Application Step Two: Your Initial Home Visit
Initial Visits provide you with the opportunity to find out more about fostering with us, including the type of support we’ll offer you, and the various training opportunities we provide. Your Initial Visit means you can ask your Assessing Social Worker any questions you have about fostering, Compass and everything in between.
Your Initial Visit also helps us to get to know more about you and your family, and what you can bring to the fostering role. We want to make sure that a foster child will be safe, comfortable and have everything they need while living with you.
Virtual Initial Visits allow us greater flexibility when it comes to finding a suitable time to meet with you, helping to speed up the assessment process.
However, you can request a face-to-face visit should you prefer this – just let your recruitment officer know, and they will arrange this for you.
During your Initial Visit, your Assessing Social Worker will ask you about various things to do with your fostering application.
They’ll likely talk to you about:
They’ll also ask you to give them a tour of your home, including the spare bedroom you intend to use for fostering and any outdoor spaces. You’ll also be expected fill out a short form, with the help of your Assessing Social Worker.
Your Initial visit should take around 2 hours in total. To make the process as easy and quick as possible, we ask that you have your ID documents to hand when we visit. This applies to both virtual and face-to-face meetings. Your Assessing Social Worker will tell you more about the ID documentation we require when they get in touch.
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