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Next Stage for Fostering

Foster Care in The North West

Shaping the future to create a better day everyday

Next Stage for Fostering has been providing high quality fostering placements since 2016. We have been rated OUTSTANDING by Ofsted due to the excellent support afforded to our Foster Carers, which supports them in providing OUTSTANDING care for children and young people.

Next Stage for Fostering

Officially Outstanding

Next Stage for Fostering

What Is Fostering

When a child/young person is taken into care the Local Authority is responsible for placing them in a foster placement that can meet their needs. Every child/young person is unique and their situations will be different. Some children/young people will only need a foster placement for a short period, whilst other children/young people will stay with foster carers on a permanent basis.

The Benefits of Fostering

Fostering a child is an incredibly rewarding experience, giving you the opportunity to invest in the life of a child and see how your support can transform their lives.

Cheerful Foster Father And Son Competing In Video Games At Home

Next Stage for Fostering

How to start your fostering journey with Next Stage for Fostering.

Enquiry Stage

When you first get in touch with the agency, it could be through a phone call or email. After that, we’ll schedule a visit from a Social Worker to your home. They’ll talk with you, answer your questions, and explain how fostering works. We’ll give you honest advice tailored to your family’s situation to help you decide if fostering is right for you. If you’re still interested after the visit, we’ll decide whether to start the assessment process. We’ll let you know our decision, and if it’s a yes, we’ll send you an application form.

Assessment Stage

The Form F assessment, conducted by an Assessing Social Worker, typically lasts around 4 months. It involves various checks, including DBS, health, local authority children’s services, social media, financial, overseas, and SSAFA checks, as well as contacting references from current and previous employers, schools, health visitors, ex-partners, and personal referees. You’ll also undergo training, either through a 2-day course or 6 sessions lasting 3 hours each, focusing on fostering skills. Throughout the assessment process, the Assessing Social Worker will visit your home multiple times to gather information.

Panel Stage

Once the Form F assessment is finalised, a CoramBAAF Form F report will be completed and signed off by both the Assessing Social Worker and you. Next, your assessment is presented to an Independent Fostering Panel, who will make a recommendation on whether to approve you as a foster carer. The final decision rests with the Agency Decision Maker, who considers the panel’s recommendation. If approved, you become an official Foster Carer.

Following Approval

You are available to be matched with children/young people who need a safe and loving home.

Next Stage for Fostering

We also welcome Foster Carers who wish to transfer to Next Stage for Fostering.

For free help and advice about fostering and becoming a Foster Carer, please call us today on 01204 201203 or fill in the form below.

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