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How to provide supported lodgings

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It takes about five months to be approved to have a young person come and live with you. Here's how it all happens.

Step 1: Contact us

Let us know you’re interested in providing supported lodgings by contacting us, or:

Ask about housing a young person

Step 2: We'll visit you

A social worker will visit you at home to explain what’s involved.

Step 3: Assessment and training

If you decide it’s for you, we’ll have a look at whether you’re the right type of person and your home is right. Here’s what’s covered:

  • we’ll do a health and safety check on your home
  • you’ll need to have a medical check by your doctor (GP)
  • we’ll carry out an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to see whether you’ve had any relevant criminal convictions or police cautions
  • we’ll collect references.

While you’re being assessed, you’ll receive training in group or one-to-one sessions. The topics are things like:

  • sharing your home and family with other people
  • diversity and equal opportunities
  • child protection procedures
  • a positive approach to boundaries and empowering young people to take control of their lives
  • working in partnership with our team and the young person’s social worker.

Step 4: Fostering panel decision

We’ll present our written report of our assessment of your suitability to provide supported lodgings to a fostering panel. They will make a final decision to approve you or not.

Step 5: Meeting your social worker

Once approved, you’ll be allocated a social worker. This person will be your main contact – you’ll talk regularly about how things are going.

Step 6: Meeting a young person

You’ll be introduced to a young person to see if you both think you can live together.

Step 7: Making a placement agreement

If you feel you could live with this young person, we’ll set up a meeting where you can discuss each other’s expectations, ask them about any needs they have and sign a placement agreement.

For emergency placements, and asylum-seeking placements, introduction visits are not possible.

Get in touch

or call 0333 013 9097

"Sharing my skills and hobbies has helped. My interest in classic motorcycles was a huge success with one young person - he learnt to ride and maintain his bike and went on to restore his own classic car." - Terry