These can occur simultaneously. If successful at this stage, you will then be invited to attend the Day 1 Introduction to Fostering training. This day will assist you in making a decision as to whether you wish to progress to a formal application to foster and will cover both the rewards and challenges which you may face as a carer and the involvement of Swiis in supporting you. Should you wish to proceed, you will be asked to complete an application form for review. If you are a carer couple both carers will need to attend all preparation training.
Swiis will assign you a named, qualified social worker to carry out a fostering assessment with you and your family. This is a joint project and requires full participation from you and your family. During the assessment, a number of statutory checks will be carried out. The assessment process normally takes about 4 months to complete, although we can move at a pace suitable to you.