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Children and families

The fostering process

Find out about the main steps in the fostering process and how our team will support and guide you all the way.

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1. Foster care enquiry

The first step is to contact our fostering team.

Complete the fostering enquiry form or phone 0141 577 8300.

Our fostering team will answer any questions you have about becoming a foster carer.

When you're ready to take the next step, a member of our team will visit you at home. You'll then attend a fostering preparation session.

During this time, you and your social worker will decide if fostering is right for you. If it is, you'll then make an application where we'll make the necessary checks and seek references.

2. Fostering assessment

A social worker from the fostering team will work with you and your family to complete the fostering assessment.

The assessment is a two-way process. It allows you to find out more about the foster carer role and for the team to assess your suitability. The assessment will discuss topics such as your family and your current circumstances. It will explore the needs of children who could be placed with you and issues that might impact your family.

Background checks

We'll carry out the standard background checks required by law. These include:

  • a police check (PVG check)
  • local authority checks
  • health checks


We'll ask you to provide:

  • 6 personal references
  • reference from an employer
  • references from significant former partners

All these steps are recorded as part of an assessment report. This will be shared with you then presented at the fostering and adoption panel.

3. Fostering panel

The fostering panel is made up of people from different professions with experience of working with young people.

You and your social worker will attend the panel together to discuss your assessment report. The fostering panel will make a recommendation about whether you are suitable to become a foster carer.

The final decision to approve you as a foster carer will be made by the chief social work officer.

How long does the process take?

The process takes around 3 to 6 months depending on your specific circumstances.  All carers are treated on a case by case basis.

Enquire now to be a foster carer

Fostering enquiry form

Related pages

Fostering support

Foster carer stories

The young people who need foster care


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