The Assessment Process

At Match we believe there are two sides to the assessment process: we need to check you are right for fostering; but you also need to be prepared for the role.  It's reassuring to know that everyone who goes through an assessment with Match says they have enjoyed the process.  

There are different parts to the assessment process. 

Background checks

  • These are the police, local authority and medical checks to make sure you are appropriate to care for children and young people. 


  • This is a good chance for you to meet other applicants on the same journey as you.  You will hear from approved foster parents and young people in foster care.  We provide the training whenever it is convenient for you, often over a couple of evenings and at weekends. 

Visits to  your home

As soon as you apply we appoint a friendly social worker from the Match team.  Their job is get to know you really well and to answer all your questions.   

We will complete the assessment at a pace that suits you.  All being well, we aim to finish within four months of your application. 

Remember, Match is with you every step of the way.

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