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We’re looking to identify experienced social workers to become We need Form F assessors for fostering in the north of England, the Midlands and also in the south of England. If you’re a qualified social worker, you’re empathic and understanding, and you can produce high-quality analytic assessment reports, you could be perfect for the job.

What is a Form F assessor?

A Form F assessor works with independent fostering agencies, like Capstone, as a self-employed assessor. It would be your task to safeguard 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.

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 become 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 to interview each applicant 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, your job as a Form F assessor will be to gather 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.

Form F assessor requirements:

To be able to undertake Form F assessments, you will need to be able meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a qualified social worker - A Form F assessor must be a qualified social worker. Tthis means having a recognised social worker qualification such as CQSW, DipSW or BA in Social Work. As well as this, you need to also have a current HCPC (formerly GSC) registration.
  • Experience - you will need to have at least three years qualification experience in undertaking similar or relevant assessment work. EExperience in undertaking Form F assessments is also desirable, and it would be ideal if that experience was in the BAAF format. Also, having experience with children and young people is also looked after children is also a beneficial trait.
  •  Produce quality assessments - a Form F assessor should also be able to produce quality assessments which meet regulations and timescales, and have the confidence to present the assessment to the agency’s fostering panel.
  •  Expertise and knowledge – have and sound knowledge of child carechildcare 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.
  • DBS checked - Yyou will also have to agree to and satisfy an enhanced disclosure under the Disclosure and Barring Service procedures.
  •  Insurance – you will need to hold relevant insurances to complete F Form assessments.
  •  Ability to travel – you will need to be willing and able to travel.

F Assessor Jobs with Capstone

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 a Form F assessment. 

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

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