Transferring to Fostering Hampshire Children
We are always interested in hearing from skilled and experienced foster carers. And thanks to our skilled recruitment and assessment team, the journey for current foster carers to transfer to Fostering Hampshire Children could not be easier.
To transfer to us you will need to have a spare room for an additional placement(s) or Hampshire County Council placement(s) with you currently. Firstly we will undertake a wide range of references and checks, including references from your current agency and social workers who have placed children with you. Before we complete an update describing your fostering experiences to date, we will read your previous Prospective Foster Carer Assessment (Form F) and fostering file with your agency. This process is shorter than a full Form F Assessment.
We aim to make the transferring process as easy and as seamless as possible for you. All Fostering Agencies, including Fostering Hampshire Children, follow the Fostering Networks Transfer Protocol which states: The transfer of carers protocol assumes that carers have the right to freedom of movement between fostering services; the principle that, in all circumstances, the welfare of any child must be paramount.
If you have a child in your care at the time of transferring, we will ensure that this is not affected. Furthermore, with our competitive allowances and skills fees alongside our pioneering Hampshire Hive support networks, there has never been a better time to join Hampshire County Council.
If you wish to start the transfer process, please complete an initial application form. If you have any questions about transferring, please give us a call on 01489 587052 or email us at Fostering@hants.gov.uk.
Do I have to have a formal assessment to transfer to Fostering Hampshire Children?
Yes, but it should be a faster process than your first ever application as a new foster carer. We request a redacted Prospective Foster Carer Assessment (Form F) from your current provider which does not include 3rd party information and we’ll go through it with you. You’ll also have the usual checks on the foster journey too. Your application for transfer will go to a Fostering Panel for approval. If you are currently fostering a child with your current provider, it will take slightly longer in order to assess the welfare requirements of your foster child.
Can I transfer if I already foster a child with another agency or local authority?
Yes. The main priority during a transfer is the welfare of the child. You and your current foster agency will attend a meeting with all other parties who are involved in the care of the foster child. This meeting will explore any potential impact and if it’s in the child’s best interests to remain in your care as you move to Fostering Hampshire Children.
Will I receive the same fostering allowances I would with my current agency or local authority?
Fostering Hampshire Children has a very competitive allowance scheme and benefits. Our promise to you is that you will not be financially worse off by transferring to us. If this is a concern for you, feel free to have a confidential conversation with our team to ascertain what you will be paid before you decide to transfer.
How long will it take to transfer to Fostering Hampshire Children?
We make every effort to approve your foster carer transfer as quickly as possible. The transfer application process is simpler than if you were new to fostering, and we aim to have you approved within four to five months.
Will I be offered training if I transfer to Fostering Hampshire Children?
All our foster carers – new and those transferring – are offered a wide variety of training and support opportunities – ones that provide a thorough introduction to fostering with us but also ones that build and nurture your current development as a carer. All of these courses are available to foster carers transferring to us.