There are a number of checks carried out on potential foster carers during the assessment process.

  • Disclosure and Barring Service CheckLocal 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)