UFAE4 page

Undertaking a fostering assessment in England


This guide is designed to help social workers to manage and complete a comprehensive and evidence-based assessment of prospective applicants who want to foster a child or children. It is to be used by assessing social workers to complete a Prospective Foster Carer’s Report using the CoramBAAF Form F (for England).

This guide will assist workers in writing their assessments using Form F. It is primarily based on Section B of Form F, which brings together information about the applicant’s history, family and lifestyle; an assessment of their fostering capacity; and the applicant’s preparation for the fostering task.

Each section of the guide presents a list of trigger questions that can facilitate further discussion and encourage exploration of different areas and suggestions as to how this can be analysed to assess an applicant's suitability, or not, to foster.

Who is this book for?

All those undertaking fostering assessments. The guide will be of particular use to those who are new to the task.

What you will find in this book

Logically structured and very accessibly presented, this guide:

  • assists the assessing social worker in collecting some of the basic information necessary to complete a comprehensive Form F assessment;
  • prompts the social worker to analyse the information they have collected with regard to its effect on the application;
  • shows how the information given could be verified from sources both within and outside of the family.

The guide includes worksheets to help assessors to plan and keep track of ongoing assessments, and useful checklists about safer caring, completing ecomaps and health and safety issues.

Read the contents page and introduction


Roger Chapman is an independent social worker based in Northamptonshire. He worked in the fostering team of Northampton County Council until 2006, as team manager for six years; during which time, he had extensive experience of undertaking assessments of foster carers himself and supervising others engaged in this task. Since 2006, he has been working independently offering consultancy; undertaking assessments and annual reviews of foster carers; providing training for staff in assessment; and sitting as an independent member on fostering panels. Between 2007 and 2011 he was a non-lay member of the GSCC Registration and Conduct Committee and since 2010 he has been a non-lay member of the Independent Review Mechanism Panel.

A 10% bulk order discount will be applied at the checkout for orders of 10 copies or more on this title.


This title is now available in digital-only format for immediate access. Purchases are held in your own personalised online library and accessed via your browser or through the app on your phone or tablet.

Questions about eBooks? Check out our FAQs





This book is so helpful. Well presented, easy to read, instructive, and if you are new to fostering assessment's I would say it is essential!

Five stars, Amazon review

This book is an excellent tool to use if undertaking fostering assessment - a must have book as it sets the questions out for you

Five stars, Amazon review

Although designed for social workers undertaking fostering assessments in England, the content is universal for social workers in any jurisdiction as the topics covered are core to sound assessment. I would recommend this guide for all social workers undertaking fostering assessments and especially those new to family placement.

Catherine Mullin, independent social worker - Seen and Heard