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Adoption Checks

Any prospective adopter or foster carer, plus any member of their household who is over 16 years of age, will be required to complete an application for a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

This is part of our safeguarding checks, which are made to ensure only suitable, safe people can adopt or foster children.

The authority will submit the application on your behalf, through the assessing social worker. The results of the DBS check will be sent directly to the applicant only (the Local Authority will not be sent a copy). Upon receipt of the results the applicant needs to contact their assessing social worker to arrange to share the information contained in it.

If the enhanced disclosure includes details of a criminal record it will not necessarily exclude the household from being able to foster or adopt – unless he/she has been convicted of an offence (at the age of 18 or over) which is specified in the Adoption Agencies Regulations 2005 or the Fostering Services Regulations 2002, or has been cautioned for such an offence.

Any offence against a child would exclude someone from continuing the adoption or fostering process.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss the details of any conviction or caution they, or any member of their household, may have at the earliest possible opportunity. This includes any motoring offences. Offences committed many years ago, against property, or of a more minor nature are likely to be viewed less seriously than recent offences, or crimes of violence against others.

If the DBS check on any member of the household is returned with information about offences, or if the applicant has disclosed offences earlier in the process, a form will be completed with the applicant giving all relevant information on the offence and conviction.

This information will then be considered by senior managers within the fostering and adoption service before the application can proceed.

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External websites

  • Adoption UK
    Adoption UK is a national charity run by and for adopters, providing self-help information, advice, support and training on all aspects of adoption and adoptive parenting
  • British Association for Adoption and Fostering
    The Homepage for a British charity that supports children who are adopted or fostered
  • Children's Legal Centre
    Provide free independent legal advice to children, parents and carers
  • Family Rights Group (FRG)
    Provides advice to parents and family members whose children are involved with or require social care services
  • Department of Health
    The Homepage of an organisation that resolves issues to do with health
  • The Grandparents' Association
    Supports grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren on a full-time basis and those who have lost or are losing contact with them
  • Grandparents Plus
    Champions the role of grandparents and the wider family in children's lives, especially when they take on the caring role
  • Ofsted
    The Homepage of a charity who want to safeguard all children
  • Family Lives
    The Homepage of a website that helps parents deal with family lives
  • Somebody Else's Child
    The Homepage full of information on privately fostering children
  • The Fostering Network
    The Homepage of the UK's leading charity for foster care
  • Voice
    Advocacy organisation for children living away from home or in need
  • Young Minds
    An organisation that works to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers

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This page was last reviewed 14 April 2014 at 13:45.
The page is next due for review 11 October 2015.