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Can I foster if my partner has a criminal record?

If you, or anyone in your household has a criminal record, this may affect your ability to become a foster carer. This will depend entirely on the nature of your conviction or caution, including how long ago this was, the severity of the offence and, most importantly, whether your conviction involved an offence against a child. Read more from our informative guide to find out if you can foster if your partner has a criminal record.

Foster care criminal record process

It’s important to note that having a criminal record does not necessarily disqualify you from becoming a foster carer. To understand the nature of your criminal record, and those who live in your household, all applicants and members of the household aged 18 or over would be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service. This would look into the type of offence that was committed, and how long ago it was committed to understand whether you are eligible to foster.

Fostering with a criminal record

However, a person would be disqualified from becoming a foster carer if they, or any member of the household, have been cautioned or convicted of an offence against a child which involves:

  • Violence or bodily injury
  • The supply of Class A drugs
  • Cruelty
  • Abduction
  • Indecency
  • A sexual offence against a child
  • The importation/possession of indecent photographs of a child under 16

This means that if you or your partner, husband or wife, or anyone in your household has committed any of these offences, this will prevent you from being able to foster. If you have a criminal conviction or a caution, it’s important that you explain this in detail at the beginning of your application process. This is so any criminal background can be explored in more detail with the applicant, and any appropriate risk assessment can be carried out. It’s important to be forthcoming with this information as, if a criminal background is not disclosed, this could lead to a termination of the assessment. For more information, learn about if you can foster with a criminal record from our guide.

Can I foster?

As well as meeting the criteria required from a criminal standpoint, becoming a foster carer includes meeting other specific fostering requirements. The main requirements needed to become a foster carer are:

  • You must be aged 21 over or over
  • You must be in good physical and mental health
  • You must have a spare bedroom

If you meet the initial foster care requirements, you can begin your process to become a foster carer. For more information on the fostering process and on how to become a foster carer, get in touch with a member of our friendly team here at Capstone Foster Care. We’re here to offer support on guidance on the foster care criminal record process, as well as any other fostering queries.

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