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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 0800 801 530 or 03330 139 954

"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