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I have a criminal record. Does this mean I won’t be able to foster?

Posted on: 16 July 2013

Not necessarily – it depends on the nature of the conviction and when it occurred. We need to know of all previous criminal convictions and we carry out a police check (DBS) early in the application process, but we advise you discuss any convictions with your social worker as soon as possible to find out whether they will affect your ability to foster. This information will remain confidential. There are some convictions that would make it impossible for us to place children with you.