Undertaking a fostering assessment in England
A guide to collecting and analysing information for Form F (Fostering) England
Publication date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 905664 80 1
Undertaking a Fostering Assessment is designed to help social workers to manage and complete a comprehensive and evidence-based assessment of prospective applicants who want to foster a child or children. It is to be used by assessing social workers to complete a Prospective Foster Carer’s report using the BAAF Form F (Fostering) England.
The guide is primarily based on Section B of Form F which pulls together information about the applicant – individual profile and family and environmental factors; present circumstances; becoming foster carers.
Broadly divided into three sections, which mirror those used in the different parts of Section B, each section of the guide presents a list of trigger questions that can facilitate further discussion and encourage exploration of different areas and suggestions as to how this can be analysed to assess an applicant’s suitability, or not, to foster.
Logically structured and very accessibly presented, this guide will:
- Assist the assessing social worker in collecting some of the basic information necessary to complete a comprehensive Form F assessment;
- Prompt the worker to analyse the information they have collected with regard to its effect on the application; and
- Assist in linking the information collected and its analysis to the CWDC Standards and the BAAF Competencies for Fostering.
Cross-referenced throughout to the Standards and Competencies, the guide includes worksheets to help assessors to plan and keep track on ongoing assessments, and useful checklists about safer caring, completing ecomaps and health and safety issues.
This guide will be invaluable for all those undertaking fostering assessments and of particular use to those who are new to the task or overwhelmed by it or concerned about covering all necessary aspects.
For customers in Scotland, please see the companion volume to this book, Undertaking a Fostering Assessment in Scotland.