All GLF foster carers undergo an assessment prior to their consideration by the GLF Fostering Panel.
This assessment is reviewed six months after they begin fostering so as to monitor both their progress and the agency’s ability to help them in the fostering task.
Subsequent reviews take place at no more than annual intervals.
Significant changes in the fostering household or any major occurrence which impacts on fostering may result in a review being arranged at an earlier date.
Review meetings take place in the foster home and in two parent households both carers must in normal circumstances be present. The meeting will be chaired by a Reviewing Officer and the carers supervising social worker will also attend.
The meeting will consider evidence obtained from a number of different sources.
Foster carers are asked to prepare for their review throughout the year.
When a child leaves their home, they should complete an individual placement assessment form and return it to GLF or their supervising social worker.
The child’s social worker, the child and if appropriate, their parents will also be asked to comment on the placement whenever possible.
About two months before their review is due foster carers should complete an Assessment of the Year’s Fostering form and send it to GLF or their supervising social worker.
Foster carers are encouraged to identify suitable people to comment on how they have looked after their foster children.
They should discuss who to ask with their supervising social worker in supervision. People like the child’s teacher, health visitor, members of their extended family are all likely to be able to comment helpfully.
Foster carers should try to collect evidence which can contribute to their review. Photographs of activities and outings shared, a written record by either the foster carer or child of memorable events would be good evidence for a review.
Although reviews are an opportunity for carers to show off all the good things they have achieved with and for their foster children they must also honestly assess those things they have found difficult. Evidence of these too will raise rather than diminish the carers in the agency’s eyes.
In addition to assessing the quality of direct care offered to foster children foster carers’ reviews will consider all other aspects of their involvement with fostering e.g. their attendance at training, their record keeping, their ability to work well with birth families and the professional network
Supervising social workers will prepare a summary report on the carers fostering since approval or last review.
The reviewing officer will also write a report which is subsequently sent to local authorities responsible for any child in placement and those who are looking to place children in the family home.
Last Update: January 6, 2019