References for Fostering Assessments
There are various references and checks undertaken as part of the Fostering assessment process. At this stage in the process you will have completed an application form and as part of this, provided details of referee’s which can help us build a picture about you as part of the assessment process. Your referees are asked questions about safeguarding and whether they have any concerns about your suitability to foster.
The references for fostering assessments are gathered at the beginning of the assessment process and are considered, along with other checks, to ensure you have the potential to provide safe and nurturing care to children.
What if you feel, for what ever reason, we may receive a reference about you which does not support your fostering application?
We recognise that not all references may be perfect; however, the strength of your references are taken as a whole along side the rest of your assessment. Where any concerns are raised, we always aim to work through this with you during your fostering assessment.
Employment References for Foster Parents
We would need to contact your current employer and ask them to complete a reference form. The questions will be based around how you work with others, your reliability and other qualities both as an employee and as a person in general (if they know you well enough).
Employment references would be needed for any occupation you have had where your role involved working with or caring for children, young people or vulnerable adults.
The above would also apply if you have carried out any work in a voluntary capacity.
Personal References for Foster Carers
We will ask you to provide the contact details of a minimum of three people who would be happy to provide a personal reference for you. These people will know you well, for at least two years and one of your referees must be from a member of your family.
Ideally, your chosen referees would have children themselves or have a good understanding or experience of looking after children. Comments from those referees, who have seen how you care or interact with children, would also be very valuable to the assessment.
Ex-Partner References for Fostering Assessments
Where appropriate, significant ex-partners would be contacted and asked to provide a personal reference. Significant ex-partners can be those who have cared for children with you in the past. They could also be ex-partners you have been in a relationship with for a reasonable amount of time.
There maybe some circumstances where it is not appropriate to contact your ex-partners. If this applies to you, we will talk this through with you as part of the assessment process.
Birth Children’s Involvement in the Fostering Assessment
If you have children, they would be an important part of the over all fostering assessment experience. We will seek your children’s views regarding your family fostering and offer advice and support to your family on what to expect.
If you have adult children, they would also be asked to provide a reference as part of your family.
Other references which may be sought, where applicable, can include:
- School / Education / Nursery references if you have children
- Health Visitor
- Any other members of your household
If you are currently fostering or have previously fostered, the fostering service would be asked to provide a comprehensive reference.
Thinking about fostering?
Making a decision to become a foster carer isn’t one to be taken lightly. We suggest your next step is to talk to one of our team on 08000 19 11 65 or complete the enquiry form when we will send you more information.