In Stage 2 you will be allocated an assessing social worker who will work with you through your assessment. They will talk to you in detail about your life experiences and background as well as your day-to-day lifestyle and beliefs. They will also discuss the skills you have and how they can support a child within your home.
On average, a fostering assessment (stages 1 & 2) can take between 3-8 months.
Once the assessment is finished, the social worker will write an assessment report which is presented to the fostering panel. The report should accurately reflect who you are; you will be able to point out anything you may not agree with before you go to panel.
The fostering panel consists of a group of independent members and professionals from health care and social work backgrounds. The panel's role is to make a recommendation to the agency decision maker on the suitability of those who apply to become foster carers.