Renewing Foster Carer Checks

Following foster carer approval, there are a number of checks for each foster carer are required to be updated every three years. The checks in question are:

  1. DBS (formerly known as CRB)
  2. Medical
  3. Child Protection Register (CPR)

The Fostering Service monitor the dates for when the checks are due for renewal. Foster carers will be notified by letter prior to the check expiring (4 months beforehand).

CPR and Medical Checks

When these checks are due for renewal, the forms will be sent with an explanatory letter to the foster carer. The foster carer will be required to complete the forms and return them the Fostering Service within 3 weeks of receipt in the FREEPOST envelope provided.

DBS check

When the DBS check is due for renewal the DBS form will be sent to the foster carers’ home address with the checklist of documents needed along  with an explanatory letter. The form needs to be completed by the carer(s) who then need to make contact with the admin team on 01273 295444 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to make an appointment to come into the office with the completed form and identification documents (as listed on the checklist ie passport etc.)

When the check has been completed, the carer will receive the DBS certificate in the post. The foster carer(s) will then be required to bring this into the office so it can be verified and the certificate number can be taken.

NB: If foster carers live along way from Brighton and Hove then the  supervising social worker will check the certificate when they visit.

In addition:

Foster Carer Agreement

Foster carers also are expected to sign the Foster Carers’ Agreement annually along with their supervising social worker. For newly approved carers this is done on the first visit following approval. Subsequently it done at the time of the Foster Carer Annual Review. This document details the responsibilities and expectations of the foster carers and those of Brighton and Hove City Council towards the foster carer(s).

Home Health and Safety Check

An annual home Health and Safety check is carried out by the supervising social worker using a health and safety checklist. This generally takes place at the time of the Annual Review. Any issues are highlighted and advice and timescales for these to be rectified detailed.

Foster Carer Safe Caring Policy

Each fostering household has a Family Safe Caring Policy. The foster carers and supervising social worker complete this together. It is reviewed annually or at the time of a new placement.  Information and advice is available in ‘Safer Caring -  a new approach’ (Jacky Slade) published by Fostering Network.


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