Here, our Recruitment & Engagement Officer, Sam, tells us what a Form F is and why we use them for fostering assessments.
If you’ve done any kind of research about fostering already, you might have read the words ‘Form F’ or ‘F1’ (as it used to be termed). A Form F is the document an assessing social worker uses to compile your life history throughout your assessment to foster. It is your life’s chronicle. Think Michael Aspel with his big red book; a Form F is a written account of the whole of your life.
It looks in-depth at your childhood, your education, your personal relationships (past and present), your employment history and the way you parent (if applicable). It is our way of assessing your capability to foster. The need for this is simple; we must evidence to an independent panel of people why we think you have what it takes to foster a child. They make a recommendation as to whether you should foster based on the information presented here.
The children in the city’s care are vulnerable and many will have experienced some degree of trauma in their young lives. We, as the corporate parent, must trust we have the best people to take care of them. In order to ensure this, the fostering assessment requires an applicant to be open and honest throughout the process. We understand that much of the information you may share with us will be personal and sensitive in nature. This is why we have a team of experienced and highly skilled assessing social workers who will guide you through the process and take time to reflect with you about your life and experiences.
The process takes between 4 and 6 months. This gives us time to get to know you and explore with you the impact fostering will have on your life and the lives of those around you. You will always have someone to communicate with during and after the process whether this is your assessing social worker, the recruiting social worker who first visited you or me as the Recruitment and Engagement Officer.
So, don’t wait any longer. Start your journey today.