Two hands holding icon

How to apply

Coronavirus update

In response to the updated Coronavirus guidance the fostering team have suspended all drop-ins at their Elwood Street offices as well as all face-to-face information sessions in the community until further notice. You can however still read the information online and request an info pack by emailing the team or requesting one through the enquiry form.

If you have any questions you can email our fostering team at: or call 0800 073 0428, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. They’ll answer any questions you may have and help you decide if fostering is right for you. They can also send you an information pack. Or you can email Please tell us where you found out about fostering with Islington.

Your fostering journey

We will support you through every step of your fostering journey with us, from application through to approval. The whole process takes around six months, to make sure that you have the skills and training to become a foster carer.

Information session

This is where you can meet our social workers and hear from our experienced foster carers.

Initial visit

A fostering social worker will visit you at home or do a virtual visit if you prefer to discuss your personal circumstances and check that your home is suitable. The social worker will then discuss with you if you can progress to the next stage.

Preparation course

The Skills to Foster preparation course is required training nationwide. You will work as part of a group, which consists of fostering team members, existing foster carers and other applicants like yourself. The training looks at your responsibilities, the support provided by Islington children services and helps you prepare for some of the situations, challenges and behaviour that you may face. There will be discussion and group work with other applicants. This is currently run online. The team can help you with any requirements and setting up to attend the course.

Stage 1: Application to Foster

After the preparation course, you need to fill out an ‘Application form to be assessed to become a foster carer. We will carry out checks and references on you and other members of the household. This is a legal requirement and includes medical and police checks, work as well as personal references from people who know you well. Once we have done this, we will make a decision within 10 working days on whether to proceed to Stage 2.

Stage 2: Full Assessment

A dedicated social worker will work with you through the fostering assessment. They will explore with you your life experiences and background as well as your day-to-day lifestyle, beliefs and home life. They will discuss the skills you have, how a child would fit into your family home and how fostering will affect you and your family. The completed assessment will be a report that you will have time to read before the report is presented before the fostering panel.

Fostering panel

The assessment process will end with you attending a fostering panel. This consists of up to seven people from our children’s services, education and health departments, plus councillors and an independent chairperson. They will look at the report and talk to you and your assessor to decide whether they can recommend you as a foster carer for Islington.

Islington Fostering Service can stop your assessment at any time during the process. If this happens, we will explain the reasons to you. They will also explain how you can appeal, if you are not in agreement with the reasons stated.

What is the next step?

If you have any further questions please call the team on 020 7527 7933 or 0800 073 0428 or email us at

Was this information helpful?
  1. Please select

  2. Data protection: We will handle your personal information in line with the Data Protection Act 1998 and in accordance with the council’s Fair Processing Notice.