Fostering Assessment Training (Form F)

Fostering Assessment Training (Form F) course from WillisPalmer in London

Available - book now

Early bird offer

£295.00 £236.00 Inc.VAT


14th & 15th November 2019 – Holiday Inn Express, Stratford, London
This 2-day workshop is designed for social workers new to fostering assessments as well as those looking to hone their skills in assessing foster care applicants as well as high-quality Form Fs.

Course Options

  • Clear selection

Assessing foster carers and the Form F 

Foster Carers take on a highly valuable role in society and the recruitment of new talent is ongoing. In essence, new applicants are volunteers, often with little or no actual experience of fostering, yet what we expect of them is enormous.  Assessing the suitability of applicants tends to rely on exploring their own experiences of being parented alongside hypothetical scenarios they may encounter, should they be approved.

The current format for foster carer reports is the Form F which has evolved over the years to ensure it is a narrative of the applicant’s life and experiences as well as an analysis of their strengths and areas for development.  Getting the balance right as the assessor is a skill in itself as is ensuring applicants are truly prepared for the task ahead of them.

Assessing foster carers needs to be a wraparound process that identifies and manages any risks; prepares and develops applicants and highlights what skills and experience make the applicant suitable to care for a child or young person.

This two-day workshop is designed for social workers new to fostering assessments as well as those looking to hone their skills in assessing and developing foster care applicants as well as producing high-quality Form Fs.  The focus on learning will be experiential and so will include developing and testing assessment skills as well as structuring reports. The course follows CoramBAAF guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • Think about the role of an assessing social worker in fostering
  • Explore ways of gathering relevant information
  • Enhance their analytical skills and utilise these in reports
  • Consider what a good Form F looks like
  • Explore ways to prepare applicants for the reality of fostering
  • Build confidence in their abilities to work with fostering applicants and fostering panels

The days will begin at 9.30am for registration and tea / coffee, with a prompt 10.00 am start.  The days will end by 4.00 pm.

A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements of each individual when booking places on this course.

An electronic certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees by email after attendance at the course. This course equates to 14 learning hours. 

Satwinder Sandhu


Satwinder Sandhu

Satwinder Sandhu is an expert social worker in fostering and adoption, currently working in the sector as Director of Operations.  He has over 23 years post qualifying experience in social work and has worked across the public, private and voluntary sectors during this time.  Satwinder qualified as a social worker from the University of Bradford and is currently back there as an executive student undertaking an MBA. Satwinder also works closely with the Department of Education on innovation in social care.

Over his career, Satwinder has worked with many hundreds of families who have fostered and adopted here in the UK and internationally.  In 2011 he participated in the BBC documentary Adopting Abroad.  As well as having undertaken Form F and prospective adopter assessments himself, Satwinder has chaired fostering and adoption panels overseeing this work.  He is a strong advocate for experiential learning and applies this to his work with foster carers, adopters and training he delivers.

Satwinder is a member of the CoramBAAF Black and Minority Ethnic Perspectives committee and a frequent guest blogger for numerous adoption and fostering sites.

Holiday Inn Express London – Stratford, 196 High Street, London, E15 2NE

The Holiday Inn Express – Stratford is situated in the heart of East London, site of the Queen Elizabeth Park and just outside the congestion zone. Stratford has excellent transport links and the hotel is located only a short walk from the comprehensive London transport system, the Stratford rail and bus terminal, Javelin Train to St. Pancras in 7 minutes and the Channel Tunnel rail link. The heart of the City of London is only 10 minutes away.

Station Name: Stratford Regional & International. Distance: 0.3 MI/0.48 KM WEST to Hotel. Taxi Charge (one way): £5.00

Walking from Stratford station
Inside the station follow the signs for the exit to Stratford town centre. Once you’re outside, turn right and follow the High Street down until you see the Holiday Inn Express on your right.

Car Parking
The nearest car park is Stratford multi-storey car park, which is accessed from Great Eastern Road. The entrance is easy to miss so keep an eye out for Service Route 1 on your right hand side, and once you’ve left the Great Eastern Road turn left to enter the car park via the ramp.

There is alternative parking at Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre and Morrisons supermarket on The Grove.

Below are some comments from attendees from our course held in Stratford:

“I very much enjoyed the training this week with Satwinder, it was better than I expected and covered all my questions/worries. He is a great trainer, calm, knowledgable and approachable. It was a great group too.” – BB, ISW

“I haven’t completed a Form F for some time, it was very helpful to have time to re-cap and reflect.” – JU, TM

“Good exercises to stimulate conversation and discussion regarding assessing carers. I enjoyed writing the analysis and the group discussion I found to be most helpful.” – LR, ISW

“The handouts were relevant and useful, it was interesting to be involved in discussion. The course was very helpful, and it was nice to meet other participants. Thanks to Satwinder!” – MD, ISW

“The approach to the assessment, values and the expectations on foster carers was made clear. I liked the mix of talk and experiential which worked well with the flexible delegate led approach.” – AS, SW

“It has been extremely helpful, it has challenged my thoughts about fostering/placements. It will be very helpful when I complete Form F assessments in the future. It has made me think about where the child is coming from and experiences they may have had.” – LH, SW

“This course has provided me with valuable information about the Fostering Assessment process. I found the course to be very informative, building on the skill I have previously developed. I found the presentation very engaging and the group discussions informative. The handouts were very useful and the group exercise helped to focus the discussions. It was a very interesting two-days of training.” – BF, ISW

“The course material was all very relevant and focused on topical issues and concerns that may arise. The trainer organised activities and the group well. I learnt and discussed all of the topics I hoped to. I found the PAC (assessing couples) to be most useful.” – JB, SW

“Brilliant course, loved all of the discussion, The material and course was excellent, I enjoyed the safe/not safe activity.” – RN, ISW

“The course exceeded my expectations, the case study and the example of the assessment process was very helpful.” – AP, SW


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