but our social worker has been great. Really feeling the love for Rochdale Council. Our friend recommended them to us and so glad we went with them to apply for fostering. The support has been amazing!"