Becoming a Home Sharing Family – The Process

Training, Assessment & Approval Process:

Once an individual or family apply to become a Home Sharing Family, set processes take place in order to ensure that everyone is well prepared.
The training course covers a wide range of topics to prepare potential Home Sharing Families for hosting. It is designed to give people a wider perspective about disability in addition to preparing families for hosting. After the training, the assessment commences. The assessment process consists of 3-5 home visits lasting approximately 2 hours each.

The Social Work, Home Sharing Assessment covers the following areas:

  • Personal profile of the applicant
  • Personal history and experience of the applicant(s)
  • Current circumstances
  • Motivation & attitude toward Homesharing & disability
  • Applicants expectation of Home Sharing
  • What the prospective Host Families family have to offer, to include experience, lifestyle, skills, strengths, availability and accommodation
  • Awareness of Safe Care
  • Support needs 

In the case of an application by a couple the assessment meetings are planned to include:

  • At least one session with both applicants together
  • At least one session with each applicant alone
  • If applicable , at least one session with the applicants children

As part of the assessment the following are completed:

  • Garda vetting on all adults over 18 residing in the house
  • Three references for each applicant/couple. Referees must have known the applicant/couple for over two years and not be related to them.
  • Medical Form completed by the GP
  • A child protection check is carried out with the local Tusla office

On the completion of the assessment & training the recommendation will go before an Approvals Panel.

The Approval Panel for a service provider should aim to consist of:

  • A HSE Fostering Social Worker
  • Head of Social Work / Principal Social Worker
  • Assessing Social Worker
  • Respite Manager / Co-ordinator

Panel membership can vary depending on the service provider. Applicants are informed in writing of the Approvals Panel’s decisions. Decisions can be appealed to an Independent Appeals Committee. Applicants will be made aware of the appeals procedure by their Social Worker or the Approvals Panel Chairperson. The process is outlined in the Home Sharing HSE National Good Practice Guidelines. Confidentiality is assured at all times.