Why Does Swiis Need to Complete Background Checks and References?
Background checks and references are essential to a foster carer’s application process. In order to safeguard any children or young people in their care, all fostering agencies are required to perform rigorous background checks on all applicants.
Will My Husband/Wife/Partner Need to be Checked too?
If you have a partner living within your household, they will need their own checks as part of your fostering application. All other adults in your household over the age of 18 (for example, your child), will require their own checks.
Who Carries Out the Fostering Assessment?
Your fostering assessment will be undertaken by an experienced Swiis independent qualified social worker, who will visit you and your family in your home for a number of planned meetings. The assessor will have considerable experience of undertaking fostering assessments and will help guide you through the process and will also be part of your interview process with the fostering panel.
How Long Does a Fostering Application Stage Take?
The gathering of references and various checks is usually the longest part of the fostering assessment process. From start to finish, the process usually takes around four months, however this will depend on how quickly the checks and references can be completed. For those with plenty of time to dedicate to their fostering application, Swiis Foster Care offers a ‘fast track’ service to progress prospective foster carers through their assessment in as little as two months.