Who is disqualified from fostering?
A person would usually be disqualified from acting as a foster carer for a local authority if s/he or any adult member of the household has been cautioned or convicted of an offence against a child which involves:-
- violence or bodily injury (other than common assault or battery)
- cruelty (to a child under 16)
- the supply of Class A drugs
- the importation/possession of indecent photographs of a child under 16
- a sexual offence against a child
How will my criminal record be dealt with?
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks will be undertaken when you apply to become a foster carer but having a criminal record won’t necessarily disqualify you from becoming a foster carer.
Whether you meet the required fostering criteria depends on the type and circumstance of the offence and how long ago it was committed. Should you have a caution or criminal conviction, it is imperative that you are open and upfront about it. It will be discussed at a very early stage in the application process.
Becoming a Foster Carer (Gov.UK)