Becoming a foster carer

Checks

By law we must undertake a range of checks on people who are approved as foster carers:

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG)

This will highlight any criminal convictions you may have. It is best to let us know at the start of your application process if you have been convicted of a criminal offence.

If you have a criminal conviction, it may be possible for you to become a foster carer.

We will discuss your conviction(s) with you on a case by case basis. A PVG check will be undertaken for the applicants and a disclosure check will be undertaken every three years for any other members of your household who are aged over 16.

Medical checks

We do not discriminate on the grounds of ill health or disability. However, fostering can be demanding and a disability or serious health problem may affect your ability to care.

Any health problems or disability would be considered sympathetically but may lead to restrictions of the age group, number and type of child that you may be considered suitable to care for.

We will need a full medical assessment for everyone in the household aged over 16. These will be conducted by your GP. This check is repeated every seven years, or more if required.

We will ask for your consent to liaise with your child's health visitor and school nurse to ask if they have any opinion on your ability to care for a child.

Local Authority checks

We undertake a check of our records. If you have lived in another local authority since the age of sixteen, we would also check their records.

Employment history and employers reference

You must disclose your full employment history. We will seek a written reference from your current, or most recent, employer.

Previous partners, older and adult children

If you have been in a previous long-term relationship, we will seek to contact your former partner. If any children were involved in the relationship, we will also seek to contact them. If you have any concerns, please inform us when we discuss your application

Personal references

You will be asked to provide a list of three potential referees covering various stages of your life.

Referees will be asked to provide a written reference. Some referees will also be visited.