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Process to Becoming a Carer

Caring for children unable to live in their family home is a very special and important role. The selection process to become a carer involves child-safe screening checks and a series of interviews, some of which happen in the applicant’s home. These interviews are a way to find out more about the person and the individual qualities they can bring to the caring role.

Caring for a non-related child or young person affects everyone who lives in a carer’s home, as well as their extended family and friends who visit regularly. A potential carer needs to discuss their interest in becoming a carer with their family and friends. They may also want to include their immediate family in the process so they understand why the person wants to become a carer. The applicant’s family also needs to be willing to assist and support them and the child or young person in care.

Once a person has made the decision to become a carer, there are a number of steps to go through before they can be authorised to care for a child. It is essential to go through this process, both to ensure the applicant and their home are suitable and ready to welcome a child, and also to make sure they are fully informed and supported when they take on this significant commitment.

The stages you will go through to become a carer:

  • Screening Checks
  • Training
  • Assessment
  • Approval and Authorisation

Process flowcharts on becoming a carer

Once an application to be a carer is lodged, the applicant is required to satisfactorily complete a number of mandatory screening checks, such as

  • Working with Children’s Check
  • Medical Check
  • Criminal History Check
  • Child Protection History Check
  • Physical Home Safety Environment Check
  • 2 x Referee Checks