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As Patricia Nkwonta prepares herself for work as an Independent Form F Assessor, we find out more about the skills and training needed for the role.




“Fostering is like straddling two sides of the same fence” says Patricia Nkwonta, Children’s Social Worker from Essex, as she discusses her motivation for progressing her career into fostering. “Having spent the last five years as a frontline children’s social worker, I am looking forward to being an advocate for both the child and the foster carer” says Patricia, who will shortly be joining St Christopher’s Fellowship in Chelmsford as an Independent Form F Assessor. 

After attending Sanctuary Training’s two-day CPD accredited Form F Assessment workshop, Patricia recalls the moment she truly understood the role of an assessor:

“First impressions count and if the potential foster carer doesn’t feel comfortable with you, it could skew the whole assessment. It’s all about creating a rapport with the family.”

To help build the confidence needed to assess the suitability of foster carers, course tutor, Roger Chapman, equips attendees with detailed knowledge on how to meet all  statutory requirements when compiling straddling two sides of the same fence” says Patricia Nkwonta, Children’s Social Worker from Essex, as she discusses her motivation for progressing her career into fostering. “Having spent the last five years as a frontline children’s social worker, I am looking forward to being an advocate for both the child and the foster carer” says Patricia, who will shortly be joining St Christopher’s Fellowship in Chelmsford as an Independent Form F Assessor. 

After attending Sanctuary Training’s two-day CPD accredited Form F Assessment workshop, Patricia recalls the moment she truly understood the role of an assessor:

“First impressions count and if the potential foster carer doesn’t feel comfortable with you, it could skew the whole assessment. It’s all about creating a rapport with the family.”

To help build the confidence needed to assess the suitability of foster carers, course tutor, Roger Chapman, equips attendees with detailed knowledge on how to meet all statutory requirements when compiling reports and preparing Fostering Panel presentations.
 
Crucially, he teaches participants how to reflect on and manage their own personal and professional values during the assessment process.

“I already work in an analytical role so I knew that my skills would be transferrable. Form F Assessments rely on being able to gather and examine information to identify risk. It just involves applying what I already have experience of in a slightly different way”, she adds.

Crucially for Patricia, who plans on combining her role as an Independent Form F Assessor with her existing work in the Referral and Assessment Team at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, the course has a dual benefit:

“The training has enhanced the way I analyse information to enable me to stand by the decisions I make, both as a Form F Assessor and in the referral and assessment of looked-after children.”

Sanctuary Training is running courses in more locations than ever before. Find out which course may be local to you at sanctuarytraining.com

To read more interesting and articles such as this one; the latest issue of the Sanctuary Social Work News is now out!

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