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Becoming a short break foster carer

There are a number of steps involved in becoming a short break foster carer:

Step One

Contact us to request an information pack and to arrange for a home visit with our scheme worker, who'll provide more information.

Step Two

Attend 2 to three 'preparation sessions' with other people who are interested in becoming short break foster carers to get essential details.

Step Three

Complete an application form for assessment. The process takes between 4 and 6 months and will involve:

  • a scheme worker visiting you at home
  • discussion with you and your family about personal histories and ability to care for a child
  • having a medical with your GP
  • providing two personal references
  • giving consent for a number of statutory checks to be undertaken

Our short break placement worker will prepare a report about your suitability to become a short break foster carer. You have the right to see all of the report, except the personal references.

Step Four

Your report will be presented to a panel made up of carers, parents, social workers and other professional and independent people, who recommend whether or not your application should be approved. You will receive confirmation of the decision in writing.

Once you are approved as a short break foster carer you will be allocated a scheme worker who will identify a child or young person suitable for you to offer a short break to.

Contact us about Short Break Fostering.

Also see

Short Breaks

Children's Social Care, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA