Please read the below privacy statement prior to completing this form.
Southampton City Council will use the information you provide to process your enquiry regarding Fostering. The Council will check and share this information with other Local Authorities and against Social Services databases which contain information which is compiled by Council departments, Health Authorities, including Mental Health Services or Service Providers, Schools and Police. Your details, relating to your fostering enquiry, will be entered on our Departmental computer records and treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. If you have any queries on this, please contact us at email@example.com
We have a duty to make sure that we safeguard fostered children and for this reason we carry out extensive checks on applicants. Should you proceed on and apply to foster, further checks have to be carried out with the NSPCC, the police, probation services, schools services, the Child Protection register, Child minding registration (if appropriate), fostering and/or adoption agencies (where appropriate) and the Disclosure and Barring Service. We also undertake referencing with your current or previous employers. Please do not be put off by the checks that we have to carry out, we need it for an important reason, to ensure the safety of foster children.
By clicking the 'Submit' button, you are declaring that, to the best of your knowledge, the information provided on this form is correct. By submitting this form you are giving permission for initial background checks to be carried out on you and all members of your household who have also given their consent.
Thank you for your interest in fostering.
Please ensure that you have read through the 'Frequently Asked Questions' prior to completing this form. They are intended to help you identify whether you are actually able to foster a child, without having to make a full enquiry.