Swiis can take the foster carer assessment process as quickly or as slowly as you feel comfortable with, we make sure it is at a pace that suits you. Swiis aim to complete the assessment of foster carers within four months and achieve this for over 80% of the carers applying to become a foster carer. We run regular training courses throughout the year to ensure that whilst your assessment is being undertaken that you attend the necessary training required prior to the completion of your assessment.
All carer applicants are asked to further support this process by being available for training and providing all necessary information to ensure that where possible we keep within this timeframe.
- Disclosure and Barring Service Check
- Local Authority checks
- NSPCC checks
- Ex-partners (except in exceptional circumstances)
- Children, including those from previous relationships
- Reference from current employer/fostering organisation/voluntary work
- School/Health visitor reports for your own children (if appropriate)
- Medical reports
- At least 2 personal references
- SSAFA check (Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Families Association) if you have served in the armed forces
- References from all previous employment involving children and vulnerable adults
- General risk assessment of your home
- Recommendations for improving safety
- Overseas checks (if appropriate)
Your training and dedicated support team will help you to cope with a range of challenging behaviours. We will also try to “match” a child with you and your family as closely as possible to ensure a stable and secure home environment.
Occasionally placements do break down despite everyone’s best efforts, although this is rare. In this instance you would be expected to work with the team to make the transition period as painless as possible for the child as he/she moves on.
Most of our foster carers are consistently busy, especially if they are able to accept children and young people with a range of needs. We help you to match the type of referrals we receive by providing specialist training and offering additional support where needed for the more challenging placements.
If you have a short break following either a long term or a number of shorter or respite placements, we will pay a retainer fee to you between placements for up to a month while we actively seek another placement for you.
The weekly fee includes allowances to cover all day-to-day expenses associated with caring for a child or young person.
The maintenance element covers items such as:
- Pocket money / savings
- Christmas, birthdays or special events
- Leisure activities, including holidays
- Transport (subject to terms)
If you need any further information on becoming a foster carer, contact your local office and talk to one of our advisers.