A Form F assessor must be a qualified social worker. This means having a recognised social worker qualification such as CQSW, DipSW or BA in Social Work. As well, you need to have a current HCPC (formerly GSC) registration. Experience in undertaking Form F assessments is also desirable and it would be ideal if that experience was in the BAAF format.
In addition to the training and experience, Capstone Foster Care also requires that a Form F assessor is able to produce quality assessments which meet regulations and timescales, the confidence to present the assessment to the agency’s fostering panel, and sound knowledge of child care legislation with a focus on fostering and safeguarding children. This means being current in your knowledge of Ofsted, National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services, and Fostering Services Regulations as well as Capstone Foster Care’s mandate. You will also have to agree to and satisfy an enhanced disclosure under the Disclosure and Barring Service procedures.
You will be working with Capstone as a self-employed assessor. Your task is safeguarding the outcomes for foster children by carrying out assessments of prospective foster families with whom children and young people will be placed. You will be working with our supervising social worker and any of our experienced staff that you need to call upon.
It is your responsibility to be registered with the appropriate social work council. You will need to have proper insurance, your own transportation, a willingness to travel, and strong communication and administrative skills. Having experience in working with groups, children and young people, and looked after children or a fostering service is also a positive factor.
When you carry out a Form F assessment, there are several steps. The first one is to perform the initial assessment visit with prospective foster parents. This begins when there has been an application to be a foster carer. The initial home visit involves ensuring that there is enough room for a foster child. A minimum of six visits of at least two hours in length will be conducted. Each applicant to be a foster carer in that home must be interviewed several times and at least once, the applicants must be interviewed separately.
Other members of the household, whether they are children or adults, also need to be interviewed. Adult children who no longer live in the home and ex-partners of the applicants should also be contacted. During this time you will be gathering the information that allows you to fill out and complete all parts of the Form F assessment. The assessor must be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the applicants as well as their attitudes toward contact with birth family, race, culture, gender, sexuality, and disability. These all need to be included in the report along with examples.
All reports and documents are returned to the panel administrator and you will let us know where to send DBS forms. If the police check reveals any offences, the applicants’ response to the offence and any explanation should be included in the Form F and a separate Risk Assessment prepared.
If you are qualified and interested, contact Capstone Foster Care. Capstone provides training and the supporting courses necessary for the development and learning that will help you in making an assessment. There is a mandatory workshop.
We offer a competitive fee with mileage paid for, flexible working arrangements and provide ongoing supervision and support. All of our Form F Assessors have the opportunity to attend any of our in-house training sessions for carers.
Interested in learning more? Then please contact Capstone Foster Care on 0800 012 4004 or simply click here.