The purpose for collecting your personal details on this form is to allow us to register your interest in fostering and send you an information pack and/or arrange a home visit. Thurrock Council Fostering Service will use the information you provide to check their database in order to register your interest. We need to collect your ethnicity details to assist with providing ethnic matches for care of our looked after/fostered children where possible; and to monitor the equality of services we deliver. Once the form has been completed the Council will store the details securely and confidentially within the Fostering team on their database. Access to the information you provide will be on a strictly need to know basis and the information will be retained for 70 years if you are approved as a Foster carer. This information will not be shared externally with any other organisations.