Six step process

Your fostering journey with us
begins with a conversation.

  • Step One

    Your Initial Enquiry

    Your first step will be to get in touch with us and submit an initial enquiry. This is your chance to ask us questions, and we’re here to answer them as quickly as possible! Whether you decide to get in touch with us online, or over the phone (0800 566 8317), one of our friendly team members will be in contact with you within 24 hours.

  • Step two

    Your Initial Visit

    Within 48 hours of an initial enquiry, one of our Assessing Social Workers will be in touch to arrange your Initial Visit. This is the first of various checks and assessment you’ll go through during your 16 – 24 week fostering process. It will occur virtually or face-to-face, and is a chance to learn more about fostering with Compass, as well as provide a clearer picture of yourself.

  • Step three

    Your Fostering Assessment

    If the outcome of your Initial Visit is positive, we’ll create a Form F Assessment for you. This is the longest part of the application process, and depending on whether you pursue our Standard Assessment or our Fast Track Assessment, it can take 3-6 months in total to complete.

  • Step four

    Your Skills to Foster Training

    If your assessment goes well, you will be invited to your local Compass Fostering office to attend a 3-day Skills to Foster training course. This is to ensure you’re equipped with the skills and knowledge to always provide exceptional care for our children. It is led by one of our experienced Social Workers, as well as one of our existing foster carers.

  • Step five

    Your Fostering Panel

    The final step in the assessment process is the Fostering Panel, an in-depth interview conducted by a number of professionals with a range of skills and experience in caring for children. During the interview, you’ll be asked a series of questions about your reasons for deciding to foster. After the panel, the professionals will decide whether to approve you as a Compass carer. 

  • Step six

    Your First Foster Child

    If your panel is successful,  you will finally be a part of the Compass Fostering family as one of our latest approved foster carers! With the support of your Supervising Social Worker and local Compass Fostering team, our Family Finding Team will use the information we have about you to match you with your very first foster child. 


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