Fostering Journey

The next step…

If you’re interested in fostering on the Isle of Man, we would like to invite you to contact us to find out more. You can of course have a confidential meeting with a member of our team to discuss any queries you have. We will then arrange to visit you at home to check your ID and the safety and suitability of your home. We will also go through any other queries you may have.

Skills to Foster Training

This initial training will give you an insight into the process, the challenges, and rewards of fostering. Everyone involved in caring for the child should attend, including you and your partner (or family member) and even your own children (depending on their age).

 

Skills to Foster training involves three full days where we discuss:

  • Foster Carer’s role
  • The children
  • Working together
  • Safety
  • Behaviour & ending placements
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Background checks

Disclosure checks

Police checks will be made on every member of your household over the age of 18. We will also contact probation teams in the areas in which you have lived.

Health

You will be asked to complete a full medical through your own GP. This is to ensure that you are in good health to care for a child.

References

You will be asked to provide three personal references per person. Your referees should be one family member, and two people that have known you for longer than two years and, ideally, live locally. We also ask for previous partner references, complete a social media check, and ask for references from any adult children you have.

Ex-partners

If you have been involved in a previous significant relationship, we are obliged to contact your ex-partner.

Child protection

We will also check any history of contact with the Department of Health and Social Care or other Local Authorities in the areas in which you have previously lived. We will also contact your children’s schools to assess attendance and commitment to education.

When you return your application form and your background checks are complete, you will be assigned a Supervising Social Worker who will conduct your assessment. We need to prioritise the allocation of Social Workers to suit the current need, so there may be a delay in your allocation following training.

Home Study Report

Background

Background

Your background, education, employment, interests and personality.

Home

Home

Home, garden and neighbourhood. Your house and local area will also be assessed for safety, facilities and access to schools. Garden ponds and water features must have a permanent child-safe plastic cover or grid.

Household

Household

Household members. Your assessing Social Worker will hold individual discussions with every member of the household to discuss feelings and attitudes towards fostering.

Pets

Pets

Any pets in the home will also be assessed for safety, to ensure there is no danger to the child.

Finances

Finances

The family income and out-goings will be discussed, to help you assess the finance involved in fostering. Any loans and debts may be discussed, to ensure your home is secure, and you are not dependant on fostering for income.

Portfolio

Portfolio

We will ask you to collect pieces of evidence for your portfolio to show what skills and experience you have.

Photo album

Photo album

A photo album of your family and home is a good addition to your portfolio and a great way for us to introduce your family to a foster child.

Panel

Once your assessment is complete, your Social Worker will present your assessment to the Fostering Panel. The Panel is made up of people who have experience of child care and fostering. They will ask you some questions in connection with your assessment, and it is also your opportunity to ask the Panel questions.

 

After meeting you, the Panel will politely ask you to leave the room for a short time while they discuss your assessment. You and your assessing Social Worker will then be called back in to the room to hear their recommendation.The Agency Decision Maker will receive the Panel’s recommendation and write to you with the final decision on your approval. This is done within seven days of your attendance at the Panel.

 

Most people who attend the Panel are accepted as Foster Carers. You will usually be informed of any potential problems with your application early in the process.

What support is available for Foster Carers?