Preparing to Foster

A room-by-room guide to childproofing a home

If you are thinking about becoming a foster parent to a young child, you should consider how you’re going to create a safe and secure environment for them.

This is essential for their well-being, as well as your peace of mind.

In this article, we offer some tips on ‘childproofing’ your home, focusing on each room.

Living and dining room

Here, you should secure all furniture that could tip over to the floor or wall. Use corner guards or cushions to protect sharp edges on coffee tables and other furniture. Where possible, aim to keep small objects like coins, batteries and toys with small parts out of reach.


Install safety locks on cabinets and drawers to prevent access to harmful chemicals and utensils. If this isn’t feasible, make sure they are out of reach. It’s also a good idea to keep appliances unplugged when not in use.


Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower, and keep all medications, cosmetics and cleaning products in a locked cabinet.


It can be a good idea to use window guards or stops to prevent falls from any open windows. You can secure furniture that might tip over, like dressers and bookshelves, to the wall or floor. Cover electrical outlets with safety covers when not in use.

By taking these proactive measures, you can create a safe and nurturing environment for your foster child to explore and grow. Childproofing is an ongoing process, so keeping on top of it is important in maintaining a secure home.

If you have any questions on preparing your home for a foster child, speak to the friendly team at Beacon Fostering.