In Stage 2 you will be allocated an assessing social worker who will work with you through your Form F 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. Stage 2 can up to 3 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 professionals from health care and social work backgrounds who advise the council on the suitability of people who apply to become foster carers. The panel will make a recommendation on whether or not you should be approved.
On average, a fostering assessment can take between 4-6 months.