Pre-employment Screening for the foster Care Industry

Overview of the Industry*

There are currently 83,000 approved foster carer places in 43,000 households through out England alone. With over 51,000 children in foster placement it is vital that the people caring for them are properly screened .

Local authorities and agencies currently screen potential carers within a 4-6 month time period and only adhere to minimum requirements.

We are here to change that! Whilst enhancing the level of screening which is currently in place, we have a clear aim to provide more carers to more children in a significantly shorter timeframe.

The Industry facts (2015/16)*

  • In 2016 a massive 30% of applicants withdrew themselves from the application process.
  • Current Local authority and agency checks can take several months resulting in the above applicant withdrawal numbers.

The Benefits to using our foster screening services


a new
industry level of checks

Our enhanced checks ensure that all potential foster carers are screened to a higher level than the current industry standard.


Quicker turnaround
on checks

Current local authority and agency checks can take up to several months to complete. We can perform all our enhanced checks within a 4 week period.


Lowering applicant

With a 4 week turnaround time we can help to reduce the amount of applicants who are withdrawing due to the current application waiting times.

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We offer two enhanced screening packages. Our standard package through to our Gold Star screening. See below for more details.

Our Foster Carer Screening packages

  • ID & Right to Work
  • DBS Enhanced
  • Financial Probity Check
  • Standard Media Check
  • Address Check
  • Employment History Check
  • 2 Character References

Our Gold Star package ensures each candidate will be screened to a level never seen before within this industry.

  • ID & Right to Work
  • DBS Enhanced
  • Financial Probity Check
  • Social Media Check
  • Enhanced Media Check
  • Address Check
  • Employment History Check
  • Household Member Check
  • Ex-Spouse Check
  • 3 Character References

We already screen a huge variety of sectors and businesses but we are passionate about Foster Care. Not only are we helping the councils and agencies fulfil their duties, more importantly we are helping children and adults of all ages find a safe environment they can call home!

We hope to continue to grow in this industry so we can be a part of something bigger, something that can really make a difference to our society, with our fast and robust screening and the co-operation of our clients we will be THE foster screening of tomorrow!”
— Lucy Bonner - Security Watchdog employee

*All facts and figures on this web page are sourced from courtesy of Ofsted. To view the full report please click here.